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Despite appearances, the tolerance for extremism in Pakistan is waning

By Richard Wike, Associate Director, and Katlheen Holzwart, Research Analyst, Pew Global Attitudes Project

Who said money can't make you happy? Pew Research suggests the world's middle class is more satisfied with life than its lower classes, and is also more concerned with freedom of speech and religion. Poorer people are more concerned with freedom from want

Assuming the current reversal in fortune being suffered by the global economy doesn’t also result in a reversal in the flow of history, we can expect continued increases in the portion of the world population that can be reasonably classified as “middle-class.” And if the past is a guide, as

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez now has the consitutional power to remain in office beyond a second term, but he may be losing the political support he needs

Venezuelans handed President Hugo Chavez another victory last week when they endorsed a constitutional amendment eliminating term limits for the office of president, permitting him to seek a third term.

Americans have long tended to be more sympathetic towards Israel in Middle Eastern disputes than Europeans, but since 9/11 they have become more staunch in their support

A huge country with enormous potential, India also has a long list of "very big problems" to overcome, terrorism being just one among many

On November 26, a coordinated group of gunmen terrorized the city of Mumbai, the financial capital of India, attacking prestigious hotels and other popular destinations in the city.

Barack Obama won the US election thanks to young people, African-Americans, Hispanics... and the rich?

Last Tuesday’s election (ed: was it only last week?) witnessed a realignment of the American electorate, which, if it endures, could produce substantial changes in the country’s politics and policies over coming decades.

Americans take a long, hard look at themselves over the credit crisis, but even now are reluctant to commit to more government regulation

As the global financial crisis has deepened, the number of fingers pointing accusingly at the habits and practices prevalen

The rest of the world has had its doubts about the American economy and its impact on us all long before Wall St began its recent meltdown

Around the globe, people are anxiously following the U.S. financial crisis as it evolves into a worldwide meltdown. For all the debate about decoupling, people nearly everywhere realize that what happens in the American economy can have a big impact on them.

While Barack Obama and John McCain took an interest in world affairs during the first presidential debate, the world started taken an interest in the election much earlier.

As you may have heard, America will soon be holding a presidential election. Americans don’t like to rush into these things, so preparations for the final event have been drawing media attention for the better part of two years. (To many in the public, and no doubt to some of the direct participants, it seems even longer than that.)