Mês: outubro 2016

Michel e Vladimir

Putin questiona Temer sobre PEC dos gastos e controle da inflação   Reunião entre presidentes se concentra em mudanças econômicas no Brasil     Gabriela Valente 16/10/2016   GOA, Índia – Numa longa conversa durante o jantar desse sábado, o presidente russo, Vladimir Putin, questionou o presidente Michel Temer sobre a Proposta de Emenda Constitucional (PEC) que limita os gastos públicos. Segundo a assessoria do Palácio do Planalto, o diálogo — que durou cerca de uma hora e vinte minutos — foi centrado no interesse do líder da Rússia pelas mudanças econômicas que ocorrem no Brasil. Além do ajuste fiscal, Putin também fez perguntas sobre o controle das expectativas de inflação. Os assessores informaram que o presidente russo fez comparações entre o processo inflacionário dos dois países nos últimos anos. No ano passado, o Índice de Preços ao Consumidor Amplo (IPCA) foi de 11,67%. Já a inflação oficial na Rússia foi de 12,9%. No entanto, a alta de preços no Brasil tem dado sinais de maior resistência. Nos últimos 12 meses, o IPCA é de 8,48%. Na Rússia, é de 7,3%. Por isso, os juros russos já começaram a cair. Ambas nações vivem um processo desinflacionário e tem metas parecidas para a alta de preços. Os objetivos dos dois países são similares. No Brasil, o objetivo é manter a inflação em 4,5% (com uma margem de tolerância de 2...

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain and the 2016 US Presidential Race 145 Years Ago   There was no possible way of getting out of it, and so, in deep humiliation, I set about preparing to “answer” a mass of baseless charges and mean and wicked falsehoods. But I never finished the task, for the very next morning a paper came out with a new horror, a fresh malignity, and seriously charged me with burning a lunatic asylum with all its inmates because it obstructed the view from my house.   Mark Twain Oct. 15, 2016   It may come as a surprise to most Americans that Russians are crazy about Mark Twain and know his work very well, as it has been required reading in Russian schools for almost 100 years.   We were alerted to this article by a Russian friend who remembered it from school, no doubt triumphantly presented by a true believer Communist school marm of evidence that “democracy” is a joke.  The funny thing is that the school marm was right. This article originally appeared in the December 1870 interview of the Galaxy magazine, and was entitled “Running for Governor”.   A few months ago I was nominated for Governor of the great State of New York, to run against Stewart L. Woodford and John T. Hoffman, on an independent ticket. I somehow felt that I had one...

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Viva Mexico!

Why Do Mexicans Let Their Mothers Boss Them?   Gustavo Arellano Oct. 13, 2016 Dear Mexican: I’m asking this question for my best friend, who also happens to be my ex-girlfriend. Both she and her guy are educated Mexican-Americans. She moved in with her fiancé, who is also Mexican, at his home. The problem is that his parents also live there. His overbearing mom has seven dogs and numerous chickens, still does everything for her “baby” like making his lunch everyday and cleaning the room he shares with my ex, and offering her “ranchito” advice on everything. Contrary to what she said earlier, the mom has told her that she will not move until her son asks her. Now, they might try to buy a duplex so they can at least have some privacy or even a 2nd home. The mother tries to make her feel guilty saying that it is normal in Mexico, and her son loves the house he worked so hard to buy. Her fiancé might be in the worst position, because he will lose his girl (my ex), evict his mom (probably to an ok apartment), or need to move into a duplex or buy a 2nd house. My ex has lived there close to a year, and is pushing her ex to make a tough decision, or she is moving out. Can you tell me,...

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War of the Worlds

Masks are ripped away in Syria Oriental Review Thu, Oct 13, 2016     In recent weeks, the battle for Aleppo has exposed the true heart of contemporary global politics with vivid clarity.  The US Air Force’s duplicitous Sept. 17 attack on Syrian army positions near Deir ez-Zor, the hysterical outcry against Russia that erupted from the Pentagon, the US State Department’s undisguised threats against the Russian contingent in Syria, the Western media’s candid reports about arms shipments to al-Nusra militants, and the phantasmagoric drama in the UN Security Council on Oct. 8 all point to just one thing: there are no international coalitions against ISIL- there is only the Russian army and its allies who are taking a stand against the international terrorism used as a tool by the US and NATO. The contours of today’s biggest international conflict are clear.  But still not everyone understands its core and causes. The conventional wisdom – that a decrepit global hegemon was unable to export “democracy” into a stable nation and now finds itself at a dead end – does not actually explain very much.  But why did that stumbling block turn out to be Syria, which is certainly not the most significant country in the world?  Why isn’t it, for example, Egypt that is under attack, where “fighters for democracy” from the Muslim Brotherhood have been unable to consolidate their victory and have even had to cede power to...

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Oil Market

Putin electrifies the world oil market   M. K. Bhadrakumar Oct. 10, 2016   The dynamics of the post-July Russian-Turkish rapprochement was expected to be the focal point of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Istanbul on Monday where on the sidelines of the World Energy Conference he was slated to hold a one-on-one with his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan, third in a row in as many months. But in a longer term perspective, Putin’s speech at the Istanbul conference as such stole the limelight, where he declared that Russia is ready to join the OPEC’s proposed cap on oil production, which the cartel hoped to finalise at its meeting next month. Putin said, “in the current situation we think that [an oil output] freeze or even an oil production cut is likely to be the only right decision to maintain the stability of the global energy sector… Russia is ready to join the joint measures to cap production and is calling for other oil exporters to join.” (Reuters) OPEC had decided last month at its meeting in Algiers to limit production to a range of 32.5 million to 33 million barrels a day to accelerate the “on-going drawdown of the stock overhang and bring the rebalancing” in crude markets forward. (See my blog OPEC takes back driver’s seat in oil market.) Putin’s remark already had an electrifying effect on the oil market....

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