Asia’s Democracy Deficit

July 19th, 2015
in Op Ed

by John West, Asian Century Institute

Democracy has very shallow roots and many enemies in Asia -- and not only in China.
-  John West

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What Doesn't Kill Them Makes them Stronger

July 19th, 2015
in Op Ed

Darwin explains the futility of killing insurgents. It makes them more effective.

by Fabius Maximus, FabiusMaximus.com

Summary: During the past decade we have deployed our most skilled warriors and most advanced technology in an assassination program with few precedents in history.

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Greece: No Plan B

July 18th, 2015
in Op Ed

by Reverse Engineer, Doomstead Diner

Greetings Doomfans, and welcome to another edition of the Frostbite Falls Daily Rant, here on the Doomstead Diner.

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The Coming Era of Pension Poverty

July 17th, 2015
in Op Ed

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds

Assuming "growth" will fund all promised pensions and entitlements is magical thinking.

The core problem with pension plans is that the promises were issued without regard for the revenues needed to pay the promises. Lulled by 60 years of global growth since 1945, those in charge of entitlements and publicly funded pensions assumed that "growth"--of GDP, tax revenues, employment and everything else--would always rise faster than the costs of the promised pensions and entitlements.

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What the Iran Nuclear Deal Means – And What It Doesn't

July 17th, 2015
in Op Ed

by Scott Lucas, The Conversation

Iran and the 5+1/E3+3 Powers (US, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia) have at last completed a comprehensive nuclear agreement after years of discussions and threats of conflict.

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