New paper: Oil and dynastic rule influence Arab Spring outcomes

first_imgThe Arab Spring, which raised hopes for a wave of democratic reforms throughout the Middle East, has so far led to regime change in only four countries—Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Why that dramatic series of almost synchronized uprisings reaped such modest dividends is the subject of a new paper, “Tracking the ‘Arab Spring’: Why the Modest Harvest?,” published in the Journal of Democracy, co-authored by Harvard Kennedy School Associate Professor Tarek Masoud.“The Arab Spring that resides in the popular imagination is one in which a wave of mass mobilization swept the broader Middle East, toppled dictators, and cleared the way for democracy. The reality is that few Arab countries have experienced anything of the sort,” the authors write. “The Arab Spring’s modest harvest — a record far less inspiring than those of the East European revolutions of 1989 or sub-Saharan Africa’s political transitions in the early 1990s — cries out for explanation.”Masoud and co-authors Jason Brownlee of the University of Texas, Austin and Andrew Reynolds of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, examined the political, social and economic conditions under which the various national protest movements were launched and sustained. Their analysis identified two primary factors – a nation’s oil exports and the nature of its ruling structure – that directly influenced the outcomes in each country.According to the authors, oil wealth endows leaders with extra repressive capacity, and the means to buy off regime elements that might otherwise defect in the face of protest.last_img read more

Hot Shot! Hedwig’s Darren Criss Hosts Broadway Junior Celebration

first_imgHedwig and the Angry Inch star and Glee favorite Darren Criss made dreams come true for 375 middle schoolers on May 18, when he hosted a celebration for the new Broadway Junior mentorship program at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre. After posing for a snapshot with Shubert Organization executives Michael I. Sovern and Robert E. Wankel, MTI Chairman Freddie Gershon and his wife Myrna, Criss rocked out with the talented kids as they sang songs from Beauty and the Beast Jr., Annie Jr. and more. Check out this Hot Shot of Criss, then see him all glammed out in Hedwig at the Belasco Theatre. Darren Criss Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img

RBC, CFPB, data breaches, and more with NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz

first_imgIn credit union land, the acronym “RBC” has become more prevalent than your “ABCs” these days, as the Risk Based Capital issue rages on within our industry. To get to the heart of the matter, we went directly to the source: NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz, who was gracious enough to spare a few minutes with us to discuss this currently consuming topic. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

5 opportunities for AI and RPA: How is robotics changing the industry?

first_img continue reading » Data intelligence helps facilitate action. Whether we want to admit or not, artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming a part of our day-to-day lives as consumers are routinely inundated with personalized solutions that adapt and respond to available data. Across the financial industry there has been a shift towards greater data consumption and digital transformation, accelerated further by the global coronavirus pandemic. We live in a data-driven society where artificial intelligence is emerging in the form of operational tools to help manage and organize the vast amounts of available data.This blog explains what artificial intelligence is, the idea of robotics, available data tools, and how these resources are impacting lenders across the financial industry.What is artificial intelligence?Artificial intelligence (AI) is the development and deployment of systems that are able to perform human tasks, such as decision-making, predicting outcomes, assessing efficiencies, and automating adaptions to complete a specified task. There’s a spectrum of currently available artificial intelligences that range from integration to automation to machine learning and cognitive processing. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Hard days at the offices

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Inner City: James Whitmore

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US sanctions 11 Chinese firms over Uighur rights violations

first_imgCommerce sanctioned nine companies – Changji Esquel Textile, Hefei Bitland Information Technology, Hefei Meiling, Hetian Haolin Hair Accessories, Hetian Taida Apparel, KTK Group, Nanjing Synergy Textiles, Nanchang O-Film Tech and Tanyuan Technology – for involvement in forced labor.Xinjiang Silk Road and Beijing Liuhe were both sanctioned for “conducting genetic analyses used to further the repression” of Uighurs, Commerce said.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this month called China’s treatment of Uighurs “the stain of the century.”But Beijing denies an wrongdoing, saying Uighurs are attending vocational training centers.Topics : The United States Commerce Department on Monday announced it has blacklisted 11 Chinese businesses for involvement in human rights violations against the Uighur minority, cutting off the firms’ access to American goods.Washington, together with other western nations and rights groups, has accused Beijing of interning at least a million Muslims from the Uighur ethnic group in the western Xinjiang region.In a statement, the Commerce Department said the 11 sanctioned companies are “implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of the People’s Republic of China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses.”last_img read more

