Friday , 13 December 2019

Opinion

World Under Eagle Eye of US Government and Banks

Financial world as information system The contemporary world of finances is about information mainly, the data on banks’ clients, insurance companies, pension and investment, as well as other entities dealing in financial business, is to be collected, stored, processed and used. The miscellaneous bits and pieces are brought together from different sources. In case of individuals it all boils down …

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How to Lose Friends, Citizens and Influence

Beware the sledgehammer used to crack the nut. In this case, the nut is the U.S. government’s laudable goal of catching tax evaders. The sledgehammer is the overreaching effect of legislation that is alienating other countries and resulting in millions of U.S. citizens abroad being forced to either painfully reconsider their nationality, or face a lifetime of onerous bureaucracy, expense …

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Washington’s Plan B in Egypt: Bring Back the Old Regime

The road that has been taken in Egypt is a dangerous one. A military coup has taken place in Egypt while millions of Egyptians have cheered it on with little thought about what is replacing the Muslim Brotherhood and the ramifications it will have for their society. Many people in cheering crowds have treated the Egyptian military’s coup like it was some …

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Move over economists, markets need physicists

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Let’s face it, economists make lousy economists. After decades in which consensus estimates routinely failed to foresee recessions and underestimated recoveries, the blindness of most economists to the looming financial crisis in 2006 and 2007 came as a big blow to the profession’s reputation. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that a growing number of investors and …

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The West’s Grand Strategy For Civil War in the Mideast

In the post-Ottoman Middle East, Arab dictators and monarchs served well the interests of the West and Israel. Anyone studying Middle Eastern history knows that sociology and political sciences do not mean all that much in this region. In the British-American creation of the Middle East, many kings and dictators are appointed by other states or their collaborators. The biggest problem in …

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The ‘big game’ in Central Asia is long over

On June 20, 2013, the parliament of Kyrgyzstan voted to reject the treaty regarding the lease of the NATO (essentially U.S.) transit center at Manas airport just outside the country’s capital. This means that the entire center’s infrastructure has to be dismantled by July of next year. From the time the American airbase appeared on the territory of Kyrgyzstan in …

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