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A credible counterterror strategy needed

November 28, 2008

brahmachellaney-- Brahma Chellaney is professor of strategic studies at the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi. The views expressed are his own. --

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Battleground India but Delhi clueless?

November 27, 2008

An attack of the scale and sophistication unleashed on Mumbai would not be possible without months of planning, and yet it completely went below India's intelligence radar.

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CDS market: contributor, not cause

November 27, 2008

williams_mark-- Mark T. Williams is a finance professor at Boston University’s School of Management. The opinions expressed are his own. --

Slouching towards nationalisation

November 26, 2008

James Saft Great Debate — James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own —

The Citigroup bailout is sure to succeed, but only if you count avoiding making unpleasant but needed decisions as success.

Pre-budget report: Who wins and who will pay for it?

November 24, 2008

Mark Schofield is a  tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The views expressed are his own.

Pre-Budget Report: More will need to be done

November 24, 2008

Brendan Barber is General Secretary of the TUC. Any views expressed are his own.Brendan Barber

The Chancellor was right to inject this extra money into the economy. We welcome the significant extra cash that he has put into the pockets of low and medium paid workers, and the extra help for pensioners. The new Ofgem probe into energy prices has the potential to reduce fuel bills if pursued with vigour.

Welcome news on taxation of overseas dividends

November 24, 2008

Bill Dodwell is head Bill Dodwellof tax policy at Deloitte. Any views expressed are his own.

With effect from 2009, companies will benefit from a new exemption from taxation in respect of overseas dividends.  At present, such dividends are taxable, with relief for overseas tax.  The will benefit not only the corporate sector, but also funds, especially those managed by life companies.  This will be financed by a new restriction on the amount of interest expense that may be deducted against UK profits.  In future, UK tax deductions will be limited to the total, worldwide, third party interest expense.  In addition, current anti-avoidance rules on interest deductions will be strengthened.  Finally, the requirement to seek advance permission from the Treasury for certain issues of shares and debt will be abolished, although there will be a new information provision requirement.

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Running faster to stand still

November 24, 2008

--John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own--

John Kemp Great DebateLike a hamster trapped on a wheel, the International Energy Agency's 2008 World Energy Outlook paints a depressing picture of an oil industry having to run faster and faster just to keep pace with burgeoning oil demand over the next 20 years.

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Silence is no defense for Euro tech executives

November 24, 2008

-- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --


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Fighting deflation globally ain’t easy

By J Saft
November 21, 2008

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

With the U.S., Japan and Britain -- nearly 40 percent of the global economy -- facing the threat of deflation, it's going to be just too easy for one, two or all three of them to get the policy response horribly wrong.