How did it end?

Today, I’d like to take a look at developments in things we’ve discussed in the past. Often, when journalist write an alarmist article about an upcoming event which then passes without a hint of the chaos that was predicted, it’s hushed up. Journalists and analysts seldom write ‘I was wrong’. I think they should. It […]

Sarko Benefits

This very funny post appeared in social media from France, after former president Nicholas Sarkozy had managed to put himself in nearly every press photo of last Sunday’s manifestation. Sarko is back, thanks to the Charlie Hebdo Massacre. In the French presidential elections in 2017, it seems very likely the former president will at least […]

Choosing a new Napolitano

President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy is stepping down because he’s old and frail, and now they have to pick a new one (probably in about two weeks). When he was reelected two years ago, Napolitano was already old and frail, but there was no-one else the joint houses of parliament could agree on. As the […]

Advanced Escapology

On the first day of 2015 a retrial was ordered for the Al Jazeera journalists who have been jailed in Egypt since December 2013. I’ve been thinking about how and why. To refresh your memory, the three were part of a larger group of Al Jazeera journalists,

The inevitable struggle?

The article in last week’s Time magazine¬†was quite certain of it. Iraq’s ISIS conflict was an ongoing thing between Sunni and Shi’i factions in the Islamic world. An inevitable struggle that the US and the West should never have meddled with. But is it?The evidence for that conclusion appears to be sound. Under Sunni leader […]

Lawlessness

I’m reading like crazy these days, trying to get to grips with the monumental subject I want to cover on this blog. One of the patterns that is standing out to me is the importance of the rule of law. The problem is again twofold, like the tax problem discussed here earlier. Corporations and entrepreneurs […]

Global Tax

Tax evasion creates two kinds of inequality, between people and between countries. Companies evading taxes by diverting their profits to a country with a very low tax regime for businesses, create competition in tax rates between countries, eventually causing lower tax incomes for governments worldwide. In the meantime, the country where they operate but don’t […]

Business says no

Yesterday a group of eminent business leaders in Great Britain said no to a possible Brexit from the EU. In a letter to the Independent they stated that the EU had brought Britain an income increase, and leaving could cause trouble for British business, the City in particular. Curiously, the interest of economics and business […]

The Brits and the EU

When I heard Ian Hislop say, a few years ago, that he’d love to stand on the edge to watch the eurozone crash and burn (I’m paraphrasing, not quoting), I was flabbergasted. How on earth could he think that the economy of the UK, which is inextricably linked with the eurozone economy, would not come […]