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What The Brexit Deal Means For EU Citizens And Their Families

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Eleanor Spaventa, Durham University

There has been mixed reaction to the deal agreed between the EU and the UK on December 8 that broke the deadlock in Brexit talks. A key part of the agreement was on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit. But while the deal gave clarity on some issues, it left some big questions unanswered for those who have taken advantage of EU free movement rules to live in the UK.

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WTO, China And Obama's Trade Gambit In The Trump Era

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

China's Struggle for Market Economy Status

Recently, the Trump administration joined the EU and rejected the view that under the WTO terms China should have graduated last year to market-economy status. Now Trump is using Obama's accession legacy to undermine world trade. Cartoon courtesy of Public Radio International.

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With FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling, The US Could Lose Its Lead In Online Consumer Protection

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Sascha Meinrath, Pennsylvania State University and Nathalia Foditsch, American University

The internet may be an international system of interconnecting networks sharing a rough global consensus about the technical details of communicating through them - but each country manages its own internet environment independently. As the U.S. debate about the role of government in overseeing and regulating the internet continues, it's worth looking at how other countries handle the issue.

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Why Saving Our Blue Planet May Lie In The Hands Of Citizen Scientists

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Richard K.F. Unsworth, Swansea University; Benjamin L. Jones and Leanne Cullen-Unsworth, Cardiff University

Some 95% of the ocean is completely unexplored, unseen by human eyes. That naturally means that there are many marine environments that we don't know much about, but that we're still putting at risk from damaging activities such as bottom trawling. Meadows of seagrass - flowering plants that live in shallow, sheltered areas - are a prime example of such a habitat.

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Monetary Mental Illness

by J.D. Alt, New Economic Perspectives

It is literally painful to watch our political leaders' efforts to rethink and restructure how we are going levy taxes on ourselves as a collective society. It is like watching a family member struggling with mental illness: the demons being wrestled with are imaginary - yet they have the palpable force somehow of a granite wall.

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What Will Trump's Declaration On Jerusalem Mean To Palestinians?

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Maha Nassar, University of Arizona

When President Donald Trump on Dec. 5 recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he not only effectively endorsed Israel's de facto annexation of East Jerusalem, which Palestinians have also long claimed as their own - he also radically altered the direction of American foreign policy in the Middle East.

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Philippines: Navigation Hazards Between US And China

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

How To (and Not To) Navigate between US and China

The first 18 months of the Duterte government suggest that the effort to recalibrate the Philippines' ties between the US and China is necessary, viable and vital.


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The Obscure Federal Agency That Soon Could Raise Your Electric Bill: 5 Questions Answered On FERC

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Joshua D. Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin

Editor's note: On or before Dec. 11, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had been expected to take action on a controversial proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that seeks to prevent noncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants from retiring prematurely. That decision has now been delayed another 30 days.

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The U.S. Is Entering A Recession Right Now. Here's Why.

by Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner

If this post didn't make you think I was crazy - or this one - today's likely will.

Despite the new highs and the great growth and yada yada yada .... .we are on the brink of a recession. I have the numbers to prove it.

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