After decades of war, the transition to peace in the world's newest country was expected to be rocky. But in some areas, it's been downright apocalyptic.
As the global economy continues to struggle, the image of heroic leadership has waned. President Obama falls into this category, exhorting Americans to buy his economic agenda but running into the obstacles presented by Congress and a cynical and deeply divided public.
Despite what Mark Steyn says about the U.S. as a nation of debt carriers, it still has more aircraft carriers than any country and can protect itself. The essential strength of America is that it's a free country with free speech and economic opportunity. And it's filled with Americans.
The unchecked development of hydropower resources is like "draining the pond to catch the fish" experts warn, resulting in a water crisis in rivers and valleys on the one hand and a large waste of financial resources through the construction of crippled water projects on the other.
Emerging economies have numerous leaders visiting them in efforts to hitch onto success and it is a very good sign that Canada is in the mix. Yet when the troubles hit, Canada will likely to return to established friends -- even when those friends have precipitated risky economic activity.
Copying has long been what China does with Western stuff, but the Apple Store story seems to have touched a new nerve. Now, not only is the product being copied but the retail aesthetic and subsequent hype is, too. That's being perceived as a threat.
Yao Ming's legacy will be a double barrier breaker: as a catalyst for basketball's global appeal and as a non-Western star who is willing to commit himself to not only the pursuit of private gain but issues aimed at the enhancement of the public good.
THE CANADIAN PRESS -- BEIJING, China - At first, it looks like a sleek Apple store. Sales assistants in blue T-shirts with
With reports emerging that the Canadian stimulus funds haven't produced the effect hoped for, we might have missed a great opportunity to invest in this country's future if we had only put our money where our infrastructure is.
The Chinese government believes that a few people at the top of the government hierarchy can micromanage an economy for 1.4 billion people. Will the current helmsmen of the Chinese communist economy fare better than their predecessor, Great Helmsman Mao?