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Labor Day and May 1

Today is May 1, 2022. And across Europe, it’s a special day which is actually the Labor Day of Europe. In 1889, the Marxist International Socialist Congress established it as a day for the working-class. Back then, it’s was meant to be a day of demonstration to demand...

The Shifting Sands of Growth and Inflation

Economic numbers are starting to come out now for the first quarter of 2022. We are starting to get a picture of what impact the current geopolitical turmoil is causing to the world and it does not look good at all. (Listen HERE) First, let’s talk about Inflation. For...

France: MINUS 13 to the Second Round

So the first round of the French Presidential elections is now revealing a more distinct picture of what really happened yesterday (listen here). Once again, let me remind you the results; 28% for President Macron and 23.3% for Marine Le Pen. They both qualify for the...

Inflation: The 7 Sisters (II)

It’s now becoming very clear that the current conflict in Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions against Russia are starting to have a much more violent impact on prices, and that the effect will be a lot more prolonged and protracted than anticipated. (Listen to the...

Learning from Each Others’ Cultures

This war in Ukraine is reminding me how two countries, Russia and Ukraine, belong to rich and extraordinary cultures. They are part of the tapestry of wonderful cultures in humankind in all its diversity and wonderful richness (listen to podcast here). So, this...

Inflation: The 7 Sisters

As you know, we have been paying a lot of attention to inflation behavior. We have already been warning how the FAO index of food prices is now surpassing where it stood 10 years ago. In fact, in real terms, that index is now even at the peak witnessed in the mid...

Dislocations and Emerging Paradigms

We are slowly realizing the emergence of new paradigms after few days of major shifts and since the start of the war in Ukraine, (Listen here). These new paradigms are multi-faceted; New energy paradigm; until now, gas was seen as a transition energy towards a...

Global Shifts on Many Levels

Few days ago, the world woke up with the kind of headaches that may take quite a while to dissipate, the kind of headaches that indicates a much deeper disease than a simple transitory pain that we all have from time to time and that goes away on its own (Listen to...

Our Spaceship Earth

I am inviting you to put your mind in a space that is different from the surrounding noise. The conversations in the last 2 days have been revolving around the same concerns regarding war. Let’s take a step back. In the last few days, I kept going back to the...

Calling Upon the Great Universal Minds

The current news is very disturbing, so it is not my goal here to comment further, once more about what is unfolding under our eyes. I do believe however that we need to elevate ourselves above what is happening, and find ways to reach out to new gateways of...

Moments of Crisis, Moments of Realizations

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, "crisis" and “resilience” remain some of those words that you can hear all around these days. From the sanitary crisis that we are all experiencing at a global level, to the brewing geopolitical tensions already under way, there is...

In the Shadow of the Curse; Inflation

The current rise of prices in food and energy continues to catch the attention of everyone here in Europe and in other parts of the world. It just so happens that for Europe and France in particular this is the time of a presidential election while for the US the...

The Story of a Mao Styled Jacket and “The End of History”

Today I’d like to talk about fashion. We just heard that Manfred Thierry Mugler died at the age of 73. As I was taking my breakfast this morning and heard this news, many thoughts went through my mind and brought me back to these 80s and 90s, which were decades of...

Cultural Preservation, The Bedrock of the Creative Sector

Today I would like to talk to you about a very dear subject which is Cultural and heritage preservation. I think it is crucial for humanity and our planet. But let me start with some key data here.    Globally, the share of people living in an urban...