By hesitating to play a full financing role in the latest bailout program for Greece, the International Monetary Fund risks alienating both the Greek government and its European partners. Yet the institution’s approach isn’t just warranted; it could well hold the key to the success of the challenging task of restoring Greece’s growth and financial viability within the euro zone.
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Opponents of the nuclear agreement with Iran see it as a license for Tehran to wreak havoc in the region. Freed from economic pressure and flush with financial resources, the thinking goes, Iran can be expected to unleash its emboldened minions upon Israel and Arab states and undermine U.S. interests. However, contrary to what the critics say, the nuclear deal is far more likely to curb Iran’s regional ambition. It is rather the instability that would follow the failure of the deal that should worry them.
President Barack Obama recently visited a federal prison in Oklahoma as part of his effort to build support for changes to the criminal justice system.
Any Boy Scout can tell you that there are a lot of different types of knots. Square knots. Slip knots. Rope knots. Figure eight knots. They each have a different purpose, significance and importance, and they’re not interchangeable. Kind of like men and women.
Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who was recently identified as the person who killed an iconic Zimbabwean lion, is having a rotten week.
In recent years, the growth of health-care costs has slowed down. This is great news for the federal budget, and for those of us who, you know, get health care occasionally. Unfortunately, researchers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services project that the good news may be over. With the population aging, the economy recovering, and the federal health-care plan expanding coverage, they expect health care cost growth to average almost 6 percent over the next decade.
After years of running bloated Olympic Games criticized for their environmental records, the International Olympic Committee decided to make sustainability a goal, using sport as a way to promote better development. Under IOC President Thomas Bach in 2014, it inaugurated Olympic Agenda 2020, a set of 40 reform principles designed to make the Olympics a “plug-and-play” event: Host cities would be chosen in part because the games already fit into their environments and would do minimal damage.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One Thursday evening, I answered a ringing phone, noting the call wait time as 15 seconds.
WASHINGTON — This is an appeal, plaintive and heartfelt, for couth behavior.
Normally when a terrorist leader like the Taliban’s Mullah Omar is reported dead, it’s good news for the counter-terrorism world. Think Osama bin Laden in 2011. President Obama boasted about that victory all the way to the next election.