Monthly Archives: February 2014

Thinking Aloud: Intrigue in Istanbul

Feb. 28, 2014 by Darius  In an attempt to stay ahead of corruption scandals that threaten to bring down his government, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken a remarkable step:  he all but explicitly acknowledged that the evidence … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Tensions in Asia Stoke Rising Nationalism in Japan”

“Tensions in Asia Stoke Rising Nationalism in Japan” The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 26, 2014, p.A1 http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304610404579403492918900378 “A movie glorifying the life of a World War II kamikaze pilot recently topped the box-office charts in Japan for two months.  Tokyo … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Economic Naturalist”

Feb. 27, 2014 by Darius  Why do servers get paid more than assistant chefs at high-end restaurants?  After all, their job demands far less specialized skill.  In his book, The Economic Naturalist: In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas, economist … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Warlords With Dark Pasts Battle in Afghan Election”

“Warlords With Dark Pasts Battle in Afghan Election” The New York Times, Feb. 26, 2014, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/world/asia/warlords-with-dark-pasts-battle-in-afghan-election.html?_r=0 “Ashraf Ghani, the apparent front-runner in the Afghan presidential race this year, was once unstinting in his opinion of one of the country’s … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Road Trip to Tunisia?

Feb. 26, 2014 by Darius  The Tunisian government recently announced that Tunisia is forecasted to receive a record number of tourists this year.  Tourism is an important part of Tunisia’s economy, and the uptick in numbers is an excellent vote … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Syria War Stirs New U.S. Debate on Cyberattacks”

“Syria War Stirs New U.S. Debate on Cyberattacks” The New York Times, Feb. 25, 2014, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/25/world/middleeast/obama-worried-about-effects-of-waging-cyberwar-in-syria.html?_r=0 “Not long after the uprising in Syria turned bloody, late in the spring of 2011, the Pentagon and the National Security Agency developed a battle plan that … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: No to a Revolving Door in Ukraine

Feb. 25, 2014 by Darius  In Ukraine, President Yanukovych has disappeared and an interim government is in power.  Ukraine’s most famous political prisoner, opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, has been released.  Some are already calling for Tymoshenko to run for president … Continue reading

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