Markets Are Being Lulled Into A False Sense Of Accommodation

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Authored by Steven Guinness, Those who take an interest in the actions of central banks will know that the advent of Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency has seen the direction of monetary policy gradually change in both the UK and the U.S. Since the EU referendum, the Bank of England have raised interest rates twice,… Read More

The UK Is Among Europe's Least Family-Friendly Countries

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A new analysis of OECD data by UNICEF has revealed the European countries with the most and least family-friendly policies… You will find more infographics at Statista As Statista’s Martin Armstrong notes, at the top of the overall ranking, Sweden has the highest average ranking when considering the following indicators: paid parental leave available to mothers, paid… Read More

Uber to retain Careem brand for now -Careem CFO

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FILE PHOTO: An employee shows the logo of ride-hailing company Careem on his mobile in his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah July 17, 2017. Picture taken July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman DUBAI (Reuters) – Uber and Middle East ride-hailing business Careem will remain separate entities until at least the first quarter of… Read More

Covering Up Our Culture To Avoid Giving Offense

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Authored by Giulio Meotti via The Gatestone Institute, Three years ago, the Italian government made a shameful decision. It veiled its antique Roman statues to avoid offending Iran’s visiting President Hassan Rouhani. Nude statues were encased in white boxes. A year earlier, in Florence, another statue featuring a naked man in Greco-Roman style had also been coveredduring the… Read More

Tuesday’s News Links

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[Reuters] Asia stocks cautious before Fed, oil on defensive [Reuters] Oil prices fall for second day on weak economic data [Reuters] China’s home prices growth fastest in five months, raises policy challenge [Reuters] Breakingviews – China infrastructure bump comes at steeper cost [AP] Tensions rise as Iran speeds up enrichment, US sends troops [Bloomberg] China Home Price Growth Quickens as Buyer… Read More

The Road To Perdition – 10 Cautionary Tenets About US Air Power

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Authored by William Astore via TomDispatch.com, The American Cult of Bombing and Endless War From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, Libya to Somalia in Africa, Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, an American aerial curtain has descended across a huge swath of the planet. Its stated purpose: combatting terrorism. Its primary method: constant… Read More

Cat-Filter Clusterf**k Crushes Pakistani Government Credibility During Live Presser

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A Pakistani politican’s very serious press conference turned into a feline fiasco on Friday after the entire meeting was broadcast over Facebook Live with the “cat filter” setting turned on.  <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Secretary General Shaukat Yousafzai of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government conducted the meeting, completely unaware that he was sporting a… Read More

China To Roll Out New Rare Earth Policy As Soon As G-20 Meeting

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Amid the ongoing trade war with the US, consultations between China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and rare earth industry executives have laid the groundwork for limiting rare-earth element (REE) exports. During a Monday press conference, the Chinese NDRC said it was developing new state policies on rare earth metals, and intends to make… Read More

Why The Empire Is Failing: The Horrid Hubris Of The Albright Doctrine

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Authored by Doug Bandow via National Interest, Albright typifies the arrogance and hawkishness of Washington blob… <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> How to describe U.S. foreign policy over the last couple of decades? Disastrous comes to mind. Arrogant and murderous also seem appropriate. Since 9/11, Washington has been extraordinarily active militarily—invading two nations, bombing and… Read More

Are Microsoft & The Pentagon Quietly Hijacking US Elections?

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Authored by Lee Camp via TruthDig.com, Good news, folks! We have found the answer to the American election system! <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Why do we need an answer? Well, our election system is… how do you say… a festering rancid corrupt needlessly complex rigged rotten infected putrid pus-covered diseased dog pile of stinking,… Read More

Where Do 'Undocumented' Immigrants Live In The US?

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California and Texas are the states hosting the biggest populations of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., according to estimates by Pew Research Center. The two states were supporting undocumented populations of 2 million people and 1.6 million people in 2017 respectively. New York, Florida, Illinois and several more states along the Eastern seaboard also have a large population… Read More