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What Alibaba's Jack Ma can teach Xi Jinping

Jan 11, 2017

What Alibaba's Jack Ma can teach Xi Jinping

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump isn’t an emperor, or Jack Ma a lowly tributary. But in paying tribute to the incoming leader of the reigning superpower, Ma hopes to avoid the wrath of Trump Nation. There’s no other way to describe Asian billionaires like Alibaba’s ...

Speaking truth to power

Jan 11, 2017

Speaking truth to power

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The resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers, the British ambassador to the European Union in Brussels, has raised serious issues not only about Britain’s strategy for Brexit but also about relations between officials and politicians and their political advisers. Rogers was an experienced negotiator and ...

Jan 11, 2017

The messy march of folly to Brexit and beyond

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Barbara Tuchman published her masterpiece, “The March of Folly,” in 1984. It explored what the American writer and historian called “one of the most compelling paradoxes of history: the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests.” Today she might have explored ...

Jan 10, 2017

Nearsightedness a cost of academic excellence

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Vision problems in children take many forms. But the likely condition in Japan and the United States is nearsightedness as a result of a combination of genes, behavior and environment. Students in Japan with 20/20 vision, which is considered ideal, constituted just 31.4 percent ...