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Bronx Congressman Serrano Mourns Hugo Chávez’ Passing

Earlier today, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died after an extended bout with cancer. Needless to say, Mr. Chávez, a prominent opponent of United States foreign policy whose critics accused him of dictator-style thuggery at home, will not be fondly remembered in many corners of American politics....
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Famous Villain Back In The News

My father taught me the line when I was a child: “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!”...
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Head Of Hamas Military Wing Killed

The Isreal Defense Forces (IDF) has released video of the strike that killed Ahmed al-Jaabari earlier today. In response Hamas has declared open war....
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Help Palestinian Farmers Grow & Export Their Crops

A small donation of just $25 will buy 50 pepper seedlings for the farmers. Please offer your contribution and help make a difference in people's ...
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Beirut Design Week... A First of Its Kind

The MENA Design Research Center is proud to announce the launching of the first “Beirut Design Week”, a press release said earlier today....
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The Euro, What Should Have Been

"I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one ...
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Axing A Lot Of Nuclear Power Plants

Energy is the lifeblood of modern economies and there’s no more amazingly useful form of energy than electricity....
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A Different Way Of Looking At China

Hard landing, soft landing, civil unrest, dominant economic superpower – the forecasts flow freely regarding China....
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Bronx Men's Shoes Beard Growing Billboard

Bronx Shoes SA pioneers world's first interactive growing billboard The 3rd of April sees the unveiling of the world's first interactive beard growing billboard in Cape Town. Bronx Men's Shoes, the "Man Enough" brand in South Africa, through Bletchley Park, Cape Town....
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India - A Bric Hitting A Brick Wall

“If you see a Brahmin and a snake, kill the Brahmin first.”         - Old South Indian proverb The Fatal Attraction of Indian Populism India, one of the ...
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Vulture Stalking A Child

Sudan, March 1, 1993....
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Steps Forward & Back For The World’s Nukes

My household has no less than three nightlights that give good service to me and mine. Perhaps you have a nightlight or two yourself. And beyond those useful little devices, of course, there are the regular lights that a person may switch on in the middle of a windless night....
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Ceaseless Change Dominates Our Dynamic Planet

Nothing about Earth history is static or unchanging. That’s particularly true of climate, and thereon hangs more than one interesting tale including recent news of a scientific advance in understanding how past climate has changed....
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More Money, More Instability

Another Wall of Money on Its Way...
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Throwing Good Money After Bad

“The surest way to destroy a nation is to debauch its currency.”; “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” ...
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Stepping Up To A Bright Idea

At first I wasn’t sure I was reading the CNN report correctly. The story hinged on special pavement that uses the impact of human feet to generate electricity. ...
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The Euro Solution - Buy Now, Cry Later

In the last issue of The Dismal Optimist I wrote “One thing seems likely. The Europeans will come up with some kind of solution for Greece. No matter how stupid it is the stock markets will probably rally. Buy now, cry later.” It looks like that statement was correct. The stock markets anyway seem to be happy. For now....
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The Great Recession Marches On

"When the weasel says ‘Happy New Year’ to the chicken, this is not good news.”...
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Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Adolf Hitler’s murderous campaign during World War II took the lives of six million Jews.
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Happy New Year

New Year’s Day, which according to the Gregorian calendar falls on January 1, is one of the most popular occasions around the globe. Beyond religion, ethnicity, caste and creed it is a common festivity enjoyed by all. The culmination of the long holiday season, it marks a new beginning, symbolising new hope and a fresh start.
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Finally

Fidel Castro, Cuba's communist dictator for decades, responsible for the murder of many thousands of his fellow citizens, is finally dead at the age of 90.
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The Coming Destruction Of Hong Kong

Hong Kong as I write this is being paralyzed by demonstrations led by idealistic students and left wing Occupy Wall Street types. I spend a lot of time in Hong Kong. But I have to admit. I didn’t see this coming. I never thought this would get this big.

A Collection Of Sayings

-To remodel a house takes one year. To remodel a soul takes a lifetime. -Connecting with nature is connecting with God because God is in nature. -To

How Many British Governors Were Elected By The People Of Hong Kong?

The answer to the above question, for those who did not know, is none. In 1841 under duress the Qing Dynasty ceded Hong Kong Island to the British. From 1843 until 1997, when Hong Kong was handed back to China, all Governors of Hong Kong were appointed by the British government. Nobody cried, nobody complained. But now the so called “Occupy Central” people are holding Beijing to a higher standard.

In Hong Kong - The Peg Is Not Likely To Be Changed

In my opinion, the Hong Kong dollar peg, which has been set since 1983 to the US dollar at 7.80:1.00, should and will remain unchanged. There are sound economic reasons for this but I believe the primary reason is political.

Investing Under The Law Of Accelerating Returns

“This time it’s different—the most expensive words in investing.” So eminent investor Sir John Templeton has opined.

A Great Man Cometh?

Every once in a great while a larger than life figure comes along who dramatically changes his (or her) country for the better. Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping are three that come to mind. Narendra Modi, the just elected future Prime Minister of India, has this potential for greatness. And yes this has significant investment implications.
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Time To Pause?

Bend it Like Zuck

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Bibi Khan

Bibi Z. Khan is a Graduate student, human and environmental activist and aspiring writer. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading and community volunteer work.