Although Hugo Chavez has been long criticised for the economic problems Venezuela now faces, the excessive social spending has helped cut poverty in half over the last decade. Despite the current issues, the vast majority of Venezuelans today are better off than they were in 1999.
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In the recent past, the U.S. has consistently employed drone attacks to flush out militancy suspects in several nations. The ethics and the efficacy of such action needs a serious debate.
The unchecked powers of globalized markets are the new weapons of mass destruction. As Edward Goldberg explains, this is particularly problematic because the raw power of global markets is so much greater than the ability of modern democracies to protect their citizens against that power.
Though there have been success stories in Brazil from impoverished or underprivileged backgrounds, few or none tend to claim 'victimhood.' Recently, however, responding to the need for balance and equity, Brazil is about to initiate affirmative action, particularly in the field of education.
Optimism prevails over Muslim-Jewish relationships throughout Latin America. A recent initiative by the Islamic Society of North America and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, to strengthen communication and cooperation between Muslims and Jews, is proving to be a win-win situation for both communities.
China’s combination of fishing boats, unarmed law-enforcement ships, and military power allows Beijing to act as a provocateur – and to use small stick diplomacy.
Argentina’s re-nationalization of its oil company has triggered a veritable frenzy of anti-Argentine sentiment around the world. Some people even suggest that Argentina should be expelled from the G20. The author discusses the absurdity of this idea and outlines the reasons why it is still a major economy.
Durable food security and agricultural growth depend on development strategies with resilience built in from the start. Similarly, Africa needs to be pragmatic in dealing with its resources and environment, which can lead to sustainable agricultural development.
There is an urgent need to rebuild Somali National security apparatus. Somalia cannot claim or reclaim, its sovereignty, until its internal security becomes independent from any coalition or peace-building forces.
With more people choosing to not have children, it will have consequences for government programs for the aged and undesirable implications for the elderly. Other repercussions will follow: smaller cohorts of children, increased population aging and demographic imbalances among educational groups.