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The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Why a strategy is not a plan

<b>Strategy: A History.</b> By Lawrence Freedman. <i>Oxford University Press USA; 751 pages; $34.95.</i> Buy from Amazon.com<p>EVERYONE, it seems, is in need of a …

Korean Peninsula

Making up - Soft power

Special report<p>Soft powerMaking up<p>FROM THE EARLIEST days America sought to stand apart from the vanities and machinations that had corrupted …

The man who used to walk on water

AN AMERICAN president’s most important power is not the veto pen or the ability to launch missiles. It is the bully pulpit. When a president speaks, …

Foreign Policy

Racing to the bottom

GLOBALISATION sceptics often warn of the pernicious effects on labour standards of international competition for investment. In the race for foreign …

What Happens to the Global Economy if the U.S. Defaults? 'Not Much,' Say Some Economists

What Happens to the Global Economy if the U.S. Defaults? ‘Not Much,’ Say Some Economists<p>Predictions about the potential effects on the global economy …

US unemployment will rise unless jobs growth quickens, top economist warns

Unemployment is set to rise again in the US if the pace of jobs growth continues to erode, a top economist warned Wednesday.<p>Mark Zandi, the chief economist of Moody’s Analytics and a former adviser to presidential candidate John McCain, made his comments as ADP, the giant payroll provider, said the …

US calls on China to rescind air defence zone to avoid Japan confrontation

The US called on China to scrap its newly declared air defence identification zone on Monday, warning that Beijing risked a potentially dangerous confrontation with Japan and its allies at the start of a trip to the region by vice-president Joe Biden.<p>The explicit request for China to “rescind” …

Failure to sign pact could end Afghan mission

Hamid Karzai says he might not sign the US-Afghan security pact until April, despite approval from Loya Jirga.<p>NATO would have to pull all its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014 if Afghan President Hamid Karzai does not sign a security pact with the United States, alliance chief Anders …

The Iranian Nuclear Deal Is A Good One

This Thanksgiving had an extra reason to be thankful – the new deal between Iran and six superpowers. Last week, the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China (the P5+1 group) reached an interim deal with Iran to stop their nuclear weapons program. Four key provisions were …