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Want to Build a Smart City?

Want to Build a Smart City?

Collaborative platforms, sustainability, public-private partnerships and data analytics are critical for developing smart and inclusive cities. The global smart-city movement, which has been around for more than two decades, has gone through three phases of evolution. It initially focused on...

How Ethical Diamonds Are Changing the Industry

How Ethical Diamonds Are Changing the Industry

The diamond industry is responding to consumer demand for ethically sourced stones that are conflict-free.  Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love — and money. Americans will spend nearly $21 billion on sweet things for their sweethearts this year, according the National Retail...

How Can Turkey Overcome its Economic Troubles?

How Can Turkey Overcome its Economic Troubles?

President Erdogan must forsake populist policies and accept outside help to readjust the economy, even if this is politically unpalatable. The rapid collapse of the Turkish lira in recent months — down 42% against the US dollar since May — and other big problems in Turkey are raising fears...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: America Is “Worried”

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: America Is “Worried”

Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, we have entered a new “age of paranoia” in America. Until recently, most Americans had no idea what the criminal gang MS-13 was, even less to what extent it might be a threat to their way of life. If interrogated, some, wishing to show their...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Meaning” What?

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Meaning” What?

Voices that give meaning to meaning as society takes meaning away. Today’s most powerful voice in the wilderness may belong to Umair Haque, who in a recent column highlighted the moot question of the meaning of meaning. Reflecting on the dominant cultural trends of “materialism, rationalism,...

Managing the Dark Side of Workplace Friendships

Managing the Dark Side of Workplace Friendships

Friendships in the workplace are valuable. But Wharton research shows they can also lead to complexities and challenges for those inside and outside the circle. Friendships at work are typically seen as being beneficial. They are expected to bring people closer, create a feel-good environment...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: US Drones to “Terrify”

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: US Drones to “Terrify”

The US aims to launch a new fleet of drones, and Fox News is playing cheerleader for the distribution of drone-induced terror. In March, Fox News excitedly reported on the next generation of drone technology, the MUX: “The MUX will terrify enemies of the United States, and with good reason....

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Study” of Clickbait

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Study” of Clickbait

The real meaning of research is to survive in the attention economy. What would journalism be without the hordes of scientists who conduct studies of everything under the sun to reveal the hidden truths about human behavior and human health? For example, The Economist, as it reveals “new...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: What’s an “Elite”?

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: What’s an “Elite”?

When there is an elite that holds a dominant position in any society, it can become vulnerable to discontent. Every human society produces an elite class. According to Thomas Piketty, what used to be singular has now become plural. Sophie Hardach, in an article published by the World Economic...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Party” in the West

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Party” in the West

The most disturbing thing about the agony of political parties is that Western democracies have no other viable model to work with. Keeping track of politics in Italy has always challenged the talents of even the most seasoned pundit. Business Insider sums up the current situation: “Italy's...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Dismayed” by Tax Law

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Dismayed” by Tax Law

Republicans are upset over the public response to their new tax law. After a Gallup poll revealed that a majority of Americans were disappointed by President Donald Trump’s vaunted tax cuts, Yahoo conducted a flash poll to understand why. They were surprised by the lucidity of the criticism...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Understanding “Polyphony”

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Understanding “Polyphony”

A glance at Europe’s musical history tells us that orchestrating polyphony is a lost and largely forgotten art. French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to repatriate some pillaged African art to its geographical sources. Le Monde quotes the people charged with organizing this task, who...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Innovating with “Vigilance”

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Innovating with “Vigilance”

Matt Taibbi lists the policies Americans have recently approved of in the name of vigilance. In summing up US military history over the past 70 years and the legacy of the Iraq War, author and journalist Matt Taibbi mentions the innovation that 9/11 permitted: “nly a continually expanding...

Can We Deal with the Emotions that Underlie Brexit?

Can We Deal with the Emotions that Underlie Brexit?

The decision to opt for Brexit was based on a deep-seated wish to assert an English sense of identity. It is very hard to predict where the Brexit negotiations will end — or indeed if they will ever really end. UK public opinion is shaped by images from the Second World War era when Britain...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Free Speech” and Education

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Free Speech” and Education

Neil deGrasse Tyson identifies the reasons behind the flat-Earth movement. Science media guru Neil deGrasse Tyson has identified the two contributing factors to the otherwise incomprehensible persistence in the United States of belief in the idea that the Earth is flat. The first is “we live...

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