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    Free Trade and (Not So) Free Health Care: A Discussion in Advance of President Obama’s Visit to Sweden

    President Obama will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, for a September 4-5 visit en route to the G20 Summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Obama will have a bilateral meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Fedrik Reinfeldt, to be followed by a working dinner with Nordic Heads of State from Sweden, Finland, … More

    Obama Mulls Response to Syrian Chemical Attacks

    The Obama Administration is now seeking the least bad option for responding to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s increasingly brazen use of chemical weapons against Syrian opposition forces. The most recent chemical attack, on rebel positions in the eastern edge of Damascus on August 21, killed hundreds of people. Secretary of … More

    Remembering the Victims of Communism and Nazism in Eastern Europe

    Today, August 23, is remembered across much of the world as Black Ribbon Day in remembrance of the millions of victims of Nazi and Communist totalitarianism in Europe. Seventy-four years ago, on August 23, 1939, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. The pact was a treaty … More

    Time to Transform the African Growth and Opportunity Act

    U.S. trade with Africa is estimated to have generated about 100,000 jobs in the United States in the past 13 years, due to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of 2000. American and African officials recently met at the annual AGOA Forum in Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa to … More

    Doctors Without Borders: Unprecedented Departure from Somalia

    Violent attacks against humanitarian aid workers in Somalia—and tolerance of the violence by Somali civilian leadership—is forcing Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières—MSF) to end its programs in the country. MSF has been serving continuously on a medical humanitarian mission in Somalia for over 22 years enduring tremendously high levels … More

    Emerging Markets Have Caught a “Fed Cold”

    Stock prices and exchange rates in emerging markets such as India and Indonesia are taking a beating this week. The immediate cause is that the Federal Reserve just might reduce the gigantic amount of stimulus it’s been applying to the world economy. What’s really on display is the failure of … More

    North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity

    The United Nations commission of inquiry on human rights abuses in North Korea began taking testimony from defectors in South Korea yesterday. It is the first U.N. commission to investigate whether North Korea’s human rights abuses could be classified as crimes against humanity. “Crimes against humanity” are legally defined as … More

    Musharraf Indictment Puts Pakistan Military on Defensive

    Today’s indictment of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for conspiracy to murder former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto demonstrates that the Pakistani judiciary is increasingly willing to challenge the authority of the powerful Pakistani Army. While it is in the U.S. interest that Pakistan’s democratic institutions are strengthened and that the … More

    Economic Freedom: Unleashing the Potential of the World’s Poor

    When the government gets in the way, sometimes even the hardest-working people get stuck in poverty. In Nepal, where more than one-quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, small local shops known as Kirana Pasals are forced to operate in the informal, black market economy because of high … More

    Obama Administration Stumbles in Egypt’s Shifting Sands

    The Obama Administration’s influence in Egypt has evaporated as Egypt’s “Arab Spring” hopes for a democratic transition have wilted during a summer of rising violence. Egypt’s army, which ousted the unpopular, autocratic and anti-Western President Mohamed Morsi in a July 3 coup, turned a deaf ear to Washington’s call for … More