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    Chinese Growth Underpowered

    In a few weeks, China will claim to have completed its economic survey and announce a growth rate for 2008. The only thing we know for certain is that figure won’t be accurate. Today, the People’s Bank tipped growth of 9.3% for the year. The final official figure could be … More

    Pressure Hamas not Israel

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has called for meetings between the Israeli leaders and “Palestinian factions” as well as a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict. According to the CNN article, the Egyptian President “said the discussions would focus on avoiding an escalation of the violence, securing borders between Israel and Gaza”. … More

    Stop Enabling Russia's Energy Empire

    Just as Europe is in the midst of a particularly cold winter, Russia’s quasi-governmental gas giant Gazprom has turned off the gas taps to Ukraine, a major transit corridor for Russian gas into Europe. Gas shortages are being reported in several countries, including Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and the Czech Republic. … More

    Gaza Cease-Fire Must Halt Hamas Rockets

    Heritage Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs James Phillips on what principles should guide U.S. policy regarding the Gaza crisis: A cease-fire agreement must include and immediate and permanent end of rocket attacks by Hamas and other extremist Palestinian groups. A return to the status quo ante, in which … More

    Better Stimulus Through Trade

    Reuters reports this weekend: Obama’s transition team said it is mulling “buy American” provisions for the stimulus package that could favor U.S. companies over foreign competitors. Protectionism is the last thing our economy needs right now. The last time the U.S. reverted to protectionism in a time of economic turmoil … More

    Our First Amendment Rights Online

    China has been rightly criticized for censoring speech on the Internet. It is the one major economy in which the government has denied free speech and free access online. But this could change if the Orwellian-sounding “Minister of Culture” in Britain gets his way. The Minister, Andy Burnham, would like … More

    Stimulus Through Trade

    Former-Rep. James Bacchus (D-FL) writes in today’s Wall Street Journal: President-elect Barack Obama is rightly focused on preparing a stimulus plan to “jolt” the American economy toward recovery. Yet missing thus far is any mention of international trade as part of his plan. Democratic presidents — Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Carter … More

    No Hope for Peace With Hamas in Power

    Hamas once again has provoked a crisis with Israel to advance its revolutionary agenda by exploiting the misery that its own policies have forced upon the Palestinian people and blaming Israel for everything that has happened. Hamas ended the six-month ceasefire (that it never fully enforced anyway) and resumed its … More

    Has the Chinese Investment Wave Begun?

    The wire services have seized on a comment by a Chinese official that the PRC’s official foreign reserves actually fell in October. This is the first drop in almost five years, during which time China’s reserves went from $400 billion to $1.9 trillion. The decline hasn’t been confirmed, much less … More

    Can Africa Trade Its Way to Peace?

    Former assistant secretary of state for Africa Herman Cohen writes in The New York Times: After his inauguration, Barack Obama should appoint a special negotiator who would propose a framework for an economic common market encompassing Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. This agreement would allow the free movement … More