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Arming and sectarian divides

Middle East Briefing, Aug 11, 2014
The United States and others are in the processing of arming the Kurds to fight against the (paradox of paradoxes, American supplied) ISIL (or da-esh, in Arabic). This raises the question as to whether Syrian Kurds should be armed as well, or whether their Iraqi brethren will send some bullets their way. Unfortunately, this may change the dynamic of who is fighting whom. If this arming is done, it risks becoming (perceived as) a Kurdish-Arab fight, rather than a government vs terrorist fight.

Bondholders 1, Argentina, 0

Various sources
Argentina defaulted on its bonds in 2001. 90% of those bondholders accepted pennies on the dollar in 2005. The holdouts recently won in the US Supreme Court, forcing Argentina to negotiate with them. Whether these negotiations will allow the country to eventually return to the bond market, or will make its economy collapse is an open question.

- Heating up, cooling off, and prepping for

- Ukraining your neck to see what the wind blows

- All Eyes are on...

- The More Things Change, the More Things Stay the Same

- The Judges have Spoken

- Tempest in a Tax Tea Pot

-Obama Joke

- From Gridlock to SlowMo

- Kerry Provides Carrots and Sticks

- Your Choice: 28 787’s, or Political Money

- But will they all be Brothers?

- Exhaling, and Waiting to Again

- Tighter, But Will Predictions be all Wet?

- All eyes on the prize, and on Wednesday

- Romney, Ryan, and lots of money

- Obama leads in battleground states

- Portents in politics

- On the border, barely

- Musical chairs in Egypt, as the country to soon run out of currency reserves

- Battle probably won, the war probably lost

- Jeb Bush and the Circular Firing Squad

- Primary musical chairs

- Death of a Dictator is Not the Only Change

- Chaos breeds chaos

- Deaths and Births in Falltime

- No certainty yet

- Decisions soon to home to roost

- A sigh at the end of tension, or is the peace an opportunity to reload?

- A Greek Game of Chicken

- The Republican Field Presidential Field Narrows, Expands, and Becomes More Confusing

- Will a Worthy Opponent Please Come Forth?

- All Quiet on Some Fronts, but Why?

- A multitude of missing ministers

- Playing with Dominoes again

- Demographics is destiny, once again

- Can an artillery shell have a soft landing?

- Politics as Unusual

- Mid-term Elections

- Will the slings and arrows of Bundesbank members shoot down the next ECB chief?

- Orban’s Triumph

- U.S. Narrows Role of Nuclear Arms

- White House Faces Tough Fight on Climate Push

- Political Risk Takes Center Stage

- Local Nuclear War, Global Suffering

- Latinos and American Politics: Power in Numbers

- Bill's Veto Imperils Rescue Aid to Iceland

- Battle over Use of 'Allah' Continues in Malaysia


Economic

- Up, up and away

- Round and Round the Doha Round Goes

- A Mixed Bag of Economic News

- A Pinch in Housing

- Up, Down and Up Slightly

- Will the Effects of Abenomics last?

- Vanguard

- A Military Surge of a Different Kind

- The US Economic Recovery Continues

- Mixed Signals in the US Economy

- Oh, how the shale tables have turned

- U.S. Manufacturing Index declines

- Housing and Confidence

- ISM is improving

- Samsung takes a bruising, but Apple gets nibbled

- But on the other hand.....

- Will one more twist of the rope stop us from hanging?

- Growth, barely

- Recovery puttering along, but just down for a little while??

- How fast is the US employment picture getting better? That depends on who you ask

- The World Bank and a warning about China

- Through a glass, darkly.

- A Roller Coaster, with an up Trend

- A bit of sunshine before the Fall?

- Where’s the Beef, or Will the European Bailout work?

- A few signs of hope, with a twist

- Not Quite the Same as 2008

- The pause that refreshes, or….

- Will We Skid on the Soft Patch, or It's Better Than You Think, But Is It Good Enough?

- A Pause, or a Slow Down

- A Pause that Refreshes?

- American CEO’s Optimism on the Rise

- US Jobless claims drop in latest survey

- The World-Wide Recovery in Manufacturing Continues

- And the son will surpass the father….

- Will fighting rising inflation pop the bubble?

- All Eyes on the Fed

- In a bind with bonds ?

- Food for a Black Swan ?

