The Italian referendum: a harbinger of things to come? In the end, the European Union is an unworkable idea

From The New York Times: Italy’s Premier, Matteo Renzi, Suffers Stark Defeat at Hands of Populism By Jason Horowitz | December 4, 2016 ROME — Italy plunged into political and economic uncertainty early Monday after voters rejected a constitutional reform upon which Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had staked his government. The result is certain to …

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China blusters, but it exposes their weaknesses

From my favorite CNNMoney reporter: China warns Trump: Good luck bringing jobs back to U.S. China appears to be sending a message to President-elect Donald Trump: Good luck competing against us on manufacturing. by Heather Long | @byHeatherLong | November 30, 2016: 2:11 PM ET Mere hours after Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Carrier …

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The Success of Socialism: Part 5 And here I thought that socialist governments were supposed to make things better for the common people!

We have written about Venezuela’s economic crisis previously, and things are only getting worse. From CNNMoney: Venezuela’s currency is in ‘free fall’ Venezuela’s currency continues to collapse. by Patrick Gillespie | @CNNMoneyInvest | November 29, 2016: 10:30 AM ET Just in November, the bolivar has lost 55% of its value. It’s the latest sign of …

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The death of Fidel Castro Major media talking mostly about Donald Trump's policies, demonstrating just how lame a duck Barack Obama is

On Tuesday, @united begins commercial flights to #cuba. @Delta begins Cuba-US flights Thursday after 55 year halt https://t.co/2v9jliEH3A — Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) November 27, 2016 I guess this means that Sean Penn and Cindy Sheehan can fly to Cuba for #FidelCasto funeral! https://t.co/H69XVxY7Bm — Dana Pico (@Dana_TFSJ) November 28, 2016 From The Wall Street Journal: …

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The French presidential elections, and possibly a “Frexit”

From The Wall Street Journal: French Presidential Election Turns on Question of Identity Ahead of Key Primary From countryside rallies to televised debates, the campaign rhetoric has focused on whether France’s secular values are compatible with its Muslim population—one of Europe’s biggest By William Horobin | November 16, 2016 5:57 a.m. ET PARIS—The race to …

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“The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

A tweet from Heather Long: The other big, important news today: Iran and French company Total sign $2 billion gas deal https://t.co/V6QXBVddBU — Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) November 8, 2016 And the story: Iran is back: Total signs $2 billion gas deal by Mark Thompson and Zahraa Alkhalisi | November 8, 2016: 6:53 AM ET Foreign …

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But, but, but, aren’t the multiculturalists supposed to respect all cultures? So why are they trying to impose Western cultural values on Third World nations?

From Breitbart: African Nations Reject Appointment of UN Gay Rights Envoy by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. | 5 November 2016 A coalition of 54 African states submitted a resolution Friday calling for the suspension of the UN’s new LGBT investigator, noting that gender identity and sexual orientation have no place in international human rights instruments. …

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The Success of Socialism: Part 4 — Venezuela moves further toward dictatorship The National Assembly seeks to oust President Nicolás Maduro; he will ignore the Assembly. In the end Socialism cannot survive democracy.

From The Wall Street Journal: Venezuela’s Congress Votes to Start Proceedings to Oust President Maduro Lawmakers have summoned country’s leader to respond to charges at session next week By Anatoly Kurmanaev | Updated October 25, 2016 6:48 p.m. ET CARACAS, Venezuela—Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress voted to start proceedings to oust President Nicolás Maduro for what lawmakers …

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Brexit: Not all doom and gloom The sun is shining and the birds are singing and Britain is open for business!

From the Daily Mail: Britain is the most business-friendly major economy, World Bank rules as its annual index casts fresh doubt on doom-laden Brexit warnings UK comes top of G7 group of industrialised countries in annual index on ease of doing business Britain is one place ahead of the US and significantly higher than any …

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The Success of Socialism: Part 3 How stupid do Socialists have to be to take the world's largest oil reserves and turn them into junk?

From The Wall Street Journal: Venezuelan Oil Is Largely Staying in Ground or Going Up in Smoke By Anatoly Kurmanaev PUNTA DE MATA, Venezuela — This fading oil town has an eerie glow at night, illuminated by dozens of oil wells burning off precious oil and gas for lack of functioning equipment to process it. …

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