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The trade deficit, and how much a country exports or imports, is only part of the story. AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Why trade deficits aren’t so bad

Americans seem to believe trade deficits are a bad thing, partly because of arguments suggesting they mean the US is 'losing.' An economist explains why that's rubbish.
The 18th Asian Games in Indonesia has every potential as an alternative means to promote peace. www.shutterstock.com

Can the Asian Games promote peace?

How can sporting events like the Asian Games contribute to global peace?
The outrage over Trump’s comments at the joint press conference meant an opportunity for meaningful debate about policy was lost. AAP/EPA/Anatoly Maltsev

In the outrage over the Trump-Putin meeting, important questions were overlooked

The extensive media coverage of the Helsinki meeting was almost universally critical of Trump, which overshadowed the chance to ask more meaningful questions about how the world deals with Russia.
The wife of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reacts to an explosion during a public event, which the regime says was a drone attempting to assassinate the president (Aug. 4, 2018). Venezolana de Television via AP

Drone attack or no, Venezuela’s Maduro regime is probably here to stay

How long can a rogue regime survive assassination attempts, sanctions, bankruptcy, humanitarian crisis and mass unrest? When it comes to Venezuela, President Maduro may cling to power for some time.
Travel is up around the world – but not to the US. Rawpixel.com/shutterstock

Tourism to the US is in a ‘Trump slump’ - truth or fiction?

In 2016, the number of international tourists to the US dropped by more than 2 percent, while tourism trended upward worldwide. There are several explanations for the dip.

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