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Mario Draghi gives the V-sign but a dangerous QE day looms

QE-to-infinity is pumping up equity and bond markets, blowing an even bigger bubble than that which led to the Lehman collapse<p>It’s all about the V-word, apparently. That’s a nod not to Sir Winston Churchill, but a rather different character – namely Mario Draghi, president of the European Central …

Russia says wants Syria elections, ready to help Free Syrian Army | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin wanted Syria to prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections, as Moscow intensified its drive to convert its increased clout with Damascus into a political settlement.<p>In comments which mark a shift in Russia’s …

When Facebook Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

Every time you log in to Facebook, every time you click on your News Feed, every time you Like a photo, every time you send anything via Messenger, you add another data point to the galaxy they already have regarding you and your behavior. That, in turn, is a tiny, insignificant dot within their …

Former Greek finance minister says those who are most critical of Europe have a moral duty to stay in Europe, fight for it, and democratise it<p>Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister, has called on Britons to vote to remain in the European Union in the upcoming referendum.<p>The bête noire …

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In 1983 ‘war scare,’ Soviet leadership feared nuclear surprise attack by U.S.

A nuclear weapons command exercise by NATO in November 1983 prompted fear in the leadership of the Soviet Union that the maneuvers were a cover for a nuclear surprise attack by the United States, triggering a series of unparalleled Soviet military re­sponses, according to a top-secret U.S. …