Youth: From Problem to Asset

Fair Observer - 31 august 2013 - 00:19
Rather than seeing youth as a problem, we must recognize how youth can be the solution.It was a calm morning on July 6, just before dawn, at a boarding school in Momudo, a small town in northern Nigeria. While the students and staff slept, a group of Boko Haram militants attacked, using guns, improvised explosives, and fire. Within minutes, 42 students and staff were killed, and another 100 students fled into the wilderness. Boko Haram, a militant group dedicated to fighting... [continue]

Why Do U.S. Behavioral Science Researchers Keep Skewing Their Results?

Go America, land of exaggerating to get ahead! Despite its lofty ideals, science isn't always impartial and unbiased. Scientists on occasion have fabricated data, or at least tweaked it to suit their needs. They've got a career to make, after all, and boring findings don't bring fame and fortune. So how often are scientists prone to exaggerating or cherry-picking their results? When it comes to U.S.-based soft sciences, kind of a lot. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the... [continue]

Sunni vs Shi'a: The Middle East Chessboard (Part 1/2)

Fair Observer - 30 august 2013 - 09:50
Hostility between Sunnis and Shi’as has taken on an increasingly political core.The logic is simple enough, right? In black, we have the Shi’a with the king being Iran. In the white, we have the Sunnis with the king being Saudi Arabia. The rest of the pieces on this Middle East chessboard include everyone else between the Euphrates and the Nile, fighting it out to keep their respective king alive. Not quite!The Iranian Revolution in 1979, led by Ayatollah Khomeini, was a turning... [continue]

A Matter of Choice (Part 2)

Fair Observer - 30 august 2013 - 00:55
Of Human Bonds: Between Sex Work and Trafficking In the US, a problematic relationship exists between law enforcement and prostitution. This is the second of a three part series. Read part one here.Some may have questioned that accusation prior to the Secret Service prostitute scandal in Columbia and the disclosure of other government officials, DEA agents, and elected politicians and ambassadors hiring the services of... [continue]

International Sanctions and the Asian-Iranian Economic Dialogue (Part 2/2)

Fair Observer - 29 august 2013 - 23:40
Sanctions on Iran Economic relations between Iran and its Asian partners might be limited, but are never completely cut. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. The extra-territorial nature of US sanctions, as well as the fact that these measures were supported by a large number of countries (such as the UAE, Canada, Australia, EU members and others), also have a negative influence on Asian-Iranian economic relations.... [continue]

Office Politics for the Pros

Harvard Business Review - 29 august 2013 - 21:43
Karen Dillon, author of the HBR Guide to Office Politics, talks with Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You.Download this podcast A written transcript will be available by September 9. [continue]

How to Manage Someone You Don't Like

Harvard Business Review - 29 august 2013 - 15:00
Everybody complains about incompetent bosses or dysfunctional co-workers, but what about irritating direct reports? What should you do if the person you manage drives you crazy? If the behavior is a performance issue, there's a straightforward way to address what's irking you — but what do you do when it's an interpersonal issue? Is it possible to be a fair boss to someone you'd avoid eating lunch with — or must you learn to like every member of your team? What the Experts... [continue]

The Batman of Central Park

Technology : The Atlantic - 29 august 2013 - 12:07
Batman finds his bat. (Megan Garber)At the base of a craggy hill in the middle of Central Park, under one of those rocky overpasses you're not supposed to pass over after dark, a waterfall settles into a shallow stream. The stream smells. Like pond scum, mostly, but also, a little bit, like urine. And damp stone. And the various salty-sweet scents of city that have been liberated from concrete via the steam of summer. It's late in the day, and the heat hangs, and a siren wails in the distance,... [continue]

Chemical Attacks and Military Interventions

Fair Observer - 29 august 2013 - 00:15
Chaos in Syria The only option left for Syrians is to demand a political settlement. Images of dead bodies laid out on floors wrapped in white cloths, with no sign of blood or injury, circulated across social and news media last week to signal another horrific stage of the Syrian war. As of August 24, Doctors without Borders has indicated that many patients treated in the aftermath of the attack in eastern Ghouta had... [continue]

Talking Race in America

Fair Observer - 28 august 2013 - 23:19
The March on Washington: 50 Years On America is a society openly experiencing a minority-majority shift. If you ever spent an extensive period of time in the United States, you would agree that race is the most intractable topic in public conversation.  Let’s face it, the nation’s mysterious past and current track record on race relations makes for an uncomfortable conversation. The US is a nation comprised of Native... [continue]