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The UK is having a hard time breaking away from trade deficit - 1 views

    Exports have reached new record levels as it arose, but imports have exceeded as well as its prior highs and thread of shockingly high deficits is almost unchanged. Due to this some scientists say that the recovery will only make the gap grow. The UK continues to import more than they export and are carrying a perpetual trade deficit.

    The UK has balanced its trade deficit with income from abroad for a period of time. Many companies and investors who own assets in foreign lands and send back the gains to UK are still enjoying the legacy of the empire

    The positive result on UK's present account has decreased harshly since the financial crash, but, and the future looks less hopeful.

    HSBC's chief economist, Stephen King, is also affected by 5% deficit. He argues that that should be down to zero or positive in the aftermath of a severe recession.

    King's concern is that deficits grow in times when many shoppers consume more imported goods than ever. Much better to start from a situation of balance or even a positive balance sooner than the situation worsens.

    An appropriate recession, one in which declining wages or mass unemployment that eradicate people's incomes in total, lessen the import bill noticeably. It is a land that can be seen in Greece, Spain and Portugal, where the horrendous economic and financial conditions they find themselves in have at least improved the trade balance.

    The Keynesian answer to the crisis in the UK implemented by Labour and partly sustained by the coalition supports employment and public services, however, as well has the unlucky consequence of preserving high levels of imports. That is the reason the enormous deficits run up by successive governments during and after the recession required to be offset by a major jump in exports.

    Regardless of a 25% drop in the significance of sterling, the increase was just small. There are many rival explanations for the reason. The dependence on the EU, which separate from Germa
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Little options of Saudis as they push tougher foreign policy - 1 views

    Saudi Arabia, regardless of its deep discomfort about the West's hesitant rapprochement with Iran, seems to have some viable selection for practicing a more independent and straightforward foreign policy.

    Disappointed with the United States from constructing tactical relations with other world powers to thrusting a tougher line in opposition to Iranian allies in the Arab world and, in an instance that the world powers be unsuccessful to foil Tehran's nuclear objectives, even looking for its own atomic bomb so senior Saudis have expected at a range of possibilities.

    However substitute powers are tough even to think for a nation that has been holding back to U.S. ally for decades. Russia is on the conflicting side against Riyadh concerning the Syrian war and China's military clout is still modest as compared with the United States'.

    Robert Jordan, U.S. ambassador to Riyadh from 2001-03, said there would be limits to any Saudi alliances with other powers.
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Good judgment in forecasting international affairs - 1 views

    The Economist's The World in 2014 issue focuses international attention on the geopolitical outcomes we can expect to see over the next 12-14 months hits the newsstand. It features an article by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Phil Tetlock and journalist Dan Gardner on the Good Judgment Project. That said article isa research study funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA, the U.S. government's analog to DARPA), as a result, makes such geopolitical predictions each day.

    IARPA has posed approximately 100-150 questions every year to research teams partaking in its ACE forecasting tournament on topics like the Syrian civil war, the constancy of the Eurozone and Sino-Japanese relations since 2011. Every research team was obliged to collect individual forecasts coming from many forecasters online and to produce daily collective forecasts that allocate sensible probabilities to potential outcomes.

    The Good Judgment Project came out as the evident winner and the Good Judgment Project forecasters have established the capability to produce more right forecasts that have surpassed even a few of the most positive approximation at the start of the tournament. The supplementary graphic shows the calculation from three GJP forecasting techniques on a up to date question about whether the first round of chemical weapons inspections in Syria would be completed before Dec. 1.
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Industry, labor, foes sound off during hearing on nuclear waste - 1 views

    Not often carry out nuclear industry executives and hardline activists who be against them agree on anything.

    Mutually the two hates the thought of continuing to stockpile highly radioactive waste the reactor cores of nuclear power plants on the site of each power-generating station.

    An hour-long hearing held December 2, 2013 drew almost 200 people from Ohio and Michigan to the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg's Levis Commons was a reminder that both sides are still far apart on what the government's next step should be.

    Although it would mean putting up with the waste decades longer than expected, industry and trade unions eventually want a single, national repository. Failure to develop a solution is reason enough to shut down the industry; this is the antinuclear activists claim to the government.

    Nuclear power provides 20 percent of America's electricity.

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the government agency that oversees the nuclear industry, learned a lot of information, the 11th stop on the agency's 12-city tour in which it ought to do just that: Get a cross section of opinions. As an answer to the government's decision to unfinished plans for a national repository in Nevada's Yucca Mountain, the NRC has been asking Americans about their thoughts regarding the agency's proposed "waste confidence" rule and its affiliated environmental impact statement,.

    As a consequence, the NRC is inquiring what the public's thoughts concerning leaving the waste where it is, at least for the time being.
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British-Muslims contribute 31 billion pounds to economy - 1 views

    Britain has more than 10,000 millionaires from among 2.72 million Muslims contributing 31 billion pounds or Rs 3.0 trillion to its economy, says a report. 'The Muslim Pound - How Muslims Add Value to Britain's Prosperity' was released by the Muslim Council of Britain ahead of the just-concluded 9th World Islamic Economic Forum Meet 2013 in London, one report says.
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International relations: Russia rises as world leader - 0 views

    Many are the references in the speeches of US Presidents about the need to "lead the world", an arrogant and intrusive approach from those elected by a percentage of their own people and nobody else. Yet today, what has America's "leadership" led to, where has it led the USA and its allies, what is its standing in the hearts and minds of the international community?

