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China Allows Farmers to Mortgage Properties

(http://nextbigfuture.com) - scanned by: Joe Meme over 3 years ago
China's Communist Party leaders unveiled a broad program of reforms last week. One of their objectives was to make it easier for farmers to sell the right to use some of their land. Farmers don't currently own their land, but they have the right t... More>>>
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Joseph Nye on American Power in the 21st Century

(http://endoftheamericancentury....) - scanned by: DSMason over 7 years ago
Harvard's Joseph Nye, author of the book "Soft Power" argues that American power in the 21st century will be different, but "not one of decline." But this formulation ignores the many elements of domestic and international dec... More>>>
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Russia Hosts and Promotes Emerging Power Groups

(http://www.nytimes.com) - scanned by: DSMason over 7 years ago
Russia hosted back-to-back meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the inaugural summit of the "BRIC" countries, emphasizing its intent to promote more global clout for emerging powers. More>>>
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Federal Debt Approaches 100% of GDP

(http://endoftheamericancentury....) - scanned by: DSMason over 7 years ago
Federal government red ink has become a tidal wave. The OMB now expects the debt at the end of this year to be $12.7 trillion, and to expand to over $15 trillion by 2011, which would then be (at 97% of GDP) almost as large as the entire economy. More>>>
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The Age of Micronations - 7 Predictions by Thom...

(http://www.futuristspeaker.com) - scanned by: Alvis Brigis over 7 years ago
There has always been profit to be made and lost in coastal real estate. But these innovations in the creation of land could lead to the creation of real estate that is unattached and unaffiliated with any existing nationstate or indigenous group ... More>>>
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Obama: Boost US R&D beyond ‘space race’ levels

(http://features.csmonitor.com) - scanned by: Alvis Brigis over 8 years ago
President Obama set an ambitious goal Monday to have the US spend more on scientific research and development than it did at the height of the space race in 1964. If he can meet that mark, it would reestablish the United States as an internatio... More>>>
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A Second Market Is Emerging

(http://www.avc.com) - scanned by: Alvis Brigis over 8 years ago
Claire Cain Miller has a story in today's NY Times about Second Market, a NYC based company that makes markets in illiquid securities. She reports that they will shortly be launching a marketplace for private company stock. I've written about t... More>>>
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Latvia Could Be Filing Bankruptcy in 6 Months

(http://www.google.com) - scanned by: Alvis Brigis over 8 years ago
Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis has warned that Latvia may face bankruptcy if it fails to obtain the next round of IMF bailout funds by June. To hit the IMF targets necessary to release the funds, Latvia must cut an additional 40% of public sec... More>>>
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Possible IMF trajectory (Thomas P.M. Barnett ::...

(http://thomaspmbarnett.com) - scanned by: Alvis Brigis over 8 years ago
"A fascinating glimpse at how the IMF may be reborn through this crisis into a financial equivalent of the UN or the WTO, just not with the same punitive powers of either (which are always weaker than they appear to be). The big thing is, we'... More>>>
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The Specter of Deflation Rises Over Spain

(http://www.nytimes.com) - scanned by: Alvis Brigis over 8 years ago
Could this be a sign of things to come for other heavy-industrial nations? -- The nation’s jobless rate, already a painful 15.5 percent, could soon reach 20 percent, a troubling number for a major industrialized country. With the toxic comb... More>>>
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Watching the Income Tax System Implode

(http://www.futuristspeaker.com) - scanned by: Alvis Brigis over 8 years ago
Thomas Frey: In 2003, I wrote a paper titled “The Coming Collapse of Income Tax” in which I predicted that our current income tax system would collapse within 10 years. My prediction stands, even as the clock is running out of time. I am still fir... More>>>
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The Future of Technology-led Economic Development

(http://www.iftf.org) - scanned by: Alvis Brigis over 8 years ago
The American economy has long relied upon technological innovation to drive its economy. Today,basic investment in science and technology is once again taking center stage,as a cure for both our economic and environmental ills. More>>>
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