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Health care system Universal health insurance is on the American policy agenda for the fifth time since World War II. In the 1960s, the U.S. chose public coverage for only the elderly and the very poor, while Canada opted for a universal program for hospitals and physicians\' services. As a policy analyst, I know there are lessons to be learned from studying the effect of different approaches in similar jurisdictions. But, as a Canadian with lots of ... 11 years ago
Angela Merkel Sehr verehrte Frau Bundeskanzlerin, aus der Geschichte können wir lernen, dass oft der Zeitgeist die Entwicklung der Gesellschaften bestimmt hat; mancher hatte schlimme oder gar schreckliche Auswirkungen. Die Geschichte lehrt uns auch, dass politisch Verantwortliche nicht selten verhängnisvolle Entscheidungen getroffen haben, weil sie inkompetenten oder ideologisierten Beratern gefolgt sind, und das nicht rechtzeitig ... 11 years ago
Global climate change (warming) There might be feedbacks in the climate system that we aren't aware of yet. The amount of carbon in the oceans and atmosphere changes suddenly and dramatically. The oceans are acidified and significant extinctions result. On land, global temperatures increase anywhere from five to nine degrees Celsius, causing widespread habitat disruptions. Despite the sudden onset of the event, its impact lingers for 100 thousand years. his might ... 11 years ago
Mir-Hossein Mousavi Iran's defeated presidential challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, declared today that he considered Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's new government illegitimate, and called for protests to continue.In a defiant statement posted on his website, the moderate leader also called for the release of detained "children of the revolution" – a reference to reformist figures arrested since the 12 June poll. Iran's national police chief said 1,032 people ... 11 years ago
Political situation in China - 在中国政治局 For the China net citizens of the world's biggest online community, it was a rare victory. At the 11th hour, and with no proper explanation, the Chinese government, the most assiduous internet censor on the planet, engineered a sudden climbdown.Instead of proceeding with plans to transform its notorious Great Firewall internet censor with new tools known as Green Dam, the authorities desisted. A terse statement ran on the Xinhua news ... 11 years ago
Political situation in Pakistan As its army confronts, ever more bloodily, the Taliban in the Swat Valley, Pakistan is fighting for its very soul. The army appears to be winning this time around, in marked contrast to its recent half-hearted confrontations with Taliban forces in neighboring tribal areas. For now, the Taliban are on the run, some with shaved beards and some in burqas , to avoid being recognized and thrashed. The reason is simple: increasingly, ... 11 years ago
Political sit. in Iran - الوضع السياسي Orchestrated media campaign to discredit the Iran political situation.On May 16, 2007, the London Daily Telegraph reported that Bush regime official John Bolton told the Telegraph that a US military attack on Iran would "be a ‘last option’ after economic sanctions and attempts to foment a popular revolution had failed."We are now witnessing in Tehran US "attempts to foment a popular revolution" in the guise of another ... 11 years ago
Iranian presidential election 2009 Iran's Guardian Council has suggested that the number of votes collected in 50 cities surpass the number of people eligible to cast ballot in those areas. The council's Spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, who was speaking on the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Channel 2 on Sunday, made the remarks in response to complaints filed by Mohsen Rezaei -- a defeated candidate in the June 12 Presidential election. "Statistics ... 11 years ago
Iranian presidential election 2009 The crisis of legitimacy that has been unfolding in the wake of Iran's contested elections is one that cannot be expressed through simplistic nostrums. The social and political tensions that have been building since the Islamic revolution have gained pace since the emergence of the Reformists as a serious political force. What they speak to are a set of concerns that can only be understood in an Iranian context. The problems encompassed ... 11 years ago
Indian National Congress The Congress Party’s unexpected landslide in India’s general election was greeted with euphoria. Many believe that Congress – with its commitment to secular values, economic growth, and helping the poor – now has a mandate to transform India into a great power. Business and financial interests, in particular, are delighted with the outcome, crowing about the bonanza about to be unleashed as Congress liberalizes ... 11 years ago

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