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United States

Capital: Washington DC . GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 1.6%
Key Facts
Full name: United States of America
Population: 317.6 million (UN, 2010)
Largest city: New York City
Area: 9.8 million sq km (3.8 million sq miles)
Major language: English
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 US dollar = 100 cents
Main exports: Computers and electrical machinery, vehicles, chemical products, food and live animals, military equipment and aircraft
GNI per capita: US $47,390 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .us
International dialling code: +1
  • US President Trump Dedicates July To ‘Made In America’


    My fellow Americans,

    Here at the White House, we are dedicating the month of July to three of our favorite words – MADE IN AMERICA. For more than two centuries, those three beautiful words have been the world standard for quality, craftsmanship and excellence – and they still are today.

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Donald Trump and Sub-Saharan Africa


    The election upset of Donald Trump winning the US presidential vote will have implications for Sub-Saharan Africa. In the near term, the impact is likely to be relatively modest, inclunding volatility in currency and financial markets. In the medium term, the consequences of Mr Trump's isolationist tendencies will probably be additional keenly felt via cuts to aid flows and less focus on supporting democracy and human rights. Backing for anti-terrorism initiatives will probably be maintained given the threat terrorism potentially poses to US national security and interests, but in general a cooling of relations appears likely.

  • Partners in Crime: Goldman Sachs, the Clintons and Wall Street


    The cozy relationship between Goldman Sachs and the Clintons has reached dizzying new heights in recent years, giving the Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton an immensely influential partner on Wall Street.

    As the public and most of the mainstream media is still processing the political bombshell concerning the newly reopened FBI probe into the Hillary Clinton’s email server case – the global investment banking firm Goldman Sachs quietly endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate this past week.

  • You’ll Only Understand Trump and Brexit If You Understand the Failure of Globalization



    Trump made rejection of globalization a centerpiece of his campaign. In his July 21st acceptance speech as the Republican nominee, he said:

  • Trump Prepares to “Take Over” the Federal Reserve


    In Donald Trump’s initial four years as president, he will not only choose three judges for the Supreme Court, he’ll as well pick five of the seven members on the Fed Board of Governors. It would be impossible to overstate the result this is going to have on the country’s economic next. With both houses of Congress firmly in the GOP’s grip, we could see the majority powerful central bank in the world transformed into a purely political institution that follows the diktats of one man.

  • The TTIP is Alive?


    The ratification of the CETA agreement is imminent, with far-reaching economic and social implications. France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls is currently in Canada for meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    CETA is the object of protests in both Canada and the EU. It was also the object of a legal procedure in Germany. 

    The logic of the agreement must be understood. It constitutes the first step towards the integration of  NAFTA and the EU. This integration would create an North Atlantic political entity broadly coinciding with NATO.

  • The American Dream with Donald Trump seen by a Seychelles President


    On Wednesday 9th November, 2016, it was confirmed that following a melo-dramatic campaign that Donald Trump had been elected the 45th President of the United States of America. Although Hillary Clinton had received additional popular votes at the national level than Mr Trump, the American system delivered additional colligates support to Donald Trump and in fact the Republican Party succeeded as well to win a majority of seats in both Congress and the Senate.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to power in 2014, has visited the U.S. twice in one year


    The world’s major democracy is strengthening ties with the world’s biggest economy to strengthen what is considered today, one of the majority indispensable bilateral relationships.

    A record number of two-sided visits between the nations from their top political figures have highlighted what appears to be a relationship of importance in years approaching. President Barack Obama is the initial U.S. President to visit India twice (2010 & 2015), and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to power in 2014, has visited the U.S. twice in one year.

  • Bilateral Relations Pipelines that bind: U.S. and Mexico to increase energy integration


    Nowhere are ties so strong and vital between the United States and Mexico than in the energy sector, with both partners having to depend heavily on the importation of the other’s energy resources like oil and gas

    While the Un-ited States is Mexico’s major su-pplier of natural gas and continues to be agrowing market for additional U.S. natural gas exports, at the same time, Mexico is the fourth supplier of crude to the United States by volume, generating revenue of over $11.6 billion during 2014 from the sale of 230 million barrels of crude.

  • Strategic Planning For The Next US President: The Downside Of Defeatism


    This is the initial in a series of three essays on the challenge of strategic foreign policy planning for the next government. Here in Part One, I briefly describe problems with the national security decision-making process under the current president, again consider and rebut the argument that any sort of strategy in US foreign policy is a practical impossibility.

    Subsequently in Parts Two and Three, I will outline specific policy recommendations for an improved strategic planning process, and offer some guidelines for the substance of an alternate strategic direction.

  • Three days and two nights in Manhattan for a perfect weekend


    The isle of Manhattan is small, but bustling. From Chinatown to Little India, there are so a lot of diverse neighborhoods, even micro-neighborhoods, that offer such distinct experiences that it you can turn a corner and feel that you have entered an extra world. But a lot of New Yorkers would admit that, additional broadly, there are two Manhattans: Uptown and Downtown.

  • Buffett eyes eurobonds and puts tax cash to work

    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is taking a trip across the Atlantic to take chance of the exceptionally low borrowing costs available to highly rated bond issuers in Europe.

    The Sage of Omaha, not known for borrowing in European markets, has hired banks inclunding Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch for a potential eurobond offering, according to people with knowledge of his thinking. This is part of a trend for US companies to take chance of huge request and high prices for euro-denominated bonds that has gathered steam ahead of the European Central Bank launching its bond-buying monetary stimulus this month.
  • North American companies resurgent in market value rankings


    Public companies in North America made up additional than one-third of the world’s 2,500 major groups by market price last year for the initial time since before the financial crisis.
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  • Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute


    While the mainstream media focus on ISIS extremists, a threat that has gone virtually unreported is that your life savings could be wiped out in a massive derivatives collapse. Bank bail-ins have begun in Europe, and the infrastructure is in place in the US. Poverty as well kills.

  • Eugene Skrynnyk


    Following the passing of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") in January, compliance in Africa will be a challenge

    At the same time as the US Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service issued the final Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") regulations in January, there was a sigh of relief that the financial services industry in Africa could begin to analyse its FATCA's obligations. However, experience and comments from the industry suggest that compliance remains a challenge.

  • Apple's CEO Tim Cook


    Apple expects China to overtake the United States as its biggest market, CEO Tim Cook told a Chinese government news agency.