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Tue Dec 10th, 2013 at 09:40:05 PM EST
It would be great to run these ploys (and numbers) through the ET scanner and unpack the meaning, if some experts in this arcane lore have the time, will and energy...
Beppe Grillo's Blog
"My name is Lucio Di Gaetano and I have always worked in the banking world. I worked for the Italian Central Bank for five years, plus another seven years in the private sector and now I am a company consultant.
I'm here today to tell you about the rip-off that the Letta Government has been perpetrating on all the Italians, all hush-hush while Berlusconi's impeachment was being announced, via the decree concerning the revaluation of the Italian Central Bank shares so as to get its hands on 900 million Euro without overshooting the three percent deficit level. 450 million of that will be gifted per annum to the Italian Central Bank shareholders, which as you know, are private parties.
But let's take a step back here. Why does the Italian Central Bank have private shareholders anyway, you ask?
why, yes I do!
Tue Dec 10th, 2013 at 09:46:47 AM EST
It took some querying, but I've now received the definite programme of the Closing Conference of the European Year of Citizens 2013, which will start coming Thursday in Vilnius, Lithuania, which I'll attend. The draft programme was already available, the definite programme is here (pdf) and can also be explored at the EYCA website.
In comparison to the draft programme, some additions were made to the speakers and some changes who chairs the sessions. Also prime minster Algirdas Butkevičius has been added. As described in the first diary, there are several panel sessions to attend. A central event for the conference will be the handing over of the policy recommendations which "contribute to making Union citizenship at the heart of the political agenda".
For those interested, the conference will be live streamed through the internet, probably at this website.
Below the fold some further info and some brief thoughts about my ambassadorship for ET during the event.
Mon Dec 9th, 2013 at 11:16:36 AM EST
How to Exit Austerity, Without Exiting the Euro Rob Parenteau New Economic Perspecitves
First of all, if a government stops having its own currency, it doesn't just give up `control over monetary policy'...If a government does not have its own central bank on which it can draw cheques freely, its expenditures can be financed only by borrowing in the open market, in competition with businesses, and this may prove excessively expensive or even impossible, particularly under `conditions of extreme urgency'...The danger then is that the budgetary restraint to which governments are individually committed will impart a disinflationary bias that locks Europe as a whole into a depression it is powerless to lift.
So wrote the late Wynne Godley in his August 1997 Observer article, "Curried Emu". The design flaws in the euro were, in fact, that evident even before the launch - at least to those economists willing to take the career risk of employing heterodox economic analysis. Wynne's early and prescient diagnosis may have come closest to identifying the ultimate flaw in the design of the eurozone - a near theological conviction that relative price adjustments in unfettered markets are a sufficiently strong force to drive economies back onto full employment growth paths.
Rob Parenteau notes that countries caught in the deflationary vise brought about by the EMU and the associated policies would face a high cost for exiting the Euro and proposes an alternative.
(Corrected name for Syriza leader)
Sun Dec 8th, 2013 at 06:46:48 PM EST
One of the sites I regularly visit is http://www.americablog.com and today they included a video about Alice Herz-Sommer the 110-year-old woman who is both the oldest living Holocaust survivor and oldest living pianist. There is a new documentary about her called "The Lady in Number 6."
You can find out more and buy a DVD of or stream the whole documentary at http://nickreedent.com
There is also a book about her, A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor by Caroline Stoessinger
(NY: Spiegel & Grau, 2012 ISBN 978-0-8129-9281-6) which I read last Spring after finding it in the new books section of my local library. My notes follow with page numbers in parentheses (), although I did leave out her recipes for chicken soup and apple cake.
Sun Dec 8th, 2013 at 08:27:07 AM EST
PM Netanyahu and FM Liberman must be frustrated not to find a Geert Wilders and Uri Rosenthal setting Dutch foreign policy vs Israel. Dutch PM Rutte, a right-wing liberal from VVD, has embarrassed himself by promising Shimon Peres he would block EU labeling provisions on Israeli goods coming from Palestinian territory. Rutte and FM Timmermans (PvdA) are on a three-day visit to Israel and the West-Bank. Major conflicts with Israel are spoiling the Dutch agenda for an even-handed approach to the occupied territories.
