Category: GLOBAL

A Worldwide Look At The Four Basic Healthcare Models

A Worldwide Look At The Four Basic Healthcare Models

March 7, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

There are about 200 countries on our planet, and each country devises its own set of arrangements for meeting the three basic goals of a health care system: keeping people healthy, treating the sick, and protecting families against financial ruin from medical bills.

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Top Five Most Sustainable Cities in the World

Top Five Most Sustainable Cities in the World

March 3, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Consistently performing well in worldwide “livable city” rankings, Vancouver has an ambitious goal of becoming the “the greenest city in the world” by 2020. They already lead the world in hydroelectric power—making up 90 percent of its supply—as well as regularly tapping into renewables like wind, solar, and wave power.

Thanks to mass transit, bike lanes (248 miles worth), ride sharing programs, and greenways, Vancouver has the lowest per capita carbon emissions of any major city on the continent.

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BP Reaches Agreement Over Gulf Oil Spill

March 3, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Oil giant BP and a committee representing plaintiffs suing the company over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have reached an agreement, a federal judge has said.

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Indonesia To Be Biggest Luxury Goods Market in SE Asia

Indonesia To Be Biggest Luxury Goods Market in SE Asia

March 2, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Indonesia is set to become the biggest market for luxury goods in Southeast Asia, the head of LVMH for South Asia (Louis Vuitton, SA) Southeast Asia and the Middle East said, according to CNBC.

Currently, wealthy Indonesians rely on overseas trips to Honk Kong and Singapore to satisfy their yen for high-end jewelry, clothing and other accessories, Ravi Thakran said on Thursday.

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Jazz Greats Groove in Jakarta Indonesia Festival

Jazz Greats Groove in Jakarta Indonesia Festival

March 2, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

After a star-studded opening on Friday night, fans will really get into the swing of things on Saturday at the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival.

Indonesia’s biggest music event kicked off on Thursday night with performances by world-class acts such as Erykah Badu, whose concert in Malaysia was canceled over a religious quarrel last week, and the Grammy Award-winning Al Jarreau & the George Duke Trio.

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A World Bank For A New World

March 2, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

The World Bank, if properly led, can play a key role in averting these threats and the risks that they imply. The global stakes are thus very high this spring as the Bank’s 187 member countries choose a new president to succeed Robert Zoellick, whose term ends in July.

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Italy Government Ends Vatican Tax Exemptions

Italy Government Ends Vatican Tax Exemptions

February 17, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Despite months of discussions, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has surprised the Vatican by announcing an end to tax breaks previously enjoyed by the Roman Catholic Church.

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Syria’s Assad ‘Looking For Face-Saving Exit’

Syria’s Assad ‘Looking For Face-Saving Exit’

February 16, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Syrian opposition groups have rejected President al-Assad’s proposed referendum later this month on a new constitution.

The draft allows for multiple parties and limits the presidency to two terms. It’s not clear whether that means Assad, who’s ruled since 2000, would step down in 2014.

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Maya Angelou: ‘Barack Obama Has Done A Remarkable Job’

Maya Angelou: ‘Barack Obama Has Done A Remarkable Job’

February 15, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

There has always been something bittersweet about the life experience of Maya Angelou. Think of the literature fashioned from a harsh and tragic upbringing in racially segregated Missouri and Arkansas: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Wouldn’t Take Nothing for my Journey Now. Think of her triumphs articulating the struggle of African Americans through the civil rights era. Consider that each year, her birthday, 4 April, brings with it both joy and painful memories. Who would share that anniversary with the assassination of her friend, Martin Luther King?

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Republican Debate Veers Toward the Absurd

Republican Debate Veers Toward the Absurd

January 27, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

The US Republican candidates’ debate in Florida quickly devolved into a horror show of absurdities on Thursday night as candidates argued about immigration and moon colonies. Mitt Romney was branded the winner, but the real losers were the viewers, the truth and politics in general.

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Obama Risks Much With ‘Campaign Of The Left’

Obama Risks Much With ‘Campaign Of The Left’

January 26, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

While delivering his annual State of the Union speech to Congress this week, US President Barack Obama took aim at the inequality he sees in his country and pledged that taxes would rise for the rich. On Thursday, German commentators disagree over whether this populist approach will really help him get re-elected.

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Look Inside The Damaged Nuclear Reactor At Fukushima

Look Inside The Damaged Nuclear Reactor At Fukushima

January 20, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Video has been released for the first time showing the inside of one of the nuclear reactors in Japan’s Fukushima crippled by last year’s earthquake and tsunami.

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Keystone Pipeline Postponed, Not Killed by President Obama

Keystone Pipeline Postponed, Not Killed by President Obama

January 18, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

The Obama administration today announced it is scrapping TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline after Republicans forced a 60-day deadline on the issue in a Congressional rider.

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Keystone XL PipeLine Reportedly A No-Go

Keystone XL PipeLine Reportedly A No-Go

January 18, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

WASHINGTON — The State Department will not approve a permit for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, sources told multiple media outlets on Wednesday.

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Most Popular American Companies In China

Most Popular American Companies In China

January 11, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

24/7 Wall St. has identified the American companies that have done the best job of tapping into the growing market in China. It reviewed America’s most iconic brands that are top sellers in the U.S. and abroad and reflect a cross-section of the economy.

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Foreign Trade Surges, Trade Supply Narrows

Foreign Trade Surges, Trade Supply Narrows

January 11, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

China’s foreign trade surged 22.5 percent in 2011 from a year earlier to hit 3.64 trillion U.S. dollars, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said Tuesday.

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US Make Sures No Countries Dominate South China Sea

US Make Sures No Countries Dominate South China Sea

January 10, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

Jakarta Indonesia – – The United States will remain engaged in bringing stability, security and confidence to the ASEAN region in a commitment to promote global interest in the prosperity of the region, said a former US secretary of defense.

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Media Ownership Reflects Conflict Of Concepts

Media Ownership Reflects Conflict Of Concepts

January 10, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Indonesia – – There are many achievements in recent history that makes today’s Indonesia taller than many of its neighbors. One of them is a robust free press. Confident and fearless, the “fourth estate” is doing the country proud.

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Obama Administration’s Continued Efforts to Reduce Teen Smoking; Appeal of Trade Pact Ruling Necessary First Step

Obama Administration’s Continued Efforts to Reduce Teen Smoking; Appeal of Trade Pact Ruling Necessary First Step

January 10, 2012 | By | 14 Comments

Public Citizen commends the Obama administration for taking the necessary step of appealing the harmful World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against U.S. efforts to reduce teen smoking.

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