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Norway blocks subsidy to Brazil, accusing it of breaking agreement on deforestation

via The Japan Times    Aug 16, 2019

Norway said Thursday it would halt Amazon protection subsidies worth ?30 million ($33 million) to Brazil, which it accused of turning its back on the ...

Greta Thunberg’s sailing adventure to the U.S. no pleasure cruise

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2019

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg poses on board the Malizia II sailing yacht at the Mayflower Marina in Plymouth, southwest England, on Tuesday ahead of her journey across the Atlantic to New York, where she will attend the U.N. Climate Action Summit next month. | AFP-JIJI

Greta Thunberg’s two-week voyage to the United States will be no pleasure cruise.The 16-year-old climate change activist who has inspired student protests around the world ...

Macri refuses to throw in towel after Argentine primary drubbing, currency’s plunge

via The Japan Times    Aug 13, 2019

Mauricio Macri, (left) Argentina's president, speaks as Miguel Angel Pichetto, the leader of Peronism in Argentina's Senate, listens during a press conference at the Presidential Palace (Casa Rosada) in Buenos Aires on Monday. The cost of hedging Argentina's sovereign debt against losses soared to a multiyear high Monday after Macri was unexpectedly defeated by a landslide in a primary vote. | BLOOMBERG

Argentine President Mauricio Macri said he can still get re-elected in October even after ending a key primary vote more than 15 percentage points behind ...

Europe’s first explorers set out in search of what was beyond the horizon

via The Japan Times    Aug 10, 2019

A replica of Ferdinand Magellan's carrack Nao Victoria sails into Saint-Malo harbor in Brittany, France, in September 2016. | AFP-JIJI

The expedition that circumnavigated the globe via the oceans for the first time 500 years ago is among the major journeys of discovery by European ...

500 years later, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s circumnavigation of globe still inspires

via The Japan Times    Aug 10, 2019

A replica of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan's 16th-century carrack Victoria leaves Seville, Spain, in October 2004. | AFP-JIJI

Ferdinand Magellan set off from Spain 500 years ago on an epoch-making voyage to sail all the way around the globe for the first time.The ...

Ebola continues to rage in Africa

via The Japan Times    Aug 10, 2019

The world must do more to combat this outbreak and prevent future ones.

New four-part documentary showcases history of FIBA World Cup

By Ed Odeven
- via The Japan Times    Aug 10, 2019

Before the 2019 FIBA World Cup begins on Aug. 31 in China, basketball’s global governing body is celebrating its rich history with a new four-part ...

Why the US Owes Central America

By Cesar Chelala
- via The Japan Times    Aug 09, 2019

Today's refugee wave is a direct consequence of U.S. interference in Latin America's political and economic development.

Business opportunities in Latin America for Japanese companies

By Javier A. Mazon
-    Mar 26, 2018

Thanks to Texas' proximity to the emerging markets of Central and South America, several major Japanese companies with significant investments in Latin America have set up operations in the state. ...

America and the World in Transition

By Richard N. Haass
- via Foreign Affairs    Nov 23, 2016

As the incoming Trump administration sorts itself out, U.S. allies should develop policy proposals for dealing with pressing global challenges and consider what more they can do on behalf of common...

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