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Easy Money

By Carmen Sanchez in Economics and Finance, February 25, 2010

Are low interest rates bad for your health? Do they lead to the global misallocation of funds? Do they encourage conservative investors to speculate? Do they create asset bubbles and encourage ill-advised carry trades?

Penang’s Cultural Mix

By Deb Lavis in Travel Writing, February 15, 2010

Exploring the heritage of “The Pearl of the Orient”. Situated just off the coast of Malaysia in the Straits of Malacca, the island of Penang was for centuries a vital stopping-off point on the great East-West sea trade routes, linking Great Britain and Europe with the Malay archipelago and China, via the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

J.B. Lenoir

By Victoria Black in Arts and Culture, February 1, 2010

Chicago blues man who died early. Powerful lyrics way before their time, badmouthing the police, Eisenhower, the Korean War and Vietnam too.

Trotsky on Tolstoy

By Leon Trotsky in Arts and Culture, January 6, 2010

Trotsky hailed the great master on his 80th birthday. “Tolstoy has passed his eightieth birthday and now stands before us like an enormous jagged cliff, moss-covered and from a different historical World”.

A Month in Dubai

By Peter King in Travel Writing, January 4, 2010

Here are some thoughts from one person’s recent stay in Dubai working for one month in October this year – a month before the bad debt threat to the city’s future.
He went as a consultant working in Dubai’s now stalled and litigious construction industry.

The Bush Capital

By Allston Mitchell in Travel Writing, January 1, 2010

Canberra – unassumingly civilised, cosmically dull or just a “A good sheep paddock spoiled”. Arriving in Canberra for the first time is like arriving in Brussels, you have heard so much criticism and invective that the chances of you liking the place are nil.


By Hugh Miles in Arts and Culture, May 6, 2019

Likely date, religious, social and business implications. there is always uncertainty and frequently disagreement. This year a Moroccan astronomer has forecast that Ramadan will probably begin on Tuesday 7 May, but the National Astronomy and Geophysics Institute of Egypt has forecast Monday 6 May, probably the starting date for Saudi Arabia and the UAE also.


By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Features, March 23, 2015

For many years, the biggest Newroz festivities in Turkey have taken place in Diyarbakır where a message by imprisoned PKK-leader Öcalan was read out. However, this year the surprising message on Newroz day came from deputy prime minister Bülent Arınç who openly criticised the comments of President Erdogan and reiterated that it was the responsibility of the government to run the country.


By Jacques Le Goff in Features, February 23, 2015

Even if other civilizations have singled out an original or ancient era in the periodization of their history, very few have granted such immense importance to its constitution, existence, and nature as Europe has attributed to its own Antiquity. Designated as the ancient Greek world, followed by the Roman world and then the Roman Empire, Antiquity was simultaneously the embryo and the basis for what we know now as Europe.


By Faranguis Habibi in Politics, March 23, 2011

An interview with Faranguis Habibi, the former Director of the Persian desk at Radio France Internationale about the recent revolutions in North Africa, the current state of the “Green” revolution in her native Iran and the political future of the Middle East. “A slow response or a lack of clarity could easily awaken other demons”, she warns.