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Vittorio’s Razor: Soccer styles emblematic of human rationale

Vittorio’s Razor: Soccer styles emblematic of human rationale

May 1, 2014


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  Nereo Rocco, a famous Italian soccer coach and part-time philosopher from the 1960s, once said “Dal lunedì al venerdì i xe olandesi, poi la domenica tutti indrìo e si salvi chi può.” When translated to English, these words of Triestine wisdom read: “From Monday to Friday, everyo...

Vittorio’s Razor: Valls a smart addition to Hollande administration

Vittorio’s Razor: Valls a smart addition to Hollande administration

April 24, 2014


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In an attempt to improve his 18 percent approval rating at the beginning of the new year, liberal French President Francois Hollande promised a “responsibility pact” to aggravated French firms. The pact is aimed at boosting France’s stagnant growth by, among other things, cutting 30 billion e...

Vittorio’s Razor: European nations should embrace EU membership and the Euro

Vittorio’s Razor: European nations should embrace EU membership and the Euro

April 17, 2014


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The 2008 financial crisis revealed cracks in the economies of many European nations. The countries may not have known of the problems or did not feel urgency to address them prior to the collapse, but circumstances eventually rendered the problems unavoidable. As weaker European economies suffered in 20...

Vittorio’s Razor: Record-breaking Indian election should go to Modi

Vittorio’s Razor: Record-breaking Indian election should go to Modi

April 10, 2014


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The biggest elections in history began on April 7 in India. Because a record 815 million voters are expected at the polls, the election process will last five weeks. The two main parties are the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Congress Party, and the candidates are Naren...

Vittorio’s Razor: Conversation on gentrification should fairly consider both sides

Vittorio’s Razor: Conversation on gentrification should fairly consider both sides

April 3, 2014


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Use of the word gentrification has become taboo in New York City. A more nuanced analysis of the effects of gentrification, however, reveals a less critical judgment of its merits. Gentrification, like all agents of change, does much good, most of which counteracts the harm done to a neighborhood’s or...

Vittorio’s Razor: FIFA should reconsider 2022 World Cup

Vittorio’s Razor: FIFA should reconsider 2022 World Cup

March 27, 2014


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President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association Sepp Blatter announced that the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar back in December 2010. In the years since, however, evidence has emerged accusing the federation of unlawful practices. For example, The Telegraph announced last week t...

Vittorio’s Razor: Comprehensive reform necessary for Venezuelan recovery

Vittorio’s Razor: Comprehensive reform necessary for Venezuelan recovery

March 13, 2014


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Violent protests have erupted in the western Venezuelan states of Tachira and Merida in the past month in response to an attempted student rape. In the weeks since, the demonstrations have spread throughout the entire country. These protests are the country’s largest in over a decade, having alrea...

Vittorio’s Razor: U.S. cannot change Russian interests in Ukraine

Vittorio’s Razor: U.S. cannot change Russian interests in Ukraine

March 6, 2014


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The initial rise in social unrest in Kiev and the rest of Ukraine was caused by ex-President Viktor Yanukovych rejecting European Union integration and the European Neighborhood Policy. More accurately, he buckled to pressure from the Kremlin and sought to return to a Russian-backed economic and ...

High taxes in Europe hurt businesses

High taxes in Europe hurt businesses

February 27, 2014


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In a campaign speech last month, Leader of the Labor Party Ed Miliband promised to raise the income tax rate among England’s wealthiest from 45 to 50 percent if elected prime minister. The Economist jokes that his tax hike will only bring in the amount of money needed to buy a few English Premier...

Renzi must show resolve as Italian prime minister

Renzi must show resolve as Italian prime minister

February 19, 2014


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Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta presented his formal resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano on Feb. 14 after less than a year in office. Three days later, Matteo Renzi, a member of the same party — The Partito Democratico — received a mandate to form a new government. This turn of eve...