Arsene Wenger names the ‘Invincibles’ as his greatest Arsenal team

first_img Sean KearnsSaturday 12 Oct 2019 3:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement Arsene Wenger names the ‘Invincibles’ as his greatest Arsenal team Arsene Wenger won the title on three occasions with Arsenal (Picture: BeIN)Arsene Wenger believes his title-winning 2003/2004 side was the greatest team he managed at Arsenal.The Frenchman won three titles and seven FA Cups during his 22-year reign with the Gunners, which came to an end in 2018.Wenger guided Arsenal to the title in his second season in 1998 before further championships in 2002 and 2004.The 2004 team – of course – are now known as the ‘Invincibles’ for managing to go the whole campaign unbeaten and Wenger admits they were his greatest side.ADVERTISEMENTWenger took charge of his first @Arsenal match 23-years ago today! @KaranGooner14 asked Arsène to choose which of his title winning teams was best – ’98, ’02, or ’04. #AskArsene #beINWenger— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) October 12, 2019 Asked which title winning side was the best, Wenger replied: ‘You would say the Invincibles – it’s an easy question to answer.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘My dream was always to play a season without losing a game so I cannot go against that.‘But as well I must say I inherited a team of men when I came to Arsenal – this was the team that won in 98.‘Adams, Bould, Winterburn, Keown, Dixon that was the core of the team. It was branded Arsenal players who were ready to die for the club. You could go after the game in the fight in the corridors you would know they would not leave you alone – this was the type of players I had at the start.‘They were ready to go to war with you, you could be in the trenches with them.‘Afterwards the second generation of players who had as well exceptional charisma. We speak a lot about the first generation but the other defence of Lauren, Campbell, Toure and Ashley Cole were exceptional with Lehmann in goal- they were characters.‘At the end of the day when you look back you feel when you get that right – the personalities – you are ready to go anywhere in the world. These teams had charisma.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWenger has continually stressed his desire to continue his management career since leaving Arsenal but he’s yet to accept an offer.The 69-year-old has been linked with a role within FIFA and he confirmed last week that he was mulling over a job offer from the corporation.‘I just want to share what I’ve learnt and give it back to the game in a different way, ‘said Wenger.‘I am not sure if I would stop coaching as well because the devil is still in there. But I have to see, ‘do I like it?’ And can I be efficient?’MORE: Rio Ferdinand sends message to Ed Woodward over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United future Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Lampard tells Chelsea to embrace Champions League pressure

first_img Promoted ContentThis Happy Shiba Inu Pics Will Overwhelm You With Cuteness5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone90s Stunners Who Still Look GorgeousEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Frank Lampard told Chelsea to embrace the pressure of the race for a place in the Champions League next season after his side edged two points back in front of Manchester United and into the top four with a comfortable 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday. Olivier Giroud (second right) celebrates opening the scoring for Chelsea After a bitterly disappointing 3-2 defeat at struggling West Ham in midweek, in-form United’s 5-2 thrashing of Bournemouth earlier in the day saw Chelsea slip outside the top four before kick-off. But there was never any doubt the Blues would move back into fourth as goals from Olivier Giroud, Willian and Ross Barkley capped a dominant display and left the Hornets still precariously placed just one point outside the relegation zone. “We had the chance to go third on Wednesday. Today there was pressure on us just to get back into fourth. That’s the pressure we have to get used to,” said Lampard. “It was a comfortable evening for us.” The pressure is certainly on Lampard to deliver Champions League football next season after the club have already invested nearly £100 million ($125 million) in signing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. Lampard reacted to conceding three times to West Ham by making four changes with Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger paying the price for their part in the Hammers’ late winner. Giroud was one of those recalled to the starting line-up and the 33-year-old showed why Lampard extended his contract for another year during the coronavirus shutdown. The French international was denied by the quick reflexes of Ben Foster with his first big chance, but was not to be stopped when he span onto Barkley’s pass before finding the bottom corner on 28 minutes. Watford manager Nigel Pearson recalled Nathaniel Chalobah to the starting line-up and Andre Gray to the matchday squad after both were dropped for a 3-1 home defeat by Southampton last weekend after flouting UK government guidelines by attending a party for Gray’s 29th birthday. Spot on: Willian (right) has scored penalties in each of Chelsea’s last three Premier League games Loading… center_img However, there was no improvement in the performance as Watford have taken just one point from four games since the restart. “Of course we are concerned with the situation we are in, we are not naive, but the most important thing is to recognise what we are and make sure our performances reflect that collective spirit,” said Pearson. “What we can’t do is reproduce games like last week.” The visitors gave themselves a mountain to climb when Etienne Capoue unnecessarily barged into Christian Pulisic to concede a penalty. Willian is into the final month of his contract at Stamford Bridge after seven years with the club. But if the Brazilian is to depart with Arsenal and Tottenham interested in keeping him in London, his Chelsea career is going out on a high as he netted his fourth goal in as many Premier League games since the resumption. Watford appeared content just to keep the score down after half-time with goal difference a consideration in the battle to beat the drop. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard Read Also:Premier League: Chelsea win holds off Man Utd in race for top four Pearson’s men host bottom-of-the-table Norwich on Tuesday in a huge match if they are to build up a cushion over Bournemouth and Aston Villa, with Arsenal and Manchester City to come in the final week of the season. Chelsea had to settle for just one more goal in the second half as Barkley fired home Cesar Azpilicueta’s cut-back in stoppage time. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Bluebirds eyeing Fabio deal

first_img Press Association Sport understands talks over a deal for Brazilian Fabio to move to south Wales until the end of the season are ongoing, and Cardiff are hopeful the 23-year-old, who spent last season on loan at QPR, will make the switch. The verified Twitter account of Airtel, United’s telecommunications partner on the sub-continent, stated that Fabio could not take part in a planned question and answer session with twin brother Rafael on the social media site, because a move to south Wales had been agreed. The tweet on the @airtelindia feed, which was later deleted, read: “Unfortunately, Fabio will be joining Cardiff City on loan till the end of season & hence only Rafael will join us for #airtelAskUnited”. Press Association Manchester United full-back Fabio could be on his way to Cardiff to reinforce Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence.center_img A tweet from one of United’s sponsors stated a loan deal was in place, however there has been no official confirmation from either club. New Bluebirds boss Solskjaer has already brought in former United youngsters Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli, and is believed to be keen on short-term moves for Fabio and winger Wilfried Zaha. last_img read more