Category: Voice of America

In Iraq, Syria, Battling to Preserve Cultural Heritage Under Siege

Voice of America Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences The cultural heritage of Syria and Iraq is under siege, suffering collateral damage from years of war and deliberate assaults from the Islamic State and other religious extremists… Expert quote: “A lot of brave men and women in Syria and Iraq are doing everything they […]

New Test Predicts Which Chemicals Could Cause Cancer

Voice of America Stefano Monti, School of Medicine Many chemicals have been linked to the development of cancer, but the cancer-causing potential of thousands of others is unknown.  Now, researchers have developed a simple test that can identify which chemicals have negative long-term health effects… Expert quote: “And basically will help both the regulatory agencies […]

Ukraine Crisis, Sanctions Taking Toll on Russia Economy

Voice of America Igor Lukes, College of Arts & Sciences Although Russian leaders have downplayed the impact of recent U.S. and European sanctions, analysts say capital has been pouring out of the country as risk-averse investors seek safer returns… Expert quote: “I think what has to happen is that the sanctions have to have an […]

Rising US Interest Rates Cause Market Turmoil in Other Nations

Voice of America Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy The Federal Reserve gave the improving U.S. economy a vote of confidence this past week, saying it no longer needs as much stimulus to keep growing.  The Fed’s actions will raise key U.S. interest rates, but some economists say it has […]

US Fed Chairman Steps Down After 8 Difficult Years

Voice of America Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy U. S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke steps down Friday after guiding the world’s largest economy through years of tumult.  Bernanke wins praise for crisis management and some criticism for unfinished reforms… Expert quote: “That reform agenda does not even come […]

Yellen Appointment to Head US Central Bank Wins Overseas Praise

Voice of America Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy The appointment of Janet Yellen to head the powerful U.S. central bank is winning praise on the international front… Expert quote: “I think there will be a smooth transition. Obviously, she’s been vice chairman since 2010 and she’s worked very closely […]