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Meet the World's Richest Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

March 4th, 2011  |  Source: Foreign Policy

Teodorin's World: Playboy bunnies. $2 million Bugattis. Bags full of cash. Meet the world's richest minister of agriculture and forestry.


Under the Microscope: AIG's Second Chance

March 3rd, 2011  |  Source: K@W


Arab freedom is worth a short shock in oil prices

March 2nd, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

What might the Arab uprising mean for the world? No one knows the answer to this question. But this should not prevent one from making a guess at the range of uncertainty.


2 Shot at Gun Show. NRA Supporter’s Response

February 27th, 2011  |  Source: FireDogLake.com



Two men have been injured in what officials say was an accidental shooting at a central Illinois gun show.


Every time there is a new shooting tragedy the spokespeople from the NRA have to create a response. I’ve heard enough of them to anticipate their verbiage. Here is my impression of an NRA supporter’s response.  I think it will go a little like this:


Why Are U.S. Executive Salaries So High?

February 27th, 2011  |  Source: Knowlegde@Emory


On February 18, the Associated Press reported that the base salary for David Nelms, chairman and CEO of Discover Financial Services Co, increased to $4.55 million in 2010, up from $1 million the year before. He was also awarded a $1.7 million bonus.


Blood and oil

February 25th, 2011  |  Source: Economist Cover Story

The West has to deal with tyrants, but it should do so on its own terms

LESS than two years ago, at the G8 summit in L’Aquila in Italy, prime ministers and presidents sat down to talk about world trade and food security with Muammar Qaddafi. Today Libya’s tyrant is paying mercenaries to shoot his people in the streets like “rats” and “cockroaches”.


Social Impact Bonds

February 24th, 2011  |  Source: American Progress


A Promising New Financing Model to Accelerate Social Innovation and Improve Government Performance

Current approaches to government funding of social services create significant barriers to innovation. Funding streams tend to emphasize inputs rather than program objectives and are often overly prescriptive, requiring grantees to use a particular delivery model. In many cases, program outcomes are not rigorously assessed, allowing unsuccessful initiatives to persist for years.


Scientists warn of $2,000bn solar ‘Katrina’

February 21st, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

The sun is waking up from a long quiet spell. Last week it sent out the strongest flare for four years – and scientists are warning that earth should prepare for an intense electromagnetic storm that, in the worst case, could be a “global Katrina” costing the world economy $2,000bn.


Libya's oil money has made it a major world shareholder

February 21st, 2011  |  Source: Guardian

The Libyan Investment Authority owns 3% of the FT, 7.5% of Juventus and a host of prime London properties

Libya's vast oil reserves have enabled it to invest more than $70bn (£43bn) around the world – making it a major shareholder in companies such as the Financial Times, Fiat and Juventus football club.



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