Issues / Democracy & Governance
The French ruling class suffers from no shortage of a sense of entitlement.
At nearly 200 meters high and 2.3 kilometers wide, the hydroelectric dam in Hubei, China, is creating a reservoir that will eventually stretch 600km (370 miles) to the west.
Mexican human rights activists have issued an emergency appeal to apply international humanitarian standards in providing relief to more than 150 refugees.
In only one area of life are Americans officially considered 100% scared, and so 100% in need of protection, and that's when it comes to terrorism.
Ollanta Humala's victory over Keiko Fujimori represents the triumph of hope over fear.
European governments are maneuvering to place French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde at the helm of the IMF. The price: serious IMF reform.
First, Ollanta Humala needs to calm the roiled political waters of Peru.
"European countries are vastly over-represented on the Board, and the IMF's archaic voting system discriminates against large developing economies," said Oxfam spokesperson Sarah Wynn-Williams.
Across Africa, China has become known as the agent of mass construction, wisely bartering infrastructural development - chiefly mining-specific - for long-term access to strategic resources.
For the student of contemporary Japan, these are sad times...because of the growing sense that Japan lacks a truly responsible democratic government to address these issues, and because its people deserve better.