economy

We Need to Stop Confusing Social Programs with Socialism

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The United States has always had a problem with accepting a true capitalistic, market-driven economy. Americans love to sing the praises of free markets but loathe allowing them to work as intended. We state over...
China

Four Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Trust China’s GDP Data

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China’s economic growth in recent decades has been truly spectacular, with an average rate of more than 6.5%, and now it is one of the primary sources of global economic growth, despite the recent...
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China Must Economically Surpass America

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If our goal is for every person on the planet to live well, we should encourage less developed countries to increase their citizen’s purchasing power. That means China must eventually surpass America in GDP. For...
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Report From Trump Country: How ‘The News’ Helps Trump in the South

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This story is about what I have observed regarding Southern Trump voters. I am a white male that was born and raised in the South. This story tells what I have noticed about the...
Chinese purchases

Why China is Forced to Purchase US Debt

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It has become conventional wisdom among ordinary people to think that Chinese purchases of US Treasuries are the “generosity” of the Chinese who are willing to lend to Americans so that they can purchase...
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Trump Republicans and Big Business Are Heading for Divorce

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As America’s favorite pundit, Forrest Gump, might put it, the Republican Party and big business go together like peas and carrots. Since its founding in 1854, the Grand Old Party has been pro-business — favoring a...
Toxic Culture

A Very Real Taboo: Toxic Culture Threatens Everyone

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Toxic cultures are diseases that feed from anything they touch, making productive work impossible. Such poisonous conditions harm any job environment but are especially devastating when they invade healthcare where patients’ lives are in...
Return to Politics

Will Obama Return to Politics?

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Former President Barack Obama is arguably the most popular living former president. Not only is he a global presence with a tremendous youth following, he is also still relatively young by political standards. He...
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France: Debt Woes are Overstated

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Synopsis: Debt levels in the public sector have been on an uptrend since the GFC, matching the trend seen in most advanced economies. Nevertheless, the statistic in isolation paints an incomplete picture. Recently enacted...
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Chronicle Fatigue Syndrome: Why News Saturation is More Dangerous than Fake News

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On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airline flight MH-17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine by a BUK surface-to-air missile killing all 298 passengers including 6 of the world’s top AID’s researchers and scientists. The...
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Fixing Politics Means Updating Our Democratic System

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At one point or another, we’ve all complained about our politicians. We’re all familiar with their patterns of behavior. What I find interesting is that we often dismiss irritating behaviors from politicians, thinking this...
Facebook

Facebook Faces the Music of Racism in Banishment of White Nationalism and Separatism.

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Lots of "ism's" there but Facebook's used to all this controversy, right? Seriously, you have to hand it to Mr. Zuckerberg and his iron will. The guy's been through a lot regarding technology and the...
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The International Relations Debt Crisis

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By Calling in US Debt at the Most (in)Opportune Moment, China Can End America’s Ability to Enforce International Sanctions Much is made of America’s debt, a figure that sits at what seems an astounding $22...
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Doing Business in China: How to optimize your operations

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China is a popular business hub for both local and foreign companies. Setting a physical presence in a country that offers many opportunities for your business operations is a strategic move. It takes advantage...
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An Uphill Battle: Investment Culture Finds Its Match in Germany

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By Claudio Brocado and Anthony Claudio Brocado This is the second installment in my new approach of collaboration with friends and family to supplement my own (admittedly still relative meager) knowledge base. After the piece...
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EU’s Article 13, and how it affects “you” as a creator.

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The Copyright Law that is about more than just “Meme-Control”. Let’s unpack this subject in a manner that we can all comprehend, since I’m sure we’re not all lawyers and copyright specialists; we’re creators. Hence, I’ll...
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The Italian Story: Easy Math, Somewhat Complicated Economics, Extremely Complex Politics

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In recent weeks I have been covering the current Italian stalemate with the European Union regarding the Mediterranean country’s 2019 budget. Its targeted 2.4% fiscal deficit as a share of its GDP is three...
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The Dawn Of A New Day In Germany

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Germany has been front-page news around the world lately, as perhaps there is Schadenfreude in some quarters regarding what appears to be collapsing German political stability. In the key Southern Germany state of Bavaria,...