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15 December 2010

Busting the ‘Lord of War’

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout spent nearly 20 years building up a gun-running empire that eventually saw him involved in most of the world’s wars, particularly in Africa. He supplied governments and their sworn enemies with amoral precision. The 2005 film “Lord of War” was based on his exploits. But Bout’s luck ran out when he was arrested during a U.S.-managed sting operation in Bangkok. Despite Russian, protests, Thailand recently extradited him to the U.S. where he faces the prospect of a life sentence.
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15 December 2010

By the numbers

Ten years after Italian university reform that established the socalled 3+2 system, namely a three-year track leading to a BA, with two more years earmarked for a specialized, or Masters degree, Italy finds itself in last place in turning out doctors.
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15 December 2010

A Call for Teaching Civics

Hungarian philosopher Agnes Heller endured both Nazism and communism, emerging into a stalwart 20th century thinker. . Despite the decrease in mainstream totalitarian movements, she worries about the persistence of populism and discrimination in Europe. The only defense against bigotry, Heller insists, is to teach people the deeper meaning of civics and ensure populations refuse to take freedom for granted.
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15 December 2010

Messaggi: Steel That Binds

Nuova Defim, an Italian fence and welded mesh company located near Como, just completed final work on a 400-kilometer security fence that divides the United Emirates from Oman. Co-CEO Alberto Messaggi says the company is thriving in both the Middle East and Europe. The company’s secret, he says, is superior product-making, prompt delivery, and ensuring consistent supply.
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