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January 2011
Ride the Wave of Revolution

2011: Despite the emphasis that nations place on geographic and political integrity, revolutions rarely occur in a vacuum. In the already turbulent Middle East, Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution has created something of a chain reaction. With an incredible revolt in Egypt and ongoing protests in Syria, Yemen, Sudan, a recent... ...

Bigger Than Big

2011: In the early stages of modernity, the natural rhythm of urban growth resembled that of a living organism: period of infancy, rebellious teenage years, and maturity inexorably lead to a functional, bustling metropolis. In China, city planners are eager to reap the economic benefits of adulthood, announcing an... ...

Only Connect

2011: In our highly digital society, most everyone has an opinion on social networking, including even the most unlikely of institutions: the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI gave a qualified blessing to social networking, praising its potential but warning that “online friendships are no substitute for real human contact.”

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Going Too Far?

2011: After Ricky Gervais used his bully pulpit as host of Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards to accuse the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of taking bribes and lampoon the partying habits of Charlie Sheen, the Internet was abuzz with rumors that he had been, or soon would be, fired. Even though... ...

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