Category: Associated Press

Chile’s president trying Cabinet reshuffle in attempt to salvage ambitious reform plans

Associated Press Renata Keller, College of Arts & Sciences In shaking up her entire Cabinet, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is trying to salvage an ambitious reform package amid growing scandals and contain a political crisis… Expert quote: “They’re going to have to work with the justice system, investigate the scandals and study the laws so […]

Hillary’s Brooklyn HQ choice hits populist vibe

Associated Press Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication The 19-story office building rises unassumingly from downtown Brooklyn, its upper floors offering sweeping views of the bustling streets below, the iconic nearby Manhattan skyline and the famed bridges that span the East River… Expert quote: “For 99.9 percent of voters, they will have no idea where a […]

China’s Xi seen at center of emerging culture of praise

Associated Press Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences His smiling visage beams from decorative plates and plastic trinkets sold in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square… Expert quote: “Xi is actively trying to rein in precisely those elements of Chinese socio-political life – intellectual pluralism, popular participation, institutional checks and balances – that most of us would […]

Report: China loaned $22 billion to Latin America in 2014

Associated Press Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences Chinese state-owned banks loaned $22.1 billion to Latin American countries last year, helping to keep afloat struggling economies that have been hit hard by a fall in prices for oil, minerals and other commodities that they export, according to new numbers released Thursday by the U.S. […]

Toxic chocolate Valentine surprise

Associated Press Sean Palfrey, School of Medicine Consumer health watchdog As You Sow filed notices of legal action today against Hershey’s, See’s Candies, and Mars, alleging violation of California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act for failure to warn consumers of the toxic chemical cadmium in the companies’ chocolate products… Expert quote: “No amount […]

China emerges as Latin America’s lender of last resort

Associated Press Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences As soon as she landed in Beijing this week, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner began lauding new deals with what she called the world’s “No. 1 economy,” ranging from two proposed nuclear power plants to joint space exploration… Expert quote: “China sees (Latin America) as […]

Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy

Associated Press Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country’s long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy… Expert quote: “If you look back I cannot even remember how many times one has held one’s head in disgust […]