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The Olympics and the Muslims Informed Comment

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.juancole.com

A small group of Salafis or hard line Muslim fundamentalists had threatened to protest the Olympics in London, in part because they are being held in Ramadan, in part because they’re being held near a neighborhood of London that is heavily Muslim, in part because of a ruling that a Saudi female athlete competing in judo could not wear a headscarf.

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Walter Laqueur: The Weimar Union

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.tnr.com

The greatest unanswered question confronting the Continent today is not about the mechanism of a bailout, nor the sustainability of sovereign debt, but the Continent’s great solidarity gap. Those ties that currently bind Europeans to Europe are composed not of genuine sentiment, but rational argument.

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Finance and the good society

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Category: Finance

From www.voxeu.com

The benefit corporation is a new kind of corporation that’s halfway between profit and non-profit. It fills a need. The benefit corporation makes profits and distributes them to shareholders just like a for-profit corporation.

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Finance needs stewards, not toll collectors

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Category: Finance

From www.johnkay.com

Trust in the financial sector is at an all-time low: only 10 per cent of respondents to a recent ITN poll believed that bankers told the truth. That places bankers even lower than journalists and politicians.

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