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Lonely? Want to Talk? Call Jeff.

over 2 years ago

Last October, strangely personal fliers started appearing around New York City. They looked like this:      When I first saw them, they really caught my attention. For some reason, I wasn’t immediately repulsed, as was a female friend of mine (her response, when I pointed them out, was ...

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Why is Israel So Happy?

over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Israel ranked 14th on the United Nations first World Happiness Report launched on April 2. Topping the list are peaceful and ultra-liberal countries like Denmark, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands. How can this be? This is especially confounding when you take into ...

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Crisis Sends Greek Emigrants To New York City

over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Michaelis Klouvas came back to New York City about a year ago, after a 20-year absence where he prospered as a restaurant owner in Athens. He was prompted to return after Greece plummeted into an economic crisis in the last three years. Unemployment reached 20 percent and ...

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Dmitry Medvedev's Corruption Crusade

over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Russia's lame duck president Dmitry Medvedev is working hard during the last two months of his presidential term. He met with a team of experts last month to talk about Russia’s Open Government initiative which is aimed at fighting corruption, according to the Telegraph. ...

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Myanmar's Long Road To Reform

over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? After years of political and economic deadlock, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is coming out of stagnation at a dizzying speed. Since he took office in March 2011, President Thein Sein released a number of political prisoners and took steps to reform the economy. And ...