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The arrival of President OBAMA on the global political scene will lead to a thorough re-assessment and redirection of US foreign policy. One area where this redirection is overdue is international population policy. For the Bush Administration global population growth was not an issue. The White House ignored it. Never mind the increase of world… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Humanity can rejoice. Finally, we have a real chance for seriously tackling global climate change. After eight terrible years of stalemate under the Bush Administration, which in the beginning even refused to acknowledge the fact of climate change, the USA is about to make volte-face in energy and climate policy. President-elect Obama has fully grasped… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

For two decades US government authorities have indulged in an unbelievable negligence of the banking sector: Banks could place very risky new financial instruments into the market without being called to order by fragmented banking authorities. Similarly, the US government, followed by others, allowed car makers to seduce consumers into buying the most perverse gas… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Negotiating free trade areas seems to be the latest hobby of trade policy officials. The USA has started the ball rolling under the Bush Administration, irrespective of the ongoing Doha Round. From Chile to Morocco, Singapore, Jordan and Korea, the list is impressive, especially for the major advocate of multilateral trade rules, which until the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Negotiating free trade areas seems to be the latest hobby of trade policy officials. The USA has started the ball rolling under the Bush Administration, irrespective of the ongoing Doha Round. From Chile to Morocco, Singapore, Jordan and Korea, the list is impressive, especially for the major advocate of multilateral trade rules, which until the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

President Bush will chair his last international meeting in Washington November 15. Responding to EU pressure, he has invited the 20 heads of government for a review of the ground-rules and monitoring procedures of the international financial markets, in view of imposing stricter discipline on financial institutions to help prevent another financial cataclysm. That may… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein