by Ellen Brown, Web of Debt
In California"s epic drought, wars over water rights continue, while innovative alternatives for increasing the available water supply go untapped.
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by Tristan Dunning, The Conversation
As Islamic State (IS) and Shi"a militias backed by Iraq and Iran continue their missions to create "pure" sectarian enclaves, changing demographics throughout the region could be a harbinger of more conflict to come. Large flows of refugees and disparate birth rates not only have the propensity to prolong violence in Iraq and Syria, but could drastically reconfigure the make-up of strong states like Turkey and Israel. Lebanon"s perennially fragile sectarian balance is also at risk.
Infographic Of The Day: Brits Are MAD About Their Pets!
We all know that British people are fanatical about their pets, but are they going a bit too far?
FOREX NEWS by DailyForex
The latest Markit composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the Eurozone suggests that business output in the 19 member bloc is growing at its fastest rate for almost four years.
A growing crisis in Yemen has fueled concerns that the Middle East is on the verge of becoming a powder keg for geopolitical tensions which has sent investors rushing to safe haven currencies like the Japanese Yen and the Swiss Franc.
Brent crude oil price surged $3 in Asian trading on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began a military operation in Yemen. Asian importers, however, said they were not immediately worried about supply disruptions.
The latest set of data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics shows that prices in February, as determined by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), have remained unchanged from where they stood twelve months previously.
The ECB’s quantitative easing program, which had initially kept the pressure on the Euro, seems to have provided a lift in sentiment among the Eurozone’s business community.
The Deeper Meaning Of Entrepreneurism
by Roger Erickson
If a collection of cells (you) can act entrepreneurially, why can"t a collection of 330 million citizens act as a team? They can? How? How often WILL they? And why not all of the time, or at least more often than we have been cooperating recently?
Sungarden Investment Research Article of the Week
by Rob Isbitts, Sungarden Investment Research
Amidst the industry noise, the benefits of using individual stocks stand out
Over the last 40 years, an investment evolution has occurred for the retail investor and their financial advisor. From stockbrokers chatting up stocks and bonds, to mutual funds and separately-managed accounts (SMAs), to ETFs and other varieties, the high net worth and emerging wealthy (say, for portfolios of $200,000 or more) have plenty to choose from.
26Mar2015 Market Close: Markets Closed Down In The Red, War In Yemen Continues, Oil And U.S Dollar R
Total Fed Balance Sheet:
Fed"s Balance Sheet week ending balance sheet was $4.441 trillion - down from the record $4.476 trillion for week ending 14 January 2015 and down from the $4.453 trillion for last week. Note that on the 29 October 2014, the Federal Reserves governing board (FOMC) stated that .....