by Franklin (Chuck) Spinney, The Blaster
The United States is careening toward an unnecessary new cold war with Russia. Cold War II may be even more dangerous than the first Cold War, because the constitutional checks and balances and the attention span of the people regulating the US government's behaviour have broken down. While Ukraine is now at the center of this madness, the neocon-driven march to folly has roots reaching well beyond the Ukraine.
How does one come to understand China? Many wish to do so, especially in light of China’s growing global influence.
For some, language is the key that opens the door. With Chinese language, one is able to enter a people and their culture, opening up communication, literature, philosophy, belief and much more. Engaging and studying in translation always presents a barrier to understanding, but language is not enough.
by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101
At the end of October, Hans-Werner Sinn published an article on the question of how to set up a monetary system. Sinn is Professor of Economics and Public Finance at the University of Munich, is President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research and serves on the German economy ministry's Advisory Council.
by L. Randall Wray, New Economic Perspectives
Here's a summary of the plan Bernie Sanders has set out, along with my comments (in italics).
1.) We need a major investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. $1 trillion investment to create 13 million decent paying jobs and make this country more efficient and productive.