school

Changing Italian Schools

Next year, something new is awaiting the Italian public school system. With a decree named “Buona Scuola”, high school students will have the possibility to choose among all the courses offered, the ones they like and they are interested in the most. “Students must follow their dreams and refine their talents“ …

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Japan

IS: Japan’s New Biggest Fear

The Islamic State – a radical Islamist group currently operating in Iraq and Syria released yet another atrocious video a week ago, this time showing the beheading of a Japanese hostage after demands for a $ 200million ransom in exchange for his life were not met by the Japanese government. …

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Internet

Asia’s Internet Transformation

The pace of technological innovation and the growth of Internet usage have a disruptive impact on how people around the world think and live. The International Telecommunication Union estimates that there are 2.5 billion Internet users today: 1.6 billion more than in 2004. And most of this growth comes from …

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Turkey

Turkey: A Story Between East and West

After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire following its defeat in the First World War, a new, unified country called Turkey emerged in 1923. Its first President,Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (which translates as the Father of all Turks) recognized the geopolitical importance of Turkey as a bridge between Asia and Europe …

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Regulations

New Regulations for the Financial Markets

Few people still remember the demand for new regulations for the financial markets, but after a long debate on the subject, some new rules were approved. Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and a long period of severe economic recession, the economy is finally recovering in the UK and in …

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Swiss

Swiss Franc soars up by 30% in one day

On the 15th of January, the Swiss National Bank abandoned the fixed exchange rate with the euro. The previous exchange ratio was set with a cap of 1.2 Swiss franc for every euro. Suddenly the exchange rate started moving and raised the Swiss franc value by 30% in a few …

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airlines

Are you flying Malaysia Airlines again?

2014 has not been a particularly lucky year for airlines of Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines reported two catastrophic incidents; after the last one, when Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July, average weekly bookings declined by more than 30%, with numerous flight cancellations just after the disaster. This happened …

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Education

Education USA: Keep Calm and Let Me Study

President Obama recently announced that he will call Congress to pass a legislation to make the first two years of education in Community College free for everyone who meets some academic credentials. Before analyzing the details of Obama’s proposal, it is important to explain what Community Colleges are. In the …

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Cancer

Cancer: A Problem for India and China

India and China, so different and yet so often compared one to the other because they share many benefits and problems of quick development: surprisingly one of these is soaring cancer rates. Since Jim O’Neill, the retiring chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Asset Management, coined the term ‘BRICs’ in his paper from …

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emissions

Fighting Global Warming by Reducing Emissions

Two important meetings were held last week that could significantly affect the design of future public policies against global warming and carbon dioxide emissions. At the APEC (Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting, Barack Obama and Xi Jinping announced that an agreement has been reached between USA and China upon future reductions …

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