When will Africa Discover Capitalism?

Bono still hasn’t found what he’s looking for in Africa — a place free of poverty and the disease and famine that often accompany it. That’s why the lead singer of the rock group U2 has crisscrossed the continent with several key Western policy-makers, including Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill. While on these visits, Bono has […]

Big Plus Rich Equals Evil: How Hollywood Dug Its Own Grave

As executives from almost every studio chatter nervously about the need for better “content protection” technology, those responsible for piracy continue to hide somewhere Hollywood hasn’t bothered looking: the mirror. “Piracy is a huge issue,” warned John Mass, Senior Vice President at William Morris Consulting, as he addressed the audience at the Digital Hollywood conference […]

The Sniper and the Gun Controllers

It was perhaps inevitable that the recent sniper killings in the Washington area suburbs would be seized upon by advocates of gun control. Like so much in the agenda of the political left, gun control arguments would collapse like a house of cards if people just stopped to think through what is being said, instead […]

Where’s the Elusive Break Even Point for Telecoms?

In an episode of Cheers, a slot machine is accidentally shipped to the bar. Everyone starts playing and winning – everyone except Rebecca, that is. Finally, after investing a fortune in the machine, she puts in a quarter and wins a quarter. “I’m not a loser,” she cries. “I’m a break-evener.” I bet the CEO’s […]

Unfiltered Intelligence

Who knows more about the latest Hollywood blockbuster — the people who read the reviews or the people who see the movie? The second group, obviously. The others must depend on the reviewer, who decides what’s worth going to see and what isn’t. Second-hand information is never as good as first-hand information. Yet second-hand information […]

High tech tools to stop the Washington Sniper

I live in Northern Virginia and today I caught myself doing something I never have done before–actively scanning my surroundings for signs the DC sniper. Be it dumb luck or whatever, I have been a customer to four of the locations that the sniper has struck prior to his reign of terror, and I visited […]

The White-man-Holds-You-Back-Don’t-Trust-Republicans Mindset

Singer/activist Harry Belafonte viciously lashed out at Secretary of State Colin Powell, calling Powell a house slave and a lackey to “master” George W. Bush. “You got the privilege of living in the house,” said Belafonte, “if you served the master exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him. Colin Powell’s committed […]

Investing Strategy: Swap Up

You probably know the old joke: “How do you make a small fortune in the stock market?” “Start with a large fortune.” After three years in which the market has lost between a third and a half of its value (depending on your favorite index), this bit of humor hits too close to the bone. […]

America’s State Sponsored Terrorists: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

This time, it’s a traveling museum exhibit entitled “Target America: Traffickers, Terrorists and You.” The exhibit harmonizes chunks of World Trade Center rubble and pictures of the scarred Pentagon with paraphernalia seized in international drug busts, and offers a “history” of the links between the drug trade and terrorism. The aim? Stain the hands of […]

The Other Beltway Shooter

He struck during morning rush hour. He used an AK-47 rifle. He killed two people and wounded three outside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. Then, he slipped out of the country and eluded authorities for four, long years. He was the other Beltway shooting spree killer: Mir Aimal Kasi. On Jan. 25, 1993, the […]

Loose Lips in the Pressroom

Since when did being a journalist mean forgetting your responsibilities as a human being? If you think I’m being too harsh on today’s press, consider the coverage of the Beltway Sniper attacks. It goes beyond just publishing leaked information about messages left by the killer at the crime scene. If you tune in to live […]

Jimmy Carter’s Ignoble “Peace” Prize

The politicization of prizes was never more blatantly revealed than in the comments of two of the members of the committee that awarded former president Jimmy Carter the Nobel Prize for peace. One member clearly implied that the prize was meant as a criticism of the Bush administration, whose “threat of the use of power” […]