Smart Links 19 February 2013

Commentary on Japan’s equity market bounce, dressing down, Ireland’s child benefit controversy, hold up Hitch, checking out of Kabul, and the conservative view of Justin.

Prime Minister ABE as in ‘Awesomely Bullish Equities’.

Financial Times -- Abe needs to show he can walk the talk
There are many reasons to be optimistic about Japan’s equity run.

Related.


Nikkei -- Japan Must Stress Need For Anti-Deflation Drive
Finance ministers and cental bank governors from the Group of 20 major nations wrapped up their two-day meeting in Moscow on Saturday.

Austria’s controversial nude male exhibition.

Independent -- Making an exhibition of themselves: Nudes check out nudes at Austrian museum
Visitors to a special after-hours showing of an exhibition based on the theme of “naked men” were encouraged yesterday to shed their clothes.

Death by a thousand cuts.

Independent Ireland -- Squeezed middle-income families will 'suffer most' under new child-benefit plan
HIGH earners will suffer less than middle-income families under proposed changes to child benefit, an expert report has found.

 

Child and Family Income Report

Related.

The F Word -- Caring and living in poverty
Suzanna, a lesbian and single mother, currently on benefits, talks to Anastasia Richardson about the effects of poverty.

Still making waves.

New Statesman -- Reviewed: Unhitched - the Trial of Christopher Hitchens by Richard Seymour
George Eaton reviews an embittered, polemical take on the late writer's life.

Goodbye.

Weekly Standard -- The Afghan Endgame
President Obama’s decision to withdraw another 34,000 troops from Afghanistan over the course of the next year is unwise.

What the conservatives are saying. (ed’s note – be careful what you wish for)

National Post -- Drunk on Trudeau, Liberals prepare to forget reform and hand
Sorry to be the one who has to deliver the news folks, but the Liberal party has fallen off the wagon.

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