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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

But Sir, He does it from London, Paul Krugman, Mir Jamilur Rehman,

It was decided to step up coordination and contacts with the people. Besides, it was also decided that the president would regularly address gatherings on telephone. But Sir, He does it from London,

Paul Krugman - So picture this: month after month of headlines juxtaposing soaring U.S. trade deficits and Chinese trade surpluses with the suffering of unemployed American workers. If I were the Chinese government, I’d be really worried about that prospect. Unfortunately, the Chinese don’t seem to get it: rather than face up to the need to change their currency policy, they’ve taken to lecturing the United States, telling us to raise interest rates and curb fiscal deficits — that is, to make our unemployment problem even worse. And I’m not sure the Obama administration gets it, either. The administration’s statements on Chinese currency policy seem pro forma, lacking any sense of urgency. That needs to change. I don’t begrudge Mr. Obama the banquets and the photo ops; they’re part of his job. But behind the scenes he better be warning the Chinese that they’re playing a dangerous game.

Books of the decade: your best books of 2000 - By Sarah Crown on Books -We launch our search for the best books of the decade in the year of White Teeth, The Amber Spyglass and No Logo, but what was your favourite book from 2000?

Mir Jamilur Rahman An American journalist describes the episode in the following words: our commando-in-chief can only grit his teeth in the face of damning proof of his mendacity. After making his infamous comment during a Washington Post interview in 2005, insinuating that Pakistani women seek to get raped to make money and obtain foreign visas, he was daft enough to subsequently deny it. The commando-in-chief actually went on record to say: "Let me say with total sincerity that I never said that and it has been misquoted. These are not my words, and I would go to the extent of saying I am not so silly and stupid to make comments of this sort."

Poem of the week: Stone Poems by Douglas Skrief By Carol Rumens on Books - Skrief's nature poems sidestep the 'egotistical sublime' by allowing nature to speak - Some poems enrol us as respectful admirers: others walk straight in through an open door in our minds and make themselves at home, admired no less, but also intimate friends. I felt this about Douglas Skrief's new book-length sequence, Stone Poems, and I have chosen a handful of separate poems from different sections to give you a glimpse of its pleasures.


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