February 2007 Archives

Panelist's View  |  February 3, 2007 8:00 AM

Political Happiness

It has become one of the best known factoids in the western world: despite a sharp rise in material wealth over the past 40 years the average level of reported happiness has remained static.

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Panelist View  |  February 12, 2007 5:07 PM

Why Ugandan Peace Talks Go Nowhere

After six months, the peace talks in southern Sudan between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels and the Ugandan government have made little progress. Here's why.

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Denver Research Group  |  February 18, 2007 1:04 PM

How the World Sees Russia's Rise

The Global Power Barometer (GPB) has been tracking global reaction to President Putin’s Munich speech and to follow-up comments from various officials within the Russian government. Global reaction was favorable to President Putin’s point about a “unipolar world” and his objection to the “almost unrestrained, exaggerated use of force” by the U.S. Reaction to the Putin speech within the U.S. was negative, particularly among conservative commentators who charged that President Putin was initiating a new “Cold War”.

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Panelist View  |  February 20, 2007 12:47 PM

Africa Welcomes Chinese Aid

Panelist William Gumede asked the following PostGlobal question: Does China's willingness to invest in Africa without preconditions cause more harm than good? In the end, could Africa be re-colonized by China? Here is the answer of Dr. Iweala, the former Finance Minister of Nigeria and our new panelist:

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Guest Blogger  |  February 23, 2007 10:30 AM

Ukraine Should Worry About Itself

As a rather peaceful citizen of one of Russia's neighbors, I certainly hope that Putin's criticism of NATO expansion is nothing but tough talk. After all, business is going really great for Russia now (or so everyone says) - so why would Putin wish to reverse the trend?

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Panelist Question  |  February 25, 2007 11:15 AM

Budget Surplus With Poverty?

South Africa is enjoying the first budget surplus in a generation, and the first ever in recorded African history. Should a county have a budget surplus and low budget deficits, low inflation, no debts etc. in a country where you have 25% unemployment and lots of poverty? It's good to have a country's book's balance, but what if a majority is without food. What about the U.S. case where there are large deficits but people relatively well-off?

Panelist View  |  February 26, 2007 6:30 AM

Martin Scorsese's Movie, The Departed, Weakens Hong Kong Classic

The movie The Departed -- a remake of the Hong Kong classic Infernal Affairs -- may be considered one of the hottest movies of the year in America. But here in Asia most film critics and movie-goers agree that the original is far superior.

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Editor's Inbox  |  February 26, 2007 9:12 PM

U.S. Agrees to Meeting with Iran and Syria

The Bush administration has agreed to sit around a negotiating table with official representatives of Iran and Syria next month -- as part of a planned regional conference in Baghdad to discuss ways to stabilize Iraq.

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Debate  |  February 28, 2007 2:13 PM

Debating Legalized Prostitution

Two scholars debate whether or not to legalize prostitution. Professor Janice Raymond is the co-executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, the author of 5 books, and Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dr. Melissa Ditmore was the principal investigator for Revolving Door, the first report released by the Sex Workers Project, and is currently a research consultant for the organization.

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