Miscellaneous

Pakistan is Marking 21 Years of its Nuclear Deterrent – if Only a Fence Was Built on The Durand Line at The Same Time

Many in Pakistan are celebrating the 21st anniversary of the development and successful first test of the country’s nuclear deterrent. These nuclear weapons have largely helped to prevent a major 1971 style war in south Asia due to the peace keeping phenomenon known as mutually assured destruction. But while a […]

SDRs Have Clear Advantages Over The Dollar But Gold Has Intrinsic Advantages Over Both

During the lengthy discussions which led to the 1944 Bretton Woods Agreement, economist John Maynard Keynes opposed fixed exchanged rates via-a-vis a gold backed US dollar. He instead proposed the creation of a super-national unit of account which he called the bancor. The justification behind a seemingly tedious accounting unit […]

Bolsonaro Made A Powerful Point With His Infamous Carnival Video Tweet

Think what one will about Bolsonaro, but he nevertheless made a powerful point with his infamous carnival video tweet because he succeeded in drawing attention to Brazilian society’s rapidly deteriorating social mores of “normalizing” the public display of fringe homosexual activities.    Newly inaugurated Brazilian President Bolsonaro caused a global […]

The Philippines is Among The Least Easy Places to do Business in ASEAN – The Liberal 1987 Constitution is to Blame

The World Bank has ranked every economy in the world based the ease of doing business. The range of factors considered when making the penultimate assessment can be read in detail here. The news for The Philippines in particular serves as a stark reminder of how the economy is being […]

China Set to Finalise Uniform Law to Streamline Foreign Direct Investment

China’s commitment to increased economic openness and continual reform and opening up has provided an anchor of stability for the world economy at a time when those who underestimated China’s determination to fulfil the ideals of perpetual reform, adaptive changes to present needs and expedited opening up, may have mistakenly […]

China Pivots to High Quality Innovation and Production Model While Maintaining Economic Growth

Many were expecting literal economic growing pains for China in 2018 for a number of reasons. First of all, as China intensifies its pivot away from traditional models of mass production and towards a model emphasising high quality goods, innovation, technology and new nationally generated patents, it was thought that […]