Dutch cabinet isn't united in its approach towards the I-P issue and Rutte stated as such. He doesn't want a proxy-war in his cabinet between pro-Israel (VVD) and pro-Palestinian (Labor-PvdA) ministers.
In the breach: Dutch foreign policy on Israel
(Times of Israel) June 18, 2013 - The [previous] VVD-CDA+PVV government has been labeled the most pro-Israeli Dutch government in history, not only due to the influence of the PVV, but also because of strong pro-Israeli currents in the VVD. Within the CDA, the situation was more complex, with a strong pro-Israeli current in the leadership battling an increasingly strong anti-Israeli current in its constituency.
Dutch-Israeli relations are a constant and very emotional factor in Dutch politics, in both the positive and the negative sense. Following the coalition crisis of April 2012, the Christian Democrats modified their platform, shifting more to the left and adopting a less friendly approach vis-à-vis the State of Israel. This clearly emerged last week, in a plenary debate on the Israeli security barrier. Parliament had been forced to debate the issue, following a public campaign of Christian Democratic `prominent' and former Prime Minister Dries van Agt, one of Holland's most notorious anti-Israeli activists.
Several years back, Van Agt established the so called 'Rights Forum', which is basically an instrument for anti-Israeli lawfare in which over a dozen prominent Israel bashers have been united.
There is a disturbing overlap between the board of Van Agt's `Rights Forum' and relevant people at the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV), an official advisor of the Dutch Parliament and Government and residing at the Dutch Foreign Office. Some names: John Dugard, a former special rapporteur of the notorious UN Commission on Human Rights, former FM Hans van den Broek and former Dutch ambassador in Beirut Nicolaos van Dam.
The results of this overlap emerged last April, when the AIV published a 47-page advisory opinion on the Middle East peace process, its English version bearing the title "Between words and deeds: prospects for a sustainable peace in the Middle East". Despite its lofty references to international law and justice, it is nothing but a vicious indictment of the Jewish State; ignoring the Islamic root of the conflict; omitting crucial historical data; denying or omitting the legal rights of the Jewish people in Palestine; and manipulating facts, figures and UN resolutions.
Dutch FM Rosenthal a Likud Spokesperson
Continued below the fold ... 3-Day visit to Israel, Dutch PM Rutte joined by business partners.
Fri Dec 6th, 2013 at 05:02:48 AM EST
Israel and the white-supremacist regime of South Africa, a stain on all leaders from Labor to Likud. Working together as two-apartheid regimes on the nuclear bomb and most horrific biological and chemical weapons. One apartheid state still exists, I hope it encourages Obama and other world leaders to push forward on a two-state option and an independent Palestinian state recognized for Arab citizens only. Just as Netanyahu wants recognition for a Jewish state of Israel.
Mandela and Israel
(JPost) - Asked why he had finally decided to visit Israel, he replied, "To the many people who have questioned why I came, I say: Israel worked very closely with the apartheid regime. I say: I've made peace with many men who slaughtered our people like animals. Israel cooperated with the apartheid regime, but it did not participate in any atrocities."
Mandela voiced his vehement opposition to continued Israeli control of the territories it had "occupied" in the Six Day War, and he urged Israel to concede land to the Palestinians and Syrians, just as it had done with the Egyptians, for the sake of peace.
"My view is that talk of peace remains hollow if Israel continues to occupy Arab lands," he said. "I understand completely well why Israel occupies these lands. There was a war. But if there is going to be peace, there must be complete withdrawal from all of these areas."
by Frank Schnittger
Fri Dec 6th, 2013 at 02:09:57 AM EST
I first became aware of Nelson Mandela in a personal way, when, as a 17 year old undergraduate student, I came in contact with South Africans who had been banned by the Apartheid regime for their political activities and who were now campaigning for an end to Apartheid throughout Europe.
Basil Moore, author of an anthology of Black Theology which included a contribution from Steve Biko had been banned for campaigning against Apartheid in his role as General Secretary of the South African University Christian Movement. He lived under house arrest, his neighbours hung and strung up the the family pet from a lamp post outside their home, and he eventually escaped by sneaking across the border into Zimbabwe. Eva Strauss was banned for marrying a black man (and also perhaps for her outspoken political and feminist views). Colin Winter, Bishop-in-exile of Namibia had been deported for his opposition to Apartheid in Namibia and support for striking migrant workers.
