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The 1959 revolution in Cuba is fondly remembered for many reasons, and one of those reasons was what many never thought it would be until recently: the revolution in cars! Foreign-made cars went on sale in the country only recently, and with labels of sky-high prices attached to them. For example, a Peugeot 508 is… » read more

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The United Nations recently released a report highlighting the systematic human rights abuses that regularly take place in North Korea. The controversial report states that murder, slavery, torture, starvation and executions routinely take place in the country, and has been termed by the authoritarian regime as a “political plot and nothing more than creating room… » read more

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BBC Children in Need

Last night BBC One (and BBC Two) hosted the charity appeal night for BBC Children in Need. The show kicked off at the Old Vic pub, with some special cast members off Eastenders, boyband supergroup, McFly and their new partner in crime, Busted. A mini pub quiz ensued, with the prize being a titanic golden… » read more

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  Japan’s trade deficit nearly doubled in July, owing to flowing energy imports and a weaker yen which has made imported goods a lot more expensive than usual. Imports have increased substantially to a 19.6 percent, outpacing a 12.2 percent rise in exports and shifting the trade deficit from ¥944bn in June to the ¥1.02tn… » read more

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Senior Liberal Democrats are calling for the sacking of David Cameron’s election strategist, Lynton Crosby, over his links with the tobacco industry. The latest row over the role big money plays in politics in Downing Street follows the government’s decision to shelve plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes, which prompted furious reactions from the… » read more

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The Federal Reserve introduced a new round of quantitative easing in July last year, which to simplify is basically printing money to purchase bonds, and promised to continue purchasing assets until unemployment in America has reduced. Several other central banks have stepped up efforts as well to prevent currencies from rising and all this financial… » read more

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One of the first demonstrations against President François Hollande saw few thousands march peacefully against the strict austerity measures unveiled by the Socialist government. France is the worlds’s fifth-largest economy, with subsided borrowing costs and a continuing modest household debt. Furthermore, a high birth rate coupled up with per hour worked, make French employees rather… » read more

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Political reform in Georgia

Parliamentary elections were held in Georgia on October 1st last year. The country voted in a new President, Bidzina Ivanishvili. The billionaire deserves praise for reforming the political system of a country so wrapped up in technocracy. The former ruling party, the United National Movement, led by Mikheil “Misha” Saakashvili came to power during the… » read more

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