Abenomics: Japan Goes All In

Shinzo Abe wants both growth and inflation to go up. Picture: CSIS, Flickr
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vastly outspent his predecessors in order to revive the Japanese economy. But is more of the same really the solution for Japan’s economy? Will Abe’s economic policies – Abenomics – lead Japan into a new golden age, or leave the economy stranded by the roadside?

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Outsourcing Warfare – Mercenaries on the rise

War has become big business. picture: The National Guard, Flickr
“I refer to them as the whores of war,” said Katy Helvenston about private military companies. Her son was killed in Iraq in 2004 while working for a private military company called Blackwater. Eleven years later, Blackwater no longer exists but the war continues in Iraq and the markets for private security and military services are bigger than ever.

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E-stonia, E-residency and the future E-state

E-stonia, the digital  society. A wifi sign in Estonia. Picture: Les rencontres RSLN, Flickr
The future of digital democracy may be coming from an unlikely source, as the small Baltic country of Estonia has just created one of the most advanced e-societies in the world. Estonia, or E-stonia, is making its mark on the world by embracing new technology and creating its own virtual state. With over 4,000 online services including e-residency, e-health, e-voting and a paperless e-cabinet, has E-stonia found the next big thing for governments?

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