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Who is hunting Angela Merkel?

Posted by hkarner - 19. Januar 2016

by Andrey Fomin,  | Moscow (Russia) | 18 January 2016 

The premeditated operation of New Year’s rapes, in Cologne and elsewhere, continues with a denunciation of the responsibility of the Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel. A study of computer traffic certify that the Twitter accounts organizing this protest are based on the West Coast of the United States.

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Last September we published an outline of the analysis produced by the Russian investigator Vladimir Shalak on the hidden aspects of the Twitter-based campaign to lure the Middle Eastern refugees into Germany [1]. Having studied 19000 refugee-related original tweets Shalak claimed that the great exodus to continental Europe was artificially arranged by non-European actors. The latest wave of migrant-caused violence in the number of European cities on New Year’s Eve sparked another intense anti-Merkel campaign in German and European social media, and yielded additional data for Shalak’s in-depth research.

Below we will share its preliminary results. But before we do let’s have a glance at two pictures demonstrating drastic change in public narrative in Germany regarding the refugees in just 4 months: Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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US-Think Tank: Feindliche Übernahme in Deutschland

Posted by hkarner - 19. Januar 2016

Think Tank? Lunatics! The Institute for Policy StudiesThe Nation, the Council on American–Islamic Relations and the Center for American Progress have categorized Nina Rosenwald and the Gatestone Institute as anti-Muslim. Wikipedia.(hfk)

18. Januar 2016, Gatestone Institute

Das „Gatestone Institute“, ein in New York ansässiger Think Tank und einflussreiches Sprachorgan der US-Ostküste, veröffentlichte am Sonntag eine Analyse. Demnach sei Deutschland „von einer Organisation seiner Feinde übernommen worden, die darauf aus sind die deutsche Nation zu vernichten statt seine Bürger zu schützen.“

Info-DIREKT stellt seinen Lesern nachfolgend den gesamten Text in deutscher Sprache zur Verfügung:

Germany Just Can’t Get It Right

Von Douglas Murray

Der verstorbene Robert Conquest entwarf einst einen Satz aus drei politischen Regeln, deren letzte lautete: „Der einfachste Weg das Verhalten einer beliebigen bürokratischen Organisation zu erklären besteht in der Annahme, dass eine geheime Organisation ihrer Feinde von ihr Besitz ergriffen hat.“ Diese Regel kann sich als nützlich erweisen, will man die ansonsten eindeutig irrsinnige und selbstmörderische Politik der Regierung von Kanzlerin Merkel in Deutschland erklären. Diese Politik macht nur dann Sinn, wenn tatsächlich eine geheime Feindorganisation aus Leuten die Kontrolle über die deutsche Regierung übernommen hat, die nicht die Absicht haben Deutschland zusammenzuhalten, sondern es komplett auseinanderreißen will. Betrachten wir die Anzeichen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Welcome to the Crisis Economy, Where Tumult Re

Posted by hkarner - 19. Januar 2016

Date: 19-01-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Be it geopolitical tension, terror threats or faltering markets, there always seems to be something testing growth

Myriad sources of anxiety are roiling global financial markets and political capitals: a weakening Chinese economy; collapsing oil prices; escalating tension in the Middle East that has spawned a refugee crisis in Europe; the possibility of financial dislocation as U.S. monetary policy tightens.

As politicians, bankers and business leaders gather in Davos this week for the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum, they face not a single upheaval—the eurozone crisis of 2010, say, or Russia’s 2014 intervention in Ukraine—but numerous political and economic hotspots, many of which have the potential to undermine already-anemic growth.

The earthquake that began with the 2008 financial crisis in the U.S. and that later rumbled through Europe has finally shaken China, in turn crippling countries and companies from Africa to South America that prospered feeding Chinese demand. As a result, the early weeks of 2016 have been marked by paroxysms in financial, energy and commodity markets.

“What the three crises have in common is the end of the global credit expansion,” said Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Neville Cameron?

Posted by hkarner - 19. Januar 2016

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Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard is Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

JAN 18, 2016, Project Syndicate

LONDON – The European question is the grim reaper of British politics – dividing parties, debilitating governments, and destroying careers. But never before have the stakes surrounding the question been so high. Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to hold a referendum – perhaps as early as June – on the United Kingdom’s continued membership in the European Union could bring down his government, destroy his political party, and literally tear his country apart.

Cameron is doing all he can to renegotiate the terms of membership in order to persuade voters to choose to remain in the EU. But referendums are notoriously unpredictable. And there is no reason to believe that the storms of populism blowing across the continent will not make landfall in the UK. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Facing the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Posted by hkarner - 19. Januar 2016

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Enrique Peña Nieto is President of Mexico.

JAN 18, 2016, Project Syndicate

MEXICO CITY – The current era of innovation, in which cutting-edge technologies are disrupting entire economic sectors at a breathtaking rate, has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is also the theme of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting this week in Davos, Switzerland – and rightly so. In the coming years, the scope and pace of innovation will transform how we produce, distribute, and consume. To maximize the benefits, we must take steps now to prepare our economies and societies, with a focus on three key areas: education, the business environment, and connectivity.

Human capital is vital to an economy’s success, and Mexico is no exception. That is why my government is focusing so heavily on improving education at all levels. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Is Bitcoin Breaking Up?

