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2012 book / What if Ireland Defaults

2nd May 2013 Tony Phillips 0

Country Studies Ch. 7. The Russian Crisis and the Crisis of Russia Constantin Gurdgiev Ch. 8. Iceland: The Accidental Hero Elaine Byrne and Huginn F. ?orsteinsson Ch. 9. Irish Public Debt: A View through the Lens of the Argentine Default […]

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A Call to Action

19th June 2012 Tony Phillips 0

Medium-sized EU economies (Spain and Italy) are facing an attack from the speculative bond markets. This has pushed the cost of state bonds above 4%, a rate that is unsustainable in the medium term. Acting Prime Minister Monti demanded help […]

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Saint Patrick in Saigon

18th March 2011 Tony Phillips 1

Corporate city Vietnam, 2011: This “Patrick’s” day of ritualized alcohol consumption has long since become dissociated from the mythical man who gave this day his name. Patrick was a Roman Britain who wandered dangerously close to the edge of empire […]

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Bailout, Intervention and Political Collapse

26th November 2010 Tony Phillips 0

150 protestors shouting “Cowen, Cowen, Cowen, Out, Out, Out” pushed open the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin on Nov. 22nd after a ?100Bn.[1] bailout and IMF intervention the day before. Avoiding answering allegations of his own involvement, Brian Cowen, […]

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Speaking Truthiness to the Irish Times

19th November 2010 Tony Phillips 2

The Irish Times “Opinion” section has spoken. It welcomes the IMF to Ireland. Maybe the Irish Times should ask Latin America why they decided to pay back all of their debt to the IMF so as to kick their consultants […]

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RIP Nestor Kirchner

29th October 2010 Tony Phillips 1

Buenos Aires Thursday Oct 28, 2010 Thirty five thousand Argentines, mainly supporters of Nestor Kirchner’s “Peronist” party, waited patiently in front of the Presidential Palace, The Pink House or “Casa Rosada”. They were there to pay their respects. In the […]

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Happy 200th Argentina

22nd May 2010 Tony Phillips 0

This week is Bicentenary week in Buenos Aires. As I sit here sucking my Guarani tea (mate) from a straw/bombilla, I reflect on the bombastic inventiveness of history.