The Crisis that Never Was

The first government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls lasted a total of 147 days, making it the shortest government not interrupted by a parliamentary election in the history of the Fifth Republic. Political crises in France are a dime a dozen these days.  Just yesterday, former Economy Minister and current IMF Director Christine Lagarde was […]

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Demographic Crisis and the Importance of Raising the Retirement Age

This article from the FT points to the major population crisis looming for developed countries.  By 2020, 13 countries will be considered ‘super-aged’ with at least one person in five over 65 years of age.  Demographic problems are a huge challenge, particularly relative to benefits systems.  Most social security systems are based on paying senior […]

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Imran’s March to Restore … Imran

A highly publicized march organized by former cricketer and perpetually indignant politician Imran Khan has managed to gather between 20,000 and 60,000 protesters, a mere 2%-6% of the one million promised by Khan. Although this outcome is rather disappointing, Khan’s rally runs the much larger risk of disrupting Pakistan’s fledgling democracy by pitting current Prime […]

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I’m Back! (Kind of)

Hey everyone, Thanks for bearing with me during my prolonged absence.  I had a restful vacation but am looking forward to going back to the land of unlimited high-speed internet!  Due to some unforeseen circumstances I won’t be returning to full capacity until the beginning of next week however I will post an article or […]

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On vacation until 8/20

Hey folks! Sorry for the lack of updates the past couple days, I’ve been traveling with very limited access to internet (I’m actually sitting in a café using their free wi-fi to post this).  I will be traveling until around August 20th, thus I will be posting with a far lesser frequency until then.  To […]

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