Monthly Archives: January 2015

News You Really Need To See: “Turkey’s Vanishing $8 Billion”

“Turkey’s Vanishing $8 Billion” Bloomberg Business, January 29, 2015 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-01-29/the-7-9-billion-in-turkey-s-mystery-money-that-later-disappeared “Something bizarre is happening on Turkey’s accounting books, and nobody’s quite sure why.  Turkey attracted $7.9 billion of income from unexplained sources during the first eight months of 2014, compared to an … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Criminals, Terrorists Find Uses for Drones”

“Criminals, Terrorists Find Uses for Drones” The Wall Street Journal, January 29, 2015, p.B3 http://www.wsj.com/articles/criminals-terrorists-find-uses-for-drones-raising-concerns-1422494268 “Law-enforcement officials have discovered criminals smuggling drugs and other contraband across the U.S. border and into prisons using the types of consumer drones increasingly popular with … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Homeowners in Poland Borrowed in Swiss Francs, and Now Pay Dearly”

“Homeowners in Poland Borrowed in Swiss Francs, and Now Pay Dearly” The New York Times, January 29, 2015, p.B1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/29/business/international/polish-homeowners-feel-the-weight-of-a-heftier-swiss-franc.html “Many of the worst hit are average Europeans who took out loans in Swiss francs, often from foreign-owned banks, to take … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Turkey’s Leftists, Kurds Celebrate Syriza Victory”

“Turkey’s Leftists, Kurds Celebrate Syriza Victory” Al-Monitor, January 27, 2015 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/01/turkey-greece-syriza-victory-kurds.html “In Greece, being anti-Turkey had been a lowest common denominator for the parties on the right mainly, but also for those on the left and Turkey’s political spectrum had reciprocated … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “What Today’s Bloody Attack in Tripoli Means for Libya”

“What Today’s Bloody Attack in Tripoli Means for Libya” Foreign Policy, January 27, 2015 http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/01/27/what-todays-bloody-attack-in-tripoli-means-for-libya/ “Today a group of four gunmen attacked a hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.  Media outlets are reporting that at least five foreigners (including one … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Ransomware: Your Money or Your Data”

“Ransomware: Your Money or Your Data” The Economist, January 17-23, 2015, p.57 http://www.economist.com/news/international/21639521-dick-turpin-rides-againas-digital-highwayman-your-money-or-your-data “When internal e-mails and unreleased films from Sony were leaked late last year, it was the origin of the hack (perhaps North Korea) and the embarrassing details (withering comments on … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In the Ointment: How an Insect Held Back a Continent”

“In the Ointment: How an Insect Held Back a Continent” The Economist, January 17-23, 2015, p.72 http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21639588-how-insect-held-back-continent-ointment “Economic historians have long supposed that Africa’s historically low population density shaped its development.  Rulers struggled to exercise control over scattered populations, the theory goes. … Continue reading

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