All spoke with a moving personal touch. Politics was no longer some remote political struggle thousands of miles away. It wasn't just a cerebral and ideological battle: It was about how you lived your own life; it was also about the struggle against racism here at home. It was about the structures of international capitalism which made Apartheid possible, and which could also be part of its downfall.
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by Frank Schnittger
Thu Dec 5th, 2013 at 04:09:49 PM EST
The owners of England's 12 elite Premiership professional rugby clubs have confirmed that they are pulling out of next years Heineken Cup, the elite European professional Rugby Union Club competition, having failed to persuade their French counterparts to join with them in a breakaway "European Rugby Champions Cup". This means that (just as in 1998/99) the Heineken Cup will be competed for just by the leading French, Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Italian Clubs. It is unclear, at this stage, whether English clubs will compete in the secondary Amlin Cup, which is also open to clubs from other European countries.
The dispute centred on money - the shareout of the proceeds of TV rights, the qualification process, and governance, with the Clubs wanting to take over the running of the competition from the ERC, which is in turn run by the National Unions of France, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Italy. Up until now, each national Union was guaranteed a specified share of the proceeds and the number of clubs from each country which would qualify. This had the effect of ensuring that weaker countries, (and smaller commercial markets) had a guaranteed share of the spoils.
The smaller Unions - Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Italy - agreed that in future the qualification process and share of the proceeds would be shared equally between the three major leagues - the English Premiership, the French top 14 and the Rabodirect Pro-12 - which would effectively mean that the Welsh, Scottish, Irish and Welsh Unions and their clubs would collectively receive no more than one third of the qualification places and share of the spoils - the same as the English and French Clubs.
by Frank Schnittger
Thu Dec 5th, 2013 at 12:59:40 PM EST
Ajai Chopra (left) of the IMF and an unidentified colleague pass a beggar as they make their way to the Central Bank in November 2010. Photograph: AP
It's easy to be Snarky about Ireland exiting the Troika Bail-out on the 15th. December, but it really is a big deal for the Austerity Hawks: It proves (to them) that they were right all along, and that austerity "works". Ireland is the shining poster child to be waved in front of Greece, Spain, Portugal and every other prodigal state should they waver from the approved path of austerity. Some in Ireland are attributing historic significance to the bail-out exit, whilst others see it as merely escaping the tyranny of the Troika for the tender mercies of the international sovereign debt markets.
But it also does no good to deny that a significant economic recovery is now underway in Ireland (from a very low base), so does this prove all the Keynesians wrong? I would argue that neither proposition is correct: Ireland has succeeded (insofar as it has) for neither the standard Austerity or Keynesian reasons and has done so due to factors that are mostly non-generalizable to other economies. To understand the Irish recovery, you have to understand an almost unique combination of factors that is making it possible.
Given that the scope and sustainability of Ireland's economy is still under debate, I will begin by offering some evidence for and against the recovery hypothesis and then suggest some reasons as to why it might be happening.
Thu Dec 5th, 2013 at 10:44:38 AM EST
A few hopeful signs that this period we live in, where a large pool of labour has entered the world economy and as a by-product put "capital" in an incredibly strong position can come to an end:
Farmers Face Labor Shortages As Workers Find Other Jobs
FRESNO, Calif. -- With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.
In some cases, workers have walked off fields in the middle of harvest, lured by offers of better pay or easier work elsewhere.
The shortage and competition for workers means labor expenses have climbed, harvests are getting delayed and less fruit and vegetable products are being picked, prompting some growers to say their income is suffering. Experts say, however, the shortage is not expected to affect prices for consumers.
But farmworkers, whose incomes are some of the lowest in the nation, have benefited, their wages jumping in California to $2 to $3 over the $8 hourly minimum wage and even more for those working piece rate.
The shortage - driven by a struggling U.S. economy, more jobs in Mexico, and bigger hurdles to illegal border crossings - has led some farmers to offer unusual incentives: they're buying meals for their workers, paying for transportation to and from fields, even giving bonuses to those who stay for the whole season.
