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Currency War

By David Underwood in Economics and Finance, October 9, 2010

Countries using their currencies as a policy tool are putting global recovery at risk. “Beggar thy neighbor”, “competitive devaluation”, “race to the bottom” are the polite terms but the fact remains, it is a “currency war”. This is not just an argument between China and the USA; anyone can be dragged into the ring at a moment’s notice and be left scrambling for cash.

Turkey – Two Steps Forward?

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Politics, October 8, 2010

The referendum campaign run this summer on constitutional changes, actually heralded the beginning of the campaign for the 2011 general elections. Soccer wisdom says that “after the match is before the next match” and this seems to fit well with the current political situation in Turkey.

Brittany – Along the North Coast

By Adrien Mory in Travel Writing, October 7, 2010

Travel west along the coast road from Mont St Michel, via Saint Malo and Dinard to the wonders of the Ile de Bréhat archipelago where the ban on cars only adds to the charm of the place. Ignore the jokes about the wet weather – according to the statistics it rains just as often in Paris.

The Economics of Emissions

By Massimiliano Bianconcini in Environment, October 3, 2010

The reduction in CO2 emissions has gone hand in hand with the global recession. With an eventual global economic recovery and with emerging markets still increasing their emission levels, the future may not be so rosy.

Crystal & Flame

By Arnold Barkus in Arts and Culture,

Ergin Cavusoglu’s installation “Crystal & Flame” is part of the Free to Air series of exhibitions and events funded by the London Councils that will show throughout the city over a four-year period. The theme of each newly-commissioned project derives from Roosevelt’s ‘four freedoms’ – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

Peripheral Vision

By Constantine Rusanov in Features, October 2, 2010

The characters in the experimental short stories by the Russian writer Anatoly Gavrilov subsist on a bland diet of propaganda slogans, doggerel, and popular superstition. Their lives are lived out on the periphery of burnt-out landscapes amid blast-furnaces, abandoned warehouses and tumble-down barracks.

Three Short Stories

By Anatoly Gavrilov in Features,

The characters in the experimental short stories by the Russian writer Anatoly Gavrilov subsist on a bland diet of propaganda slogans, doggerel, and popular superstition. Their lives are lived out on the periphery of burnt-out landscapes amid blast-furnaces, abandoned warehouses and tumble-down barracks.

Gold Rush 2010

By Tom Spence in Economics and Finance,

Uncertain times are driving investors to buy gold, pushing the price to over $US1,300 per ounce. Some are hoping to sit back and make a killing – others are nervous about the state of the global markets. Is gold heading for $1,500, or even $1,800? Is this a prelude to a currency war or is it just that the smart money has nowhere else to go?

Shakespeare, Sex and Love

By Robert Arnold in Arts and Culture, September 26, 2010

As we should expect from the author who was most unstinting in his exploration of the varieties of human experience, in Shakespeare’s works the subject of sex and love is vast.

Akhtamar Island

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Travel Writing, September 6, 2010

On 19 September 2010 for the first time in 95 years, Armenian Christians celebrated a mass at the Holy Cross Church on Akhtamar Island near Van in south-eastern Turkey. The event marked another small step forward in the process of reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia.