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  1. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/varadkar-warns-of-likelihood-of-no-deal-brexit-1.3540673 Varadkar warns of likelihood of no-deal Brexit British-Irish Council summit in Guernsey hears of Irish resolve to intensify efforts Customs union Referring to the Irish Border, Mr St Pier added: ‘The crown dependencies have a not dissimilar challenge to ensure that we have a customs union with the United Kingdom, that we don’t end up with a border running through the middle of the channel from here.” Jersey’s external affairs minister Ian Gorst said ensuring a common travel area and a customs unions between the Channel Islands and the UK was the “most important priority”, while wanting to maintain a relationship with the EU. Asked about planning for a Brexit no-deal, he said: ‘We are planning for all scenarios.’ However, British cabinet office minister David Lidington remained positive that a deal would be reached. There had “been some good progress on most aspects of the withdrawal agreement in the past few weeks,” he said. “There are certainly, most obviously with the Irish backstop, there are a couple of important outstanding issues that we need to work on intensively in the months to come. “But I remain confident that a withdrawal agreement will be reached in the autumn. That is something that is so evidently all in the interests of all 28 countries involved.”
  2. https://conversableeconomist.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-dramatic-expansion-of-corporate.html The Dramatic Expansion of Corporate Bonds Overall world debt in the last year or two is at its all-time high as a share of world GDP. But there is common pattern that as countries grow and their financial markets develop, their level of debt also tends to rise. Perhaps even more interesting is that the importance of the components of that debt have been shifting. During and after the Great Recession, government borrowing was the main driver of rising global debt. But corporate borrowing has become more important Moreover, this corporate borrowing has two new traits. One is that as bank regulators all over the globe have tightened up, this rise in corporate borrowing tends to take the form of bonds rather than bank loans. The other interesting trait is that this rise in corporate borrowing around the world can be traced back to developing economies--and especially to China.
  3. https://larspsyll.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/to-save-europe-we-have-to-abandon-the-euro/ To save Europe we have to abandon the euro 23 June, 2018 at 12:30 | Posted in Economics | 8 Comments The euro crisis is far from over. The tough austerity measures imposed in the eurozone has made economy after economy contract. And it has not only made things worse in the periphery countries, but also in countries like France and Germany. Alarming facts that should be taken seriously. The problems — created to a large extent by the euro — may not only endanger our economies, but also our democracy itself. How much whipping can democracy take? How many more are going to get seriously hurt and ruined before we end this madness and scrap the euro? The ‘European idea’—or better: ideology—notwithstanding, the euro has split Europe in two. As the engine of an ever-closer union the currency’s balance sheet has been disastrous. Norway and Switzerland will not be joining the eu any time soon; Britain is actively considering leaving it altogether. Sweden and Denmark were supposed to adopt the euro at some point; that is now off the table. The Eurozone itself is split between surplus and deficit countries, North and South, Germany and the rest. At no point since the end of World War Two have its nation-states confronted each other with so much hostility; the historic achievements of European unification have never been so threatened … Anyone wishing to understand how an institution such as the single currency can wreak such havoc needs a concept of money that goes beyond that of the liberal economic tradition and the sociological theory informed by it. The conflicts in the Eurozone can only be decoded with the aid of an economic theory that can conceive of money not merely as a system of signs that symbolize claims and contractual obligations, but also, in tune with Weber’s view, as the product of a ruling organization, and hence as a contentious and contested institution with distributive consequences full of potential for conflict …
  4. http://www.newsweek.com/no-there-wont-be-big-blue-wave-opinion-990715?amp=1&__twitter_impression=true NO, THERE WON'T BE A BIG BLUE WAVE | OPINION By now a lot of professional Democrats—campaign consultants, party leaders and the like—are probably wishing they’d never heard the term “big, blue wave.” It set expectations so high for the next election that almost any outcome short of a total rout of the GOP will go into the record books as a disappointment. If the parties fight to a draw—GOP ends up in control on both sides of the Capitol with a diminished majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and better numbers than it currently enjoys in the U.S. Senate, and the number of Republican governors and GOP-led state legislative chambers does not change appreciably (which is how things would probably turn out were the election held today)—then the Democrats will have been seen to have suffered a major defeat. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and other leading Democrats had hoped to nationalize the election by making it a referendum on President Donald Trump’s first two years in office. They may still get the opportunity to do that—Trump, as the events on the U.S. border with Mexico reminds us, is often his own worst enemy. Nevertheless, most of the news is good as the economy has roared back to life and created enough jobs that the unemployment rate has dropped to 3.8 percent, the lowest in nearly a decade. With the nation experiencing a long-overdue economic recovery, the idea that all politics is local, as former House Speaker Tip O’Neill, D-Mass. famously said, may be outdone by all politics being of the pocketbook. If people are voting, as Ronald Reagan urged them to in 1980, on whether they’re better off now than they were two years ago, Trump may win that argument hands down.