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Sat Nov 30th, 2013 at 04:44:40 AM EST
here's a shot in the dark:
anyone around London free for an ET
meet-up sharing between Christmas and New Year's, or in the week following New Year's?
Thu Nov 28th, 2013 at 02:42:20 AM EST
In a memo that we saw here, French bank Natixis' chief economist Patrick Artus, a well-known pundit on French media, describes Germany as a misfit in the single currency area, and outlines the macroeconomic case for D-exit.
This is a quick rundown of his points. The memo, in French, pdf, is here.
With the disclaimer that other fields than macroeconomics may be involved, Artus offers the following reasons for Germany to leave the euro:
- asymmetry of cycles between Germany and Rest of Euro Zone (ROEZ)
- weakening economic links between Germany and ROEZ
- structural asymmetries between Germany and ROEZ
- different foreign exchange needs between Germany and ROEZ
- impossibility for ROEZ countries to carry out internal devaluations
Cycles: absence of asymmetrical cycles is a condition for a shared currency. But GDP growth and the unemployment rate show strong asymmetry:
(Real GDP, annual change in %)
The asymmetry stems from structural differences (see further down), and differences in how credit supports demand:
(Credit to households and business, annual change in %)
The result of this asymmetry is that common monetary policy is not adapted to the whole of the Euro area. Between 2002 and 2007, it was too restrictive for Germany, too expansionist for ROEX; since then, it has been the reverse:
(Repo rate and nominal GDP)
Sun Nov 24th, 2013 at 12:10:55 PM EST
I've received definite confirmation of the itinerary to Vilnius to attend the closing conference of the European Year of Citizens on 12 and 13 December as representative of European Tribune.
Closing Conference of the European Year of Citizens 2013 "How to make every year a year for citizens" | International level and Expert Meetings | Political meetings | Events | Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013
Opening addresses will be given by the leaders of Lithuania, the Vice-President of the EC and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly, the first leader of Lithuania after the restoration of independence Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis.
During the Conference's two days, six topical discussions (sessions) will be held. Representatives of NGOs and members of the EC and EP will cover the following topics:
- The role and future of civil society organisations in building Europe's future,
- Shaping Europe from the bottom up,
- Fostering EU citizens' rights,
- New ways for citizens to influence policymakers,
- Why wait to vote? Other ways to engage
- Towards the 2014 European elections.
During the last plenary session (13 December), announcers will present the topic of each group and summarize the discussion.
While I've received little to no further information on the definite programme, the draft programme outlines this in further detail. A brief introduction on the EYCA and a request for input below the fold.
Sat Nov 23rd, 2013 at 01:20:55 AM EST
[Update] Because of strong opposition from Israel, Knesset members, US Congress key members and Saudi Arabia, this was a do or die moment in Geneva.
Landmark nuclear deal at Geneva talks
(RT) - The P5+1 world powers and Iran have struck a historic deal on Tehran’s nuclear program at talks in Geneva. Ministers overcame the last remaining hurdles to reach an interim agreement, despite strong pressure from Israel and lobby groups. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists:
“This deal means that we agree with the need to recognize Iran's right for peaceful nuclear energy, including the right for enrichment, with an understanding that those questions about the [Iranian nuclear program] that still remain, and the program itself, will be placed under a strictest IAEA control.”
Under the agreement, Iran will freeze its nuclear program for six months. It will not build new centrifuges or in some other way expand its nuclear facilities. The nation has also agreed to halt construction of a reactor in Arak for the next 6 months.
[Israel will wake up Sunday to a new reality. Only key senators in US Congress and the Saudi Kingdom will remain on Israel's viewpoint. - Oui]
Iran nuclear talks in Geneva have reached the 'final moment'
(PressTV) - "Minister Wang Yi left Beijing earlier this morning for Geneva to join the Iran nuclear talks," the Foreign Ministry said on its website on Saturday.
"The nuclear discussions are entering their final phase," it added.
Hopes are now rising that a final deal that many say could end the standoff over the Iranian nuclear energy program is just around the corner as US Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign ministers of world powers gather in Geneva to join the talks.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle are set to join the talks, while British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Twitter that he would be in Geneva on Saturday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in the Swiss city on Friday afternoon and held a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and later with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Continued below the fold ...
