I am sharing a copy of my new article on PRC activities in Brazil that originally appeared in Newsmax.
While partly related to Brazil's size, it is of note that, largely unnoticed in Washington D.C., Brazil is one of the countries in Latin America where the most significant major Chinese commercial advances have occurred during the past year.
One of the great pleasures of my career is that I've gotten to interview several Nobel Prize economists, Here's the beginning of an interview I conducted in 2007 with this year's winner, Richard Thaler. He was the inventor, along with psychologist Daniel Kahnemann, of "behavioral economics." This school recognizes that people are not Vulcan-like utility-maximizing rationalists, but human beings--a heresy in orthodox economics. At the time, Obama was looking into his views for economic advice.
I am sharing a new piece of my work, in interview format, regarding Panama’s recognition of the People’s Republic of China. It is available through World Politics Review, whose journalist, Omar Rahman, did the interview with me:
Merle Phillips is a petite 110-year old 4’9” fireball who keeps doing big things. She’s writing her twelfth book and recently created a new version of Scrabble to pitch to game-maker Hasbro. Reaching 110 makes Merle a “super-centenarian.” This is a most exclusive club. There are likely fewer than 50 American super-centenarians alive today.
Gradually, inch by painful inch, the central bankers are losing their clothes – the comforting ideology that has enveloped them like a warm garment for more than a generation. This is the ideology, or “regime”, of central bank independence and inflation targeting (CBI+IT). Oh, how shy they are! Look how they hold onto any scraps!
Last Sunday I gave a speech at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy. The center website quotes Adlai Stevenson, who twice ran for president in the 1950's: "A free society is a society in which it is safe to be unpopular." Never was that more true or more apt than today.