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The ICSR blog FREErad!cals is a forum for debate and fresh ideas on radicalisation and political violence. It features some of the most innovative, young thinkers, discussing radicals and radicalisation. M! Business Tesco’s chief hits out as profit warning hits shares The new boss of Tesco has attacked his predecessors for adopting “artificial” tactics to hit aggressive profit targets in the final few months of each financial year. Tesco’s shares plunged by 10 per cent to 168p on a warning this morning that the chain’s profit for the year to February will be no more than £1.4 billion, well short of the £1.94 billion that investors had been anticipating. Dave Lewis, chief executive, said his efforts to turn around the business were costing £500 million. He conceded: “It’s been a difficult time for Tesco – none of us would argue about that.” New Scotland Yard sold to Abu Dhabi Financial Group The Metropolitan Police has cashed in… Last updated at 11:20AM, December 9 2014 Asos accused of “baffling” accounting Retail experts in the City have rounded on Asos for adopting “baffling” accounting techniques by using a fire insurance payout to support its profit projections for the year.

The Earth Times Online Newspaper, Serving the Planet with Breaki Géopolitique Les négociations avec l'Iran sur le dossier nucléaire approchent de leur dénouement. A quelques jours de la date butoir du 24 novembre, les spéculations vont bon train. Parviendra-t-on à régler les questions en suspens ? En l'absence d'un accord final, les tractations seront-elles à nouveau prolongées ? Quelles que soient les critiques que l'on peut porter aux négociations en cours, notamment sur le fait qu'elles ne concernent que le nucléaire, et pas le comportement déstabilisateur de l'Iran dans la région, leur conclusion, dans un sens ou dans l'autre, sera un événement d'une portée historique. En cas d'accord, l'équilibre stratégique de la région sera bouleversé. Un an après le début des pourparlers, six mois après une première extension, et dans le contexte d'une déstabilisation croissante du Moyen Orient, les deux parties ont intérêt à trouver un accord. Tout accord implique des concessions de part et d'autre. En dernière analyse, la décision sera politique.

Virtual Economy Home page of the Virtual Economy on Biz/ed. Virtual Economy Home Page Welcome to the Biz/ed / Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) Virtual Economy. This has been produced with the generous support of a grant from the Nuffield Foundation. At the heart of the Virtual Economy are sophisticated computer models which are very similar to those the Chancellor and his advisers use to prepare the Budget and to keep the economy on track. The model is based around No.11 Downing St. - the Chancellor's house and office. Ground floor (this floor) - Chancellor's office with an introduction to the Virtual Economy and an information bureau with teachers' guides, student guides and details of the model. 1st floor - Case Studies - this floor has case studies about the impact of changes in the economy on people, business and governments. 2nd floor - Economic Policy - a whole floor dedicated to the different economic variables in the model.

The Christian Science Monitor Secret défense L'intervention française au Mali (opération Serval), qui a démarré de manière fracassante le 11 janvier dernier, était dans les cartons depuis 2009. Une planification de l'état-major, baptisée Requin, prévoyait alors quasiment ce qui advenu cet hiver. Et qui a failli être déclenché à plusieurs reprises sous la présidence Sarkozy... Attention, il ne s'agit pas d'un récit détaillé des opérations militaires depuis janvier - à la manière de Jean-Christophe Notin sur l'Afghanistan ou la Libye. L'ouvrage revient sur les causes de cette crise, c'est-à-dire à la fois la déliquescence de l'Etat malien et la montée en puissance des groupes terroristes au Sahel, comme AQMI, qui trouvent leur origine dans la guerre civile algérienne. Isabelle Lasserre et Thierry Oberlé "Notre guerre secrète au Mali" Fayard, 248 pages, 17 euros.

David Smith's EconomicsUK.com Austerity myths revisited Posted by David Smith at 01:00 PM Category: Thoughts and responses My piece on Friday, The Myth of Abandoned Austerity, has attracted quite a lot of interest. It had a simple aim - to demonstrate that fiscal consolidation, deficit reduction, continued throughout the parliament, alongside recovery. Simon Wren-Lewis, a professor of economics at Oxford, devoted a blog post to it, here. Jonathan Portes, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, was typically condescending, tweeting that I was "confused (& confusing)". Let me respond to Simon. But Simon answers the question himself: “I know this cannot be the case because I have never said that austerity was abandoned in 2012. That means, he suggests, that I am guilty of creating a straw man. This is not quite the same, of course, as economists that Simon might know saying austerity has been abandoned. (More...)

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