Handing More Control to Patients Could just be Cost-Cutting in Disguise

November 23rd, 2014
in Op Ed

by Lisa Kidd, The Conversation

In Austerity Britain, few cutbacks capture the public ire like those directed towards the beloved NHS. In the public consciousness at least, it seems the NHS must remain outside the whims of party politics. As such, few policies are as divisive as the rationing of healthcare. Often perceived solely as an economic measure, many objective observers would argue it has no place in the health professional’s toolkit.

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George Friedman: An Understated Problem and Possible Consequences

November 23rd, 2014
in Op Ed, syndication

Written by

Random Thoughts from the High Desert

A "Failed Presidency" sounds like bad news for the President. In this case, however, we may be seeing the demise of the U.S. as we have known it.

Imperial President

Of course it would not be appropriate in an initial article on the subject for George Friedman to go that far, but I am not constrained by multiple client contracts so I can state the obvious.

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Chinese-style Globalization Resumes

November 22nd, 2014
in Op Ed

by LEAP/Europe 2020, Leap2020.eu

This month a number of international events show us what Chinese-style Globalization means in terms of global governance:

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No Cut in Rates? Will Rajan Bite The Bullet?

November 21st, 2014
in Op Ed

Written by Sunil Chandra

All the Clamor for a Rate Cut...

As he gets ready to present the Fifth bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement, Governor Rajan must be wondering about the clamor for an interest rate cut from all corners of the country.

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Australia and China after their FTA

November 20th, 2014
in Op Ed

Report from the East Asia Forum

by Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

The past week has seen big breakthroughs in Asia Pacific economic diplomacy. At the APEC summit, Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe broke the diplomatic ice in the China-Japan relationship. The United States and China paved the way towards extending the successful International Technology Agreement through the WTO. They also did a game-changing deal that will entrench deep cuts to carbon emissions through to 2025-30. China brought trans-regional (as opposed to Eastern and Western Pacific) integration back to centre stage in APEC's quest for open regionalism. And in Brisbane, the G20 summit has crafted a global recovery strategy around broad-based cooperation on productivity-enhancing reforms and infrastructure investment, re-focused on the WTO and brought climate change back into play.

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