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Not the Clintons Again !

Joe Klein of Time Magazine has recently published an editorial about the Clintons’ renewed presidential ambitions. (“The Clintons need a restart“, Time, September 9, 2013, p.21). According to him, there is a real danger for the Democrats – not to mention for the rest of us – that coming 2016 H. Clinton might just get… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Pour la première fois en soixante ans après une récession, la reprise actuelle est très faible. C’est pas la presse de gauche cette fois, mais le très conservateur Wall Street Journal qui estime dans son numéro de 3 Août que ” la multiplication des emplois sous-payés induit une croissance anémique du niveau de vie .… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The Poverty of Economics

Although it might come as a surprise, poverty reduction over the past twenty years owes more to the policies of the governments of emerging countries than to western intellectual leadership. Contrary to what we might believe, western economic theory is sadly silent on the subject of poverty alleviation. This at least is the conclusion of… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Egypt’s “democratic” (sic !) coup d’etat is reminiscent of similar political events from pre-2002 Turkey. We can all recall the repeated interventions and coups d’etat perpetrated by the Turkish generals against democratically-elected politicians who happened to displease them, together with the killings, the tortures, arbitrary arrests and prison terms. The same scenario is now playing… » read more

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When elites expire

It has been almost a century since O. Spengler heralded the decline of the West. Apart from a 30-year hiatus between 1945 and 1975, this decline has become irreversible, a development even Samuel Huntington was forced to acknowledge. One of the most telling symptoms of the west’s fall from its former pre-eminence is its citizens’… » read more

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Mopping up after Sarkozy

François Hollande, the French president, is currently back from a state visit to China. Hollande hopes to expand trade in Asia, as France’s current account deficit has reached 75 billion euros, a third of which is with the Middle Kingdom. His task has been made difficult by the recent history of French-Chinese relations. In 2008,… » read more

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Today’s predator class

The days of Cyprus as an offshore banking centre for rich Russians or Britons are well and truly over. All things considered, however, the 30 billion dollars held by them in Cypriot bank accounts is a paltry amount next to the 20 trillion dollars held by Western corporations and individuals in some 60 fiscal havens.… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

In the ’50s, the fear of depression had prompted Americans to resort to military capitalism, leading to the creation of the military-industrial complex they are now downsizing. The lesson, however, was apparently lost in Asia : a MIC is relatively easy to set up, very expensive to run and exteremely difficult to dismantle. With the… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi