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Category: International Business Times

China-Latin America Relations: In Ecuador, Dependency On Beijing Financing Of Development Projects Raises Fears, Uncertainty For Some

International Business Times Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The long stretch of roadway snaking through the parched, rolling hills outside this sleepy Ecuadorean port city will one day wind up at the foot of one of the country’s most buzzed-about development projects: a mega-refinery that will transform Ecuador […]

With Fourth Republican Debate In 3 Months, Candidates Continue To Be Must-See TV, Analysts Say

International Business Times John Carroll, College of Communication The fluctuating race for the Republican presidential nomination has seen poll numbers rise and fall rise after each debate, prompting candidates’ campaigns to draft a list of demands for greater control in future debates, then abandoning those demands before continuing to complain about supposed unfairnesses in these events… Expert quote: “Candidates are using […]

Pension Funds Considering Fossil Fuel Divestment, Socially Responsible Investments Get Boost From Labor Department

International Business Times David Webber, School of Law The U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn an arcane George W. Bush-era measure that critics say discouraged pension trustees from making socially responsible investment decisions — like divesting from energy companies that contribute to climate change… Expert quote: “The rationale can’t be, ‘We hate coal, we’re dumping it, […]

Theo Epstein, Curse Killer: How Chicago Cubs Exec’s ‘Moneyball’ Approach Sparked NLCS Run

International Business Times Andy Andres, College of General Studies Theo Epstein, architect of a ragtag group of young Chicago Cubs sluggers and resurgent veterans, has affirmed his reputation as baseball’s resident curse killer — regardless of whether the Cubs overcome their 3-0 deficit against the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series… Expert quote: […]

Study: Sleep apnea may increase risk of gout

International Business Times Yuqing Zhang, School of Medicine People suffering from sleep apnea have a 60 percent higher risk of gout, a new study reveals. In the research, which appeared in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, the authors sought to establish the association of the commonly diagnosed sleeping disorder to the risk of gout… Expert quote: “Since sleep […]

Amid Kunduz Takeover, Who Is Funding The Taliban? Iran, Drug Money Fuels Afghanistan Conflict

International Business Times Thomas Barfield, College of Arts & Sciences Afghan forces, supported by NATO airstrikes, stepped up an intense campaign Tuesday to retake the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz a day after Taliban militants drove out Afghan forces and raised their trademark white flag throughout the strategically significant city… Expert quote: “People living in Kunduz had been complaining to […]

Xi Jinping Visit: What Do US Businesses Want From China?

International Business Times Greg Stoller, Questrom School of Business Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States has brought out corporate leaders hopeful for easing trade relations between the countries… Expert quote: “There has been some friction in the past year or two from the Chinese government levying fines on non-chinese businesses.” View full […]

Racist Atticus Finch In ‘Go Set A Watchman': Scholars Predict Shift In How Harper Lee’s Classic Will Be Taught

International Business Times John Matthews, College of Arts & Sciences Now that Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” is out and there are shocked reactions to the recasting of Atticus Finch, the heroic lawyer representing an unfairly accused black defendant in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” as a bigot, it raises questions about how the classic will be […]

NBA Finals 2015 MVP: LeBron James’ Dominant Statistical Performance Couldn’t Overcome Cavaliers Loss, History

International Business Times Tom Whalen, College of General Studies Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena erupted in boos late Tuesday night when Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Andre Iguodala, not LeBron James, had won the 2015 NBA Finals MVP award… Expert quote: “You look around him, it’s LeBron James and four guys he picked up on the […]

China, Brazil, Peru Eye Transcontinental Railway Megaproject

International Business Times Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies A major South American infrastructure deal is in the works as China’s prime minister tours the region this week… Expert quote: “Latin America will benefit the most if this is done right. High-speed rail could help get products to the Pacific, […]