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Foreign Affairs Magazine Presents the Global Economy’s “Up-and-Coming Markets”

Foreign Affairs Magazine Presents the Global Economy’s “Up-and-Coming Markets”

The January-February issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, which is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), presents a special package on the new “Up-and-Coming Markets” in the global economy. The six markets featured in this special issue are Mexico, South Kroea, Poland, Turkey, Philippines, and the Mekong region. The …

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Trade-based Money Laundering: New Impetus for an Old Threat

Trade-based Money Laundering: New Impetus for an Old Threat

The phrase “money laundering” conjures images of suitcases crammed with $100 bills being snuck across the border by a drug cartel courier, and funds being wired into and out of bank accounts in a dizzying series of globe-circling transactions. Those are apt examples of two of the three main methods …

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High Frequency Trading: A High-Profile Target Once Again

High Frequency Trading: A High-Profile Target Once Again

High frequency trading (HFT) of securities has become a high-profile target on both sides of the Atlantic in recent weeks.
On September 2, Italy began imposing a tax of 0.02 percent on many order changes and …

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Aspiring Entrepreneur? Then Go East, Young Man (or Woman)

Aspiring Entrepreneur? Then Go East, Young Man (or Woman)

 
Singapore is the easiest place in the world for small- and medium-sized domestic companies to do business, with Hong Kong and New Zealand trailing immediately behind, and Malaysia and South Korea rounding out the Asia-Pacific region’s representation in the top 10, according to a

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Some Realities Behind China’s Call for a “De-Americanized World”

Some Realities Behind China’s Call for a “De-Americanized World”

 
How serious is China about “the introduction of a new reserve currency to replace the dominant U.S. dollar,” one of its proposed steps for creating the “de-Americanized world” that the official

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Battling Extreme Poverty in Bangladesh Part 2: Is Bangladesh on the Right Path?

Battling Extreme Poverty in Bangladesh Part 2: Is Bangladesh on the Right Path?

 
As the target year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) draws closer, the international community has been reflecting on the development successes and failures of the past decades.[i] When it comes to poverty reduction, countries that can be labeled as success cases have followed one of two …

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Can Business Help Build International Harmony?

Can Business Help Build International Harmony?

The United Nations Global Compact Says, “Yes, Indeed!”
By John Paluszek
Is “Business For Peace” a non-sequitur? Not at all, especially  for all who participated in the United Nations Global Compact’s “Business For Peace” launch event during the Compact’s mid-September “2013 Leaders Summit” in New York City.
The two-day Summit — with some 1,500 …

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A Candid Discussion with Steve Rhodes

A Candid Discussion with Steve Rhodes

 
As the Middle East continues to plunge in a multi-faceted and what appears to be an increasingly regional crisis, there are debates and even hope about the future of entrepreneurship in the region in the face of the Arab Spring. Corruption, the status of women, the Israeli Palestinian conflict, Iran’s nuclear program, and …

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Attracting FDI: Openness Helps, But Opportunity Rules

Attracting FDI: Openness Helps, But Opportunity Rules

 

 
If a country had the most-restrictive regulations on foreign direct investment (FDI) of 55 nations studied, where do you think it would rank among those nations in terms of actually attracting investment from abroad?
If you said “First,” you obviously would be flaunting conventional economic …

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Some Good News (Seriously) About U.S. – Russian Relations

Some Good News (Seriously) About U.S. – Russian Relations

Trying to say something upbeat about U.S.- Russian relations this week entails the same risks as going to a wake intent on offering words that will cheer up the deceased’s widow. The observation that, “At least you won’t have to put up with his snoring anymore” may be accurate enough, …

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What “Extending a Hand to the Poor” Too Often Really Means

What “Extending a Hand to the Poor” Too Often Really Means

 
The Irish playwright Brendan Behan once opined that, “I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn’t make it worse.” Behan was hardly an unbiased commentator, having misspent his youth in activities that assured a mutual antipathy between the literary giant and the law enforcement community, but …

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Aid for Trade’s Positive Impact Must Reach Local Markets to be Effective

Aid for Trade’s Positive Impact Must Reach Local Markets to be Effective

 
After receiving and reviewing an advanced copy of the Organization of Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) 2013 report Aid for Trade at a Glance: Connecting to Value Chains, I am intrigued by the ongoing process of replacing a portion of direct foreign aid with viable bi- and multi-lateral trade agreements that help …

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Reducing Remittance Costs: A Matter of Competition, Technology — and Post Offices

Reducing Remittance Costs: A Matter of Competition, Technology — and Post Offices

 
Ten years ago, it was typical for 20 percent or more of the money a migrant worker sent to his or her family in a developing nation to be eaten up by transmission costs. Thanks to factors including increased competition and technological advances, that percentage has dropped steadily over the …

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SWF Accountability, Transparency: Improvements Noted; More Needed

SWF Accountability, Transparency: Improvements Noted; More Needed

 
Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have made progress in improving their accountability and transparency over the last five years, but more can and should be done. That’s the assessment of Dr. Edwin M. (Ted) Truman, a senior fellow at …

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Mining Continues to Polarize

Mining Continues to Polarize

As old as Cortez and colonialism, the quest to satisfy modern appetites underlines economic scarcity and, increasingly, political instability. Mining in less-mature economies runs the same risks as its fossil fuel cousins.
Over several days in late May, protestors in Kyrgyzstan cut off power to …

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Senior Blogger

Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker

Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist and contributing editor with The Epoch Times (www.theepochtimes.com). She also contributes to Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists and Poynter.org. Her blog on journalism is http://artofreportage.com.

Genevieve has traveled throughout the U.S., Asia, Central America, Israel and the West Bank for reporting assignments, including major investigative reports on the recovery of New Orleans, the encroaching presence of China in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the dangerous import of melamine-contaminated milk into the U.S. and settlement outposts in the West Bank. She regularly reports on issues related to journalism, and the work of journalists.

She holds a BA from the University of Southern California in International Relations, and has been a member of several prominent national and international professional media organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the New York Press Club, and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel with her husband and son.

Areas of Focus:
New Media; Journalism; Culture and Society

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