Monthly Archives: May 2012

Rory Stewart on Afghanistan

May 29, 2012

Rory Stewart’s documentary on British involvement in Afghanistan was a true tour de force. Whereas some presenters, in the name of ‘bringing history to life’, far too easily transgress the line that distingishes enthusiastic from obnoxious, Rory managed to convey enthusiasm for his subject whilst remaining soft-spoken and articulate. Morever, he managed to tease out how Britain’s recent exploits resonate

Wishing the best of luck to Cathy O’Dowd

May 29, 2012

The irrepressible Cathy O’Dowd, the first woman to have scaled Mount Everest from its north and south sides,  is off on another incredible adventure. This time, she’s attempting to climb Nanga Parbat, the 9th highest peak in the world, via the Mazeno Ridge. Despite various attempts over the years, this has never been done. Therefore

Russell Napier sees long term value in European equities

May 28, 2012

“Permabear” Russell Napier, the respected analyst and author of Anatomy of the Bear, Lessons from Wall Street’s four great bottoms (Harriman House, 2009), sees a long term (10 year) buy opportunity in Europe, where equities are “very cheap”, whatever happens to the Eurozone over the next twelve months. Talking to the FT’s editor James Mckintosh, he says

Bill Emmott: Greeks should be made to feel welcome

May 28, 2012

As rumours continue to rumble that Greece’s Euro exit is inevitable, Bill Emmott in The Times warns Britain not to appear too unwelcoming to any Greeks who subsequently arrive on its shores. This follow comments by Home Secretary Theresa May that emergency  immigration controls could be imposed to limit the number of Greeks (and citizens

Of Bulls and Bears, with Simon Cox

May 28, 2012

Over frothy cappuccinos at Hong Kong’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Simon Cox, The Economist’s Asia Economics Editor, discussed his recent Special Report on China’s economy. He voiced his frustrations over the so-called ‘Bulls’ vs ‘Bears’ debate that dominates much of the commentary on China. Both, he said, tend to miss the point. Bulls ignore the inefficencies and tensions in

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