Tibet, Sichuan, and the Two Chinese Diplomacies

How to legitimize the politics of Beijing both inside and outside of its borders

Posted by , 26th June 2008

chinaterremoto.jpgToday´s China is less isolated than ever, but its absence from international scene continues to be reinforced by the peculiarity of a process that can only be offset by proponents of opportunity and progress. Although more powerful than ever, China´s sociopolitical model and economic interdependence causes it to remain very vulnerable, says the author.


Mexico Seeks to Modernize the Oil Company PEMEX

The political parties should leave their biases behind and advance comprehensive energy reform

Posted by , 24th June 2008

pemex2.jpgPredictions paint a dismal scene: in 20 years, Mexico may need to import all of its oil when only recently it appeared to be in the big leagues of hydrocarbon production. The oil company PEMEX not only needs a multimillion dollar injection to revive itself, but also the technology to explore and drill at depths in which only select multinational corporations are able to work at full capacity.


Argentina: Why the conflict between the government and the countryside continues

Policy clouds a promising economy with commodities at a true peak

Posted by , 24th June 2008

cortesrutas2.JPGThe core of the crisis between the Cristina Fernández’s government and agricultural producers is not fiscal but rather related to economic sustainability as well as medium- and long-term cultural confrontations that have a long history, the author claims.

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Fatigue in Serbia

Still at the same impasse following parliamentary elections

Posted by , 24th June 2008

votoserbia.jpgSerbia continues to be entangled in an inescapable deadlock, without internal options that involve the majority of the population and without any reason to trust outside proposals – especially those of the European Union, despite their success in the parliamentary elections, says the author.


Could an agrarian party emerge in Argentina?

The rural protests end in a general questioning of Kirchner’s model

Posted by , 24th June 2008

tractor.jpgAfter more than three months of agitated mobilization of the Argentine agricultural sector, which has risen against the agrarian and economic policies of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government, the possibility should not be discarded that the people of the countryside could shape the territorial base of upcoming projects and political realignments, the author says. The agricultural sector has a voice and a vote.


Berlusconi returns with the same formula from four years ago

Cleaning up the economy, Italy’s principal challenge

Posted by , 24th June 2008

berlusconibandera.jpgThe new Italian government has the same people in key positions that it did four years ago. The economy will be in the hands of the controversial Giulio Tremonti and the responsibility of organizing it in those of the even more debated Roberto Maroni. It could be guessed that Berlusconi is trying for a miracle like that achieved by Spain’s José María Aznar between 1996 and 2004. And this not with cement and more immigrants. He will try to use nuclear energy and liberal reforms, says the author. Will he succeed?


An Arms Race in Latin America?

In Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru, Defense spending is growing

Posted by , 5th June 2008


Many thought that with the majority election of progressive governments in Latin America (which claimed to be anti-war) the region would see a period of relaxation in tensions. But the reality of the situation indicates that Latin America is submerged in uncountable conflicts that directly parallel Defense spending.


Why it is necessary to increase the worldwide supply of food and to give benefits to the poor

The return of John Keynes and Thomas Malthus

Posted by , 8th May 2008


The strong rise in food prices worldwide has diverse and complex causes, but the situation can be summarized in the following: the demand has risen much more than the supply. If developed nations fail to recognize this, and fail to put fresh money towards the subsidy of food for the poorest, millions of people could die of hunger. The author recommends increasing the global supply of food (through existing technology and science), subsidizing food for the poorest, and implementing free trade worldwide in agriculture.


What Does the Increase of Food Prices Imply for the World?

Keys for confronting a global crisis that makes the poorest even poorer

Posted by , 30th April 2008


Food increases because of the change in climate; the major revenue of emerging economies like China and India; the growing demand for biofuel and speculation, states the author. Find out what will happen in the next few years and what can be done to avoid the hunger of millions of people.