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Chinese Culture As The New Soft Power Currency

Despite the many issues of human rights abuses, censorship and suppression of dissent, China has managed a great victory by diverting the world’s attention to itself as a strong economic, political and cultural power.

Read Here – Swarajya

Globalization Reversing?

Is globalization running out of steam? A new study shows that cross-border investment and trade flows declined worldwide in 2012, ending a two-year recovery after the global financial crisis.

Read Here – BusinessWeek

See the study here

Bitcoin, Bit By Bit

Yes, Bitcoin is what some call a deflationary currency. Because the system was designed to allow the creation of only a finite number of bitcoins, there will come a point where, as demand rises, the value of the currency will only go up (making the price of goods and services fall, hence the term deflation). And that could lead to hoarding on an even larger scale.

Read Here – Wired

Read Here To Know All About Bitcoin, the digtial currency

Err.. Economics In Denial?

This isn’t all the tutors’ fault: when you have to lecture to 400 students at once, it’s hard to find time and space to go off-piste. But the result is that economics students come out of exam halls and go off to government departments or the City with exactly the same toolkit that just five years ago produced a massive crash.

Read Here – The Guardian

Never Saw It Coming?

The demise of Bear Stearns was the beginning of a six-month erosion in global financial stability that would culminate with the failure of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008, triggering possibly the greatest financial crisis in history. To be sure, the Great Depression of the 1930s involved a far greater collapse in economic activity. But never before had short-term financial markets, the facilitators of everyday commerce, shut down on a global scale, writes Alan Greenspan

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

The Problematic Continent

Among all continents, Asia has the ability to disrupt the world the most.

Read Here – The Atlantic

Asia To Remain World’s Growth Engine: IMF

Asia is likely to remain the world’s economic engine despite the recent soft patch in global growth and increasing volatility in international financial markets, says the International Monetary Fund.

Read Here – International Monetary Fund

Set That House In Order, Mr Sharif

A concerted effort by the Sharif government to address domestic policy failures and set the pace for healthy economic growth will help lift the country’s profile on the international stage

Read Here – Gulf News

Capitalism Under Fire

It’s five years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, on 15 September 2008. Since then, the legitimacy of capitalism as a way of organising society has been undermined; its promises of prosperity, social mobility and democracy have lost credibility. But there has been no radical change. The system has repeatedly come under fire, but it has survived. Part of the price for capitalism’s failures has been the end of some social advances previously wrested from it.

Read Here – Le Monde Diplomatique

Are Embassies Dying?

One of the impacts of the global recession is that it has compelled a number of countries to scale back their diplomatic representation overseas by closing some of their embassies. Faced with the economic and financial realities during economic downturns, governments often have little choice but to cut back on the spending that is involved in maintaining and operating embassies overseas.

Read Here – The Diplomat

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