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Grexodus: Diktat, Capitulation and More Trouble to Come

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The outline of a deal has been reached after a marathon 22-hour session between Greece and the European Union. To call it a negotiation would be deceptive; it was Alexis Tsipras subjected to a browbeating until he acceded to even more stringent conditions than those that were previously offered to him in June. Such was […]

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Grexodus: A Complex Morality Tale

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  The dance between Greece and her creditors has been extended for a few more weeks. The IMF has already confirmed that the Fund’s rules allowing debtor countries to regroup “multiple principal payments falling due in a calendar month.” Those rules were last invoked in the 1970’s by Zambia. Thus the June 5th payment has been delayed until […]

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Ukraine, Now For The Hard Part: Part Two – The Return of NATO

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My previous article explored the motivations and strategic priorities – geographic, economic, political and historic – that are driving Russian actions in Crimea. The need to keep Ukraine politically neutralized; the importance of Crimea and Sevastopol as a base for the Black Sea Fleet; the economic importance of the oil and gas pipelines through Ukraine […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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