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November 28, 2005

Emerging Markets
No more Lavagna. What’s next for Argentina?

Two weeks ago I would have expected Brazil's Finance Minister to be forced out before Argentina's Finance Minister...   However, Palocci is a close ally of Brazil's Lula; Argentina's …

March 28, 2006

Financial Markets
Iceland: Déjà vu all over again

Currency falls sharply.Foreign banks cut credit lines. "Last week ... US investors refused to roll over loans to the country's top three banks." (FT)Local banks argue that they only thing to fear…

June 7, 2006

Economics
Currency crises are not good for your (political) health

Iceland’s PM is out.  The krona has slid 30% v. the euro this year.Iceland’s central bank has increased rates significantly.   But it may not be enough.There are now calls for Iceland to adopt a pro-…

April 18, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Rick Santorum, GOP Presidential Candidate

Rick Santorum speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's Spring Event in Waukee, Iowa March 7, 2011. (Brian Frank/courtesy Reuters) Pennsylvania State University can claim many accomplis…

Rick Santorum speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event in Waukee, Iowa March 7, 2011.

April 1, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Should Obama Arm the Libyan Rebels?

A sign displayed during prayers in Benghazi on April 1, 2011. (STR New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Should the United States arm the rebels fighting to oust Muammar Qaddafi? After initial signs…

Man holds a sign during prayers in Benghazi on April 1, 2011.

March 6, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Is Sarah Palin Running for President?

Sarah Palin addresses Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally on the National Mall in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) Sarah Palin sat down with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly on Friday night…

Sarah Palin addresses Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on the National Mall in Washington

September 20, 2011

Egypt
Egypt’s Identity Crisis

  An injured anti-government protester rests by a burned out bus, used as barricade, alongside the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square in Cairo (Yannis Behrakis/Courtesy Reuters)   This article app…

Egypt’s Identity Crisis

October 7, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
A Victory for Today’s Amazons: The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Tawakkul Karman during a protest in January (L), Leymah Gbowee in New York on October 7, 2011 (C), and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the 2nd Arab-Africa summit in Sirte in October 2010 …

A Victory for Today’s Amazons: The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

May 4, 2011

Uganda
Uganda: Repression Deepens

Ugandan military police officers patrol along a barricaded street during demonstrations in Kampala April 29, 2011. (Edward Echwalu/Courtesy Reuters) While most of us have been watching Pakistan, bin…

Uganda: Repression Deepens

August 25, 2011

You Might Have Missed: Libya Edition

A man holds a weapon and a Kingdom of Libya flag as people gather near the courthouse in Benghazi on August 22, 2011 (Esam Al-Fetori/Courtesy Reuters). --Joby Warrick and Scott Wilson, “U.S. Presses…

You Might Have Missed: Libya Edition