Thu Nov 21st, 2013 at 11:05:50 AM EST
I'll take you on a little trip to Australia again...
My husband just celebrated his 60th birthday so we have spent two days in nearby Sunshine Coast Hinterland town Montvile obviously here in QLD / Australia.This little town always fascinate me as it is romantic place that somehow seems not to belong to today's world of hassle...There was not too many visitors as summer here is yet to come but temperature is as it is in summer time.
Wed Nov 20th, 2013 at 04:53:51 PM EST
I've been asked for a list of books by someone who wants to become more aware of politics and economics.
They have a long trip coming up, likely without internet - hence the need for books, rather than me just saying "Read ET."
All suggestions welcome!
Tue Nov 19th, 2013 at 02:54:44 PM EST
Cambridge, MA has been debating a net zero energy and/or emissions standard (http://www.netzerocambridge.org) for new buildings over 25,000 square feet since the Spring of 2013, partially because of an ecodistrict plan with MIT and others on a large parcel in East Cambridge (a plan MIT refused to make net zero even though they are rumored to be building a net zero project with some of the same partners in Basel, Switzerland).
The City Manager (Cambridge has a city manager form of municipal government, along with proportionate representation so city politics get weird fast) has established a "Getting to Net Zero" Task Force to study the issue. Cambridge Community Development Department produced a fine overview of the state of the art in larger buildings for zero net emissions at (pdf alert) http://www.cambridgema.gov/~/media/Files/CDD/ZoningDevel/Amendments/2013/Connolly/zngamend_connolly_
As the national Ecodistrict Summit was in town recently, the Community Development Department and Sustainable Performance Institute (http://www.sustainable-performance.org) hosted experts from Integral Group (http://www.integralgroup.com/), a deep green engineering firm to present lessons from the more than 40 net zero buildings they've worked on.
Tue Nov 19th, 2013 at 12:40:01 PM EST
[Update] Richard Silverstein's take on the event in Lebanon - Hidden-Hand Behind Beirut Bombing.
Lebanon blasts hit Iran's embassy in Beirut
(BBC News) - At least 22 people have been killed and more than 140 injured in a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut. There are conflicting reports as to whether the Iranian cultural attache survived the attack.
Lebanese officials said the first suicide attacker was on a motorcycle, while the second was in a four-wheel drive vehicle.
A jihadist group linked to al-Qaeda said it carried out the attack. The head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades described it as a "double martyrdom operation carried out by two heroes from the heroic Sunnis of Lebanon".
The Daily Star - Suicide bombers kill 25 near Iran embassy in Beirut
Qaeda-affiliated group claims Beirut blast
(Ynet News) - Sunni Sheikh Sirajeddine Zuraiqat, affiliated with radical global jihad organizations in Lebanon, tweets: 'Abdullah Azzam Brigades – the Hussein bin Ali cells – are behind the attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut.'
The report has not been confirmed by any other source. According to Zuraiqat, the suicide bombing was carried out by "two heroes from the Sunni faction in Lebanon."
Lebanese officials condemn Iran Embassy bombings
The leader of the al-Qaeda affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades is Saleh al-Qarawi. Al-Qarawi was reportedly seriously injured by a US drone attack in Waziristan in 2012 and flown to Saudi Arabia for treatment of his injuries. He was later arrested and imprisoned. Social media attacked the Saudi Kingdom for failing to keep a commitment. Jihadists claim that the Saudis struck a deal with al Qaeda that would lead to al-Qarawi's freedom.
Terrorist Designation of Saleh al-Qarawi- Dec. 15, 2011
Prior to his activity with the Abdallah Azzam Brigades (AAB), al-Qarawi fought against U.S. forces in Fallujah, Iraq. While there, he worked with now-deceased Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former head of al-Qa'ida in Iraq. Al-Qarawi is a Saudi citizen currently wanted for extradition by the Government of Saudi Arabia for participating in extremist activities abroad. He is also the subject of an Interpol Orange Notice issued on March 25, 2009, for activities related to terrorism.
