Smart Links 21 April 2012

Commentary on Saskatchewan’s health care fix, how will the French election impact Euro bailouts, Iranian dance, phoney wars, and health care thinking.

Kaizen for health care.

CBC -- Premier Wall discusses health care on CBC's Power & Politics
Premier Brad Wall discusses the rising costs of health care and their impact on the provinces with Evan Solomon, host of CBC's Power & Politics on April 18, 2012.

Hollandaise sauce on Schnitzel.

Market Watch -- French election stirs fears of euro-zone turmoil
Worries over Franco-German relations, budget may be overblown.

Related.

Reuters -- Can the Euro Omelette be Unscrambled?
Can the euro omelette be unscrambled without provoking the mother of all financial collapses.

End game.

Project Syndicate -- Iran’s Last Chance?
The latest round of negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program between Iran and the so-called “5+1” group (the United Nations Security Council’s five permanent members – the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China – plus Germany) has now begun.

Related.

New York Times -- U.S. Defines Its Demands for New Round of Talks With Iran
The Obama administration and its European allies plan to open new negotiations with Iran by demanding the immediate closing and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed nuclear facility deep under a mountain, according to American and European diplomats.

Bring on November 2012.

New York Magazine -- The War War
According to the Romney campaign, the president has declared hostilities against just about everything Americans hold dear. And the Obamans are firing back. Duck

Health care road map.

Forbes -- Public Vs. Private Health Care
As Congress takes up health care reform, the debate is being shaped by countless voices--often strident, sometimes-scaremongering-- about the risks of overhauling the system.


 

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