Monthly Archives: March 2011

Walmart Cries Foul

Facing increasing competition from Internet retailers, Walmart attempts to portray itself as the underdog unable to compete against the unfair advantage posed by online merchants able to avoid sales tax collections. Meanwhile, aware that shipping costs offset sales taxes, consumers … Continue reading

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Divide and Conquer

Bahrain’s ruling Sunnis have invited Saudi troops to assist in quelling the rioting and unrest it faces from a Shiite majority. This action threatens to engulf the Middle East in a holy war between Saudi Sunnis and Iranian Shiites over … Continue reading

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Japan’s Rainy Day

In the face of unprecedented destruction, Japan’s real challenge will lie in financing the recovery.

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Change You Can Believe In

As a candidate for president in 2008, Barack Obama presented voters with a blank screen onto which they could project their individual fantasy of an ideal leader. His campaign included the carefully crafted meaningless slogan of “Change you can believe … Continue reading

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The Politics of Destruction

We find ourselves in the unusual situation of simultaneously witnessing riots in the Middle East for political change and riots in the Midwest for political preservation. While appearing vastly different on the surface, at the heart of both situations rests … Continue reading

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