In The News

Louis Nelson July 21, 2017
The US departments of Homeland Security and Labor have announced that they will issue up to 15,000 additional H-2B visas for temporary, non-agricultural workers this year. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly explained the decision to increase the Congressionally-approved cap of 66,000 H-2B visas per year as a supply-and-demand problem: “there are not enough qualified and willing US workers...
Peng Qinqin and Leng Cheng July 21, 2017
China’s outbound foreign investments are shrinking as the government tries to rein in debt and encourage “rational” investments, report Peng Qinqin and Leng Cheng for Caixin. For the first six months of this year, they note that China’s nonfinancial outbound investment plunged by nearly half from the previous year to $48.19 billion, adding that scrutiny is applied to “deals in real estate, hotels...
July 20, 2017
Judicial reforms initiated by Poland’s governing party Law and Justice, of which the President Andrzej Duda is a close ally, are coming closer to fruition, but with substantial criticism in both Poland and abroad. Proposed legislation would “trigger the immediate dismissal of current judges in the Supreme Court” and then allow the justice minister to appoint both Supreme Court replacements and...
Shiraz Maher July 20, 2017
The Islamic State held Mosul for only a short period, entering in July 2014. Waging battle since October 2016, a coalition of troops has resumed control of what was once Iraq’s second largest city. “Yet the battleground defeats by the Iraqi army and the US-led Western coalition (which includes the UK, Germany and France), as well as Kurdish forces, have done little to dent the triumphalism of the...
Adam Taylor July 19, 2017
One group of separatists announced that eastern Ukraine is a new country, one that will be close with Russia. A map displayed during the announcement described all of Ukraine, except Crimea, as Malorossiya, or Little Russia. “The move seems to undermine the faltering Minsk peace agreement, a 2015 deal reached between Russian-backed rebels and the government in Kiev that sought to end the violence...
AJ Dellinger July 18, 2017
Spam communications waste time and money and contribute to users’ disdain for new devices. A new study ranks countries by spam and finds that India, the United States and Brazil receive the highest amount of spam telephone calls. Users in India average more than 22 spam calls per month and those in Brazil and the United States average more than 20. The study was done by Truecaller which markets...
Robert J. Shiller July 18, 2017
Cities, as vibrant economic hub, can become unaffordable. Inequality rises, eventually driving some residents away. “If too many lifelong inhabitants are driven out by rising housing prices, the city itself suffers from a loss of identity and even culture,” explains Robert Shiller, professor of economics at Yale University. “As such people depart, an expensive city gradually becomes an enclave of...

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