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Trump, Putin, and Kim Jong-un Walk Into a Deterrence Bar...

<b>REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION THE NATIONAL INTEREST</b><p>Republican frontrunner Donald Trump recently handed North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un a dollop of praise for the "amazing" way he murders rivals. This seemingly bizarre utterance followed similar plaudits for the ruthless style of Russian dictator …

Pakistan Is Caught in the Middle of the Conflict Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

After severing ties with Iran — following the torching of the Saudi embassy in Tehran by protesters angered by the execution of a dissident Shi‘ite …

Middle East

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters gather to demand release of booksellers

Five Hong Kong booksellers have vanished since October and many suspect they were abducted by Chinese security forces because of books critical of China<p>Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to demand the release of a group of political booksellers they suspect were abducted …

A gulf between them: Understanding the Saudi-Iran dispute

<b>Could open conflict now be one step closer between the two big regional powers in the Gulf? This week has seen tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran rise to dangerous levels following the Saudis' execution of a Shia cleric and the subsequent storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran by an angry</b> …

Is 2016 the year when the world tumbles back into economic crisis?

Some see China’s share collapse as merely a symptom of middle-class prosperity. Others take a darker view – and if they are right, the global threat is real<p>Rarely have financial markets had a more traumatic start to the year. Shares plunged, the price of oil clattered to its lowest level in 11 …

Grass getting flattened by fighting FX elephants

The ongoing race to the bottom for currencies this year is hurtling towards a zero-sum result.Nearly 40 central banks around the world have rushed to ease policy this year, weakening their currencies in the hope of improving export competitiveness and in some cases lifting imported inflation.So …

Europe’s Currency Manipulation

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which the EU and the US currently are negotiating, would, studies say, boost welfare and reduce …

Chinese bond defaults test Beijing appetite for market discipline | Financial Times

Two Chinese corporate bonds headed towards what may prove to be precedent-setting default this week, in the latest test of Beijing’s willingness to …

China

Iceland is proposing a radical change to its monetary system

The proposal, which would be a turnaround in the history of modern finance, was part of a report written by a lawmaker from the ruling centrist Progress Party, Frosti Sigurjonsson, entitled "A better monetary system for Iceland".<p>"The findings will be an important contribution to the upcoming …

US dollar hurt by weak economic data

KONFRONTASI - The US dollar has fallen amid fresh signs that the country’s economy slowed significantly in the first quarter ahead of Friday's jobs …

We Just Got Another Sign of the Biggest Contradiction in the U.S. Economy

It's a confusing moment for the U.S. economy. This morning the U.S. Labor Department reported that jobless claims fell to a nine-week low. At …

Greek stalemate to last until after Easter as Goldman Sachs warns of costly Grexit

Investment bank says "damage has been done" as creditors continue to squeeze Athens for more reforms in return for cash<p>Greece's bail-out stalemate showed no signs of easing after a long weekend of delay and frustration for Athens officials in Brussels.<p>Representatives of the Greek government …

Russia’s oligarchs head for London as rouble collapses

Some of Russia's wealthiest individuals are looking to leave the country for London and Switzerland as the economy faces a sharp recession<p>Russia’s richest and most powerful are set to leave in droves, seeking to avoid a tax squeeze and the fallout from the country's economic crisis.<p>The majority of …

Eurozone can't survive in current form, says PIMCO

Single currency area must become a "United States of Europe" in order to secure its future, says manager of world's largest bond fund<p>The eurozone is "untenable" in its current form and cannot survive unless countries are prepared to cede sovereignty and become a "United States of Europe", the …

Andorra on the brink of Europe's next banking crisis

Tiny principality has been rocked by allegations of money laundering in its oversized banking sector<p>Andorra, the tiny Catalan principality nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees between France and Spain, tends to conjure up images of scenic ski resorts, medieval churches and duty-free …

U.S. Stocks Fall on Downbeat Economic Data

Nasdaq Composite posts its biggest one-day decline in nearly a year<p>A rout in biotechnology and other highflying stocks sent the Nasdaq Composite index to its biggest one-day decline in nearly a year, chipping away at recent big gains in those corners of the market, as downbeat economic data raised …

Stock Markets

How safe are European airlines?

The plane crash in the French Alps Tuesday has turned the spotlight on the safety record of Europe's airlines.<p>An Airbus (EADSF) A320 operated by Lufthansa (DLAKF) subsidiary Germanwings crashed with the loss of 150 people on board. No survivors are expected.<p>It's the worst accident in Europe since a …

Frugality for dummies

NO ONE wants to pay taxes, and collecting them is not the easiest thing in the world. So it stands to reason that a gap will yawn between the amount …

Health Care

U.S. Leaves Yemen, Iran Stays

To understand how the hurried evacuation of U.S. special operations forces from Yemen is connected to Iran's regional strategy, look no further than …

Middle East

China’s Trial-and-Error Economy

The key to understanding China’s development path is to grasp the process of trial and error that has long guided policymaking. In such a context of …

Political myths about banking make for bad policy

On the campaign trail, we are already seeing evidence of the insidious effects of a number of myths about banking. Such myths make for bad policy, …

The Political Perils of a Ukraine Default

For the last 10 days, Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko has been visiting private creditors in Europe and the U.S. to explain why they …

Russia

The most striking aspect of the Israeli spying leak

In a report entitled "Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With US," the Journal quotes anonymous Obama administration officials who claim that an Israeli intelligence operation had obtained information from confidential nuclear talks between the US and Iran.<p>Israel then allegedly relayed that …

China Will Challenge Strong Dollar With Weaker Yuan As Economy Slows

China’s economic data see-saw continues with its highs and lows. On Tuesday, the HSBC Flash PMI indicator dropped to an 11-month low.<p>The yuan’s appreciation against most global currencies since mid-2014 coupled with China’s rapid wage growth have dealt a one-two punch to export-oriented …

Stopping a Russian bond invasion

2015-03-24T11:03:56.000Z<p>By: Joseph Cotterill<p>All it took was 11 days — and one schtum Kremlin spokesman — to make people wonder recently just how …

Russia

Singapore’s economic miracle uncovered | Financial Times

The death of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore, has focused attention on the economic miracle he helped to create.<p>In the three …

Economics