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Chinese Entrepreneurs Leaving China
A new report by China Merchants Bank (CMB) and Bain & Company finds that many entrepreneurs are choosing to leave China, rather than to start businesses at home Sheng Wang reports in The Diplomat.

“The most prominent [reason for leaving] are environmental issues like air pollution and the low quality of drinking water and food safety. Many people are also worried about the education of their children as well as their own retirement plans. The report did not mention any political reasons,” Wang says while conceding some certainly have opted not to stay because of a harsh political climate.

Asylum Seekers Face Challenges Once In US
As the Obama administration renews its push for comprehensive immigration reform, a new report places a focus on a group who often are left out of the debate – asylum seekers.

The report published by the Center for the Victims of Torture finds that one in the US, asylum seekers encounter long detentions and a muddled bureaucracy, says William Schulz in The Christian Science Monitor.

“Asylum-seekers, after all, are not criminals. They are people unfortunate enough to have encountered war and oppression but idealistic enough to have believed Emma Lazarus’s words on the Statue of Liberty “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” “I lift my lamp beside the golden
door,” reads the last line of Lazarus’s poem. Humane treatment of refugees requires that the path to the door be well lit and that those who pass through do it with their dignity preserved,” he writes.

Iranian Sanctions: To Tighten Or To Lessen
To ease or not to ease is the question US policymakers are facing with regard to sanctions on Iran. Kimberly Ann Elliott and analysts at the Peterson Institute for International economics analyzed 204 cases in which sanctions were imposed to gauge their effectiveness.

The analysts found that when the goal is modest and imposed on a government that was at least somewhat democratic, they were more effective. While that may be the case historically, it is a scenario which is not occurring in Iran today.

“Unfortunately for Washington, the Iran case does not meet the first three conditions. The goal, suspension of Iran’s nuclear program, involves a core national security concern for Tehran. Further, Iran is only nominally democratic. Iranians vote — but only for candidates the Supreme Leader and Guardian Council approve. Finally, relations between Iran and the United States, and increasingly between Iran and much of the rest of the world, are hostile.




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