    The Helsinki Final Act, or Helsinki Declaration, of 1975, was perhaps the visible face of the stance of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, looking for friendly relations with the West while it brought generations and millions of oppressed persons education, healthcare and decent public services, freeing them from the yoke of imperialist tyranny.

    By 1989, the USSR was spending on average 250 billion dollars - a quarter of a trillion USD - on development projects overseas, implementing policies which guaranteed the right to basic services in countries where imperialism and colonialist policies had syphoned off the resources, placing corrupt political figures in power so as to guarantee the one-way direction of resource flow - outwards.
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Environmental effects: It's our doing - 1 views

    Environmental effects: It's our doing"Because the rates of emissions are growing, it looks like we could burn through the other half in the next 25 years" under one of the more dire scenarios outlined in the report.

    Other scenarios show that the threshold will be reached later this century. The finding constitutes a warning to governments to cut emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, which is generated by the burning of fossil fuels, industrial activity and deforestation.

    Calling climate change "the greatest challenge of our time," panel co-chair Thomas Stocker said humankind's fate in the next 100 years "depends crucially on how much carbon dioxide will be emitted in the future".

    In the report, the panel said it is 95% certain that human activity is the dominant cause of the global warming observed since the 1950s. That is up from 90% six years ago.

    "Human influence has been detected in warming of the atmosphere and the ocean, in changes in the global water cycle, in reductions in snow and ice, in global mean sea level rise, and in changes in some climate extremes," the report said.

    The report is the panel's fifth major assessment since 1990. It reaffirms many of the conclusions of past reports, but with greater confidence.

    "The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased," the panel wrote in a 36-page summary of its findings.
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The World's Top Ten Most Dynamic Economies - 1 views

    Of the top 10 world economies with the highest prospects for commerce growth in 2013, the U.S. is noticeable for its absence.
    Based on Grant Thornton's 2013 Global Dynamism Index (GDI) involving 50 countries, the U.S. slid down from No. 10 last year, to No. 11 in 2013. And to make it worse, its stats for indicators such as financing and labor markets, sank from a collective 64.1 in 2012 to 60.5 in 2013.
    Yet, it is not that bad. U.S. left behind the Japanese (15) and the South Koreans (13). It also crushed the U.K., which ranked 34 overall, scoring only 51.5 out of a perfect 100. So, things in the U.S. are far from being that bad.
    "I believe the U.S. is playing out almost exactly the way we expected," said Marc Tommasi, a managing director at investment company Manning & Napier. "It is neither bright nor that terribly bad."
    Grant Thornton's index provides insights into which of the 50 nations evaluated presents the best ecosystem for investment growth. The U.S. has dropped from the charts. But it has some company. Only a few nations have scaled the charts, and among the most stellar performers is China. It joined the top 10 this year after having placed No. 17 in 2012.
    Rankings are according to performance in five main areas - business working environment, economics & growth, science & technology, labor & human capital and the lending conditions.
    The obvious news from this year's index: Asia is a powerhouse for investment growth. And even with the Nordic nations sliding, government policies there make it one of the most ideal areas in the globe to nurture a business. Even more so than the center of capitalism, Uncle Sam.
    For China, the business working environment and financing were both graded badly, close to the base of the stack. However, nothing defeats the Chinese labor market. Not merely is it cheap, but on the East Coast especially, they are exceedingly skilled as well. In addition, in terms of holistic outlook there, China is No. 2 for general
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Why not give the UN and Ban Ki-moon a chance? | blog - 0 views   You have to admit that the timing of the Russian ploy to trip up (or at least drag President Obama&rsqu...

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GCHQ: inside the top secret world of Britain's biggest spy agency - 1 views

    A couple years back, GCHQ held its yearly sports fest on Wednesday, 15 June at London's Civil Service Sports Club. A gender-friendly, six-a-side football match was the main event of the activity, with games kicking off at exactly 11 A.M..

    The day was a cheerful experience for those normally ensconced in the agency's unique doughnut-shaped command centre in Cheltenham. Participants were given a six-page list of rules and regulations to ascertain that people played fair.
    "Each team MUST field at least ONE lady player at all times," the note said. "Proper footwear shall be worn. Crocs, sandals or flip-flops are not allowed. The wearing of shin-pads is REQUIRED."
    Among all the extremely confidential papers about GCHQ exposed by the whistleblower, Edward Snowden, this has to be one of the least delicate. But it provides a peek into the world of the 6,100 people packed into the open-plan and underground GCHQ offices; that there is a sports activity at all shows something about the agency which many people outside their world could not appreciate.

