Author Wenguang Huang weighs in on how the Chinese government is responding to Monday's earthquakes and also takes the pulse of the Chinese economy. Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi could be banned from politics, and Panama releases an ex-CIA agent.
How about something on the impending NATO summit that's free of controversy? For the next three days, blogger John Schmidt will dish out summaries of how the peoples from the 28 countries each did their part to build Chicago.
In Italy, having a job for life is as Italian as pasta or a cappuccino. But that may not be the case for much longer. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has proposed changes to the Italian labor law which would make it easier for companies to hire and fire employees.
This week, Italy’s financial woes have dominated international headlines. The European Union is concerned the country won’t be able to pay off its massive debt. The economic crisis is so acute it looks like the country’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, may be stepping down.