Article of the Day: The cost of Pakistan’s war on terrorism

The cost of Pakistan’s war on terrorism Yesterday’s post focused on the death of an eminent figure in the fight against terrorism in Pakistan. While I certainly stand by my commentary from yesterday, an article in the Financial Times today did give me pause. In his post, acclaimed Pakistani expert Ahmed Rashid details the draconian […]

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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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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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Follow Up to Yesterday’s Post

In an article that I posted last night, I argued that the political cost of Russian sanctions are too high — notably for French and British leaders.  Julia Ioffe of the New Republic published an excellent article today essentially proving that the blowback sanctions would have on European economies are limited.  Furthermore, Ioffe argues that Russia […]

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A different look at the Juncker Debate

Wonderful post today from the German Marshall Fund about the Juncker debate and a look at the British rationale.  Although I disagree a bit with this post, I think the analysis is insightful and some of the conclusions are certainly worth reading. Furthermore, I think the idea of politicizing the EU Commission might be a […]

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I just saw this video of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight take on Fifa and the Brazil World Cup.  I think it complements my piece very well and makes for a humorous and thought provoking analysis of the inner workings of Fifa.  Find the link below or click here.

Brazil, the World Cup, and Poverty

June 9, 2014 2011 estimates from the OECD Better Life Index that average household net-disposable income per-capita is 10,310 USD or 23,068.62 BRL at today’s exchange rate. Brazil, Latin America’s rising economic powerhouse, the “B” in the BRIC(S) acronym, and home to the 2014 World Cup. Much has been made of the astronomic 11 billion […]

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