Dean Baker: China's economy had become a major engine for world growth. While predictions of an economic collapse in China will almost certainly prove wrong, it does seem likely that its growth going forward will be considerably slower.
The conflict in Syria has destroyed much of the country's water infrastructure, leaving five million people suffering from a critical water shortage.
Ali Fatemi and Karim Pakravan are members of the board of the National Iranian American Council. Check out NIAC's blog at www.niacINsight.com.