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Philippines: Driving Innovation in Youth Savings

November 3, 2011
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By Tanaya Kilara, CGAP

Originally posted on www.youthsave.org

China's Bubble Has Kept More Than its Own Economy Afloat

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
October 31, 2011 |

Is China a bubble?

This question - once the domain of a small group of China sceptics in the global investment community - has gone mainstream. Time magazine posed the question on its cover, warning its readers to "Be Very Afraid of the China Bubble". Global news agencies such as Reuters and Bloomberg are raising troubling questions about China's over-leveraged banks, inflated housing prices and highly indebted local governments. A Wall Street Journal columnist recently wrote: "Forget Greece. Forget Italy. Forget 'Occupy Wall Street', The really ominous news right now? China."

Broken Promises Unite Middle Class Protest Movements

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
October 18, 2011 |

We all know the details of the story by now: a young Tunisian vegetable vendor loses his licence to work because of predatory local police; he refuses to pay a bribe; he complains at the municipality; they tell him to get lost; he lights himself on fire; a nation erupts; a leader falls; the Arab uprisings begin.

With a Friend Like This

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
November 1, 2011 |

If Washington wishes to improve relations with Pakistan, it needs to stop regarding Pakistan as an ally, and to start regarding it as an enemy — at least as far as the Afghan War is concerned.

Seeing Pakistan as an ally has not only obscured the reality of the situation, but has bred exaggerated bitterness at Pakistani “treachery.” And since Pakistanis also believe that America has “betrayed” them, the result is a thin veneer of friendship over a morass of mutual distrust and even hatred.

The GOP's War Hypocrisy

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
October 31, 2011 |

Twelve Americans died this weekend in Afghanistan when a car packed with explosives struck a NATO armored bus. It would be nice if someone in the media took a break from investigating Herman Cain's sex life to ask the people running for president what these Americans gave their lives for.

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War By Other Means

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
October 25, 2011 |

This is getting all too predictable. President Obama announced that all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year, in compliance not only with his election pledge but also with the terms of a U.S.-Iraq treaty.

Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone

  • By
  • Amanda Ripley,
  • New America Foundation
September 25, 2011 |

On a wet Wednesday evening in Seoul, six government employees gather at the office to prepare for a late-night patrol. The mission is as simple as it is counterintuitive: to find children who are studying after 10 p.m. And stop them.

In South Korea, it has come to this. To reduce the country's addiction to private, after-hours tutoring academies (called hagwons), the authorities have begun enforcing a curfew — even paying citizens bounties to turn in violators.

China vs. the U.S.: The Case for Second Place

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
October 13, 2011 |

It is now a foregone conclusion that China’s economy will become the biggest in the world sometime very soon. According to the World Bank, the size of China’s economy is $10.1 trillion, compared with $14.6 trillion for the U.S., based on purchasing power parity (which adjusts exchange rates to account for the different prices people pay for goods and services across countries). But China is narrowing the gap in a hurry. Over the past 10 years, the annual real growth of China’s gross domestic product averaged 10.5 percent, compared with 1.7 percent in the U.S.

From 'War on Terror' to 'New Silk Road'

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
October 7, 2011 |

As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks passed, Americans are searching for a new narrative to understand their country’s role in the world. But far more than declared principles or personalities, America’s place in the world is shaped by what it does in other places. Especially overseas, societies judge us by our actions rather than our words.

Beating Al Qaeda in the Next 10 Years: Our Strategy Against Terror Must Evolve

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
October 7, 2011 |

Ten years to the day after American forces entered Afghanistan to hunt Al Qaeda, the United States faces a severely weakened but resilient foe. Osama Bin Laden is dead. The cleric who inspired many jihadists from his perch in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, is too.

Some want to declare the fight against Al Qaeda over and done. We won, they say. Move on.

Wrong. The ugly reality is that Al Qaeda will be a lingering menace for years to come. The organization has been largely broken - but the ideology will continue to motivate people to kill.

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