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Reading The News With A Political Slant

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 30, 2016 in News & Opinion |

If you give ten people a piece of text, ask them to read it and then write down their impressions, you’ll probably get ten different answers. This is something known only too well to the police: ask all the witnesses to describe the man who robbed the store, you’ll get widely differing versions. And so […]

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USA: Your Future Rights, After The Election

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 24, 2016 in News & Opinion |

There is no one, I do not doubt, who is following the campaigns for election as President of the United States of America, who does not weigh up what the candidates say and what it bodes for the future. The bulk of the questions o the various debates, during the campaign talks, in the news […]

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Moving To A Cashless Society

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 21, 2016 in News & Opinion |

Hot news since the turn of the millennium, and still no real move towards implementation: the Cashless Society. Once again the idea of a society which can exist without folding money has been raised as a possibility, this time by a banker who, we would imagine, is fairly well versed in the world of finance. […]

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How Do You Spot A Terrorist?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 19, 2016 in News & Opinion |

The title of this post is a serious question: how do you spot a terrorist? How do you know that one particular person is planning a terrorist attack, is a member of a terrorist organization, or has links to terror? How can you differentiate between a person who has what we might term fanatical views […]

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Propagating False Information

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 11, 2016 in News & Opinion |

There should be a degree course or, at the very least, a diploma in Fact Checking. As we watch the bitter fights and amazing claims surrounding the US Presidential election campaign and see constant refutations of this claimed fact, that possible event, I wonder whether this form of spinning – the art of telling a […]

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Oil Prices, Stock Market Falls

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 8, 2016 in News & Opinion |

Panic in the City? As with many recent years, the stock market, especially in the USA, has suffered a fall in values. This year it has been considerably more than in previous starts, and many people are worried. Billionaires – and those with lesser means – have lost millions in trading. At the same time […]

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Terrorism: The Years Ahead

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 31, 2015 in News & Opinion |

The players have changed, but their methods remain the same: attack, destroy, confine, maim, rape. It has never been, and never will be, simply a case of attacking with guns and bombs; the fear of attack must also be sown; the constant worry that the streets are no longer safe; the realization that we, as […]

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Someone Who Doesn’t Just Preach…

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 20, 2015 in News & Opinion |

There seems to be practically nothing but criticism for the European policy on refugees fleeing the various wars and catastrophes in Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere around the world. Much of this criticism is aimed at Germany, but also a great deal at other countries who, overwhelmed and unprepared, are unable to cope with the influx […]

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Gun Violence: God Isn’t Fixing This

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 4, 2015 in News & Opinion |

If you didn’t catch the Daily News front page yesterday, you’re bound to find enough comments on it around the Internet, from agreement through to ‘prayer shaming’ comments. Basically it quoted some of the candidates for the job of President who called on people to remember the people killed in San Bernardino, their families and […]

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Banking: Working For The Region

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 27, 2015 in News & Opinion |

Tomorrow, as has been loudly proclaimed in all the local newspapers, one of the regional banks here is opening a new branch, and we are all invited along to witness it. There will be balloons and smiling faces and plenty of smartly dressed financial advisers on hand to make sure you believe your money is […]

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