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CREDIT & MERIT

Credit

We are commonly told in economic text books that first there was barter, then there was money, then there was credit. In fact, it was credit that came first. There has always been credit. People have always done things for one another and give

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SYRIA - WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?

What is one to make of what is happening in Syria? In particular, what is one to make of the American position? The Russian position is fairly clear. They are helping their ally. It is important to them geo-strategically to have a strong presence in

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WHAT NEXT FOR TURKEY IN SYRIA

A few years ago I predicted that Turkey would seek to occupy the Sunni parts of Syria. I am, therefore, interested to see what happens with the current Turkish incursion and capture of Afrin. When examining these international conflicts one has to av

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DECLINING STANDARDS IN UK POLITICS


For several months there has been a political issue live in the UK around what are called ‘impact assessments’. Obviously, with a decision as major as leaving the European Union it is vital that government assess what the consequences are likely to b

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MACRON CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

There is much debate inside the EU at the moment about the rules that govern labour mobility. Macron wants to change these, the East European members want to keep present arrangements. The richer countries are finding their high wages undercut by che

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NO CHANGE IN AFGHANISTAN

President Trump has now finally made his "important statement" on policy in Afghanistan, basically admitting that he hasn't a clue what could possibly work. He does not really want to send more troops because it costs money and even when Obama put 10

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¿Qué podemos hacer?

Publicado por David Brazier el 19 de agosto de 2017 en el grupo “War and Peace” (Guerra y Paz)

¿Qué podemos hacer en respuesta al terror, a la violencia y a los peligros que hay en todo el mundo en estos días? 

Por supuesto, hay un límite en cuanto a

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WHAT CAN WE DO?

What can we do in response to the terrors, violence and dangers that are all over the world these days?

Of course, there is a limit to what the individual person can do by personal power or genius. Even groups of people may have difficulty bringing a

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KIM-TRUMP PUNCH & JUDY SHOW

With all the idiocy going on around N Korea it is emotionally difficult even to read the news at the moment. The real possibility of nuclear or even conventional war breaking out is just too horrible and the seeming irresponsibility of those who cast

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BREXIT BLUES

You have to be blind and deaf or extremely stubborn to think that Brexit has done the UK any good economically and it hasn't even happened yet. The situation is almost certain to get worse, too. A year ago I was predicting that the pound would be wor

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FINANCIAL VULNERABILITY IN UK

The next financial crisis in the UK will probably shape up like this. The Brexit vote has caused the pound to fall 15% or so. This means that imports cost more. Hence prices are rising. At the moment wages are not rising. However, the drop in immigra

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