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Narendra Modi: Giving India Its Due

He definitely is the man of the moment. The establishment may disagree, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India sprang a surprise on his political opponents who had earlier dismissed him as a knee-jerk populist, peddling simplistic solutions to complex

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Danièle Nouy: Getting Tough with Bankers

It is her job to keep Europe’s banks on the straight and narrow and remind their executives that honesty pays. During her four years as chairperson of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) supervisory board, Danièle Nouy made few friends in

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Young Congresswoman Refuses to Play Nice

It takes the gumption of a hero to identify as a socialist in the United States, and something of a miracle to get elected to public office under a red banner. But that is what 29-year old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has

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Bill Mitchell: Saving Capitalism from Itself

Proponents of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) often manage to elicit a nod from more orthodox peers that acknowledges their existence – but does not necessarily imply recognition. Frequently derided as apologists for free spending, MMT fans insist that austerity is

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Vincent Cerf: Father of the Internet Looking for Ways to Preserve His Work

Vince Cerf had absolutely no idea that his creation would be hijacked by big business, encourage tunnel vision, and spread misinformation. He just wanted to build a medium that allowed for the sharing of useful information. Cerf and his colleague

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador: The Remaking of Mexico

Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, seems to have given up on his promise to bring corrupt officials to justice, saying his administration doesn’t have enough prison space for all of them. Andrés Manuel López Obrador – AMLO for

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Satoshi Nakamoto: To Be or Not to Be

The dormant P2P Foundation account of Satoshi Nakamoto – the man, or group of people, who invented Bitcoin – sprang back to life early December, with a single mysterious, and so-far undefined, word: “nour”. Nakamoto, or the person using his

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Magnus Carlsen: In Pursuit of Perfection and Committed to the Art of Chess

The best chess player ever? It’s probably Magnus Carlsen, according to … Magnus Carlsen. The Norwegian grandmaster, now 28, is one of those rare individuals able to mix arrogance with charm and still make friends. His unassuming demeanour hides his

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Stacey Ferreira: The Billion Dollar Pitch

Few people make their first million before they turn twenty, and fewer still can say they have penned an international best-seller to boot. Stacey Ferreira, however, has done both. And, as if that wasn’t enough, she is also the CEO

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Robert Azevêdo: Levelling the Playing Field

In times such as these, with rapidly escalating trade tensions and countries engaging in tit-for-tat spats that can – and do – spin out of control, the job of Roberto Azevêdo, director-general of the World Trade Organisation, becomes nearly impossible.

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