Let The People Go: The International Way Forward We All Know

At the beginnin of the year, Italy made a salacious statement. It accused France of impoverishing Africa. Italy sighted the manipulation of the French controlled CFA Franc which many see as the heart of fancophone Africa’s financial woes. Much like the world’s antiquated financial system, built arbitrarily on the values assigned by former colonial powers,…

Italy’s Money Challenge: From Austerity to Freedom

Italy has faced a massive influx of foreign national and refugees to its shores, and recently made incendiary statements regarding Frances’ role in the continuing instability in Africa. Italy’s inflammatory statements likely comes out of a state of frustration and helplessness, as it grapples to handle its own economic instability and the steady consuming wave…

A Resurgence of Bilateral Agreements

As recently as January 2019, Norway signed a Bilateral Maritime Arrangement with the United States. According to an official release by the Kingdom, the arrangement that “advances maritime threat response collaboration between the two nations.” The arrangement has far reaching applications and may indicate a critical pivot for the Norwegian nation on the international stage….

India, The Builder

The India Finance Ministry has projected growth to jump from 7.5 percent over its previously projected 7.2 percent for the 2019-2020. India has been quietly pushing industry ahead with its partnerships and its economic reforms in the early 90s according to its Finance Minister. Forbes lists India as the fastest growing economy in the world…

Making Small Farmers Count

In January of this year, Hawaii extended a series of workshops for the specialty crop block grant and marketing assistance programs. The workshops were in response to funds released by the U.S. Farm Bill and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make local farmers internationally competitive in the area of specialized crops. The six…

Executive Steps, Quotidian Leaps: The Cause and Effect World

According to data from the U.S. Federal Register, the current president has signed 93 executive orders as of the second week of February 2019. At only three years in, he is on pace to meet or exceed his predecessors in the office. Most recently, two exective orders were signed with great import. The first was…

The Economics of Dominance: A New World Order

Just when it seemed a comprise had been reached between China and the US on trade; there was the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Arrested in Canada for extradition on December 1, Meng faces charges levied by the US Justice Department. The unusual case has come under scrutiny and garnered nervous murmurs from sectors…

Immigration: A Historic Cost in Dollars

As the world continues to connect via globalization, advanced communication and travel, immigration has continued to rise. Most notably immigration has rose exponentially in European and Western enclaves around the world. “You should see Paris now, it’s little Africa.” She said with a chuckle. The francophone African woman I was interviewing for a story was…

Exporting Small Businesses

Census data from 2016 revealed that of the nearly 6 million businesses employing Americans in the U.S., 99.7 percent were small to medium enterprises (SMEs).  Many economies think that there is a secret to the U.S. success story–and granted, without the boost of American Chattel slavery the nation likely could not have advanced at such…

The Korean Quotient: Hedging Bets in Asia

With just 22 percent of its topography composed of arable land, South Korea is a nation of hills and mountains. Island nations and nations with little arable land must often balance between domestic production and international imports to feed its citizens and maintain prudent import/export levels. While rice is the Republic of South Korea’s (ROK)…

The Asian Dream: Vietnam’s Rise From Ruin

It is hard to believe that just 45 years ago, Vietnam was reeling from a long bitter war with U. S., the most powerful nation on the planet at that time.  In March of 1973, the last US troops withdrew from Vietnam and former U.S. president, Richard M. Nixon is reported declaring, “the day we…

The West and the Rest: Growth and A Green-Eyed Monster

“The West vs. The Rest,” a term coined from the ideology of famed political science professor Samuel Huntington, seems to be a growing phenomenon in the world today. In Huntington’s book, the Clash of Civilization, he appeared to be more narrowly focused on the rise of the Mideast, rather than the growing dichotomy that has…