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In Mexico, drug legalization is a mixed bag

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In Mexico, drug legalization is a mixed bag

In Mexico, a new law has been passed to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of narcotics including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD and crystal meth. A Worldfocus contributing blogger examines the pros and cons of decriminalization.

Posted: August 27, 2009 07:23   Comments: 11
Falling dollar could dampen Chinese investment

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Falling dollar could dampen Chinese investment

The U.S. budget deficit is increasing, and could reach $9 trillion over the next 10 years. C. Fred Bergsten of the Peterson Institute for International Economics discusses the possibility of a fall in the value of the dollar.

Posted: August 26, 2009 14:30   Comments: 3
Cheap fuel takes disastrous toll on Mozambique’s forests

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Cheap fuel takes disastrous toll on Mozambique’s forests

Charcoal is a thriving industry in Mozambique, because it is cheap, easily accessible, easy to transport and burns longer than wood. But the growing demand for charcoal is placing increasing pressure on Mozambique's forests.

Posted: August 25, 2009 13:29   Comments: 2
South Korea launches first rocket into space

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South Korea launches first rocket into space

South Korea has launched its first rocket, claiming that the test was for purely scientific and peaceful purposes. The launch comes at a time of thawing relations with the country's neighbor to the north.

Posted: August 25, 2009 10:29   Comments: 1
France and Germany report economic growth

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France and Germany report economic growth

Two of Europe's biggest economies -- Germany and France -- reported signs of a recovery. Each saw growth of 0.3 percent in this year's second quarter. Roben Farzad of BusinessWeek discusses how fast the world economy is rebounding and analyzes what it will mean for the United States.

Posted: August 13, 2009 13:54   Comments: 0
Obama tackles drugs, flu and trade at Mexico summit

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Obama tackles drugs, flu and trade at Mexico summit

U.S. President Barack Obama joined his Canadian and Mexican counterparts as they completed a summit meeting in Mexico on Monday. Shannon O’Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the issues tackled, including trade, the H1N1 flu and the drug war.

Posted: August 10, 2009 15:20   Comments: 2
Week in review: Hillary Clinton in Africa, Bill in North Korea

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Week in review: Hillary Clinton in Africa, Bill in North Korea

Nikhil Deogun of The Wall Street Journal and David Andelman of the World Policy Journal discuss the week's top stories: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tour of Africa and her husband's mission to North Korea to secure the release of two American journalists.

Posted: August 7, 2009 14:52   Comments: 1
Clinton pledges support for Somalia’s weak government

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Clinton pledges support for Somalia’s weak government

On her African tour, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged to expand American support for Somalia's weak interim government as it struggles against Islamic extremists. Emira Woods of the Institute for Policy Studies discusses Clinton's agenda in Africa and U.S. goals in Somalia.

Posted: August 6, 2009 13:51   Comments: 1
Young Iraqi Kurds more concerned with finding jobs

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Young Iraqi Kurds more concerned with finding jobs

On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ventured to the Kurdish autonomous region and promised to settle long disputes that have threatened Iraq's stability. But a Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that young Kurds are more concerned with jobs than with a history that none of them experienced.

Posted: August 3, 2009 10:13   Comments: 0
Week in review: Israel, China and turbulence in Iran

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Week in review: Israel, China and turbulence in Iran

Susan Chira of The New York Times and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine discuss the week’s top stories: Continuing turbulence in Iran and this week's U.S. talks with both Israel and China.

Posted: July 31, 2009 12:31   Comments: 6
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