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France's pendulum swing to the left jolts a continent's fault lines

France's pendulum swing to the left jolts a continent's fault lines

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Tone, tenor, and style separate Nicolas Sarkozy from Francois Hollande as much as clear political ideology divided the two contenders for the French presidency. But sentiments like voter discontent, backlash and anti-austerity describe the mood French voters were in when they elected the Socialist candidate. Francois Hollande’s victory […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Proud, for once, to be a German

WORLD MATTERS: Proud, for once, to be a German

By Uwe Siemon-Netto It’s been more than two years since my last visit to Germany, my native land. This time I traveled home at the height of the Eurozone crisis. I returned to California just before Christmas filled with pride in my compatriots. Don’t get me wrong. I am not particularly proud of the fact […]

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Even Germany's economy is headed South: Is there a sugar daddy in the house?

Even Germany's economy is headed South: Is there a sugar daddy in the house?

By Sol W. Sanders It’s our tradition to control, like Erich Honecker and Helmut Kohl, remember him from the Ukraine to the Rhone. Sweet home uber alles, Lord, I’m coming home.yah Come on, Sugar Daddy, bring me home. – ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ George Soros isn’t the only sugar daddy whom former beneficiaries accuse […]

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The mess we're in: A Poor Richard’s Debt Almanac

The mess we're in: A Poor Richard’s Debt Almanac

By Sol W. Sanders The debt crisis is likely to be with us for quite a while. And since TV talking heads speak in gobbledygook, what better than a layman’s glossary? Herewith: Banks — Safehouses where hardworking individuals and corporations put their savings supposedly to discreetly finance other people’s worthy projects. Bonds — Paper representing […]

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Crises, yes – but which is the one?

Crises, yes – but which is the one?

By Sol W. Sanders Clichés come in at least two varieties: those sayings artfully worded, however empty of logic. Others trotted out because they do represent universal truths, vetted over centuries. One of the latter: “history does not travel in a straight line”. Afterward, reinforced with additional retrieved facts and by fads, we concoct a […]

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Why multicultural societies that accept Shariah laws will fail

Why multicultural societies that accept Shariah laws will fail

By Sheda Vasseghi In her recent speech, Germany’s Chancellor Merkel stated that creating a happy, productive multicultural society in Germany “has failed, totally.”  The Honorable Chancellor Merkel is only partially correct.  It is not the idea of a multicultural society that has failed, but a society’s inability to define multiculturalism, and subsequently protect the boundaries […]

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EU anxiety over the Euro, heartburn over Germany

By Sol W. Sanders The European Union has the jitters, raising the question of whether what used to be called a nervous breakdown lies ahead. The anxiety may not lead to a breakup of the EU, but the dream of a single currency may have to be abandoned. With 20/20 hindsight, the idea of a […]