Tag Archive | Development

“Pistol plan” shows why peace celebrations in Colombia premature

“Pistol plan” shows why peace celebrations in Colombia premature

“Pistol plan” shows why peace celebrations in Colombia premature

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Cuba loosens control on restaurant cooperatives

Cuba loosens control on restaurant cooperatives

Cuba announced on Tuesday that some cooperatives offering food and other services will be able to buy supplies directly from government producers and wholesale outlets for the first time, part of a wider but so far cautiously implemented market reform program. The new rules mean some former state-run companies turned into cooperatives on the Communist-led […]

Venezuela changes hour to help ease energy crisis

Venezuela changes hour to help ease energy crisis

Venezuela has reversed a half-hour time change that was one of the signature measures of former president Hugo Chávez’s idiosyncratic 14-year rule. Chávez turned Venezuela’s clocks back 30 minutes in 2007 so that children could wake up for school in daylight. But his successor, Nicolás Maduro, has decided to return to the previous system, four […]

China, Cambodia ink new economic pact

China, Cambodia ink new economic pact

On March 25, China and Cambodia inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in science and technology. The MoU, valid for 3 years, will see the Chinese side train Cambodian officials in science, technology and innovation. The MoU was publicized by both sides as an injection of human capital investment to address skill shortage […]

Palestinian PM says willing to step down for unity

Palestinian PM says willing to step down for unity

The Palestinian government said on Tuesday it was ready to step down to enable a new national unity government, as rivals Fatah and Hamas engaged in a new reconciliation effort. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was “ready to resign to support the formation of a national unity government and to take every effort to achieve genuine […]

Singapore’s new political reforms

Singapore’s new political reforms

This week, in an address to Parliament, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong identified key reforms in the electoral system which he believes would lead to greater political stability. In summary, he proposed to raise the minimum number of opposition members of parliament (MPs), grant voting power to non-constituency MPs, reduce or merge group representation […]

Canada will fix its indigenous welfare program

Canada will fix its indigenous welfare program

Canada’s federal government has pledged to overhaul its broken First Nation child welfare program after a human rights body found it was racially discriminating against aboriginal youth by underfunding the system. Tuesday’s ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is being called one of the most important rights decisions related to the country’s First Nations […]