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Is Bipartisanship Overrated?

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over 2 years ago

Momentary enthusiasm, a few nice words at the inauguration, then gridlock: it’s the ebb and flow of electoral politics in America, and it's lead liberal and conservative insiders alike to argue that representatives ought to capitulate every now and then, if only for the sake of negotiation.

 

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History is Made in Burma

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over 2 years ago

United Nations Secretary General, Ban ki moon, was this week in Myanmar, or Burma as Western and some domestic opponents continue to call the country. It is not the first time, nor is it likely to be the last, yet Ban’s visit is likely to be recalled as being the most constructive so far by any ...

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Why Companies Need to Embrace Whistleblowers

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over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Despite the subprime mortgage debacle, Goldman Sachs tarnished reputation, MF Global debacle, the rogue traders at UBS, "most corporate employees continue to withhold information about misconduct by colleagues on issues they know are wrong, until it turns into a major ...

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Whistleblower: Hero or Rat?

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over 2 years ago

Everyone has secrets. Some have personal secrets of infidelity, lies and embarrassing tidbits that they hope will never see the light of day. Powerful institutions like businesses and governments also have secrets of shady practices, illegal behavior and incompetence.  But at some point ...