China moves to supplant U.S. as key foreign power in Middle East

Jan 20th, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Foreign Affairs, International Economics, Trade William Nissen 1 min read

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday for the first stop on a closely watched tour that will include visits to Egypt and Iran, as Beijing pushes to widen its access to Middle East oil and potentially supplant Washington as the most influential foreign power operating in the tumultuous region.  


Importation and Liberty

Nov 13th, 2015 Business, Economics, Immigration, International Economics, Liberty, Trade Bill B. May 3 min read

Yesterday, I wrote about Immigration and Liberty in which I examined the various aspects of immigration from a liberty point of view.  Today, I’ll twist that around to look at the immigration of products, rather than people.   We call that importation. There are some similarities between importing products and people.  They both can lower the cost of consumer items.  They can introduce new ideas into…


The World Bank Threatens Free Markets in Peru

Simon Wilson writes:  Peruvians were pleasantly surprised, if a little bewildered, by the news that on the 8th of October they were to receive an extended weekend holiday. The reason for the impromptu vacation was the arrival of the “international community” in Lima for the IMF and World Bank’s annual board of governors meeting. Peru’s president, Ollanta Humala (enjoying a brief respite from an ongoing…