Monthly Archives: February 2011

Social media’s rising clout in emerging markets

Much has been said of the importance of social media to the protests taking place across the Middle East. Protest organizers were able to use Facebook to promote demonstrations to a much larger audience than they could have otherwise. Once revolutions were … Continue reading

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South Africa: where will the jobs come from?

South Africa has among the highest unemployment rates in the world. The official unemployment rate is 24%. But another statistic is even more depressing: approximately 42% of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 do not have a job. So … Continue reading

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Understanding Libya’s surprise revolution

The success of the people power movements in Egypt and Tunisia has been infectious. Large-scale protests have broken out in Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, and Morocco.  Libya was one place I did not expect to see major protests. After all, it is … Continue reading

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Interview: Egypt and Tunisia won’t follow Iran

A lot of people are wondering what will happen next in the Middle East, as new governments emerge in Egypt and Tunisia and other countries face social uprisings. Alarmingly, some have expressed fears that we may see a repeat of Iran-1979. To … Continue reading

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Is education reform the ticket for Chile?

Chile’s president Sebastian Piñera has made no secret of his goal for Chile to obtain developed-country status by 2018. According to Piñera, “Our per capita income today is of $14,400, and by 2018 we want to reach $24,000, which is … Continue reading

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Can data predict the next revolution?

Consultants tend to apply data-based approaches to making predictions about the future.  I’ve helped companies identify quantifiable ways of measuring countries by factors such as the propensity to buy auto insurance or cultural compatibility with online payments. So – the … Continue reading

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The Middle East – party like it’s 1989?

On December 17th, 2010, a young fruit vendor with a college degree protested against his country’s authoritarian and corrupt government by setting his body on fire in the town square of Sidi Bouzid, an otherwise unremarkable city in south-central Tunisia. Two months later Muhammed Bouazizi’s (may he rest … Continue reading

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