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  • Feb 02 2018

    The Poet as Journalist of the Spirit

    an poetry help us through times of political upheaval? “It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”  – William Carlos Williams Physical distance is difficult because of the helplessness it engenders. To see one’s world unraveling continents and oceans away and to feel that you can’t do any...

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  • Dic 18 2017

    Say good bye to Internet

    he FCC decision to repeal Obama-era net neutrality laws opens up the internet to unfair competition. If you haven’t really bothered to look into net neutrality until this week, that’s because you probably had no particular reason to. Net neutrality is something we have been enjoying on a daily since the internet came into existence. It is the basic principle that all traffic on the...

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  • Dic 12 2017

    Sky is the Limit for Lebanese Entrepreneurs

    here is a consensus that Lebanon is a great location to pilot an idea, test it and then transition to an international market for growth. [Listen to the podcast below.] For a country that has defined and redefined itself through politics, religion, immigration, emigrations and decades of war, you may wonder what it’s like starting a company in Lebanon. “Surprisingly peaceful...

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  • Dic 12 2017

    When Bad Money Supports Good Foreign Policy

    The anti-war movement needs money, and the Koch brothers have it. But it comes with strings attached. In November, the Charles Koch Foundation announced that it would provide nearly $4 million in grants to Harvard University and MIT to train the next generation of foreign policy professionals. It’s part of the foundation’s effort to steer US foreign policy away from i...

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  • Dic 08 2017

    Donald Trump: Our UnFounding Father

    Donald Trump isn’t an aberration. He’s the zeitgeist. Don’t look away. I mean it! Keep on staring just like you’ve been doing, just like we’ve all been doing since he rode down that escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and, while you have your eyes on him, I’ll tell you exactly why you shouldn’t stop. To begin with, i...

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  • Dic 08 2017

    Marketing Tricks to Promote Mass Consumption

      Companies have the manipulative talent of getting customers to buy more than they intend to, and they do it through three simple tactics. The first marketing trick that is increasingly used by businesses is offering products and services as “free.” Retail stores have found a way to convince people they’re getting something for free when they’re actually being p...

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  • Dic 08 2017

    Why AI Is Tipping the Scales in the Development of Self-Driving Cars

    Globally, the US and China are ahead in the race to develop driverless cars. One key reason: advancements in both countries in artificial intelligence. When people think of self-driving cars, the image that usually comes to mind is a fully autonomous vehicle with no human drivers involved. The reality is more complicated. Not only are there different levels of automation for vehicles — cr...

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The Daily Dictionary: “Culture,” Cambridge Analytica and Steve Bannon

The culture of politics has nothing to do with the politics of culture. In The Observer’s earthquake scoop concerning the scandalous activities of Cambridge Analytica, whistleblower...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Gates Foundation and “Equity”

The Gates have pulled off a kind of optical illusion by using equity to advance social equity (fairness) in a way that is, by their own admission, not “fair.” Bill and Melinda Gates hav...

Why Remittances from the Middle East Matter to India

With remittances from the Middle East in decline, India may face problems in the domestic labor market. India remains the world’s leading recipient of international personal remittances, clai...