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Diego Zuluaga Laguna
22 July 2015
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We tend to forget how much of a basket case Latin America was only forty years ago. From 1959 onwards, the continent’s countries were, one by one and with few exceptions, gripped by...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
27 May 2015
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The Left’s enthusiasm for Venezuela has waned significantly of late. As the country is gripped by galloping inflation, massive shortages of food and other essentials, and a steep...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
7 May 2015
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In the ongoing negotiations for a free trade pact between the EU and the US, the question of investment protection, and in particular the infamous investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause,...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
22 April 2015
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Ever since the new European Commission took over at the end of last year, TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) has been the talk of the town in Brussels. Like Jean-Claude...
Philip Booth
16 April 2015
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We are frequently given quite pessimistic assessments of the environment and of the world economy through Vatican documents, lectures and homilies. Sometimes these are designed to make us think or...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
13 March 2015
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A report from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee released today called for stricter environmental protections to be included in the free-trade deal currently being negotiated by the...
Philip Booth
29 January 2015
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In recent months the global elite, including the Catholic head of the Bank of England Mark Carney, have joined Pope Francis in expressing concern about inequality. The issue was also discussed at...
Ryan Bourne
19 January 2015
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Global capitalism has eradicated poverty and generated prosperity in the developing world at an unprecedented rate. You might imagine that a global anti-poverty charity, such as Oxfam, would...
Steven Horwitz
24 December 2014
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The recent signals by the Obama Administration that they might wish to normalise relations with Cuba should be welcomed by freedom lovers everywhere. Unfortunately, we have already seen criticism...
Matthew Sinclair
11 December 2014
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The headline is quite simple: ‘Inequality hurts economic growth, finds OECD research’. The reality is somewhat more complex. Here are four things you need to know about the new OECD...
Philip Booth
7 October 2014
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There is a time and a place for ‘sloganeering’ – the use of casual phrases to communicate complex messages. In my view, ordained ministers of the Church should avoid sloganeering...
Christian Bjørnskov
6 October 2014
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Despite widespread growth and unprecedented prosperity, almost a billion people live in absolute poverty. An entire industry has developed with the sole purpose of helping these people. Yet, many...
Sam Collins
17 August 2014
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It is easy to pick up a newspaper, watch television or look on a blog and assume the end is nigh. Between foreign affairs crises, demographic time bombs, debt icebergs and having only hours left to...
Philip Booth
31 July 2014
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There is no shortage of concern about the UK’s large balance of payments deficit. Many in the government are trying to solve it by cajoling British companies to export more with lots of new...
Razeen Sally
22 July 2014
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It is commonplace to think, as Adam Smith did, of the wealth of nations. Now we should also focus on ‘cities and the wealth of nations’. More than ever, cities are the lifeblood of the...
Arshia Hashemi
30 May 2014
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Problems with foreign aid are pervasive. There is plenty of discussion in the development community about aid worsening corruption in recipient countries, delaying progress towards democracy and...
Philip Booth and Sushil Mohan
3 March 2014
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Fairtrade is part of the rich tapestry of institutions that develops in market economies to bring together consumers and producers. Fairtrade opens up an additional trading channel within the market...
Keith Boyfield
10 February 2014
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In 1960, Nigeria was the world’s biggest exporter of oil palm products, accounting for over 40 per cent of the world market. Today, it hardly registers at all, ranking just 24th among global...
Philip Booth
23 January 2014
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Those on the left of the political spectrum argue that many of the world’s problems are caused by big business exploiting the poor. Those who support a free economy, meanwhile, lay many of the...
Razeen Sally
24 June 2013
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The US, EU and China are the Big Three in the world. Since the global financial crisis, the conventional wisdom is that the US and EU are in decline, while China races ahead. I would turn this...