Month: July 2013

Microsoft saga continues

Office 365 is a response to an 8 year old challenge. Microsoft has the luxury of extreme belatedness. Its enterprise customers are companies whose CTOs largely are Microsoft monoculutralists who do not dare look outside Microsoft offerings. And Microsoft offerings always are sufficient for them to keep their jobs and keep challenges at bay. That …

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The unforced errors of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

It’s only weeks ago that we all celebrated Recep’s genius; presiding over a decade of stellar growth and development he was convincingly reelected, had made peace with the Kurds, was establishing energy deals with Iraqi Kurdistan, championed the cause of relatively moderate Sunnis versus the Wahhabi’s, Shia, Israel and Assad’s coalition. Was welcomed again in …

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Marxism reborn?

Marxism also is a surprisingly effective tool in social science in order to explain people’s motives. E.g. anthropologist Eric Wolf used a Marxist perspective in ‘Europe and the people without history’. Likewise Nolan argues:  “Karl Marx more than Adam Smith understood the progressive power of capitalism in unifying the world. Marx predicted that capital would …

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Egypt faces an immense challenge

Egypt faces an immense challenge. We may now see a proper liberal constitution being written enshrining equality, freedom of assembly, expression and religion: principles severely trampled upon under Morsi. But the return of Islamists and their doctrines to a democratic government of Egypt seems inevitable. With it the desire to turn Egypt into an Islamic …

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Whither China?

Very relevant here: China faces a “demographic timebomb” as they say with more than a third of all Chinese projected to be over the age of 60 in 2050 with a median age of almost 50. The following Economist article is very telling: http://www.economist.com/node/21553056 I agree that the Chinese authorities have proven to be eminently …

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