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  • China's cold but cleaner skies bring an economic challenge

    As winter’s approach brings the first days of heavy smog, thanks to coal-burning heaters, Beijing residents are donning air-filter masks or hunkering down indoors. The good news is that China’s air quality has been improving since 2013, though readings are still several times higher than what the World Health Organization recommends. Beijing has proved its war on pollution can work.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:00:44 -0400
  • With legal recreational pot, Canada leads way into uncharted territory

    Canada’s capital city is known for being sleepy, sometimes stodgy. In doing so Canada has moved to the forefront of global drug policy. In open breach of the United Nations conventions on drugs, it has clearly stated that in principle, it does not believe that prohibition of marijuana serves the public good, after nearly 100 years of signing laws to the contrary.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 16:37:29 -0400
  • To fight corruption, Kenyans study integrity

    Kenya’s official body for fighting corruption conducted a survey last year, and it was shocked at the results. The number of people paying bribes for government services had risen to 62 percent, up from 46 percent two years earlier. The survey found corruption was now seen as the country’s leading problem.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:46:06 -0400
  • Signs mount of a fundamental shift in US-China ties

    It began as a trade dispute, but it’s becoming much more: a fundamental shift between the United States and China, the single most important great-power relationship in today’s world. One wild card – the initially warm, now decidedly cooler, relationship between President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping – could yet exert a restraining effect.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:43:28 -0400
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