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Chaos and capitalism not so good for Iraq

2014.06.24 And so it goes: years after George W Bush stood on that battleship and proclaimed Mission Accomplished, Iraq is once more teetering on the edge of a chaos that many hoped was fading. All the attempts at nation-building, at creating a unified police force and army, of building up a native political establishment –…

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Economic slavery, as pushed by the west

2014.06.20 A new report from the International Labor Organization has found that the proceeds from ‘forced labor’ amount to as much as $150 billion dollars per year worldwide. To give you an idea of just how much money that is, if the people benefiting from this forced labor were to form their own country, they…

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Bursting the housing bubble

2014.06.17 To read the newspapers in the UK, you might think that the housing market is both the most important thing in the country, and something that is of innate benefit to all citizens. There is constant jubilation over rising house prices, and that seems to be about the most important thing to publications like…

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Aid for the poor or for the rich?

2014.06.11 Good news for once! British foreign aid has finally reached the 0.7% mark! As you will no doubt know, there has been a longstanding target encouraged by the UN Development Programme to encourage rich countries to give 0.7% of their GDP as foreign aid to help poorer countries overcome their disadvantages and improve the…

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Married to the mortgage

2014.05.27 China’s communists attacked many bourgeois institutions after taking power in 1949. But marriage was not one of them. On the contrary, they enacted a marriage law in 1950, four years before they introduced a constitution. The pressure to marry remains heavy in today’s China, where almost 80% of adults have tied the knot at…

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