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Entries from April 2012

April 25th, 2012 · No Comments · Markets

Interview  | SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 The Big Flaws in Dodd-Frank By GENE EPSTEIN A financial historian warns that it’s done nothing to prevent the government subsidy of mortgage risk that fueled the financial crisis. Charles Calomiris is nothing if not intense — and tireless. The Henry Kaufman professor of financial institutions at Columbia Business School […]

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Africa . . perspectives

April 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Geopolitics

Africa’s Tuareg Dilemma April 11, 2012 | 0903 GMT By Robert D. Kaplan, Stratfor   Some years back, when I left Niamey, the capital of Niger, and headed north on a rutted, dirt track it was as if the country disappeared on me. There was no police, no sign of authority, nothing. Flash floods had […]

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China and its trade

April 15th, 2012 · No Comments · China, Markets

Some clarity on trade in the Asia-Pacific region . . . China’s Rise: Opportunity Or Threat For East Asia? April 15, 2012 By Yukon Huang The consequences of China’s economic development for the West, and the United States in particular, are being closely watched. But the impact of China’s growth for its neighbors is no […]

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NSA

April 15th, 2012 · No Comments · Geopolitics, Technology

  The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) By James Bamford  March 15, 2012 o: Name Withheld; Digital Manipulation: Jesse Lenz The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze. Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in […]

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Colan and Cottrell : Managing Your ‘Attention’

April 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Excellence

Makes sense Attention! You may have been told, perhaps after turning in that term paper three days late, that you had to learn to manage your time. But how do you manage time? Your parents and teachers never explained that, and for a good reason: time is not manageable. For more, see Manage Attention

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George Friedman on Iran’s Strategy

April 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Geopolitics

  Iran’s Strategy April 10, 2012 | 0904 GMT   By George Friedman For centuries, the dilemma facing Iran (and before it, Persia) has been guaranteeing national survival and autonomy in the face of stronger regional powers like Ottoman Turkey and the Russian Empire. Though always weaker than these larger empires, Iran survived for three […]

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