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The Ambitious and Necessary Ground Zero Rebuild

Date: 25 August 2016

From the beginning, rebuilding ground zero was fraught with strategic consequence, for the city of New York and for the nation.  The original World Trade Center complex, completed in 1973, represented the culmination of a decades-long effort to revitalize the city’s founding center of business. Forty years later, rebuilding those 16 acres reprised history – with new meaning, in a new century, in a new geopolitical context brought forth by 9/11.

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Can Britain use the 'Norway Option' with the EU?

Date: 25 August 2016

The aftermath of the Brexit referendum has intensified the debate on alternative templates for the UK’s relationship with the European Union. The “Norway option”, an arrangement that allows Norway access to the single market without being a member of the EU, is often proposed as a transitional station on the journey towards Brexit’s final destination. If this is the case, and given that transitions often outlast their intended life span, it is worth examining the context in which Norway operates with the EU.

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Africa Still Struggles with Miners Versus Farmers

Date: 24 August 2016

The interaction between artisanal (small-scale) mining and agriculture in Africa still needs to be carefully considered by policy makers to ensure that people’s livelihoods and countries' export revenues aren’t threatened. It’s also important that the relationship between the two sectors be optimised to mutual benefit.

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Are Workplace Pregnancies Still Considered an 'Inconvenience'?

Date: 24 August 2016

During the 2016 presidential election, we’ve seen an unusual amount of interest in issues regarding gender equality in the workplace. Discussions of equal pay, the glass ceiling and affordable childcare are not typical talking points in presidential elections.

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How Do You Hail a Driverless Car?

Date: 24 August 2016

Uber’s announcement that it will introduce driverless cars in Pittsburgh, US, throws into question the fate of not just the “sharing economy”, which Uber helped to make mainstream, but the future of employment in a wider sense too. One thing is for sure, however: though Uber may be changing, the way that it has shifted the way we work is here to stay.

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Rio Returns to 'Normal'

Date: 23 August 2016

A boost in tourism is meant to be one of the big bonuses of hosting the Olympics. There is never any shortage of pre-games rhetoric about the bounties – generally packaged as “Olympic legacies” – that the mega-event will bring hopeful cities and their governments. But Rio 2016, as with London 2012 and others before it, has shown that the reality rarely lives up to the promises.

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Post-Brexit UK Long-Term Economic Outlook...Meh

Date: 19 August 2016

Britain’s economy after the vote to leave the European Union has been marked by one word: uncertainty. However, the FTSE 100, the UK’s main stock index, seems to be ticking along nicely. Having quickly rebounded after the initial shock of Brexit caused a 3.15% drop, it rose a further 1.6% when the Bank of England cut the interest rate to a historic low of 0.25% to counterbalance the potential negative effects of Brexit on the UK economy.

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Is Your Workday Getting Longer?

Date: 19 August 2016

Imagine if you could work whenever and wherever you wanted to. Would you work less and enjoy more time with family and friends? Or would you end up perpetually working, have work spill over into the rest of your life?

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Moody's Likes Australia's Credit

Date: 19 August 2016

Moody’s has reaffirmed Australia’s AAA credit rating, as Malcolm Turnbull seeks to put pressure on Labor and crossbenchers to pass measures to help repair the budget.

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The Other Death Valley is not Just for Startups

Date: 19 August 2016

Corporate leaders are facing the same valley of death faced by many startups, judging by the latest round of financial results. These large Australian businesses are operating in markets disrupted by new technology and changing business models.

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Stand and Deliver(oo)

Date: 19 August 2016

The standoff between couriers of food delivery service Deliveroo and the company’s owners is a standout case of workers using different methods to fight back in an emerging economy with loose employment relations.

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African Policy Decisions could Improve with Better Data

Date: 19 August 2016

African policy makers are increasingly called on to use evidence-based research to inform development decisions. However, this requires the rigorous collection of data as well as a coordinated system to disseminate it. This is why Kenya-based African Population Health Research Center is advocating for national policies to enable strong data systems. Donatien Beguy explains Africa’s challenges and opportunities.

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The Global Economy has a Darker Side

Date: 18 August 2016

A Paris prosecutor recently called for the former CEO and six senior managers of telecoms provider, France Télécom, to face criminal charges for workplace harassment. The recommendation followed a lengthy inquiry into the suicides of a number of employees at the company between 2005 and 2009. The prosecutor accused management of deliberately “destabilising” employees and creating a “stressful professional climate” through a company-wide strategy of “harcèlement moral” – psychological bullying.

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Make Technology Investment Part of Your Business Plan

Date: 17 August 2016

Business managers have a poor understanding of what technology to invest in and how to use it. Technology use alone doesn’t lead to growth in a business but simple technology focused on solving customers’ problems is key.

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