  5. Ehhh... Bernie is definitely a hypocrite in many ways but Socialism with Chinese Characteristics isn't necessarily Capitalist or Socialist. It's more like the Soviet New Economic Policy. Economist Michael Roberts explains it well in this blog post. https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/xi-takes-full-control-of-chinas-future/
  6. Belmondo is targeted for the kill in Up to His Ears.
  7. https://www.fool.com.au/2018/06/23/crypto-meltdown-bitcoin-ethereum-ripple-bitcoin-cash-eos-and-litecoin-smashed/ Crypto meltdown: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, and Litecoin smashed Much to the dismay of traders, it has been a terrible 24 hours of trade for the cryptocurrency market with heavy declines being seen across the board. This has led to the entire value of the crypto market falling a massive 11.5% since this time yesterday to US$252.3 billion according to Coin Market Cap. The market tumbled after it emerged that Japan’s financial regulator had ordered several cryptocurrency exchanges to do more to prevent money laundering. According to CNBC, Japan’s leading crypto exchange, bitFlyer, has been forced to suspend new sign ups until it has made appropriate improvements to its practices to stop money laundering and terrorist financing. In addition to bitFlyer, five other crypto exchanges were hit with the same measures after regulators found weaknesses in their money laundering controls.
  8. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-23/palestinians-skewer-trump-team-s-middle-east-peace-mission Erekat Accuses U.S. of Trying to Overthrow Palestinian Authority A top Palestinian official accused the U.S. of trying to overthrow Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in an attempt to discredit an American peace mission it is shunning. The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority broke off contact with the U.S. in December over its Jerusalem policy, and has not been party to the meetings that negotiators Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt have conducted with Middle East leaders this week. The envoys are trying to drum up support for the Palestinian economy, and especially the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, reasoning that greater prosperity will create more conducive conditions for peacemaking.
  9. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-22/after-us-israel-also-backs-away-from-un-human-rights-body After U.S., Israel Also Backs Away From UN Human Rights Body Geneva (AP) -- Diplomats said Friday that Israel has temporarily reduced its participation with the U.N.'s main human rights body, days after the United States pulled out largely over its allegation that the Human Rights Council is biased against Israel. The diplomats in Geneva, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Israel had "lowered" its participation at the council to align its stance more with the U.S. position. The diplomats cautioned that the move was not definitive and could change from day to day. Israel is not one of the council's 47 member states, but has participated like most other countries as an observer. Rolando Gomez, a spokesman for the council, confirmed that Israel was not participating in the council plenary Friday, where its seat sat empty. Israeli diplomats have not participated since a council discussion Thursday on discrimination against women.
  10. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-usa-south-korea/pentagon-indefinitely-suspends-some-training-exercises-with-south-korea-idUSKBN1JI2YV Pentagon indefinitely suspends some training exercises with South Korea WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea have agreed to indefinitely suspend two exchange program training exercises, the Pentagon said on Friday, in the aftermath of the summit earlier this month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “To support implementing the outcomes of the Singapore Summit, and in coordination with our Republic of Korea ally, Secretary Mattis has indefinitely suspended select exercises,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said. “This includes suspending FREEDOM GUARDIAN along with two Korean Marine Exchange Program training exercises scheduled to occur in the next three months,” White said.
  11. https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/06/22/a-lover-of-death-gets-his-wish - neocon-charles-krauthammer-dead-at-68/ A Lover Of Death Gets His Wish :  Neocon Charles Krauthammer Dead At 68 Fox News contributor, Washington Post columnist and neoconservative thought leader Charles Krauthammer has died of cancer, and there is a mad media rush of establishment eulogies scrambling to canonize him as a great man in the eyes of the public before anyone can step back and take stock of what this man’s legacy actually is. This is perfectly understandable, because if social consciousness cements into history what a wheelchair full of toxic human waste Krauthammer actually was, it will make things much more difficult for them to manufacture support for their neoconservative wars going forward.
