Early Bird Headlines 31 March 2015
Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.
- 5 essentials for a minimal state-based PPACA exchange (LifeHealthPro) If the Supreme Court rules that insurance obtained through Health.gov is not eligible for subsidies, the insurance markets in 38 states will be thrown into turmoil and millions will lose affordable coverage. What might be done in a hurry to slavage the situation?
- Sen. Tom Cotton’s Farsi Version of His Explosive Letter to Iranian Leaders Reads Like a Middle Schooler Wrote It (Foreign Policy) The Farsi version of his letter Sen. Cotton had prepared was a bungled mess, poorly translated, and reads a lot like a middle schooler’s attempt at an essay on U.S. constitutional law and the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Cotton also didn’t do himself any favors by tweeting one of those lackluster translations at a man who speaks fluent English: Zarif, the foreign minister. President Rouhani’s English isn’t bad either. Click on headline and read how FP says the letter would read from the Farsi version.
- After a story is published, a minimum wage worker loses her job (The Washington Post) Worker told interviewer she would benefit from the $0.25 raise. Her boss didn’t like that and fired her saying she was “stupid and dumb for talking“, according to the fired worker.
- How France Became an Iran Hawk (Foreign Policy) The French don’t trust Iran’s nuclear promises, but they don’t trust Washington much, either.
- Investors Are Piling Into Battered Greek Stocks (Bloomberg)
- Nigeria election: Buhari in front after half of results declared (BBC News) Muhammadu Buhari took a significant lead over the Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday night with half of the results declared. Buhari, the opposition candidate who rule the country as a military dictator for three years 30 years ago, led with 8,520,436 votes against Jonathan’s 6,488,210. States believed to favor Jonathan have not yet been counted.
- U.S., Britain fear possible ‘political interference’ in Nigerian election (The Washington Post) Allegations of fraud could decrease credibility of the election result and further fragment the country which has been torn by the jihadist Boko Haram.
- Nigerians defy violence and bad technology in chaotic election (The Conversation)
- 4 reasons you should care about Nigeria’s election (The Washington Post)
- Saudi-led Yemen intervention threatens protracted, sectarian war (Al Jazeera) Houthi-Saleh-Hadi conflict is a local power struggle, but regional involvement could extend rather than end it.
- China’s ambitious new Marshall Plan for Asia (China Spectator) China intends to invest about 1 trillion yuan (about $160 billion), 60% to 70% in Asia outside of China, to create the infrastructure for economic growth in Asia. See the next article.
- One Belt and One Road policy to boost Chinese GDP growth (China Spectator) China sees its future growth dependent on the growth of south and central Asia with economic links extending all the way to Europe, a la the ancient “Silk Road”.
- Australia Sells Education to Chinese Students at Double the Price (Bloomberg) Education is now Australia’s fourth-largest export.
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