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Because reality is weird

When I was fourteen or so, I came across the works of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft in a maze-like used-book shop that my parents used to take me to, and spent many evenings after that lost in discovery of Lovecraft’s

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Ties that separate

Guest post by Abby Plener In 1979, the Iranian Revolution overthrew the the Pahlavi dynasty with remarkable force. Much of its strength derived from the diversity it managed to mobilize: the movement appealed to secular nationalists, middle-class liberals, proclaimed Marxists,

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INSEAD interview with Craig Smith

INSEAD Knowledge, a site that publicizes the thinking produced by the faculty of the number one MBA school in the world (as ranked by Bloomberg BusinessWeek), has posted an abridged version of professor Craig Smith’s article in the launch issue

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Authors of our fates — or just characters?

The philosopher Alain de Botton once argued in a 2009 TED presentation that the meritocratic ideals that are such a point of pride in our modern age have a dark side. In explicitly accepting the idea that people are rewarded

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Throwing money at the problem might work

Whether you lean to the left or to the right, careful planning of the delivery of social services is essential to a country’s development. These programs, large and small, require a strong administrative support system to ensure that services reach

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The iconography of war and terror

In this media and advertising-saturated age, the power of images is hardly a point of debate. At their most banal, they grab our attention to make a sale; at their most elevated, they hold us spellbound in an art gallery.

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Like an emperor’s robe

Guest post by Abby Plener As a student, I often question how valuable it is to learn about history in an academic setting. We are taught to use our textbooks as lenses through which we can understand the world around

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All southern hemisphere, anyway

Part roots rock, part punk — and somehow in the midst of all this classified (though no doubt astutely) as “pop” by Australian radio program Triple J Unearthed — Melbourne band BONJAH is of multinational origin, comprised of three New

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Nuclear power plant not included

Now that the space race has been called off for lack of interest, great power competition of the peaceful variety has shifted to another kind of big iron: the development of the world’s fastest supercomputer. Although initially dominated by the

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Discovering film, recovering a country

Iraq has become globally synonymous with many things over the last ten years: war, disruption, poverty, struggle, strife, even futility. As conflict in the region continues to rage, it’s easy to forget about the country’s populace, but film critic-turned-filmmaker Mark

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Hari Menon’s miracles

Profiled in India’s Smart Photography magazine, Hari Menon is a self-taught and highly versatile freelance photographer from North Paravur in the south-western state of Kerala. Menon’s photographs are products of his eye for commercially-friendly and eminently viewable dramas of colour

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