recovery

How Stable is the American Recovery Process?

The state of the current American Recovery seems to show that Obama’s presidency was not a failure, contrarily to what the results of the recent mid-term elections suggested. The Democratic party used Thanksgiving Day to newly highlight  president Obama’s successes and they did so by presenting on their website the so-called Official 2014 …

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trade

China-India Trade Deals and Enduring Tensions

India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi has just returned from a landmark visit to China where the two countries signed trade deals worth more than $22 billion. From a narrow perspective it seems that common prosperity brings the two rising powers together. However, in the grander scheme of things, trade deals are not …

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shoes

Who made my shoes?

As the death toll reaches 72 at a shoe factory fire in the Philippine capital, Manila, consumers are led to question ‘Who made my shoes’?  The Victims of Fire in the Manila Shoe Factory The fire on Wednesday spread quickly taking victims thought to have suffocated in the toxic smoke. …

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Iran

Iran – P5+1 Nuclear Talks: What’s Next?

The world watches anxiously as the US-led P5+1 group negotiate with Iran to curb its uranium enrichment programme, in exchange for relieving economic sanctions that has crippled the country. The talks seem promising; the White House recently said it will lift the sanctions the instant Iran cuts down its production. …

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israel

Elections in Israel: Netanyahu and The Years to Come

Before the Elections: the False Winds of Change As the various runner ups for the Israel elections raced to the top, the spirit of the people of Israel  seemed to be one determined on change. And yet, despite the optimist nature of this widespread claim, it should have been clear that …

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Internet

Internet and Terrorism: Tweeting for #Jihad

Internet has gradually changed the lives of people around the world: it has affected how we organize our everyday lives and revolutionized the ways people interact and communicate. The scale of the diffusion and adoption of the Internet transformed it in a typical ‘network good’: a good that becomes more valuable …

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military

The Military Balance 2015: The Weapons of Today, the Wars of Tomorrow

The Military Balance, provided by the IISS (International Institute for Strategic Studies), is considered an authoritative assessment of global military capabilities and defence economics. The recently released 2015 edition offers a deep insight on complex geopolitical changes that have lately affected international relationships.  The most important fact underlined by the …

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Russia

Putin’s Russia. If the Bear Roars Again

A few days ago Michael Fallon, the UK Secretary of Defence, said that “Putin’s Russia is a threat to Europe as great as the Islamic State”. These words underscore a situation of conflict that the Ukrainian crisis and its consequences have sharpened. Anyhow, it seems that Putin’s Russia is showing a …

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Labor

Italian Labor Reform

Italian politicians have promised huge labor market reforms for decades. Unfortunately, saying something does not mean it will be done, in particular when the purpose is to reform one of the most inflexible labor markets in Europe. In addition, if one considers that Italy is one of the countries in …

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EXPO

EXPO Milan 2015

The theme of EXPO 2015 in Milan will be “Feeding the planet, energy for life”, for a more supportive and less contradictory alimentation The Universal Exposition will be held in Milan, from May 1 to October 31. On an area large  almost 1,1 million square meters, people from all over …

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