A Roundabout Route To Brazil
My journey from Newark to Sao Paulo had to begin in Miami, thanks to America’s policy of keeping Brazil at arm’s length. When it comes to deciding where to do business, shared fundamental values ought to be as important as economic potential.Apparently, Iranian Economic Sanctions Aren’t Working Quite As Well As We Were Told
As Iran continues to spin it centrifuges processing uranium to weapons grade, the Obama Administration seems to be failing in their efforts of economic sanctions to get them to stop. All talks have failed, and even in the past when the Iranians have agreed at least in spirit to curtailing their attempts to produce a nuclear weapon, their promises don’t last for long, and it’s hard to say if those promises were ever made in earnest – most assume not.Chinese New Year 2013: Lion Dances, Performances and Parades
Chinese Lion Dancing, so popular in traditional Chinese New Year Celebrations (like those imminent) is even more enjoyable if you understand what’s involved. Its purpose is to bring a Year of good fortune to celebrants and onlookers.Plans for New Settlements on West Bank Continue in Israel
The West Bank and East Jerusalem, the hotly contested stretch of land that forms the border between Israel and Jordan, is soon to see an increase in development as Israel has decided to push on with its plans for new construction. The grand plan includes building 1,000 new homes in the area, along with refurbishing hundreds of pre-existing homes. The proposed developments have drawn serious criticism around the world, including from Israel’s most powerful ally, the United States, which called the recent events a “pattern of provocative action”.Arab Spring Will Trigger Ramabomb Explosions
Once again, the month-long streak of murder and mayhem known as Ramabomb has started. As civilized people brace themselves for more violence committed annually by jihadis during this period, a look back at events within the Islamic bloc is needed. The Arab Spring started with some promise for a birth of freedom. However, it has ushered Islamists into power or strengthened their grip of control on some countries.