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The uselessness of learning foreign languages [sic] - voxeu.org 2012-02-08 | offene Ablage: nothing to hide

The uselessness of learning foreign languages [sic] - voxeu.org 2012-02-08 | offene Ablage: nothing to hide | oAnth-miscellaneous | Scoop.it

original URL -- http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/7603

 

 

Victor Ginsburgh

 

English is the dominant language of the Internet, business, and world trade. Do we need another? This column applies an economist’s rationale to the question.

 

 

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Worldwide, English is indeed the language that is most often used in international contacts and trade. But it is not the only one, as shown by Jacques Melitz (2008) who uses two measures of linguistic distances between trading partners and tries to estimate their effect. ‘Open-circuit communication’ (OCC) demands that the language be either official or widely spoken (at least 20% of the population knows the language). Spanish, for instance, will be an OCC between Bolivia (where 44% of the population knows Spanish) and Mexico (88%). A ‘direct communication’ (DC) language is any language common (that is, spoken by at least 4% in each country) in a pair of countries. In short, Melitz suggests distinguishing between two channels through which the trade-enhancing effect may take place: OCCs that depend on translation (which can be produced as long as there are enough people who can provide it in both countries) and DCs (which enable traders to communicate directly). He finds that ‘direct communication’ has the largest positive effect on trades: A 10% increase in the probability that two citizens, one in country A, the other in B, speak the same language increases their trades by 10%. Other European OCCs also contribute, but somewhat less. However, and interestingly enough, Melitz also shows that English as an OCC is no more effective than other European languages in promoting trade.

 

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Compilation on SOPA, PIPA & ACTA | latest actualization 2012-06-26 offene Ablage: nothing to hide

Compilation on SOPA, PIPA & ACTA |  latest actualization 2012-06-26 offene Ablage: nothing to hide | oAnth-miscellaneous | Scoop.it

On SOPA, PIPA, ACTA & Twitter censorship

 

Articles, links, videos, audios and statements in EN, DE & FR

 

by Anonymous - netzpolitik.org - radar.oreilly.com - globalvoicesonline.org - - laquadrature.net - et al.

 

also available via RSS-feed: http://02mydafsoup-01.soup.io/rss/tag/compil_SopaPipa

 

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Important dates for ACTA in the European Parliament:
- 29 February/1 March: Discussion in international trade committee,
- April or May: Vote in international trade committee,
- 12, 13 or 14 June: Final vote in plenary (most important vote).

 

(Please note, all dates may be changed)

 

via

 

- ACTA: Note from Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament : politics at URL http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/ow1v5/acta_note_from_marietje_schaake_member_of_the/

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Outrage at the banks is everywhere, so why aren't there riots on the streets? | Madeleine Bunting | guardian.co.uk 2011-05-30 - offene Ablage: nothing to hide

Outrage at the banks is everywhere, so why aren't there riots on the streets? | Madeleine Bunting | guardian.co.uk 2011-05-30  - offene Ablage: nothing to hide | oAnth-miscellaneous | Scoop.it
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Outrage against the banks is no longer a leftwing hobby; across the media there is an increasingly frantic desperation from commentators, even in such unlikely hotbeds of revolution as the Evening Standard, where the admirably infuriated Anthony Hilton declared recently: "Our problems were wholly caused by the greed and irresponsibility of some in the financial community. But the culture has not changed ... What more will it take?" He may well ask.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/30/outrage-banks-riots-streets-muddled

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http://02mydafsoup-01.soup.io/tag/spainrev_201105
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Richard Wolff: Replace Capitalism - talk from 2012-01-24 ( ~95 min) | offene Ablage: nothing to hide

Richard Wolff: Replace Capitalism - talk from 2012-01-24 ( ~95 min) | offene Ablage: nothing to hide | oAnth-miscellaneous | Scoop.it

Permalink -yt-video:

http://youtu.be/_-KqeU8nzn4

 

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Economics Professor Richard Wolff details the problems of capitalism and urges our recognizing its obsolescence and replacing it with institutions that truly serve the people.
Talk at Church of All Souls in New York City, January 24, 2012. Camera, audio: Joe Friendly

 

cf also:

 

- Richard Wolff, Q and A after Replacing Capitalism talk - youtube permalink:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IhTLiN2CP0

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Occupy Wallstreet - the compilation from 2011-09-20 on has been continued by http://99percent.soup.io/ since 2011-10-20, which is still continuously updated (2012--02-01) - oAnth

Occupy Wallstreet - the compilation from 2011-09-20 on has been continued by http://99percent.soup.io/ since 2011-10-20, which is still continuously updated (2012--02-01) - oAnth | oAnth-miscellaneous | Scoop.it

- NEW since 2011-10-20: There has been opened meanwhile a new soup.io group account

 

http://99percent.soup.io/

 

with articles, videos and photographs, which is continuously updated by members of the soup.io community and via RSS. The account is up to now (2012-02-01) actualized on a daily basis.

 

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- NYC General Assembly - http://nycga.cc/

The Official Website of the GA at #OccupyWallStreet

 

- Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Posted on September 30, 2011 by NYCGA

http://nycga.cc/2011/09/30/declaration-of-the-occupation-of-new-york-city/ This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on september 29, 2011

Translations: French, Slovak, Spanish, German, Italian

 

- An always inspiring source of informations provides also Diaspora* by public (open) entries via hash tag #occupywallstreet.

https://joindiaspora.com/tags/ows

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