The International Monetary Fund strongly urged the United States on Saturday to ratify its 2010 quota and governance reforms as soon as possible amid strong discontent among members, especially emerging economies.
With respect to Cuban leader Raul Castro, his reported assessment that American President Barack Obama is “an honest man” is way off the mark. President Castro — the younger brother of ageing Fidel — spoke those flattering words at the Summit of the Americas at the weekend.
About 300 US paratroopers have come to western Ukraine to train with Ukrainian national guard units, the US Army says.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow is ready to hold territorial talks with Japan but that Tokyo’s move to back sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict has effectively halted such discussions.
North Korea continues along the nuclear path. A new report warns that Pyongyang could amass a nuclear arsenal as large as 100 weapons by 2020. That would make the North a significant regional power.
In the process of engaging with Iran, the President appears to project his own views onto them, thus obfuscating the reality of their beliefs and the implications of their stated hostility for Israel, our most important ally in the region.
The United States is exceptional in that it is the only advanced economy in the world that has failed to provide universal health care for its citizens. It has a large, parasitical for-profit health care system,
Despite what would be the second-largest contribution after China’s, Japan is concerned that such a fiscal burden will not guarantee it influence in the proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, given the opaqueness in its governance standards, says the draft government paper, a copy of which was obtained Tuesday.
Strictly speaking, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank doesn’t even exist yet. But the Chinese-created alternative to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund is turning out to be extremely important. More than 40 countries have applied to join, almost all of them close U.S. allies
The Western approach to Russia is predicated on the supposition that continued pressure on the country will cause President Vladimir Putin’s regime to make concessions or even crumble. Nothing could be further from the truth.