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  1. So, a 'liberal',something which is now a term of almost immediate distrust to many Americans has lost the race for the White House. This did not suprise me and being in Brussels on the morning after the result was known was a sombre experience. However, fifty five million US voters did support Kerry. Of this total 88% of all registered 'blacks' supported the Senator, whilst a similar number of whites supported Bush. In winning Bush recorded the lowest percentage vote of any war time President and was not that high in the 'popular vote' statistics either. Alas, as Lyndon Johnson said as he sign
  2. Yes, I would be interested in helping colleagues further their use of IT. In recent years I have developed much of the topical sections that allowed Bized to become a well-used site and then moved onto the development the first web-based learning system for business education. I also build the majority of the EU Virtual School Economics and Business Section. John Birchall www.johnbirchall-economist.net
  3. Alas, I can remember where I was when the news of JFK's death came through - Cub Scouts! It was the only time I saw my parents really interested in politics. Since then I have kept an open mind on a man who seemed to offer so much. Ironically, the current democrat candidate has the same initials. Though I am an economist I write on current issues and have collected quite a large collection of interviews with people on the topic of Kennedy and his supposed legacy. John Birchall www.johnbirchall-economist.net
  4. Coming soon to the EU Virtual School (Economics) will be a fully supported course in Global Awareness. I trust that this is useful to colleagues, when it arrives! John http://www.johnbirchall-economist.net/
  5. Coming soon on EU Virtual Schhol (economics) will be a fully supported EU Enlargement Challenge Game. Resource suggestions will form part of the lesson plans. Hope it is useful, when it arrives! john http://www.johnbirchall-economist.net/
  6. I very much doubt if VS will repond. Pity but not unexpected. John
  7. Melvin, I have started to put quite a lot of materials and useful links on my site www.johnbirchall-economist.net. Also you might find the Virtual School useful, a link exists on my site. I am keen to build collaboration and communication across EU states, so please contact me whenever you want. Best wishes, John http://www.johnbirchall-economist.net/
  8. You might like to visit www.globalwitness.org which specialises in tracing how much money is raised from resource exploitation and how much is actually recorded. The majority of its work concerns the developing world. John www.johnbirchall-economist.net
  9. I have recently been using the following. They are quite good and you might like to pay them a visit. It would be nice if some of our visitors suggested other sites we could visit. www.socialstudies.com/economics. www.jpec.org/humanities www.spot.colarado.edu www.investopedia.com/university/economics www.digitaleconokmics.com Best wishes, john Birchall www.johnbirchall-economist.net
  10. Alas, we seem to agree on the sad state of the VS. I have written considerable amounts of material for the site and produced almost no repsonse. Is this because everything is in English? I have also offered to work with my French and German equivalents and try to build connections with the two single largest markets that exist within the EU. To my suprise VS seems disinterested in traffic figures and response levels! I did enjoy a few days of dialogue with some Italian teachers but that has now stopped. I just wonder if all the costs and individual work is really worth it? John www.johnbir
  11. sorry I did not realise where you had first seen his work. I feel that in essence he is correct but he does tend to reduce the inequalities caused by MNC'c to a minimum. Best wishes, John www.johnbirchall-economist.net
  12. Cigarettes have been causing the same problems since the times of James 1! Where do you tax in a post Thatcher era - that is we have been told that we should not pay high rates of tax? Franco kept booze and fags cheap for the workers, whilst the UK talks of freedom to select what you want. I was in Birkenhead yesterday and I would not want to increase the tax on booze and stand for election! I do beleive that more repsonsible behaviour towards drink, especially amongst the young will favour higher taxes. I would also like to see brewers pay for alcoholic dry out centres and something toeards
  13. The forum recently received a boost in traffic from Italy but it is beginning to wane. We are on VS, then Economics, then Community and a join sign comes up. I have tried to get BOTH France and Germany on board but that is VERY diffcult. John www.johnbirchall-economist.net
  14. Dear Dalibor, I am pleased that what I wrote introduced you to one of your fellow countrymen. I do not agree with all he says but our exchanges of correspondence have been most constructive. Indeed, he has written a small piece for me for a seminar I am holding in Sierra Leone this April. We are discussing development strategies and Johan's ideas deserve considerable attention. I can only hope that in a society such as yours that he is encouraged to speak and write, for only then will those opposed to his ideas be able to fully grasp the complexities of what he says. Best wishes, John www
  15. John and others, It's amazing what a difference a few days can make. I finally made contact with Italian students from Verona and now we have a large number of disccussions taking place. Most contain more philosophy than anything I have experienced in UK! Indeed, I am kept rather busy answering everything. Alas, I have not been able to entice either French or German participation. I did have to work hard producing powerpoint presentations, weekly news, analysis of current affairs and other features and then the visitors had something to look at and use. So, at last some good news but like