Terrorist Designations of the Abdallah Azzam Brigades - May 24, 2012
The Abdallah Azzam Brigades (AAB), a militant organization based in both Lebanon and the Arabian Peninsula, was formed in 2009. AAB is led by Saleh al-Qar'awi, who was designated by the Department of State under E.O. 13224. The Department of State also designated AAB's bomb maker, Abu Jabal, under E.O. 13224 on November 22, 2011.
AAB carried out a July 2010 attack on the Japanese-owned oil tanker M/V M.Star in the Strait of Hormuz. According to a statement released online, AAB claimed that the attack was carried out by its Arabian Peninsula Branch, which calls itself the Yusuf al-'Uyayri Battalions of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
Saudi prisoner release for jihad in al-Sham, did Prince Bandar release AAB terrorist al-Qarawi?
More below the fold ...
Mon Nov 18th, 2013 at 05:35:10 AM EST
Via Paul Krugman, I saw that Larry Summers had given a presentation on the topic of secular stagnation at the IMF conference (admittedly, I wasn't invited this year, well, the letter must have been lost in the post ;-) ). If you'd rather read than watch, Krugman's summary is a nicely written one, and adds a few comments which can be interesting in themselves.
Well, I have not usually been inclined of late to say nice things about Larry Summers, although that was probably more about Summers the political persona. His academic research deserves more credit. So, much of it is interesting, although some of the conclusions he derives (and here Summers the neoliberal may be showing, for instance when he suggests that proper financial regulation may be a bad thing in the context of stagnation, which is bonkers) appear to either be there purely for provocation sake, or to be pre-conclusions looking for a justification. Still, I would have a few things to add, and I believe that the conclusions fall short in a couple of ways.
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by Ted Welch
Fri Nov 15th, 2013 at 01:43:07 PM EST
Carlsen beats Anand in Game 5 of World Chess Championship Nov 15, 2013
CHENNAI: The worst fears for the chess fans backing defending champion Viswanathan Anand came true as the Indian blundered in a drawn endgame to go down against challenger Magnus Carlsen in the fifth game of the World Chess Championship on Friday.
The hallmark of Carlsen's play has been to mesmerize opponents from seemingly innocuous positions and to make them commit mistakes. This was exactly what happened at the Hyatt.
You can follow game 5 move by move here:
and there's detailed analysis here:
But you'll have to look hard to find much about it in UK media - even the Guardian hasn't reported it yet, despite this yesterday:
Despite there being 20,000 committed club chess players in the UK, several hundred thousand casual players and a strong chess presence in schools, especially at primary level, this great event is being seriously under-reported. What coverage there has been is of Carlsen, who is portrayed as a kind of geeky Matt Damon. There is no attempt to get to grips with the actual chess.
The game has slipped off the mainstream media agenda in the UK. In India and Norway, there is of course huge excitement about the match ...
But in the UK, one of the top chess-playing nations in the 1980s and 90s as a result of the generation of players led by Nigel Short who were inspired by Fischer's victory in Iceland, it has been marginalised. Hence my Amis-like fantasy of Premier League games being played in front of a handful of spectators at tatty grounds, while chess is shown live on TV with Alan Hansen bemoaning the inadequacies of the Sicilian Defence.
Kasparov on why he's rooting for Carlsen:
Some have suggested my rooting loyalties should lie with my fellow "old man," Anand, and not with the 22-year-old who broke my rating record and who will share my record as youngest world champion ever should he prevail in Chennai. But while I cannot say I feel joy when one of my records falls, a win for Carlsen will also be a win for the chess world. Changing of the guard, new blood, a fresh face - all these clichés are clichés for a reason. Magnus is a dynamic young man eager to promote the sport, to raise its profile along with his own, and who can inspire a new generation of chess kids (and chess sponsors!) around the world.
Anand is a fantastic chessplayer who brings honor to the sport and to his nation with his skill and his boundless good nature. If he wins this match his high place on chess Olympus is assured. I am predicting a Carlsen victory because of his talent, his results, and the tides of chess history. I am rooting for a Carlsen victory because a new generation deserves a new champion. Most of all, I am hoping for big games, a hard fight, and a great boost for chess around the world as a legend and a legend in the making do battle in Chennai.
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