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Pye Ian
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Educated in the United States and Great Britain, the writer is a corporate strategic planning consultant with nearly two decades of experience in the media, financial services, public policy and energy sectors. He is also a perpetual student of history and philosophy, and an enthusiast of the board games chess and Go!

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Punk Rock?! Hardly: Erroneous Attributions and Cultural Hubris Behind 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 1:22 PM

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It's not that Martin Scorsese's most recent opus, The Wolf of Wall Street needs yet another review; it's the attempt by the film's star, perennial Scorsese muse Leonardo DiCaprio, to qualify it and Scorsese as "punk rock" that...

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Harnessing Curiosity, Conquering Fear: Malcolm X As Exemplar

(16) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 10:12 AM

This Sunday, February 21st marked another anniversary of the assassination of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, or Malcolm X, who died on a Sunday 45 years ago. This May 19th would've been his 85th birthday. As someone who admires him, studied him, and has been influenced by his curiosity and courage, I...

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Jay or Conan? Who Cares?! Really.

(3) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 11:24 AM

As some of you may know by now, due to the largely arbitrary nature by which television network executives make programming decisions, 40-something veteran comedy writer and Harvard alum Conan O'Brien was relieved of his duties as host of The Tonight Show after only a seven-month tenure, with over $30...

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John Hughes [RIP], "High School Harrys", the Tragedy of American Schooling and our Wider Priorities

(6) Comments | Posted August 17, 2009 | 2:04 AM

Scene 29. INT. BASEMENT - DAY

Vernon and Carl are sitting and talking.

VERNON
What did you want to be when you
were young?

CARL
When I was a kid, I wanted to be
John Lennon...

VERNON
Carl don't be a...

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The Global Tug-of-War Over Iran

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2009 | 3:52 AM

"The existing set of reserve currencies, including the US dollar, have failed to perform their functions." - Dmitry Medvedev, 6-17-09, Yekaterinburg, Russia

"The international capitalist order is retreating." - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 6-17-09, Yekaterinburg, Russia

"We don't have any problems with US investment." - M.A. Khatibi Tabatabaei, Iran's representative on OPEC's...

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"This Planet Is Screaming For Change, Morrison...": Iranian Rage As Bait For US Engagement.

(25) Comments | Posted June 15, 2009 | 11:28 AM

"Come on baby won't you show me what you got, yeah; I want your salvation, whoa." - Rancid, 1994


Wha, wa, wait...what just happened?!?

One second there were faces of smiling, enthusiastic kids in the streets wearing green scarves and Chachi Arcola-style leg bandanas for CNN and...

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Bishop to Queen 4: Recapturing Iran on the Grand Chessboard

(8) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 2:21 PM

One of the potentially more daring and unique foreign policy mandates of the Obama Administration involves a pivotal shift in U.S./Iran relations (or lack thereof). The core reasons for said shift are not limited to America's political interests in the Middle East. More so, they entail intricate long-term geostrategic considerations...

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