Category Archives: Politics

Lettre de Vaison-la-Romaine: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Julian Crandall Hollick examines taxation in Provence in his latest piece. In a nutshell: all is not well outside Paris. “Vaisonnais, like everyone else in the world, are convinced they are overtaxed. They look at the new high school, the … Continue reading

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Lettre de Londres: Boris Johnson: Court Jester?

Our London correspondent Austin Ashley weighed in on the (brutally) comical Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in the latest edition of Carnet Atlantique: “Johnson, avowedly a member of Cameron’s Conservative party, is riding a wave of post-Olympics popularity. Having achieved … Continue reading

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China: Steady as she goes

Hold on to your hats! A prudent monetary policy is, apparently, on the agenda for China in 2013. This courtesy of newly-elected leader Xi Jinping, at a recent two-day conference in the country. According to state-run Xinhua, by way of … Continue reading

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China #1!

It hasn’t happened since 1850, but China has just climbed back to the number one spot on the “manufacturing giants of the world” list. The Atlantic reports that, although the US and China are neck-in-neck, China’s neck is just a … Continue reading

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Xi speaks!

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency is reporting that Xi Jinping, the newly-minted leader of China, is urging his fellow citizens to knuckle under and work harder for economic prosperity: “In the face of complicated and fast-changing conditions, confidence and the … Continue reading

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And the winner is… Xi Jinping! Try to contain your shock.

In a hotly-contested race… ha ha, just kidding. We knew it, he knew, all of China knew it. Meet the new President, Xi Jinping! Yes, as the Washington Post reports, China’s Communist Party has a new leader, and his name … Continue reading

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Enough about Xi–Who is running the economy?

Fascinating piece from the Boston Globe today about Li Keqiang, who will be promoted within the Communist Party’s top council after the party’s massive congress ends later this week. According to the Globe, Li is a “cautious enforcer” who speaks … Continue reading

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