- Greece Gets Aid, Promises Austerity

- The Truth Hurts

- Consumer Spending Increases

- The White House's Latest Salvo Against Banks Misses the Target

- Asset Markets: The Danger of the Bounce

- US Data Offers an Uncertain Compass

- World Economy: The Great Stabilization

- An Economist's Evil Hand

- The Rot Spreads: A Survey Reveals that Desperate Times Led to Illegal Measures


Sociological

- Hot under the collar means you get cranky

- Adam and Eve were Groupies, and Religious Conservatives don't Like It

- No, Your Teacher’s Daughter won’t Teach Your Daughter, at least in Mexico

- A Pinch in Pensions

- Immigration Costs and Passages

- Rotting Tomatoes in Xingjiang

- Perhaps, Coming to a Russian Spring Near You

- The Arab Fall

- Many of the Violent Are Dead, and Many More Are Tired of War

- Even More Mixed Results from the Arab Spring

- A skills shortage and unemployment?

- An Internship by any Other name

- Putting the Gini out of the bottle

- The waning of an icon and a way of life

- Crime, oh Crime, where are thou?

-The consequences of the Libyan revolution

- The consequences of the one-child policy in China

- A warning from Google to help the Chinese

- The Irish eyes are not quite smiling anymore, especially when having to do with more menial jobs

- Brazil and its pension bomb

- Why you would find a Big Mac in an Argentinian McDonald's?

- How well will Italy deal with social protest?

- Try Crowd Organizing instead of Outsourcing

- Why are French Workers so Grumpy?

- Will the last Asian Bride Please Stand Up?

- What the demise of Happy Girl says about China

- Migration after the Great Recession

- A different fringe attacks, and a different response..

- On your mark, get set....

- The Wisdom of Crowds

- China Brings it's Excess Baggage to Africa

- Are We Really Hungry? Depends on what you measure

- Yielding to Nine Billion

- Causes Belli or Causes Demographi?

- The World in pictures…

- Will the last Japanese please turn off the lights?

- The Social Organization of BRICs

- Wheat isn't everything, but.....

- From Red China to Gray

- Cry, The Beloved Country

- Medical Schools Can't Keep Up

- Data Theft Hits 3.3 Million Borrowers

- Internal Hires, Referrals Were Most Hired in 2009

- War on AIDS Hangs in Balance As U.S. Curbs Help for Africa

- Tackling the Organ Shortage

- 62 or 70? When to take Social Security Benefits

- McDonald's to offer free wireless Internet

- Does your Jungle Energize or Drain You?

- Thriving on Selfishness



Technological

- Cheap medicine

- Power Conversion gets a Boost

- Be your Bee’s Keeper

- It Takes a Bug to Catch a Bug

- Lungs on a Chip

- TRMing a Virus’ Sails

- Take Two Bacteria and Call me in the Morning

- Printing Human Embryonic Stem Cells

- Stress Gives You a Shorter Cap

- Doubts About the Next Magic Bullets

- China’s March to Prominence

- Coming to an Electronics Store in your Home

- Flopping to a Benchmark

- Lasers from a printer near you

- Gold as a safe haven (protectant??)

- Oh, my beating jellyfish heart

- Particles for Peace

- They are bugging you more than you think

- Flipping fingers may do something more than piss off people

- An eyeful of genes

- Flitting in the Shadow web

- Stellar cognition vs the Queen's Gambit

- IBM’s Technology Predictions for the Five Years

- 10 to Grow On

- Statin-stically speaking, Statins aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

- Two parts of a feedback loop help diabetics

- Eternal Growth

- Could we remember without memory? Technological advances in transistor design.

- Cures Without a Sugar Coating

- Saran Wrap for your Heart and Brain

- Rise of the Superweeds

- Mobile Medicine Moves Mountains;

- Arpa-e, son of Darpa;

- Printing Energy Storage

- Once broken, now twice as fast fixed…

- Flowing with the fishes via a MacArthur grant winner

- Coming Soon to a Gene Near You

- The Wall St. Journal announced last week its 2010 Technology Innovation Awards

- What goes around can come around in stem-cell research

- Growing Pains

- Braille Displays Promise to Deliver the Web to the Blind

- A Lazy Man's Guide to Cutting Energy Costs

- Reaching for the Height of Radio

- Climate Change: No Hiding Place?

- Tokyo Exchange Girds for Tech Race

- The Next 20 Years of Microchips

- Putting Green Technology into Blocks

- Boosting Vaccine Power

- Energy Push Spurs Shift in U.S. Science

- A Path to Sustainable Energy by 2030




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