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Getting Away Scot-Free?
Getting Away Scot-Free?
The Price of Scottish Independence

Those leading the Scottish independence fight claim that a break with the UK would benefit Scotland’s economy, but in fact the costs could be substantial, says the NYT. And is the political price of the independence movement already too high?

Getting Away Scot-Free?
Pensions Cloud Picture of Scottish Independence

Without the UK, Scotland would face huge pension liabilities. Things would not be as rosy for an independent Scotland as the SNP would have its fellow countrymen believe.

Getting Away Scot-Free?
Independence Ain't Easy

Scottish hopes for independence are being clobbered from all sides. After the UK’s three main political parties stepped up efforts in their Better Together campaign last week, EU president Jose Manuel Barroso is now saying that it would be “extremely difficult, if not impossible” for an independent Scotland to gain membership in the EU. Working out a confederation within the UK while backing the UK against European overreach seems increasingly like the best bet for Scotland.

Getting Away Scot-Free?
UK to Scotland: Stay…or Else

An independent Scotland, it now appears, would not be able to keep the pound in a currency union with the UK and it would not be able to charge British university students higher tuition rates than other EU students. That throws two big monkey wrenches into the SNP’s case. Voters in the referendum on September 18 may just decide to stick with the devil they know.

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brave new world

We need to carefully think through a lot of our assumptions about gender roles, and build kinds of educational and social systems to help our boys succeed.

Theft in Broad Daylight

This is not your everyday bank failure in Russia.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As he heads to Japan, Duterte is once again denouncing U.S. military involvement in the Pacific. Can Tokyo push back?

The Cracks Start to Widen

Again, the question supporters of the law will have to answer centers on sustainability: is the health system that Obamacare establishes something that can really last?

Crude Economics

That OPEC production cut is going to have to fall on the Saudis’ shoulders—if it’s to happen at all.

Egypt in Turmoil

The West is ignoring an ongoing crisis in Egypt, as painful austerity measures stoke outrage against the Sisi government.

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