Category Archives: The Global Economy

And Ukraine moves closer to the edge?

Yesterday I was able to listen to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, at the Atlantic Council, right after he met with President Obama at the White House. Yatsenyuk projected calm and confidence — quite a feat for someone … Continue reading

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Ukraine is getting ever more dangerous

On CNN last Sunday, Stephen Cohen suggested that we are only two steps away from another Cuban missile crisis. Is that possible, or hyperbole? Revolutions create great risks because they create uncertainty and anxiety. The strength and policies of the … Continue reading

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Back to the Future at Forbes?

Forbes has crowned Bill Gates as the world’s richest man (again), with a fortune of $76 billion. Like many wealthy and generous predecessors, Gates has already given a considerable portion of his money to charity, but clearly he has enough … Continue reading

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Defusing the Crisis in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin is a hero in much of Russia. He is the man who brought order and prosperity, fought off terrorism, and restored Russian greatness after a humiliating period of Cold War hardship and defeat followed by democratic chaos which … Continue reading

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So glad for so little

So this is what is has come to: anything other than outright recession is cause for rejoicing! Here is one triumphant quote: “The eurozone’s recovery has moved up a gear,” said Chris Williamson, chief economist of Markit. “Not only has … Continue reading

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Worry Beads, Anyone?

Readers of this blog know that I have been a pessimist on the “real” economy of the world. With population growth slowing or declining in Europe, the US, Japan, Korea, China, India, and Brazil, it seemed to me the demand … Continue reading

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Will 2014 be the year of social justice?

Back in 2009, when it was becoming clear that bankers had crashed the world economy but were going to be spared the worst effects, while ordinary folks took the brunt of the hit, people asked why there was not more … Continue reading

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Looking ahead for 2014

As we enter 2014, it is worth looking back at 2013 and giving thanks for things that went right! (1) The Eurozone avoided political or economic disaster.  Despite austerity policies damaging top-line economic growth, and leaving many European countries with … Continue reading

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CHINA SHRINKS FROM REAL CHANGE

It is easy for China’s enormous economic growth in recent years, as well as the development of Shanghai, Chongqing, and Shenzen into modern metropolises, to give observers a sense of China’s great confidence and success. Clearly that is what President … Continue reading

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Protest in Russia

I have just returned from a conference in Russia, in which the focus was studies of social movements. (My own contribution was to argue that recent protests in Brazil, Turkey, and Russia represented a shift to democratic-style protest rather than … Continue reading

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