  16. Letter from an Economist – 1st March 2004. ‘The fine line along which Kerry must tread’ With Senator John Kerry now building a considerable lead in the race to take on George W Bush next November it is perhaps advisable that we look at some of the main economic problems he faces. It is never easy to list priorities but I do feel that he will face an opponent who is surrounded by those who wish to promote the school known as ‘protectionism’. The Bush team are using an old target as the reason for making protectionist noises and that is employment protection. As in many EU countries it seems
  17. Letter from an Economist – 1st March 2004. ‘The fine line along which Kerry must tread’ With Senator John Kerry now building a considerable lead in the race to take on George W Bush next November it is perhaps advisable that we look at some of the main economic problems he faces. It is never easy to list priorities but I do feel that he will face an opponent who is surrounded by those who wish to promote the school known as ‘protectionism’. The Bush team are using an old target as the reason for making protectionist noises and that is employment protection. As in many EU countries it seems
  18. As ever John Simkin both hits the very core of the debate and informs. One has to ask if governments in the developed economies will ever be prepared to promote fair trade or reduce the discriminatory tariffs that are imposed on some of the goods that come in from developing economies. Is employment and vote protection always going to win over ethical trading or more global awareness? It might just be that increasing the level of domestic income within the poorer nations would boost their demand and much of this would flow back to the developed economies in terms of increased orders for our
  19. Those interested in politics might like to give some thought to the dilemmas posed in this brief analysis of how we tackle the growing division betwen the rich and the poor world. Letter from an Economist - 23rd February 2004. I am beginning this edition sat in the foyer of a rather nice hotel in Brussels. Outside several doormen are busy calling taxis to take business people around this bustling city. This morning I walked just a few hundred yards, sorry metres, behind the hotel looking for a newspaper shop. Suddenly, I was in one of the seediest places I have seen for many years and there
  20. Letter from an Economist - 23rd February 2004. I am beginning this edition sat in the foyer of a rather nice hotel in Brussels. Outside several doormen are busy calling taxis to take business people around this bustling city. This morning I walked just a few hundred yards, sorry metres, behind the hotel looking for a newspaper shop. Suddenly, I was in one of the seediest places I have seen for many years and there in front of me were young men encouraging male passers by to make use of the 'assets' they controlled within many of the surrounding buildings. The contrast was very difficult to ac
  21. The devil will be in the detail! With the recent announcements made by Oliver Letwin the campaign for the next UK election has begun in earnest. Whatever one's political persuasion there is a growing feeling amongst the electorate that certain areas of our public sector do not deliver improvements in service whatever sums of increased spending are given to them. This has been noted by the Honourable Opposition. The Tory Shadow Chancellor (a former Oxford Philosophy Don) has carefully selected his figures and has based his promises and estimates of reduced expenditure on 2001-02 for the percen
  22. The devil will be in the detail! With the recent announcements made by Oliver Letwin the campaign for the next UK election has begun in earnest. Whatever one's political persuasion there is a growing feeling amongst the electorate that certain areas of our public sector do not deliver improvements in service whatever sums of increased spending are given to them. This has been noted by the Honourable Opposition. The Tory Shadow Chancellor (a former Oxford Philosophy Don) has carefully selected his figures and has based his promises and estimates of reduced expenditure on 2001-02 for the percen
  23. For the last two years I have been (a) trying to build traffic to my section of the VIRTUAL SCHOOL - www.eun.org/virtual school and ( develop collaboration and co-operation amongst European business education teachers. Is there anyone out there who would like to join in these VERY frustrating tasks? John john-Birchall@bsc.biblio.net www.johnbirchall-economist.net
  24. It is always interesting to think how long a week can be in politics. Bush is now parading his military service records infront of a nation who would have totally ignored such an issue if Clinton had been the Democratic front runner. Kerry is looking stronger by the primary but he will need to win 70%+ of the votes outside of 'the South' if he is to remove Bush from The White House. With just 50% of those able to vote likely to attend a polling station in November the magnitude of the task is considerable. In the States talk has begun as to who will be Kerry's running mate. Some favour Bill
  25. Letter from an Economist – 16th February 2004. Who really is calling the shots? Everybody would like China to revalue its currency. Alas, those in power in Beijing will not allow this and few can design a way of making them change their minds. Despite all the collective muscle of the G7 it is incapable of making the fastest growing and ultimately most powerful economy in the world change its mind. Within Europe the value of the Euro is causing concern but those in Frankfurt with control over short term interest rates are reluctant to cut rates. In the US the value of the dollar has moved fr
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