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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Words Over Benghazi

It looked like the onset of a Clinton Renaissance. At the Democratic National Convention this year, Bill Clinton’s speech reignited the Democrats. Seemingly still in an uncomfortable truce with the Obama coalition, the Clintonites have spent the last four years in the eaves of the party.  Nonetheless there were murmurs...

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“I Am Malala”: A Battle Cry for Justice

On October 9th, 2012, a 15-year-old Pakistani female was shot in the head and neck while traveling home on a school bus in a Taliban-run assassination attempt. This young student was Malala Yousafzai, who is from the town of Mingora in Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkwa province, Pakistan. Yousafzai is well...

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“Depends on Your Definition of Ally”

A tense situation is developing between President Obama and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, and more broadly, between the United States and Egypt. Morsi was elected in June 2012 after Egypt’s former leader, Hosni Mubarak was effectively ousted in violent protests in Egypt. Egypt under Mubarak was widely considered an American...

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