Lightning Rods

Lightning rods attract lightning just like financial markets attract greed, which inevitably brews disaster. Given the right conditions, disasters in the financial markets—like lightning—can hit more than once and investors must be prepared.

Back in 2007, Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote what became a very famous book called The …

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The story of Khalilzad

After Maliki was chosen as prime minister in April, Khalilzad brokered hard-won agreements on two nonsectarian security ministers, a broad-based political council for national security, and a national reconciliation agenda with a timetable for implementing it. By then it was October 2006. Amid the raging violence, the rival politicians openly …

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United states protecting Saddam

Since 1991 the United States had protected an autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq with a no-fly zone that kept Saddam’s military largely at bay, and the Kurds hoped to preserve and increase that autonomy. There was a sense of national identity, at least among Arab Iraqis, which had …

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Coping with Disaster through Religion

Perhaps the most readily available and pre-packaged meaning-making systems are given to people through organized religion. Religion is one way a person is mentored into finding meaning. Religion has been considered from the psychological writings of Frankl (2000) as the search for the ultimate meaning. Thus it makes sense that …

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