Posted by hkarner - 19. Januar 2016

Date: 18-01-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Rift widening over how to deal with the size limits within the virtual currency’s ledger of transactions

Bitcoin CCA prominent bitcoin developer has labeled the currency a failed experiment, widening the rift over an arcane but critical technical issue that has divided the community for nearly a year.

“The fundamentals are broken, and whatever happens to the price in the short term, the long-term trend should probably be downwards,” developer Mike Hearn wrote on the blogging platform Medium. “I will no longer be taking part in bitcoin development and have sold all my coins.”

The fight stems from growing congestion on the bitcoin network caused by size limits within the currency’s ledger of transactions. If the limits aren’t raised, the result could be debilitating bottlenecks. But fixing it requires altering a system that has been profitable for those that use heavy computer power to record transactions.

Mr. Hearn has been a vocal proponent for expanding the size limits. The problem is bitcoin is open-source software, so any change has to be approved a majority of the community, and it hasn’t been able to agree.

This isn’t the first time somebody has written bitcoin’s obituary. What is different is this obit was being written by a prominent insider, and it hit a raw nerve in the community. The price of bitcoin, which had been stable for months, dropped sharply, down 20% last week to $358. The price regained some ground over the weekend, and many are still defending the currency in the wake of Mr. Hearn’s comments. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Italy Versus Germany: Europe’s Latest Fault Line

Posted by hkarner - 19. Januar 2016

Date: 18-01-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal By SIMON NIXON

Rome’s discontent reflects the view that rules of the EU game are rigged in Berlin’s favor

Renzi ccItalian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi .

Europe is currently riddled with tensions: over Greece; the migration crisis; how to stabilize the eurozone; whether the U.K. will remain a member; whether the new Polish government’s changes to its judiciary and state media are a breach of European standards. To this long list must be added a new one: Italy’s growing rift with the European Commission and Germany over the future direction of the European Union.

In recent weeks, these tensions have boiled over into a public war of words. Rome finds itself increasingly at odds with Brussels and Berlin over a range of issues. They include the eurozone’s fiscal rules and its own fiscal targets, EU gas pipeline policy, Italian state aid for the steel industry and its banks, and how best to strengthen the eurozone.

In matters concerning Europe’s migration crisis, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government and Brussels have clashed over funding for refugee camps in Turkey and Italy’s failure to fingerprint refugees. Mr. Renzi blames German-led austerity for the rise of populist politics across the EU and accuse the commission of being biased toward Berlin. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in turn last week criticized Mr. Renzi for attacking Brussels at “every street corner.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Reshaping the Labor Landscape

Posted by hkarner - 19. Januar 2016

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Jonas Prising

Jonas Prising is Chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup.

JAN 18, 2016, Project Syndicate

DAVOS – As the global economy changes at an ever-quickening pace, the labor market in many countries is not merely struggling to keep up, but seems to have broken down in important ways. High unemployment coexists with unfilled jobs. Rising productivity fails to translate into higher wages. And, for many, upward mobility is beyond reach, even though the economy has begun to recover.

Fortunately, change seems to be underway. Four global trends are reshaping the world of work, helping to resolve contradictions and overcome dysfunction in the labor market as companies, workers, and governments adapt to a new demographic, technological, and economic environment.

The first trend is demographic. In much of the world, aging societies and declining birth rates mean that the days of abundant labor are coming to an end. Some 60% of the world’s population lives in countries with stagnant or shrinking workforces. China’s working-age population peaked in 2010; by 2050, more than a quarter of its people will be over 65 (today, just 8% are). In Germany, the labor force is projected to shrink by six million over the next 15 years.

As labor becomes increasingly scarce, employers and policymakers are being forced to think differently about sourcing talent. In Japan, where a quarter of the population is older than 65, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has championed a major effort to bring more women and older workers into the labor market. As a result, even though Japan’s working-age population, traditionally defined, has shrunk 8% over the past decade, the labor force decline totaled just 1%. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Picnic for the bears

Posted by hkarner - 19. Januar 2016

Date: 18-01-2016
Source: The Economist: Buttonwood

Fears of deflation and recession hit markets

Signs of apocalypseGLOOM seems to have descended at the start of 2016. Equity markets have had the worst start to the year in at least two decades. The great and the good have queued up to warn of the dangers ahead.

George Soros, a fund manager, said the Chinese financial environment reminded him of 2008, when the financial crisis was at its height. Larry Summers, a former American treasury secretary, declared in the Financial Times: “The global risk to domestic economic performance in the US, Europe and many emerging markets is as great as any time I can remember.” George Osborne, Britain’s chancellor, spoke of a “cocktail of threats” facing the global economy.

The chart shows a number of indicators of concern, from rising credit spreads (the interest-rate premium paid by risky borrowers) to slumping stockmarkets in the emerging world. Investors have many worries. The first is that the Chinese economy is weaker than the GDP statistics suggest. Falling commodity prices, the collapse in the Baltic Dry index (which tracks the cost of shipping bulk goods) and the sluggish growth of global trade can all be seen as signs of weakness. Given China’s importance to global growth, this means that 2016 may turn out to be yet another year when growth disappoints. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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