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Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
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Posted By Firn
The Greek population is among the most...

The Greek population is among the most Russian-friendly in the EU and the useful idiots or foreign observers in the Crimea and the Donbas were from the extreme European left and right. The current...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
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Views: 31,280
Posted By Firn
There is certainly a torrent of bad news coming...

There is certainly a torrent of bad news coming in for the Russian economy. As for many financial and economic data can seem steril and cold to many I think it is useful to look at it sometimes from...
Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
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Views: 61,317
Posted By Firn
It is pretty difficult to see a diplomatic...

It is pretty difficult to see a diplomatic solution to this war if one country invading and occupying another is denying it is doing so at all despite over 5000 estimated deaths and over a million...
Forum: Europe 5 Days Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 4,439
Posted By Firn
That would fit perfectly my impression I gathered...

That would fit perfectly my impression I gathered from various sources at that time. Obviously Russia enjoyed the sympathy of many, mostly among the eldery and Russian-speakers but without the...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Views: 61,317
Posted By Firn
I have a bad memory but wasn't there some sort of...

I have a bad memory but wasn't there some sort of truce agreement lately in Berlin or so? Not many days ago?
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 2,148
Posted By Firn
Overall I agree but one has to put the issue in...

Overall I agree but one has to put the issue in the context of ressources, especially manpower. One city was founded as a far away colony while the other established itself among the large Latin...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Views: 61,317
Posted By Firn
The reasons why there is no stronger diplomatic...

The reasons why there is no stronger diplomatic response to Russia's invasion is the seemingly expendiency of denying open war by many political players in Europe, the US and other parts of the world...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 2,782
Posted By Firn
It may be trivial, but 'Je suis Charlie' seems an...

It may be trivial, but 'Je suis Charlie' seems an especially fitting response as the name Charles comes from the Germanic root for 'free man'. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles) I think the...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 10,519
Posted By Firn
Beside the price pay in blood for the Russian...

Beside the price pay in blood for the Russian invasion it also had a big impact on the Ukrainian economy...
Forum: Africa 1 Week Ago
Replies: 196
Views: 20,403
Posted By Firn
It might be important to point out the hefty...

It might be important to point out the hefty impact of oil crash on Nigeria's economy, especially government's revenues and exports aka 'hard currency':



From the UN report Media Kit 2013...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 592
Views: 31,280
Posted By Firn
Crimea: After invasion inflation...

Why Crimea Now Has the Second-Highest Inflation Rate in the World (http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2015-01-15/crimeas-inflation-is-second-highest-in-the-world)



I predicted economic...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,950
Views: 61,317
Posted By Firn
War was it, war is it. Every day of the Putin's...

War was it, war is it. Every day of the Putin's war does bring more death and destruction to the region, especially if the fighting is relative intense as it was today. The conditions for the...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 592
Views: 31,280
Posted By Firn
Indeed official Russian numbers have to be taken...

Indeed official Russian numbers have to be taken with additional grains of salt after the country is partly on a war footing.

On a different note for some time the Russian government has...
Forum: Africa 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 139
Views: 31,645
Posted By Firn
The absolute and relative scale of Chinese...

The absolute and relative scale of Chinese road-building certainly has a big impact on many African countries. It is quite relaxing to drive on them, especially compared to the classic alternatives...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 592
Views: 31,280
Posted By Firn
Bear markets are always big challenges for oil...

Bear markets are always big challenges for oil exporters but this one does certainly come at one of the worst times for a country like Russia hit by many, mostly self-inflicted problems at once....
Forum: Europe 12-15-2014
Replies: 592
Views: 31,280
Posted By Firn
So they took out the big interest rate bazooka. I...

So they took out the big interest rate bazooka. I confess I'm surprised by the boldness of the move.

It is just amazing to see such a vast gulf between the interest rates of the Western World and...
Forum: Military - Other 12-11-2014
Replies: 111
Views: 12,145
Posted By Firn
Looking back it is amazing how quickly key...

Looking back it is amazing how quickly key institutions of the USA endorsed wide-spread torture and too which degree they tried to justify with 'legal' arguments. Considering the incredible...
Forum: Europe 12-11-2014
Replies: 592
Views: 31,280
Posted By Firn
The head winds have gathered even greater force...

The head winds have gathered even greater force and thus the CBR did it (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-11/russia-raises-rates-to-end-ruble-run-as-rout-ravages-economy-1-.html), for the fifth...
Forum: Europe 12-05-2014
Replies: 592
Views: 31,280
Posted By Firn
Putin's speech strenghtens some the fears for the...

Putin's speech strenghtens some the fears for the Russian economy. He wants to appear strong and to avoid any sign of weakness and thus strides firmly down the ever darker economic road.

Of...
Forum: Europe 12-03-2014
Replies: 592
Views: 31,280
Posted By Firn
The jump in emigration in 2014 is quite large,...

The jump in emigration in 2014 is quite large, still I'm pretty sure that the partly ethnic Russians fleeing the fighting and dispair in Dobnas over the open border will more then balance it out even...
Forum: Law Enforcement 12-02-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 6,824
Posted By Firn
With Obama's Support, Police Body Cameras Could...

With Obama's Support, Police Body Cameras Could Become the New Normal (http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-12-02/obamas-plan-would-almost-double-use-of-police-body-cams#r=hp-ls)



I'm...
Forum: Europe 12-02-2014
Replies: 592
Views: 31,280
Posted By Firn
...and busy they are, and doing well it seems...

...and busy they are, and doing well it seems (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/166097f662ec4e6e899b14c12e9a0c58/change-leadership-crimea-means-property-grab).



Looks like a Russian robbery in...
Forum: Europe 12-02-2014
Replies: 592
Views: 31,280
Posted By Firn
I think one has to be quite careful with an...

I think one has to be quite careful with an assumption of oil around 45 or less, or with any. That it gets discussed shows how many animal spirits react to the often mentioned supply glut.

High...
Forum: Europe 12-01-2014
Replies: 592
Views: 31,280
Posted By Firn
In some cases you will reach success only through...

In some cases you will reach success only through almost heroic effort, but if something makes little if any economic sense you have to ask yourself Pyotr Shumakov's question: 'Who needs this “heroic...
Forum: Europe 11-29-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 3,232
Posted By Firn
From Anton's blog...

From Anton's blog (http://anton-shekhovtsov.blogspot.be/2014/11/the-french-far-right-secure-9m-loan.html), mentioned by Kaur:



I would add Italy to that list, with the Lega Nord. Even among the...
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