  12. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2018/06/22/researchers-figure-out-why-coffee-is-good-for-the-heart/#7132353b56b7 Researchers Figure Out Why Coffee Is Good For The Heart In an encouraging development in the coffee-may-be-good-for-us field, researchers have discovered at least part of why coffee appears to be beneficial for the heart. In recent years, coffee has moved off the “avoid” list and onto the “drink in moderation” list, as it seems to confer health benefits ranging from brain to metabolic to anticancer to cardiac. The new study, from Heinrich-Heine-University and the IUF-Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Germany, finds that coffee may be beneficial in part because caffeine sets off a cascade of events in heart cells, starting with their energy stores, mitochondria, and ending with protection of both healthy and unhealthy hearts. The findings were published in the journal PLOS Biology. The team focused on a protein called p27, which is known among other things to influence the cell cycle. The team found that caffeine triggered the movement of p27 into the mitochondria of heart cells in mice, and in particular, the migration of the heart’s endothelial cells, which line the blood vessels. How well the endothelial cells were able to migrate, they found, relied strongly on the presence of p27, which again is bolstered by caffeine.
  13. Also afterwards is the Steamroller and the Violin.
  14. https://politics.theonion.com/exasperated-huckabee-sanders-reminds-press-corps-that-c-1827054897 Exasperated Huckabee Sanders Reminds Press Corps That Children Under 14 Can’t Feel Pain WASHINGTON—Frustrated by what she called “obvious misconceptions” related to the Trump administration’s detention of thousands of migrant children who have been forcibly separated from their parents, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reminded journalists Friday that children under the age of 14 are unable to experience pain. “Look, no matter how much phony controversy the Democrats generate, it’s a simple fact that illegal alien criminals this young are still developing the part of the brain that feels pain, goes through emotional trauma, and retains memories,” said Sanders, explaining that while migrant children may appear to be crying, screaming, or begging for their parents, they are merely attempting to mimic actions they have observed in regular humans. “Furthermore, it’s important to keep in mind that we are talking about foreign children—even if they somehow manage to see their families again, environmental factors may prevent them from developing the capacity to even recognize them. I mean, they live in cages, for God’s sake.” Huckabee Sanders further noted that, were the children to actually receive the sort of care and attention necessary to develop minds and bodies capable of experiencing the pain of what they are currently going through, they would only have the child welfare policies of the Obama administration to blame.
  15. https://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1208/result-may-hinge-on-kurds/ Result may hinge on Kurds How will Erdoğan respond, asks Esen Uslu, if he cannot get a majority? The race to form the first government under the new regime of ‘presidential rule’ is now in the home stretch, as the June 24 polling day approaches. However, the current president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has a decided advantage. The coalition of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) with the National Movement Party (MHP) is using all the levers at its command, while the popular opposition has to operate under the heavy hand of state oppression. For example, the town of Suruç, which lies near the Syrian-Rojava border on the road to Kobanê, has once more been targeted. In July 2015 a suicide bomb exploded amongst activists preparing to visit Kobanê to take toys to the deprived children of war-torn Rojava. Thirty four were killed and more than 100 seriously injured. It was a part of the process of terror unleashed after the AKP’s defeat in the elections of June 6 2015. Last week, the gun-toting gang of supporters of the current AKP MP turned up in Suruç market as a part of his election campaign. The market traders are, however, known for their sympathies for the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and following an exchange of insults a brawl broke out, which ended in gunfire being exchanged. As a result the brother of the MP was killed on the spot and eight people were wounded, including two brothers who were stallholders - they were both in a critical condition.
  16. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-23/on-eve-of-vote-only-erdogan-gets-tv-time-campaign-trail-update On Eve of Turkey’s Election, Only Erdogan Gets TV Time President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s biggest rival appealed to a massive rally in Istanbul in the campaign’s final hours. You just wouldn’t know it watching state television. Muharrem Ince, a 54-year-old former physics teacher, addressed what his CHP party claimed was a crowd of 4 million in the Maltepe district on the Asian side of the Bosporus. But the government’s TRT Haber stayed with its regular programming, interrupting it only when Erdogan addressed smaller groups in his travels around Istanbul. Both candidates focused on getting out the vote. For the incumbent, scoring more than 50 percent would eliminate the need for a runoff and install him in a newly powerful post of president, extending a rule that began in 2003. The opposition’s aim is to force a second round in two weeks. Ince portrayed Sunday’s decision as a stark choice for voters anxious for change, particularly as the economy sputters. “If Erdogan wins tomorrow evening, panic will return to markets and interest rates will rise. Your phones will continue to be wiretapped,” Ince said. “If Ince wins, the lira will appreciate, interest rates will fall.”
  17. From the foreign editions- 1.) The Unknown Soldier, Edvin Laine, Finnish edition 2.) The Counterfeit Coin, Yorgos Javellas, Greek edition 3.) Stella, Michael Cacoyannis, Greek edition 4.) Laterna, ftoheia kai filotimo, Alekos Sakellarios, Greek edition
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