Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

China's Deflation; Women in Pakistan; Drawbacks of Trans-Pacific Partnership; Invest in Syria's Women; Turkey and Iran as Regional Partners

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

China's Deflation; Women in Pakistan; Drawbacks of Trans-Pacific Partnership; Invest in Syria's Women; Turkey and Iran as Regional Partners

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China Daily / BeijingWill other nations help while China fights deflation?"Experience has taught China's real [financial] engineers that the only way to escape deflation is through painful structural reforms - not easy money and competitive devaluation," write Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng. "The question is whether the US and other reserve-currency countries will share the burden of maintaining global currency stability, through an agreement resembling the 1985 Plaza Accord, in which five major economies agreed to depreciate the US dollar against the Japanese yen and the German Deutsche Mark. If not, why would Asia's net lenders, especially China, continue funding speculation against themselves?"

The Dawn / Karachi, PakistanPakistan could be more welcoming to women"The hostility directed at what should be Pakistani icons - Mukhtar Mai, Malala [Yousafzai], among them - is telling. The weight of gender-based historical prejudices and culturally ingrained values remains intact in Pakistan, even as increasing numbers of women find the courage to defy them," states an editorial marking International Women's Day. "This social conditioning ... can be found in the home, in the classroom, at the workplace and on the street. It is this mindset that regards anything much more than basic education for women a luxury; denies women the right to have a career, exercise agency in their choice of a life partner and become a mother at a time of their choosing.... Society - even educated segments - needs to examine its closely held biases, and be more proactive in making Pakistan a less hostile place to be a woman."

The Age / Melbourne, AustraliaDrawbacks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership"Back in 2010 the Productivity Commission found little evidence that Australia's trade agreements ... had 'provided substantial commercial benefits.' It recommended the government first work out what it wanted to achieve, review its goals annually, and enter into trade negotiations only if they were likely to meet those goals...," writes economics editor Peter Martin. "None of those things have happened with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest trade deal in Australia's history. …

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