Yes, a trade war could hurt everyone. But we're not there yet
“We are losing to China,” US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer told a House committee on Wednesday. “China is not afraid, nor will it dodge a trade war,” China’s former Vice Commerce Minister Wei Jianguo responded in an interview with Bloomberg. On Thursday, the Trump administration pulled out its saber – announcing it would impose tariffs on at least $50 billion worth of Chinese goods pouring into the United States.
In tense south Lebanon, UN force proves it helps to just talk
Tensions have risen between Israel and the militant Lebanese organization Hezbollah and its patron Iran this past year, prompting many on both sides to wonder if a new war will soon shatter a calm that has lasted more than 11 years. One is that the promise of massive destruction to both Lebanon and Israel in the next war – worse even than both sides suffered in the summer of 2006 – has served as a powerful deterrence and ensured that the violence has remained mostly at the level of rhetoric rather than military action. Recommended: How much do you know about Israel?
Trump's action on China helps all inventors
It also could nudge China to better honor a cornerstone idea of the world trading system. The idea is that individuals who invent a widget or create a great work serve a grand purpose for all by bringing forth a useful discovery. To nurture such progress, their work deserves temporary legal protections from theft.
For doctor in Congo's overlooked conflict, 'crisis fatigue' isn't an option
Dr. Elvis Badianga Kumbu can tell a lot about what’s happening in this part of Congo by the stories women tell him. The few paved roads that run through the region are cratered with potholes as deep as small swimming pools.