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What We're Reading | February 17, 2012
PEPFAR and Global Fund May See Different Results in 2013 Budget : This week, President Obama rolled out his proposed budget for 2013. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis received some very welcome news in the budget announcement, discovering that the president requested a funding increase of more that 25%. One U.S. initiative that works hand-in-hand with the Global Fund is the PEPFAR, which received a budget reduction nearly equal to the increase at Global Fund. Of course, these are only funding requests from the president and the enacted budget is likely to change, but these funding priorities may signal a significant shift in programmatic focus. (Center for Global Health Policy, Christine Lubinski) In Venezuela, Finally a Credible Opposition Candidate to Face Hugo Chavez?: Following his decisive win in the Venezuelan primaries last weekend, Henrique Capriles Radonski steers his energy towards unifying the opposition to defeat incumbent President Hugo Chavez come October. "If we don't unify," Capriles recently told TIME, "then it's game over." (TIME World, Girish Gupta) 9 Funds for Investing in Europe Now: James K. Glassman, Bush Institute Executive Director, is quoted in this article which explores the opportunities and risks involved for those looking to invest in European stocks. “’It’s going to be a minefield,’ says James K. Glassman, executive director of the George W. Bush Institute and author of the book Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence. ‘But that provides opportunities.’” (Fidelity.com, Roger Fillion)
TARIFF-IED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict with India.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.