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Bloomberg (May 19)

2020/ 05/ 21 by jd in Global News

“Australia’s success in curbing Covid-19 infections is allowing it to slowly ease some restrictions even as it remains largely closed off from the rest of the world, taking its economy back to the pre-globalization era.” Stimulating domestic consumption prove essential “to drive any rebound,” but complicated by consumer worries. “Even before Covid-19, Australian households were among the most indebted in the developed world, with debt almost double disposable income.”


Wall Street Journal (March 9)

2020/ 03/ 10 by jd in Global News

“The biggest activist hedge funds are jumping on the wave of socially responsible investing.” The “latest latest trend in shareholder activism” is strategic. “Highlighting ESG could help activists win the support of the big funds that is crucial to their success—and ignoring the issues could make their backing harder to win”.


Washington Post (February 20)

2020/ 02/ 22 by jd in Global News

“China has an immense challenge coping with the outbreak. Its success or failure will affect the whole world. It has now mounted an enormous containment effort. But these early weeks of the epidemic reveal the hazards of an authoritarian system that hides the truth from its own people” as President Xi Jinping knew about the threat on January 7, if not earlier.


Detroit News (October 31)

2019/ 11/ 02 by jd in Global News

“No plant closures, fewer government ties and independence from other entangling partnerships means Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s proposed merger with French automaker Groupe PSA has a better chance of success than it had with Renault SA, according to experts.”


The Guardian (March 12)

2019/ 03/ 13 by jd in Global News

“Theresa May’s Brexit lost to the ultimate adversary: reality…. There might still be ways that Brexit can go badly; unexplored dead ends and byways of failure. But the road to success is now closed.”


Bloomberg (October 1)

2018/ 10/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Stocks of the so-called sogo shosha, the groups that drove Japan’s postwar export success—the likes of Itochu Corp., Marubeni Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp.—have rallied as much as 36 percent over the last year, outpacing the race to a three-decade high by the broad Topix Index. The trading companies’ free cash-flow levels are above those reached in their heyday, and their leverage much lower.”


Washington Post (May 11)

2018/ 05/ 13 by jd in Global News

“Lord save the world…. President Trump is making rash and risky moves that promise either brilliant success or catastrophic failure. The odds aren’t great, “given that it’s Trump we’re dealing with.”


CNN (June 21)

2017/ 06/ 23 by jd in Global News

“If ever there were a country in need of modernization, Saudi Arabia is it.” The newly named Crown Prince “is deeply committed to carrying major reforms to fruition. He embodies dynamism, youthful boldness and a vision of possibility. But the far-ranging changes he is bringing to the conservative kingdom and to the region carry risk and no guarantee of success. In a region roiled with instability, they add another element of uncertainty.”


The Week (May 23)

2017/ 05/ 25 by jd in Global News

“How much of a problem is it that the president of the United States, the most powerful person on Earth, is a blithering idiot?” Depends what kind of blithering idiot. “Raw intellect doesn’t translate to presidential success, and its absence could, in the right circumstance, be compensated for.” But “President Trump’s particular brand of stupidity” is very dangerous. “You can be dumb but modest, or dumb but thoughtful, or dumb but careful. Trump is none of those things. He’s boastful, impulsive, and careless, all while continuing to blaze new trails of thickheadedness, while the rest of us are left to stand back and gawp in amazement.”


Boston Globe (May 8)

2017/ 05/ 10 by jd in Global News

Trump is making a tense situation on the Korean Peninsula perilous. His “sole success is adding himself to the things South Koreans most fear. Indeed, his erratic behavior has affected South Korea’s presidential election Tuesday, helping elevate the candidate least favorable to the United States. As Trump oscillates, risks burgeon.”


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