Home - Government 2020 Home | Statistics.com Asia Edition - Wall Street Journal - Latest News, Breaking Stories, Top Headlines Indian Defence Review Eurasia Group It's 2013. We've made it. For those of us watching from the United States, the last few days of 2012 (to say nothing of the first couple of this year) were touch and go. Political risk has entered our vocabulary. That's been increasingly true for the last four years because of the way perceptions of political risk have spread across the developed world. In responding to the worst economic slowdown since the great depression, it's no surprise that political risk has come to the fore. When I started Eurasia Group in 1998, we focused on emerging markets. Indeed, it's more important now than ever before. And so the top risk this year is: 1 - Emerging markets: not less risky For the past four years, we've been uncritically thankful for the emerging markets. Emerging markets will have much more volatility and instability than the advanced industrial democracies. A - becoming developed. B - still emerging--and problematically so. C - backsliding. 2 - China vs information None of these are new.
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Etymologically Speaking... From the old Arabic word "hashshshin," which meant, "someone who is addicted to hash," that is, marijuana. Originally refered to a group of warriors who would smoke up before battle. Aaron White adds: You may want to explore the fact that the hashshshins were somewhat of a voodoo-ized grand conspiracy scapegoat cult (the very fact of their existence is impossible to confirm). They supposedly were a secret society (a la the FreeMasons) which was influential in every middle eastern court from Persia to Bangladesh. They were supposedly a brotherhood of assasins, devoted to their caballa and its secrecy, protected by an unlimited number of fanatical followers and unlimited material wealth. Paul Graham adds: The assassins were a sect of warriors who controlled a number of fortified towns in Persia for about 200 years. R.