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New World Order

An Israeli-Iranian Meme Lovefest

We%20love%20iran
about 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? While Israel and Iran teeter on the brink of war, two Israeli graphic designers decided to reach out to Iranian citizens by creating a slogan that Internet users can impose over any photo of their choice. The text reads "Iranians, We Love You." Iran's netizens responded ...

New World Order

Occupy Wall Street: A Giant Human Hashtag

V_for_vendetta
over 2 years ago

Occupy Wall Street is a giant human hashtag -- a conversation, a thread, a way of organizing ideas. I resist calling it a “movement” because that may imply that people who do not yet consider themselves participants are excluded from the conversation. What Occupy Wall Street allows people to do ...

New World Order

A Little Thing Called General Equilibrium

Equilibrium
over 2 years ago

Economic growth is a tough thing to control if the tools you’re using only deal with one part of the economy.  The problem is that when you push on one end of an economy, you might be pulling on the other, and vice versa.  It’s a lesson that people who work in international development are finally ...

New World Order

Asia's Rise, the West's Fall?

China_boat
over 2 years ago

Editor's Note: The following remarks are from a speech Lionel Barber delivered in Sydney, Australia on 11/17/2011, as part of the Lowy Institute for International Policy's lecture series.   The fundamental question I would like tonight to tackle the proposition head-on: Is the West ...