My countries (Palestine and Jordan) are the source of immigrants rather than their destination. Much of that immigration (especially from Palestine) is the result of political instability. Obviously, like all other countries, financial considerations are also a major reason citizens depart.
The Global Economy Archives
March 7, 2007 12:20 PM
March 14, 2007 2:53 PM
Traditionally, the Right and the Left have been associated with economics positions. In my part of the world, however, they each have different connotations. People often use right and left to identify stances on peace (left) and war (right), or issues of religiosity (right) and secularism (left).
April 13, 2007 10:38 AM
I suggest a special 10% tax on all those billionaires who – even with their extended families and friends – can never possibly spend the monies they have amassed.
December 29, 2008 11:17 AM
I predict that in 2009, the siege on Gaza will end. The 1.5 million Palestinians holed up in the tiny strip south of Israel will be allowed to travel freely. Goods and services will be able to move in and out of this embattled region. I also predict that Palestinians will hold presidential and parliamentary elections (closer to the end of the year) and a more sane parliament will be elected.
April 15, 2009 11:46 AM
The Current Discussion: The U.S. will lift travel restrictions on Cuba, but leave the larger trade embargo in place. Is that a smart move? Does it go far enough? Too far?
Lifting restrictions on Cuba can be seen as part of a more pragmatic foreign policy. One hopes it's an acknowledgment that long-term boycotts have limited success in producing their desired result. In this respect, it will be interesting to see how the new Cuban situation will affect American relations with Iran, which the U.S. has boycotted for decades with little to show for its actions.
If this indeed is the case we should expect a robust U.S. foreign attempt to reach a pragmatic solution with Iran and other problem areas. The moral of the story is that long-term boycotts simply don't work.