Soldier’s cat makes perilous journey from Afghanistan to Oregon The Sideshow (Valissa)
National Puppy Day 2013 San Francisco Chronicle
Cyprus yet to conclude deal with troika as talks move into early hours of Sunday Ekathimerini. “Every half hour, new demands are made,” the Cypriot official said.
Just when you thought it was safe… Economist. “Yet, of the 147 banking crises since 1970 tracked by the IMF, none inflicted losses on all depositors, irrespective of the amounts they held and the banks they were with.”
‘Our money’s not in Cyprus’ oligarchs say Cyprus Mail
Southern Europe lies prostrate before the German imperium Telegraph. Over egging the headline?
Destroying Cyprus to Save It Philip Atticus
Cyprus: The Operation Was a Success. Shame the Patient Died Some of it was true…
The eurozone after Cyprus Gwyn Davies, FT
A Safe And A Shotgun, Or Public Sector Banks? The Battle Of Cyprus Ellen Brown, Seeking Alpha
UPDATES from RS
Turkey makes itself heard Another cat amongst the pigeons, courtesy of one of the regional powers. Thus, at last, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, invisible all week, puts in an appearance. A rumble of real geopolitics after the Russian no-show.
Financial Secrecy Index 2011 (most recent available). Selected rankings (1 is worst): 1. Switzerland; 3. Luxembourg; 5. USA; 9. Germany; 15. Belgium; 20. Cyprus.
MONEYVAL (the EU’s “Committee of experts on the evaluation of anti money-laundering measures and the financing of terrorism”) don’t think Cyprus is all that bad either.
Germany, for another comparison (FATF, via @brianmlucey). The moral case (if you think there is one) for the form this bailout is taking is not terribly clear cut, is it?
The usual crop of innocent bystanders protesilaos.com.
Big meeting in Brussels right now (~14:30 GMT) as the wonderful bailout receives its finishing touches (a surprise extra EUR2Bn requirement); or, confused by Turkey’s intervention, they muck around some more). Someone (Troika, Cyprus govt, ECB) has to fold today or tomorrow.
Protect personal accounts from confiscation for bank bailouts White House Petition. (Needs 150 to show on White House page. Registration required to vote.)
Financial Reform Is Being Dismantled. Why Doesn’t President Obama Seem to Care? New Republic. Because he doesn’t care.
Mortgages’ Future Looks Too Much Like the Past Gretchen Morgenson, Times
Budget Deal Opens ‘Age of Austerity’ for Federal Agencies Bloomberg. Sequestration is the new normal. Shocker!
Richard Florida Concedes the Limits of the Creative Class Daily Beast. “Arguably pernicious.” Indeed, yes. Florida defends his franchise.
China Swoons Over New First Lady Online WSJ
Mystery of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky found dead ‘in bath’ Telegraph (see also). Did he take it with him?
The politics of pubic hair: why is a generation choosing to go bare down there? Independent. Will Effie Gray please pick up the white courtesy phone?
Google’s Google problem Economist (RS)
Antidote du jour: Isaac the blind dog and Isabella, Isaac’s dog guide dog, found homes.