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The Whipsawed American Economy: A Perfect Storm Coming?

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This is a tricky time for the US economy. The global pandemic unleashed in 2020 when a deadly virus escaped from central China caused unprecedented

Is America Declining or Holding its Own?

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Have we lost our minds? What is wrong with America? We are increasingly lawless—18-year-olds buy assault weapons, waltz into schools, and unleash terror. In big

In Central Europe: Fear amid unwavering support for Ukraine

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During a just completed three-week assignment in Prague, I found both overwhelming support for Ukrainian resistance, and fear that the war could escalate. Blue-and-yellow Ukrainian

Orban and Hungary’s baffling stance on Ukraine, Russia and China

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BUDAPEST: Hungary is a maze of contradictions. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February the populist Orban government agreed to the first round of EU/US sanctions

Inspired by Endurance

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The discovery in early March of the polar exploration ship HMS Endurance 106 years after it sank in icy waters near Antarctica brings to life

Ukraine – the imperative of stopping the war

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The greatest danger, says author and Cold War scholar Mary Sarotte, is avoiding inadvertent escalation that could lead to nuclear catastrophe. The challenge is finding

Austin, Texas – America’s boom town

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AUSTIN, TX: Investment is pouring into Austin, the state capital and city of two million in the middle of the state.  Texas is attractive to

Fear not US inflation – the Powell Fed is coming to the rescue

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In October 1979 Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, only two months into the job, stopped in Hamburg en route to the International Monetary Fund meeting

Power, privacy, addiction: Facebook’s challenges as it becomes Meta

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In announcing his company’s name change to Meta, founder Mark Zuckerberg observed that Facebook is one of the most used products in the history of

In the US inflation is the enemy at the gates

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Warning lights are flashing in the US economy – petrol is up 50% in a year, home prices are surging, the labour market is tight,