Category archives: Global Affairs

Our Dual-Purpose Immigration System

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The debate over the interplay (or apparent conflict) between values and capitalism is one with both theoretical and practical applications. It raises questions of whether maximizing value in the marketplace is inherently immoral, or whether profit-driven international development dilutes the true purpose of development work. But one of the most complex, prac[...]

The Case of the Vanishing Orphanage

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Originally posted at Smorgasblurb."You are the first American group to ever visit our community." Simon's words sent chills through the missions team that had ventured to his remote Kenyan village. It was a risk to come to such an isolated place, but its undiscovered magnetism was also its allure. Their arrival was a momentous step in a long journey.Several [...]

Rockstar Capitalism in the Developing World

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The three quotations below carry virtually the same message, yet come from very different sources:"Aid is just a stop-gap. Commerce [and] entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid.""In dealing with poverty here and around the world, welfare and foreign aid are a Band-Aid. Free enterprise is a cure.""Entrepreneurship is the most sur[...]

Labor Market Reform in Mexico: Melodrama, Labor Mavens and a Dagger in the Heart of Stagflation

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There are fireworks going off in Mexico, and I am not referring to pretty pops of light in the sky. The explosive issue of labor market reform has caught fire on Mexico's national stage and will bring in the New Year with a blaze.As reported by Reuters, earlier this fall, departing President Felipe Calderon introduced a controversial labor market reform bill[...]

The RJ Moeller Show: Jenny Yang and Chris Horst

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Our first guest this week on "The RJ Moeller Show" is Jenny Yang from World Relief. Jenny Yang is the director of advocacy and policy for the Refugee and Immigration program at World Relief. In this position, Jenny works with members of Congress, their staffers, and the administration to improve refugee and immigration policy. She pr[...]

Market Solutions in Mexico: Challenging the Myth of “Government Can”

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University students in Mexico are raising questions that portend changes to come in their country: "If the government is so great, why don't we have security, an efficient court system or reliable roads? Why do we face such trouble and instability?"Economist and Institute for Humane Studies economics program officer Mario Villarreal-Diaz understand[...]

A Different Kind of Aid in Africa

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Responding to allegations that Africa is submitting to a new era of colonialism, economist and bestselling author Dambisa Moyo describes a different scene. In a recent article in the New York Times, Moyo enthusiastically observes that the African economy is reaching for new horizons—and China is helping it get there.As the two countries continue to engage in[...]