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2. Harvard Under Fire Over Israel (Jackson) Jewish Advocate
3. Special Olympics CEO, Diplomats Selected HKS Fisher Fellows The Harvard Crimson
4. Reports Shed Light on Iran Sanctions and US's, Big Oil's Goals in Middle East (Sullivan) Truthout.org
A personal journey to the heart of Greece’s darkness
…Greece desperately needs reforms. Mr Papandreou knew this well before the crisis, as did most Greeks. But the larger problem was the panic that swept over Europe and the easy moralising that financial crises evoke. Greeks were cast as tax-evaders, lazy and anti-business, their government as over-indebted, bloated and corrupt – a situation that required castor oil and humiliation.
But almost none of the moralising clichés were true. Greek taxes were more than a third of gross domestic product, near the European average. And if Greeks were anti-business, why then were there more small entrepreneurs per capita than anywhere else in Europe? Government was not bloated in terms of employees – at a fifth of the labour force, it was about the European average. Corruption was clearly a problem, but our data showed it was concentrated – incomprehensibly to non-Greeks – in the health sector, where minor “gifts” to doctors secured early scheduling of surgeries.
Harvard Under Fire Over Israel
A controversy has arisen over a student-organized conference at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government focused on a one-state solution to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. Pro-Israel groups and the Kennedy School dean have criticized the conference agenda for lacking balance. …
“Students typically come forward with general ideas in many circumstances long before they have invited specific people or finalized a program, and generally administrators try to be supportive of student ideas for events that they are planning,” said Melodie Jackson, associate dean for communications at the Kennedy School.
Jackson noted that the conference was one of several student organized events at the Kennedy School this semester. Others include the Jewish Caucus Seminar Series, and The Israel Conference scheduled for April, organized by Israeli students from around the university.
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Special Olympics CEO, Diplomats Selected HKS Fisher Fellows
…The Fisher Family Fellows program, established in 2010 by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Future of Diplomacy Project, has selected three recipients: Shyam Saran, the Indian government’s former foreign secretary; Javier Solana, who has served as NATO secretary general and the European Union's high representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy; and Timothy P. Shriver, the president and chief executive officer of Special Olympics.
“The premise of the Fisher Family Fellowship is to bring diplomats who have generally speaking just left the scene to the Kennedy School, so that they can use it as a venue to publicly reflect,” said Cathryn A. Cluver, executive director of the Future of Diplomacy Project.
Reports Shed Light on Iran Sanctions and US's, Big Oil's Goals in Middle East
…Meghan O'Sullivan, the Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, describes US/Big Oil intentions for Iraq quite clearly in a July 2011 paper, "Iraqi Politics and Implications for Oil and Energy," which she wrote for the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. …
O'Sullivan is saying that a major goal, if not the goal, of the Iraq wars was to get control over Iraqi oil production so that its flow of oil would be predictable and coincident with the interests of major industrial nations, not just the United States. Unmentioned in relation to "stability", however, was the United States' and Britain's need to get rid of Saddam Hussein and to get transnational oil corporations back into Iraq, from which they had been excluded since Iraq nationalized its oil industry in 1972.
Olli Heinonen, Belfer Center
Nicholas Burns, Belfer Center
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