A global upturn in 2014, Simon Baptist

Once a month, The Economist Intelligence Unit produces a comprehensive forecast for the global economy. It's popular with our clients, and also provides a useful opportunity for me to step back and look at the bigger picture. What is driving growth, or impeding it? What are the risks to watch out for? In this month's forecast, newly published, we have identified two opposing but related forces as key to the economic outlook in 2014. On the one hand, the upturn in the rich world, … [Read more...]

Can diplomacy work with Syria?

International responses to the apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria continue to evolve rapidly. US plans for military intervention are on hold for now as various parties consider a Russian-led proposal-below to place Syria's chemical arsenal under international supervision. My team of Middle East, US and Russia analysts has been covering the Syrian crisis extensively, and we caution that while any non-military route is to be welcomed in principle - given the grave implications of … [Read more...]

Esther Duflo – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ has been inspired to Celebrate the Life of one our world's deep thinkers, formally an economist by trade, a philanthropist by heart, with a critical thinking mind that prevails in logic and practical dignity. We celebrate her now being here to help the Women of our World!         WOMAN of ACTION™     Esther Duflo   Esther Duflo (born October 25, 1972) is a French economist, Co-Founder and Director … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree, ‘to be real or not to be’ – that is the question?

A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, ideally an evergreen conifer such as pine or fir, traditionally associated with the celebration of Christmas. An artificial Christmas tree is an object made to resemble such a tree, usually made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as nuts or dates. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by [candle]s, which with electrification could also be replaced by Christmas lights … [Read more...]

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