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  • Ott 16 2018

    Virtual Exchange Brings Students and Refugees Closer

    Can a virtual exchange program bridge the gap developing between the two sides of the Mediterranean? Since 1987, when the Erasmus project started, 9 million people have taken part in it, according to data collected by the European Commission. It might be considered as the most successful European project in terms of participation in the last 30 years. The real turning point came...

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  • Dic 18 2017

    Putin's National Idea

    Is building a national ideology a viable solution for Putin to consolidate power? Today, it is widely acknowledged in Russian society that a unifying national idea is virtually non-existent. Even two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia continues to be characterized as "post-communist," a term that connotes an absence of content rather than a presence thereof. This v...

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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

    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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  • Dic 08 2017

    When Business Meets Human Rights

    Most companies are still coming to grips with what their corporate responsibilities mean in practice when it comes to human rights. As November drew to a close, the Palais des Nations, the UN headquarters in Geneva, prepared to shake off the seasonal gloom by welcoming once again the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. Since its establishment in 2012, the forum has been a bubbling platform f...

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  • Dic 04 2017

    From Brexit in the UK to Austerity in Spain

    European elites are blaming “stupid” voters for turning against an economic system that hasn’t worked for them. On the surface, the June 23 Brexit and the June 26 Spanish elections don’t look comparable. After a nasty campaign filled with racism and Islamophobia, the British—or rather, the English and the Welsh—took a leap into darkness and voted to...

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Midterm Elections 2018: The War for America’s Soul

Even as pundits predict and pontificate, the midterm elections are only yet another battle for the commanding heights of America’s torn soul. In Silicon Valley, the sun is shining and it does...

The Student Debt Crisis: Could It Slow the US Economy?

rowing student loan debt is “changing the culture of America,” says one expert, and it impacts the economic choices we make all the way through retirement. That rising student debt is o...

Europe Is Caught in a Wheel of Xenophobia

The assimilation policy of integration, actively practiced across Europe, is one of the main prerequisites of xenophobia. The latest measurements in Europe show that after a sharp spike in xenophob...