Now That Cher is Dead

Now That Cher is Dead

When Margaret Thatcher was checked into a hospital this past Monday, the world watched with bated breath. Long suffering from dementia , Baroness Thatcher was 87. Her odds for survival were not good. Unsurprisingly, when her death was announced, social media was ready. The website http://www.isthatcherdeadyet.co.uk/, started in June of...

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Rare Earth Elements: The Energy Question of the 21st Century?

While issues pertaining to oil production and dependence have dominated headlines in years past, perhaps America’s real energy concern right now should be focused on rare earth elements. China, our fiercest global economic competitor, currently holds a monopoly on the extraction and refinement of rare earths, a set of 17...

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What’s Happening in Cyprus and Why Do We Care?

Cyprus, a seemingly insignificant Mediterranean isle near Greece and Turkey, has been experiencing a massive debt crisis in recent weeks, one that could actually have profound effects on the international community.  The Cypriot banking sector makes up a huge proportion of the national economy, with national bank deposits worth over...

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Understanding France’s 75% Supertax

            In September 2012, France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande unveiled a temporary 75% marginal tax rate on individuals earning more than one million euros a year, an outrageous amount compared to the American top marginal tax rate of 39.6% . Arriving in the midst of a...

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Welcome to the Age of Cyber Warfare

Mandiant, a U.S. security firm recently released a report accusing China of orchestrating or being involved in cyber espionage. Mandiant says it has been collecting evidence since 2004 connecting China to a variety of so called “Advance Persistent Threats” stemming from China’s secretive Unit 61398. According to CNBC, Mandiant’s...

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An Equal Opportunity Offender

On February 11th, Pope Benedict XVI made news by being the first pope since 1415 to retire. As priests and Vatican officials reach out to parishes, both Catholic and secular media broils with the questions “what next?” and “will I like it?”. Who the next pope is will be a...

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North Korea Nuclear Test Sets Off Waves of Anxiety

As of early Tuesday morning, the North Korean government confirmed that they had successfully conducted a third nuclear test, saying it “used a miniaturized device that had a greater explosive force than previous tests”, as reported by the North’s KCNA official news agency . Pyongyang confirmed the test nearly three...

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A Divided Knesset Will Mean Difficulties for Netanyahu

Last week, Israeli citizens voted in the elections of the 19th Knesset, with current Prime Minister Netanyahu narrowly winning a majority. While the election was a victory for Netanyahu on paper, he was severely weakened by the result. Although most analysts had predicted a sharp shift to the right in...

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A War of Words in Gaza

Israel and Hamas have extended the olive branch—for the moment. The rockets have stopped firing, but a war of public opinion will continue as the balance of power shifts in the Middle East. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his administration have demonstrated political competence, convincing Hamas to join peace talks...

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Africa Rising

As the rest of the world is still trying to resurrect itself from economic crisis, a new economic player is beginning to emerge.  Africa is beginning to prove itself on an international stage, becoming an increasingly important force in the world economy.  Its growing economic significance will have a sizable...

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