Economy

Ratings Agencies Add to Sri Lanka’s Political Woes

SriLankaPoster, cc Flickr Vikalpa | Groundviews | Maatram | CPA, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The political and economic difficulties are piling up for Sri Lanka.

France Yellow Vest Protests: Jupiter Has Fallen

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A new and virulent protest movement has French President Emmanuel Macron reeling. Has the self-styled ‘Jupiter’ come crashing down to Earth?

EU Counter-Terrorist Financing Initiatives: Time to Move Beyond the War on Terror

Moneylaundry, cc Flickr Images Money, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, TaxRebate.org.uk

Criminals and terrorists are evolving new ways to launder money and finance themselves. It’s time for the European Union evolve along with them.

US Debt: Bomb or Overblown?

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Ignored by headlines and political debate, the US debt load continues to expand at a staggering rate.

Arms Trade: A Global Buyers’ Market

THAAD, cc Flickr Mark Holloway, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, originally released by US Army

The US, Russia, and China may be the world’s largest arms exporters, but other states are now coming around on the economic perks of a military industrial complex.

Why The Hungarian Government Just Doesn’t ‘Get It’ on Poverty

Homelessness, cc Flickr Ben Sutherland, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Homeless people are the new migrants in Hungary, at least so far as political stigmatization is concerned.

Pakistan IMF Bailout Talks Spinning their Tires

LagardeIMF, cc Flickr Valsts kanceleja/ State Chancellery, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

In Pakistan’s failed IMF talks, we see growing friction between the old and the new financial word orders.

Global Forecast (11-21-2018)

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In Poland and Italy, two EU disputes are headed in two different directions.

US-Saudi Relations: Business as Usual as Khashoggi Anger Fades

cc Flickr, James Mathis, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The strategy of patience, denials, and scapegoats appears to be working for now. But Crown Prince Mohammed Bin-Salman may still face difficulties down the road.

ECB Nears End Date for QE

EUBonnCongress, cc Flickr European People's Party, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

As economic storm clouds gather on the horizon, will the ECB get cold feet about ending its unprecedented quantitative easing program?

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