Articles By J.J. McGrath

From Politics & Policy Mar 17, 2012

Afghan Massacre Suspect Identified As US Army Staff Sergeant: Reports

The American soldier alleged to have carried out the massacre of 16 civilians in Afghanistan last weekend -- an event that has rocked already-shaky relations between the two countries -- was identified as U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales on Friday.

From Politics & Policy Mar 12, 2012

Whodunit? This We Know: 15 Afghan Civilians Have Died

Conflicting reports surround the killing of 15 Afghan civilians in Kandahar province this weekend.

From Politics & Policy Mar 11, 2012

The Chinese Equation: Inflation Down + Trade Deficit Up = Stimulus?

Call us crazy, but the two most recent major economic data releases by China -- the consumer price index on Friday and the trade balance on Saturday -- indicate there could be a case to be made for monetary stimulus in the world's second-largest economy.

From Politics & Policy Mar 11, 2012

Japan Marks First Anniversary Of March 11 Triple Disasters

One year after the Tohoku earthquake, the associated Pacific Ocean tsunami, and the related Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, many Japanese spent Sunday at community gatherings, demonstrations, and memorial services in observance of the first anniversary of the triple disasters.

From Politics & Policy Mar 11, 2012

US Soldier Shoots Afghan Civilians In Kandahar: Reports

A U.S. soldier in Afghanistan is believed to have killed at least three Afghan civilians after leaving his base in Kandahar province, the BBC reported. Following the incident, the soldier surrendered to U.S. military authorities, the BBC said.

From Politics & Policy Mar 11, 2012

Mitt Romney And Rick Santorum Both Score Wins On A Super Saturday

Both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum claimed victories in Republican Party presidential-nomination contests conducted Saturday, as the former won the caucuses in Wyoming, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while the latter won the caucuses in Kansas.

From Politics & Policy Mar 11, 2012

Seeking Ceasefire In Syria, Kofi Annan Meets Bashar Al-Assad

In the latest attempt to bring the bloodshed in Syria to a speedy conclusion, Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League special envoy, met with Bashar al-Assad, the country's president, in the capital city of Damascus on Saturday -- with little or no success.

From Politics & Policy Mar 11, 2012

Court OK Of $25 Billion Mortgage Deal To Be Sought Monday

The $25 billion settlement between five large U.S. banks accused of abusive mortgage practices on the one side and federal and state government officials on the other side that was announced Feb. 9 will be filed in federal court on Monday, people familiar with the matter said.

From Companies Mar 11, 2012

New Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implant Gets FDA Approval

The privately held Sientra Inc. on Friday joined the publicly traded Allergan Inc. and Johnson & Johnson (Mentor Worldwide LLC) as the only three companies to have won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approvals to market controversial silicone gel-filled breast implants.

From Economy Mar 10, 2012

China's Trade Balance Swings To Large Deficit From Small Surplus

In a stunning move, China's trade balance fell to a deficit of $31.5 billion in February from a surplus of $6.5 billion in January, according to data in multiple media reports on Saturday -- and the country's trade deficit may be its largest in the 21st century.