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Doug Saunders
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European Bureau Chief, The Globe and Mail -- Canada's National Newspaper & Author of Arrival City (http://arrivalcity.net)
European Bureau Chief, The Globe and Mail -- Canada's National Newspaper & Author of Arrival City (http://arrivalcity.net)

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Want a quiet vacation someplace far away from the tourist trail? Try London, right now. It's emptier than it ever has been, thanks to the Olympics - - really.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/londons-tourism-sector-not-getting-gold/article4451677/

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Europe's Jews aren't just living in fear of another Toulouse-style attack. They're worried about politicians who want to turn them into pantomimes of the Middle East conflict.

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Loaning money to very poor people at very high interest rates for profit: Are you ending poverty or are you Money Mart? You can be either, but don't write off high-risk lending to the poorest.

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The Washington presidential race we're really interested in -- I handicap the rock 'em sock 'em battle for Bretton Woods supremacy at the World Bank

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Why French Children Don't Throw Food -- Unless They're Throwing It At a Gendarme And Their Dad Is the Law-And-Order Head Of State. It's a longer title, but more accurate.

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James Dyson makes cultish vacuums and hand dryers that actually dry your hands. But can he make the West into a manufacturing heartland again? And do we want the post-Fordist economy that would entail?

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The desire to "do something" behind the #stopkony and #kony2012 memes sounds admirable. Until you examine the something we're actually proposing to do.

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Leaders can win power by doling out free money and keeping their people out of absolute poverty. But once that's accomplished, as Putin has learned, the next card's very hard to play.

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Today in London we'll learn just how similar Somalia is to Afghanistan - - both in its constellation of problems, and in its mutually contradictory slate of solutions.
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