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Looking for a Fig Leaf: US & UK Mull Punitive Action against Syria

Here we go again. The US and Britain are whipping themselves once more into a frenzy over the actions of an evil strongman in the Middle East. This time around the recipient of American and British ire is Syrian president

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Empty Threats: Little to Fear from the Chattering Classes

Western intelligence services are sounding the alarm over a possible terrorist attack soon to strike Yemen or another country in the Middle East. Spying agencies noted a significant increase of “chatter” prompting the US government to close its embassy in

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Shareholder Value: Outdated and an Obstacle to Corporate Success

The pursuit of increased shareholder value is much overrated, may hurt corporations and is certainly not the legal requirement some CEOs hold it to be. In her book The Shareholder Value Myth, legal scholar Lynn Stout of the Clarke Law

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Sheri McCoy: The Avon Lady

Sheri McCoy is one of the relatively few global business leaders to have risen through the ranks of a major multinational. Having been overlooked in the search for a CEO at Johnson & Johnson, where she had risen to the

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Doomsayers Enjoying a Field Day with Deutsche Bank

A tiny but apparently growing number of pundits is pretty sure the Deutsche Bank will shortly tumble and fall. As a systemic – if not essential – bank, the DB will not descend into insolvency on its own. Those in

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Super-Size My Pay: US Fast Food Workers Walk Off Job

Thousands of workers in the US fast food industry went on strike earlier this week to demand a super-sizing of their pay. The walkout started on Monday in New York City and has now spread to several major cities. The

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Ursula Burns: Driving Change at Xerox

Ursula Burns has a certain prominence in our minds because she became the first African-American woman to run a Fortune 500 company. Yes, of course, she is a trail blazer in this regard but it was not for this reason

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Braggarts Become Leaders

By Hillary Rosner, a freelance journalist based in Boulder, Colorado. Based on the research of Ernesto Reuben, Pedro Rey-Biel, Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales Women at a disadvantage when competing for leadership positions Why do men tend to fare better

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Lagarde on the Prerequisites for a Strong Global Economy

Extracts from a Speech to the Washington Foreign Law Society by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (June 4th 2013). I should start with a brief update on the global recovery, which is uneven and in fact suffering from

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UN calls for China and the US to Encourage Sustainable Development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has  appealed to Chinese and United States-based companies to boost their efforts to achieve sustainable development and prosperity through partnerships, stressing their impact in developing countries. “US and Chinese companies can and must ensure that business activity

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