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Banks Can’t Cut Rates Till Govt Drops EPF, Etc, Interest

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Financial Express
Thursday, June 6, 2019

The sharp deceleration in growth over the past year, culminating in a jaw-dropping 5.8% year-on-year (y-o-y) in the March quarter, is enough evidence the economy is stalling. Although there is a clamour for a policy rate cut, high interest rates are not the main cause for poor growth though there is doubt that a smaller interest bill does make a big difference to small businesses.

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Hometown Hero

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Leroy Pond Drive on the campus of the University of Arkansas is named after a hero from World War II who first saw combat on his 27th birthday on June 6, 1944.

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Taylor’s Rule: Too High, Too Low – Where Should Interest Rates Go?

interview with John B. Taylorvia Biz News
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Taylor’s Rule is an interest rate forecasting model invented by John Taylor in the early 90s. And according to Investopedia “it’s a proposed guideline for how central banks should alter interest rates in response to changes in economic conditions.” In South Africa, the Reserve Bank’s mandate is very topical at present, which in turn sets up a discussion around interest rates. SARB’s current mandate is tailored around a targeted inflation band of 3-6%, with the repo rate currently at 6.75%. 

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Greece Finds New Footing As A Player On The World Stage

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

After Greece temporarily hosted a pair of U.S. military drones, Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos said last fall that, “It’s very important for Greece that the United States deploy military assets in Greece on a more permanent base.”

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Russia's Ability To Manipulate Twitter? It's Far Worse Than We Previously Thought

quoting Michael McFaulvia Salon
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

A new report reveals that Russia's ability to manipulate Twitter before and during the 2016 presidential election is far worse than previously thought.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Has Traded American Values, Interests And Dignity For The False Promise Of Putin’s Friendship

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Donald Trump is likely to go down as the president who lost Russia. Not for lack of trying to make good with Moscow. In fact, it is because he has tried so hard to make it right and to pursue a personal and respectful relationship with Vladimir Putin that his ability to make any meaningful deals with Russia is doomed.

Analysis and Commentary

In Ukraine, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Voting Booth . . .

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, May 9, 2019

A funny thing happened on the way to the polling booth in Ukraine. Citizens chose a comedian to be their next president. No joke.

In the News

Trump And Abe Remain Close As They Navigate Rough Waters In Asia

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia Breitbart
Thursday, April 25, 2019
While President Donald Trump’s relationship with Western European leaders has been fraught, that has not been the case with Japan, where he has enjoyed unabashed support from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Michael McFaul gives the Class Day lecture to the Stanford class of 2007
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Ex-Ambassador To Russia Comes To Carroll College

featuring Michael McFaulvia KPVI
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Michael McFaul, the former American ambassador to Russia appointed by President Barack Obama, appeared at Carroll College on Thursday afternoon to answer questions from students.
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Former Ambassador: U.S. Should Stop Trying To Make Friends With Russia

featuring Michael McFaulvia Missoula Current
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Little will ease the strained relations between Russia and the United States as long as Vladimir Putin is president, according to a former U.S. ambassador to Russia.

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