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How Will China Retaliate Against US Trade Sanctions?

Here are the washing machine tariffs just imposed by Trump. Together with the rest of the world, I’ve long been waiting for the real Donald Trump–as his Twitter handle describes–to show up in the international trade arena. There is much on his plate at the start of 2018, from deciding of courses of action to …

Captain Caveman Meets Jetsons? Trump@Davos

Unga bunga…build the wall…it’s all the same. A few days ago–before the US government shutdown became inevitable at least–Donald Trump was announced as an attendee at the annual Davos shindig of global movers and shakers. Obviously, the leader of the world’s wealthiest country hobnobbing with the elites of this world makes sense. However, once you …

Captain Caveman Meets Jetsons? Trump@Davos

Unga bunga…build the wall…it’s all the same. A few days ago–before the US government shutdown became inevitable at least–Donald Trump was announced as an attendee at the annual Davos shindig of global movers and shakers. Obviously, the leader of the world’s wealthiest country hobnobbing with the elites of this world makes sense. However, once you …

Of Sh–holes & Trump-Era USAID

No matter how offensive Trump’s opinions of developing countries is, it’s probably for the best that the developing world understand the viewpoint held by the leader of the United States. Let’s face it: racism is the reason why many Americans voted for Trump in the first place. Trump may claim not to have said the …

Of Sh–holes & Trump-Era USAID

No matter how offensive Trump’s opinions of developing countries is, it’s probably for the best that the developing world understand the viewpoint held by the leader of the United States. Let’s face it: racism is the reason why many Americans voted for Trump in the first place. Trump may claim not to have said the …

IMF: From ‘Washington Consensus’ to ‘Soak the Rich’

Even the IMF has moved on from the 80s-vintage “Washington Consensus.” Trump, however, still adores it. In many ways, Donald Trump is a throwback to the past. Unfortunately, he wishes to bring back a lot of what was regrettable and not desirable about the past: militarism, racism, sexism, etc. Even in the international economic realm, …

Trump’s USA & Norway: What’s the ‘Sh–hole’ Country?

Trump should dress in more appropriate garb…but we can do more sensible things. I am utterly appalled, but not surprised, by American President Donald Trump’s reported characterization of a number of developing nations as “shit–hole countries.” In his rhetoric, Trump can be argued to subscribe to a global racial hierarchy which goes roughly like this: …

Geography Flunkies: UK in Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Can the UK join these Pacific nations in a regional FTA? It’s far-fetched. I am utterly befuddled by British officials giving lip service to the idea that they wish to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deserted last year by the United States. Now formally known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership or …

On CFIUS Dissuading Jack Ma’s MoneyGram Purchase

Is this ant a PRC Communist apparatchik? The CFIUS apparently thinks so. There is a long history of Chinese companies being prevented from purchasing American firms on highly questionable “national security” grounds. The source of this discrimination is the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). What is interesting here, though, is that …

Hijab-Wearing Barbie and Social Responsiveness

Is so much ado about a Barbie doll warranted? There’s a hard-hitting op-ed in al Jazeera criticizing a move one of the United States’ largest toymakers has made to produce a hijab-wearing Barbie. On the face of it, this action is a long-overdue one in recognition that the world’s population is nearly a quarter Islamic. …