Louis M. Bacon is the head of Moore Capital Management, one of the largest and most influential hedge funds in the world. Last week, he announced that he was returning one quarter of his largest fund, about $2 billion, to his investors. The reason he gave to The New York Times was that he had found it difficult to invest given the impossibility of predicting the European situation.
Read more: Financial Markets, Politics and the New Reality | Stratfor
Paramount Pictures’ March 2014 release of the movie Noah has generated excitement and commentary from religious and secular moviegoers alike. The movie boasts some amazing cinematography as well as big-name actors including Russell Crowe (as Noah), Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins.
BF To answer that question I have to explain what I believe freedom is all about. We live our lives trapped in many prisons: physical, emotional and mental. One can be physically in prison and yet feel free, and another can be physically free and still live in an emotional prison. Throughout my life I have lived in all of these prisons.
Bill Butler's insight:
Vision contributor Bill Butler interviews Beatrice Fernando about her experience of being sold into servitude in Lebanon. See her story in the article Down to Slavery.
An articulate, beautiful little 11 year-old, blue eyed, blond girl from a deeply religious family sings with the voice of a 35 year-old woman. She has a powerful stage presence (enlarge your screen, ignore the advertisements). She is all over the Internet--has 7 million followers on Twitter. Subscribe to her on Goggle.
Listen to her singing the Lord's Prayer to an audience of 10,000 (over 600,000 have listened to this video):
Few things are more important than getting enough to eat, and most in the developed world have little need to worry about this at present. But because of a largely hidden danger, many could soon be dealing with the realities of food shortages. The silent threat lurking in the shadows is soil contamination and accelerated erosion. It is a global problem, yet the solution is essentially local. Is it too late to avert this pending crisis?
Many people remain fascinated with the story of Noah’s ark, the familiar Bible narrative that speaks of a worldwide flood. In fact, most religions and cultures have a version of the account in their history.
RIYADH, March 30 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's appointment of Prince Muqrin as deputy crown prince is a first step towards addressing its biggest dynastic challenge for 50 years and forestalling a possible succession crisis in the world's top oil exporter.
In an interview, Robert Kaplan says: 'The United States can preserve the peace [in the Asia Pacific] by seeking not domination, but a favorable balance of power with China. It must at some level allow China its rightful place in the Western Pacific.'
Select from eleven articles on the subject of Human Trafficking.
Bill Butler's insight:
For More Information Slavery is often well concealed in large cities, in sweatshops, in private homes using domestic workers, service industries such as food services and landscaping. It can also go without detection at remote locations such as in mines and on farms using migrant workers.
Whether through the pressure felt by adults to “keep up with the Joneses,” the demand by teenagers for items of clothing bearing a certain logo, or news items describing the leader of an impoverished country buying himself a new yacht, most of us have observed the phenomenon known as conspicuous consumption. The expression was coined by the economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen in his book The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899) as a way of describing the pattern of consumption he observed in the 19th century. However, the phenomenon itself represents a way of life that is long established.
Three years on from the start of the upheaval which became known as the Arab Spring, the Middle East is still in a state of flux. Rebellions have brought down regimes, but other outcomes have been far less predictable.
The American intelligence director and the White House have finally confirmed what insiders have long known: The Obama administration is spying on the entire world. Politicians in Germany are demanding answers.