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The ITU, an arm of the United Nations, is pushing for an international treaty that will give governments a much more powerful role in the architecture of the Internet and economics of the cross-border interconnection.
Europe's elections this weekend don't prove much of anything about austerity in general. Citizenry are not to be blamed for being upset with austerity measures. The whole point is that it doesn't feel good to get your fiscal house in order after a spending binge. The democratic reaction doesn't suggest the viability of the plan's capacity to achieve its goal of reducing government debt.
What new information is telling us about the causes of the financial crisis and how they relate to the economy todayApril 9, 2012
A significant amount of research has already been made about the financial crisis. But a midterm primer is nevertheless necessary;it is critical to assess the nature of the crises to ensure that the proper lessons are learned.
This article aims to present a history on the causes of the financial crisis that first emerged in the U.S. in 2007. Then it will analyze the roots of the current state of the economic crisis in Europe and the U.S. It will also assess the effects of the crises on the European and American economies. Consequently, a range of topics are discussed in the article, some of which have received deeper treatment elsewhere in economic literature, but have not been pieced together to provide a coherent past and present picture of the situation.
This isn't really about the country. The Greeks are being held hostage by the banks and financial institutions on Wall Street, in London and Paris who want to make sure that money keeps on flowing from government bailout packages -- not to Greece, but into their coffers.
In 2010, the world stalled on the road to democracyDecember 23, 2011
This year served mainly to vindicate the desires of tyrants and the fears of pessimists. To recapture the sense that the world is destined for universal democracy, you'd need a time machine.
Lack of political representation is merely a symptom of the fundamental lack of economic freedom in Arab countriesDecember 14, 2011
The self-immolation of a young Tunisian street vendor Tarek Mohamed Bouazizi helped spark the Arab Spring. The first of many protestors in 2011 sharing the honor of Time magazine Person of the Year, Bouazizi was denied the right to trade, having his produce repeatedly stolen by police while being harassed by corrupt government officials. It is fitting, then, that the circumstances leading up to his tragic protest are also emblematic of underlying causes of the revolution.
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- Surveying the State of Global Freedom
In 2010, the world stalled on the road to democracy
December 23, 2011
- How Economic Freedom Can Ensure an Arab Autumn
Lack of political representation is merely a symptom of the fundamental lack of economic freedom in Arab countries
Hicham El Moussaoui
December 14, 2011
- An Economic Lesson from 9/11
How capitalism helped save lower Manhattan
September 6, 2011
- Trading Fertility for Prosperity
Good news about trade from the dismal science
August 30, 2011
- China Derangement Syndrome
Once again, an economic yellow peril is exaggerated.
August 23, 2011
- The Turkish Model and Jasmine Revolution
Turkey is not a perfect blueprint for Arab nations seeking reform
Amanda L. Patterson and Anthony Randazzo
July 7, 2011
- Free Trade, Without Apologies
The benefits of unfettered global capitalism
July 4, 2011
- "Buy American" Is Un-American
We need more competition in the auto industry, not less.
June 1, 2011
- “No Nation Was Ever Ruined By Trade”
More trade means more jobs.
May 3, 2011
- US Missing Huge Opportunity by Not Opening Up Trade With Turkey
Free trade would mean lower prices on goods here in the US, better opportunities for American companies, as well as increased employment.
Joshua Newell and Anthony Randazzo
March 11, 2011
- Long Live the American Dream
Why India and China have nothing on America
March 1, 2011
- China’s Beauty Problem
India’s ugly cities are less cruel to their rural migrants than China’s plush ones
February 23, 2011
- Is There a Global Food Crisis?
Prices are rising, but that’s not the whole story.
Veronique de Rugy
February 11, 2011
- Obama's Crony Capitalism
It's time to separate market and state
February 9, 2011
- Let Your People Go
Egypt’s still screwed up. Should the United States take an interest in the outcome?
February 3, 2011
- We Can’t Win the Future By Repeating the Past
Obama's uninspired State of the Union Address
Veronique de Rugy and Nick Gillespie
January 26, 2011
- Fear of a Red Planet
Should we be worried about China?
January 24, 2011
- Clause Escape
Are you committing interstate commerce by doing nothing?
December 15, 2010
- Why Do the Poor Stay Poor?
Prosperity is impossible without property rights.
December 9, 2010
- In Defense of Economic Growth
An interview with Ferraris for All author Daniel Ben-Ami
November 30, 2010
- Rare Earth Ruckus
Are we at the mercy of China's mercantilist mandarins?
November 23, 2010
- The Sari Doesn't Need Saving
Why globalization is good for this gorgeous Indian outfit
November 19, 2010
- Going Broke by Fractions of a Percent
Ben Bernanke should stop paying interest on reserves
November 18, 2010
- China Bashing Is for Losers
Trade sanctions won't heal the American economy
October 26, 2010
- The Eternal Return of Overpopulation
Getting the cause of high fertility backwards.
October 19, 2010
- India Follows China's Sporting Folly
New Delhi residents need schools and sewers not stadiums and auditoriums.
October 19, 2010
- Freer Is Better
Measuring economic liberty around the world.
October 14, 2010
- Logical Farce
Obama's wild attacks on "foreign money" reek of desperation.
October 13, 2010
- Fluidity and Mobility
It's time to redefine what it means to be middle class.
October 12, 2010
- China's Looming Real-Estate Bubble
A massive Keynesian spending program has misallocated capital and set the stage for a crisis
Anthony Randazzo and Shikha Dalmia
August 23, 2010
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