Monthly Archives: August 2014

Thinking Aloud: Poised for the Future, a New Growth Index

Aug. 31, 2014 by Darius  Which countries are poised to be the big winners in terms of economic growth in the coming decades? I’ve created a new metric, which I’ll call the Poised for the Future Index, which combines three … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Facing Hard-Liners and Sanctions, Iran’s Leader Toughens Talk”

“Facing Hard-Liners and Sanctions, Iran’s Leader Toughens Talk” The New York Times, August 31, 2014, p.A11 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/world/middleeast/iran.html?_r=1 “For more than a year, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, had been walking a political tightrope by trying to restore some level of relations … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Yemen’s Unhealthy Habits

Aug. 30, 2014 by Darius  Yemen isn’t a country that gets a lot of press attention.  For the last few weeks, the capital, Sanaa, has been rocked by protests led by the Houthi movement of northern Yemen.  The protesters originally … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Suriname Leader’s Son Pleads Guilty”

“Suriname Leader’s Son Pleads Guilty” The Washington Post, August 30, 2014, p.A3 http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/suriname-leaders-son-pleads-guilty-to-taking-money-from-hezbollah/2014/08/29/0783dbb6-2fb9-11e4-bb9b-997ae96fad33_story.html “The son of the president of Suriname pleaded guilty Friday to charges he sought to offer a home base in his South American country to the Lebanese … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Lives of Others”

Aug. 29, 2014 by Darius  If you’re looking for a good movie for the weekend, I would highly recommend the German film The Lives of Others. The Lives of Others takes place in East Germany in 1984.  The country is … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Outbreak in Sierra Leone Is Tied to Single Funeral Where 14 Women Were Infected”

“Outbreak in Sierra Leone Is Tied to Single Funeral Where 14 Women Were Infected” The New York Times, August 29, 2014, p.A7 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/29/health/ebola-outbreak-in-sierra-leone-is-tied-to-one-funeral.html?_r=0 “Sierra Leone’s explosion of Ebola cases in early summer appears to stem from one traditional healer’s funeral … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Pakistan’s “Coup-Lite”

Aug. 28, 2014 by Darius  In Pakistan, a standoff between the elected government and protesters lead by an opposition politician and a fiery cleric appear to be heading toward a conclusion.  Both sides have agreed to accept the army’s mediation.  … Continue reading

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