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What Are the Signals That Someone Is Right for You?

We all know the feeling of hitting it off with a person you meet for the first time. For reasons you can’t put into words, you are just certain that you and this person are destined for a great relationship, whether in romance, at work, or as a friend. A new study by Ru-de Liu and colleagues (2016), of Beijing …

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Mike Lofgren – The Soft Power Hoax

A recurrent buzz phrase of the Washington mandarinate in the last two decades has been “soft power.” The term was coined by Joseph Nye, a Harvard academic, in his 1990 book, Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power. What he meant by the term is that “when one country gets other countries to want what it wants [it] might …

Kali Hays – Reform or Repression: What’s Behind Russia’s Mysterious College Shutdown?

Russia’s economy has taken a beating lately; the ruble is shaky, Western sanctions are taking a toll, and Putin is, well, he’s Putin. In spite of, or perhaps due to, all this, the country’s Ministry of Education is carrying out a federal plan to close hundreds of universities by the end of next year. Schools facing the axe are mostly private institutions that the …