The Making of a “Shithole” World

Jan 19, 2018

Trump's racist remarks are offensive. The brutal excesses of US foreign policy are worse. The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo. Perhaps some US diplomats have referred to the country as...

The World This Week: Rohingyas Turn Refugees, Suu Kyi Stays Silent

Sep 10, 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi fails to stand up to virulent nationalism based on ethnicity and religion that has led to the terrible persecution of a Muslim minority in Myanmar. This has been a week of natural and manmade disasters. Hurricane Irma has followed hard on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, leaving a...

Europe Can Learn Lessons From Brazil

Mar 19, 2016

Refugees are seen as a burden by the EU. But for Brazilians, born into a country of miscegenation, someone’s origin is not an issue. “Wow, you’re Brazilian! Brazilians are so cool, so nice, so generous! I’ve never met people so open as Brazilians.” I have heard this response many...

How Cuba’s Health Care Sector Aims to Gain a Greater Foothold

Feb 17, 2015

Cuba’s high-quality, low-cost health care system makes it an attractive destination for medical tourism and biotech. Routinely touted as the greatest achievement of the Cuban Revolution alongside universal education, Cuba’s health care system has extended beyond the island’s shores to...

Latin America in 2015: Manufacturing Aces, Commodity Bases and Basket Cases

Jan 16, 2015

Economic growth in Latin America hit a major skid in 2014 due to falling commodity prices. Buoyed by high prices for the commodities they export, the major nations of Latin America have enjoyed strong growth in recent years, but that slowed down in 2014. Last year, the aggregate growth rate for...