    Last year, GCHQ also made trips to the Paris Disneyland, and its sailing club participated in an offshore regatta at Cowes. The agency also has a chess club, regular pub quiz nights, cake bazaars and an in-house puzzle newsletter named Kryptos. A member of Stonewall beginning last year, GCHQ has its own Pride group for employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

    There is also a paranormal group that describes itself as "GCHQ's ghost-hunting group". It is open to staff and their partners either "sceptics or believers" who want to explore "supposedly haunted properties".

    Employees reckon their age on the internal directory, "GCWiki", by their "internet age", a gage of how long they have been experts on the web.

    They meet friends during yearly family open-days, or through messages on the agency's own version of MySpace, aptly titles SpySpace.
    Colleagues are bound to meet others cut from the same fabric. The agenc
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26 Million People Struggling Financially - 1 views

    Approximately 26 million Britons are presently having money problems because the economic

    slump has induced a "live for the moment" mentality, based on a major report on the wellbeing of the country's finances.

    Over fifty percent of UK adults stated that they were struggling with their finances, the

    government-sponsored body, Money Advice Service (MAS), bared. This is a sudden increase

    from 35 percent of people who were undergoing a hard time paying their bills compared to the

    previous time a similar study was conducted in 2006.

    Hourly salary has plummeted by 6 percent in real value since the previous research was carried

    out, making it more difficult for people to eke out a living.

    A "live for the moment" culture and lack of financial smarts were also discovered to be possible


    Twenty percent of those polled stated that they would prefer to have £200 at present than

    £400 after four months, with twenty-five percent of people replying they choose to live for the

    present rather than plan for the future.

    The report also showed that a disturbing number of Britons are deficient in financial awareness.

    About 12 percent of those asked believed the Bank of England's base rate, which has been at a

    remarkable 0.5 percent low for over four years, was over 10 percent.

    Over one third of the people asked did not comprehend the great effect that inflation has on

    their savings and 16 percent could not tell the right balance on a bank statement.

    Nevertheless, more encouraging result from the survey revealed that the number of people

    checking their bank account statements had grown since 2006 and almost 84 percent of people

    said they constantly monitored their finances.

    40 percent of those questioned said they stay clear of doubtful dealings and 85 percent said

    they were laying aside some money in savings.

    Caroline Rookes, chief executive of the MAS, said: "In
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The Crown International Blogs - China slowdown implications on RI spook policymakers - 1 views

The Jakarta Post Headlines | A recent slowdown in the Chinese economy could persist in the long-run, affect global demand and depress commodity prices down even further, eventually hurting its trad...

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The crown capital management international relations review eighteen GSK China staff he... - 1 views

    The crown capital management international relations review eighteen GSK China staff held as whistleblower allegations emerge

    GlaxoSmithKline, the British drugs company that is the subject of a major criminal investigation in China, faced similar allegations from an internal whistleblower as early as January, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
    Details of the claims made at the start of the year emerged as Chinese police widened their inquiry into the company, putting 18 more GSK employees in detention, according to state media reports.

    An email from an anonymous whistleblower sent on January 16 to the entire GSK board, its auditors and several public relations staff, and copied to the Serious Fraud Office, appears to describe many of the same claims that are now being investigated by Chinese police.

    However, GSK has repeatedly said it only became aware of the specific problems identified by police two weeks ago.

    In the wake of the whistleblower email, GSK said it conducted a four-month internal investigation but "found no evidence of corruption or bribery".

    But the allegations listed in the email appear to be very similar to some of the wrong-doings now being alleged by Chinese investigators.
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Here's The Argument That The Entire World Economy Is Starting To Go Bad - 1 views

    Lately, the stock market has weakened with commodities been getting crushed. Is the global economy slowing down hard? Maybe. Recent U.S. economic data especially in housing has been disappointing. And growth in China, a global growth engine, has slowed as it continues to crack down on corruption, property prices, and shadow banking.
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Constitutionality of Renewable Energy Mandates in Question - 2 views

    In a potentially crushing strike against advocates for renewable energy mandates, a federal court ruling recently raised the issue of constitutionality of major provisions of many states' renewable energy mandates. On June 7, 2013, U.S.
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The State of the Nation's Air, and Your Lungs - 1 views

    As China remains blanketed by an ever-thickening haze, we in the United States can be grateful of one thing: The air is getting cleaner in most parts. The American Lung Association reported in its State of the Air 2013 that 18 cities have lower dust pollution compared to previous years, while 16 had their lowest figures ever.
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10 Years After: Britain Today - 1 views

  • ON MARCH 20th 2003 Britons woke to footage of fireballs over Baghdad. The first cruise missiles, launched from American ships in the Persian Gulf, had hit the city some five hours before. Tony Blair, the prime minister, addressed the nation: "The threat to Britain today is not that of my father's generation.
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Can the New Argentine Pope Save the Catholic Crisis in Latin America - 1 views

    Can the New Argentine Pope Save the Catholic Crisis in Latin America March 26, 2013 | Posted in News | Comments Off When the conclave of Cardinals met in Rome this month to elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor, few predicted that Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina would emerge victorious.
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