May 19th, 2009

Иван Дурак

China and Brazil: Dump the Dollar

It is just the latest sign that China and other developing nations are increasingly ready to challenge the currency status quo. Just before beginning his three-day visit to China, Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva raised waves when he said he planned to continue discussions with Chinese leaders about the possibility of dumping the dollar in trade between the two countries.
Instead, the Chinese Yuan and Brazilian Real would be used for transactions, significantly lowering costs for the two nations, he said. His call was echoed by a Brazilian central bank official Tuesday, who said the two countries bank governors were likely to meet soon to push forward the proposal.
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http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/blog/eyeonasia/archives/2009/05/it_is_just_the.html?campaign_id=rss_daily
Иван Дурак

Античная критика романов за попсовость

В I в. н. э. начался расцвет греческого и латинского романа, изобиловавшего чудесами и приключениями. Действие переносилось в прошлое или в экзотические страны. Авторы брались пересказывать гомеровский эпос, насыщая его событиями невероятными.
Ответом на это была жесточайшая критика со стороны философов - Секста Эмпирика, Юлиана Отступника (этот и христианство числил по разделу романистики - Х.Н :) и др.
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