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How Worried Should We Be about an Italian Debt Crisis?

Earlier PIIE research examined whether rising interest rates might unleash a debt crisis in Italy. The answer was “no,” under two conditions: First, that rising interest rates reflected economic recovery; and second, that the Italian government would be prepared to cooperate with European… ...
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Arab Women in Syria Join the Fight — and the Movement

Enter this war-torn city and amid the rubble and devastation is an unexpected sight: women. ...

Canada Promotes Justice for Myanmar’s Rohingya

Refugees are seen at the Cox's Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh, near Rakhine state, Myanmar, during a trip by United Nations envoys to the region April 29, 2018. Picture taken on April 29, 2018. ...

Trump should declare victory on China and retreat – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

In any “trade war,” the most important thing to remember is the limit of the martial metaphor. When a foreign company sells Americans something they choose to buy, it is not an act of aggression. Trade negotiations aren’t a zero-sum game in which one country wins and the other has to lose. The point is being forgotten right now, and not just by protectionists. Practically everyone is saying that President Donald Trump is ...

Are US Police Disclosing Use of Amazon’s Face-Recognition Technology?

An Amazon.com Inc driver stands next to an Amazon delivery truck in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 21, 2016. Expand ...

Trump is proving to be the most fearlessly pro-life president in history – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

President Trump’s critics were apoplectic last week when the president referred to MS-13 gang members as “animals.” Of course, no one should be dehumanized. Yet many of the same people expressing outrage that Trump would dehumanize vicious gang members have no problem dehumanizing innocent, unborn chil...

US: Reject Planned Arms Sales to Bahrain

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Barriers to a Circular Economy: 5 Reasons the World Wastes So Much Stuff (and Why It’s Not Just the Consumer’s Fault)

Barriers to a Circular Economy: 5 Reasons the World Wastes So Much Stuff (and Why It's Not Just the Consumer's Fault) Comments|Add Comment|PrintWe need to pivot to a circular economy. (Flickr/Lora) If you need motivation to skip the straw at lunch today, consider this: Scientists found that even Arctic sea ice—far removed from most major metropolitan areas—is no longer plastic-free. According to Dr. Jeremy Wilkinson of the British Antarctic Survey, “this suggests tha...

Exploring Metrics to Measure the Climate Progress of Banks

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Newfound Optimism for Turkey’s Opposition

Newfound Optimism for Turkey's OppositionTurkey’s opposition parties have moderated their ideologies and coordinated their strategies to collectively win more votes in the upcoming elections, which could deal a blow to the ruling AKP. | عربي ...

Boko Haram Faction Reportedly Collecting "Taxes" in Northeast Nigeria

Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s highly respected international public broadcaster, ...

Russia Should Free Oleg Sentsov Before FIFA World Cup

Russia is proudly about to welcome hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors. In three weeks, fans, journalists and officials will arrive for the FIFA World Cup 2018, one of the most widely watched sporting events in the world. After months of polishing, Moscow, my city, literally sparkles. Street cafes are decorated with artificial grass and welcoming signs, and football paraphernalia is everywhere you...

Trump Calls off Date with Kim Jong-un

Trump Calls off Date with Kim Jong-un US President Donald J. Trump on May 24 abruptly called off a June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. ...

The budget resolution: Content, timeliness, and enforcement – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

The federal government is running very large annual budget deficits, and those deficits will grow in the future as the U.S. population ages and health spending continues to grow more rapidly than the economy. The current federal budget process is not helping Congress grapple with this significant challenge. Also, it does not facilitate an orderly and timely decision-making process. Congress wastes too much time on small and irrelevant matters even as it fails to focus enough attention on issu...

RELEASE: WRI Receives $2 Million Grant from GEF to Accelerate Building Efficiency

RELEASE: WRI Receives $2 Million Grant from GEF to Accelerate Building Efficiency WASHINGTON (May 24, 2018)— World Resources Institute (WRI) announced a $2 million grant from the Global Environmental Facility to scale up the efforts of the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) in its second phase. The funding will help the Accelerator – one of Sustainable Energy for All’s initiatives to support specific sector-based energy efficiency – scale up national engagement from local cit...

Testimony: The Budget Resolution — Content, Timeliness, and Enforcement – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

The federal government is running very large annual budget deficits, and those deficits will grow in the future as the U.S. population ages and health spending continues to grow more rapidly than the economy. The current federal budget process is not helping Congress grapple with this significant challenge. Also, it does not facilitate an orderly and timely decision-making process. Congress wastes too much time on small and irrelevant matters even as it fails to focus enough attention on issu...

Cognitive Bias and Diplomacy with North Korea

Sungtae (Jacky) Park is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. ...

House Bill Leaves IRS Enforcement Depleted

The House Appropriations Committee’s 2019 funding bill for the IRS doesn’t begin to address the decline in enforcement funding in recent years. That’s particularly ill-advised as the IRS soon begins enforcing the 2017 tax law, which creates many new opportunities for tax avoidance and will affect every individual and business taxpayer ...

Elections have spread throughout the world. But has democracy? That’s a different question. – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

Democracy has steadily expanded throughout the Middle East and Africa for the past thirty years. Or has it? The answer depends on how one defines democracy. Elections have undoubtedly spread around the world for the last thirty years. Whether this has led to an expansion of democracy, though, is another question. ...

Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

AEI’s Frederick Hess discusses how his recent study found that mainstream media was more favorable to education proposals by the Democrat-led government in 2009, than the Republican-led government in 2017. ...