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15 February 2011

Summary

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15 February 2011

Wars, Hotels, Journalists: A Risky Alchemy

For decades, journalists from all over the world have camped out in major hotels to cover wars and civil strife. But putting so many newsmen and women in one place has often yielded the worst possible result: Bored reporters producing news to fit the needs of an imagined public. Scarcity of news has also led to the peddling of pure fiction.
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15 February 2011

How to Measure Well-Being and Happiness

A number of nations are attempting to act on proposals presented by the so-called Stiglitz Commission, which was charged with examining the prospects for measuring national wellbeing outside the longstanding context of GDP. At the same time, establishing common indicators to measure happiness has proved daunting. The most promising moves may come from a Franco-German panel that has recommended a ‘dashboard’ of economic and social measurements in an effort to determine the mood of a nation and its people.
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15 February 2011

By the numbers

ONLINE DEGREE €17,500: Cost of a online degreeoffered by London School of Business Finance through Facebook. The school claims 30,000 online students.
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15 February 2011

Making Movies Into a Weapon

Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi has set most of his films in his native Kurdistan. He insists he turned to filmmaking not for love of the genre but to spread the cause of Kurdish independence. He compares Kurdistan to a girl who stepped on a landmine. But since he started making movies a decade ago, he’s won two special prizes from the Cannes Film Festival and earned international acclaim.
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15 February 2011

Taking Italian Business On the Road

In an effort to make inroads in global trade, Italian businesses are revising their approach to competition. They are being assisted by data compiled by local and foreign-based chambers of commerce, whose recommendations have been broadcast nationwide. Not surprisingly, Italy’s leading competitor is China. For now, Italy is focusing on winning over and holding Mediterranean nations.
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15 February 2011

Reccomended reading

Following the 2001 release of his book “Armageddon averted: The Soviet Collapse,” Stephen Kotkin, director of the Russian Studies at Princeton University, continued probing the collapse of the Communist system.
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