When we North Americans think of the differences between the fabulously wealthy Arab sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf and ourselves, we think mostly in political terms. We think of their attitude towards women and how it compares to prevailing views here after four decades of female liberation. We compare their strict religiosity to our secularism. […]
Neil Hrab is the Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, in Washington, D.C.
“We need you to call Israel.” A few weeks ago, a friend who works in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) called me up and spoke those very words. It was 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning in Toronto, where I live. My friend works as a reporter in Dubai, the UAE’s commercial capital. I met […]
Upon returning from a United Nations-sponsored conclave in 1954, philanthropist Preston Hotchkis warned Americans to “[g]et acquainted with the United Nations, because what it does can touch your pocketbook.” Hotchkis would not be surprised at how just many times his warning proved correct in the next 50 years. Many Americans are still not aware of […]
The United Nations has gone through some tough times of late. The body faces a public relation disaster over a tell-all book by three U.N. employees. It charges that peacekeeping operations are chock full of waste and abuse. Allegations of U.N. mismanagement of the Iraqi Oil-for-Food program have led to a formal investigation. Its image […]
As I listen to the debate over outsourcing, I’m reminded of the song “Everything Old Is New Again.” Some pundits discuss outsourcing — that is, shifts in jobs and investments between national jurisdictions — as a new phenomenon. But if you do a bit of digging, you’ll find that outsourcing is hardly new, and neither […]
It’s not easy to explain the anti-globalization movement’s attraction or its successes. Much of the writing on the movement’s growth, ideology, and influence veers into impenetrable thickets of post-modern theory (e.g., Naomi Klein’s indigestible No Logo), so non-stoned readers often find it tough sledding, and give up. But that may be an altogether unfortunate response. […]
“Who are those guys?” That’s the question that keeps popping up in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The pair of outlaws find themselves pursued by a posse of lawmen. Try as they might, Butch and the Kid cannot throw them off their trail, thus the exasperated query. Fifteen years ago, some Americans must have […]