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Frank Islam
Frank Islam is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He currently heads the FI Investment Group. Frank was the founder and CEO of the QSS Group and information technology firm that generated annual revenues in excess of $300M. He serves on numerous boards and advisory councils including the U.S Institute of Peace, the Department of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee, and the George Mason University School of Management.

Entries by Frank Islam

Fighting Poverty in the U.S. Today: Words But No War

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 9:41 AM

Believe it or not as 2015 drew to a close and 2016 started, poverty became a hot topic again.

In December, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Brookings Institution (Brookings) released a report titled: Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the...

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Time to Focus on Individual Economic-Well Being of/for All

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 11:22 AM

In conventional thinking about the economy, standard assumptions include:

  • Economic growth creates jobs
  • Jobs create individual prosperity
  • A rising tide raises all boats

A new report from the Metropolitan Policy Program (MPP) of the Brookings Institution, discloses that it's time to forget those assumptions and to start looking at things...

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Musings on Words of the Year for 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 9:34 PM

Q. When is a word not a word? A. When it is chosen to be the word of the year.

Here are two cases in point.

In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford) selection for word of the year announced in October was a pictograph - officially called the...

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2016: Two Roads Diverge in America This Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 12:05 AM

The race to win the nomination to be their party's candidate for President of the United States in 2016 has presented stunning contrasts in substance, style and tone.

In January of 2012, we wrote a blog commenting on the nature and implications of the national conversation during...

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Donald Trump Is Being Politically Correct

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 12:09 PM

Donald Trump frequently asserts that he's not being politically correct in what he says.

For example, in an interview with Jake Tapper of CNN before the final Republican debate this year he proclaimed, "I'm not looking to be politically correct. I'm doing this to do the...

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Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods: Building Blocks for the Future of America's Cities

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 1:08 PM

Neighborhoods -- stepping stones or millstones? The choice is ours. Let's make it the right one for all of our American kids.

Those were the closing lines for our blog on urban education which The Huffington Post ran on June 30, 2015. In that blog, and others posted...

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Being There: Chauncey Gardiner. Being Here: Ben Carson.

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2015 | 12:44 PM

In 1979, Peter Sellers played a fictional character, Chance the gardener (Chauncey Gardiner) in the best-selling movie, Being There. In 2015, Ben Carson, a brain surgeon - portraying himself - is a candidate for President of the United States of America in Being Here.

Although one story is fact and...

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Let's Make Black Friday Thankful Friday

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 4:49 PM

Over the past several years, Black Friday has become more important for some than Thanksgiving. Commercial interests and retailers have appropriated and transformed this once sleepy day after Thanksgiving into 24 hours of shopping gone wild.

Stores open early, crowds queue up in line and on-line in search of...

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The Critical Need to Sustain Pre-K Gains by Closing the Educational Chasm

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 7:32 PM

Over the past month or so, the ongoing debate about the efficacy of pre-K programming for children from low income backgrounds reared its ugly head again. The debate was precipitated by a new research study from Tennessee which showed that although youth in a statewide subsidized program had...

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Ben Carson: Should We Take Him at His Word?

(8) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 1:30 PM

According to the polls, Dr. Ben Carson is one of the leading candidates for the Republican nomination for President.

His primary qualifications for that position appear to be his outsider status (he has never run for nor held a political office); his calm demeanor and soothing voice; and, his...

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Making the Digital Connections to Improve Education in the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 5:54 PM

A tremendous emphasis has been placed in this century on improving the quality of and outcomes from education. The most well-known efforts are: "No Child Left Behind" initiated by the Bush administration; "Race to the Top" initiated by the Obama administration; and "Common Core Standards" initiated by the National Governors...

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Preserving American Democracy: Religious Freedom and Freedom from Religion

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 2:26 PM

The guarantee of religious freedom was one of the fundamental precepts upon which the American democracy was founded. In the 21st century, we need to add a new precept to the list. That precept is the guarantee of freedom from religious interference in the core processes of our democracy.


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Two Capitalist Tales: A Kickstart and a Kick in the Head

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 7:24 PM

These are two tales about capitalism at its best and at its worst. These are true stories because even Hollywood at its brashest could not write fictional scripts better than these to depict the duality of capitalism.

On Monday, September 21, The New York Time's ran two contrasting articles on...

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The Ugly American: A Perspective in 2015

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 3:55 PM

In 1958, The Ugly American was a popular novel. The book told the story of the U.S. diplomatic corps in Sarkhan, a fictional country in Southeast Asia, who lost a battle against communism due to its narrow, chauvinistic American-centric approach to dealing with the culture and conditions of...

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Donald Trump: The Sorcerer Not 'The Apprentice'

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 3:12 PM

Donald Trump was the star of the now-cancelled TV show The Apprentice. That show was misnamed in that it had nothing to do with apprenticeship.

An apprentice is one who works under the direction of a mentor to develop the necessary skills to be proficient in a job. The classic...

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Labor Day 2015: Workers Getting Organized

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 1:32 PM

On this Labor Day 2015, there are nascent signs that workers may be gaining a little ground.

These include: Companies like Walmart and T.J. Maxx increasing their minimum wage. Companies like Gap and Starbucks changing their job scheduling policies. And, companies like Google...

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Summer Reading: Meet Harper, Meet Theodor, Meet Walt, Meet America

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 1:33 PM

As the summer of 2015 begins to wind down, from the media standpoint, it can be said unequivocally that it has been Trump Time.

The attention given to and appeal of Donald Trump says something about who we are as Americans. We say more about that at the end...

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Super Uber or Uber Stupor?

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:57 AM

Is Uber taking us for a ride? That's the concern on a lot of folks' minds as this international company which is currently valued at more than $50 billion moves to transform and dominate the car-for-hire transportation business here in the United States and around the world.


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U.S. Airlines -- On a 'Collusion' Course?

(6) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 2:28 PM

In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously disappeared somewhere -- it is believed -- in the Indian Ocean. There was a broad-based search for the plane but to date, the airliner has not been discovered and no generally accepted reason has been proposed for its disappearance.

In the...

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Squeezing the Yahoos: The Airline Business Model

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:23 AM

Squeeze the yahoos. Squeeze them till it hurts.

That appears to be the current airline business model for customer pricing, seating, luggage storage, amenities, service, and communication management. While the model might be very unpalatable for the majority of us "yahoos" who have to fly today's unfriendly skies, it...

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