Weekend reading links – March 13, 2016

Hard right stuns with huge election gains in Frankfurt. Further results from the elections held on Sunday, 13th March 2016.

French students, unions protest against labour reforms

Islam-critical French play is a huge hit in Hamburg

Conservative lawmakers accuse BoE of bias as the Bank presents a negative economic assessment of ‘Brexit’

Turkey gags one of its last Opposition newspapers.

China’s official targets for 2016 here

A water-treatment company struggled to withdraw $2,000 for an engineer to travel to the U.S. No, this is not India of the 1960s or 1970s.

Saudi Arabia seeks USD6.0-8.0bn loan from banks

Some interesting extracts from Bruce Riedel’s JFK’s Forgotten Crisis (circa Jan. 23, 2016). Endless possibilities now reduced to speculation. Contrast that review with this one written by Glyn Ford, a former Euro=MP, presumably from Britain.

A ‘Comrade’ writes to another who urinated in public. The offender is one Kanhaiya Kumar.

Which political parties are most associated with violence in India? ‘Surprise’ findings

Justin Fox thinks that we are transitioning from the Industrial Age to something better. Small problem: the debt-induced transition from the industrial age began already some thirty-five years ago. How to pay down that debt now?

How a hacker’s typo helped stop a billion dollar bank heist.

A long piece in ‘The Atlantic’ on Obama’s foreign policy (non) doctrine. Some analyses here and here.

Ripple effects from a large bank default could be nine times larger across the banking sector than what is contemplated under existing stress tests of individual firms.

61% of Americans say that immigration jeopardises the nation.

A very useful and interesting perspective on the Apple-FBI standoff – the China angle to the story – from the LA Times (Feb. 2015).

Ben Bernanke’s summer internship in an unexpected place.

This is how one fixes corruption.

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