Lauren Keene

Thomas Friedman: Keep the middle-skilled in the middle class

Here’s an interesting statistic from a 2014 labor survey by burning-glass.com: 65 percent of new job postings for executive secretaries and executive assistants now call for a bachelor’s degree, but “only 19 percent of those currently employed in these roles have a B.A.” So four-fifths of secretaries today would not be considered for two-thirds of […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Thomas Friedman: Ready, aim fire. Not fire, ready, aim.

President Barack Obama has been excoriated for declaring that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for effectively confronting the Islamic State group. In criticizing Obama for taking too much time, Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that “this ‘don’t-do-stupid-stuff’ policy isn’t working.” That sounded odd to […]

September 07, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Arab world is hungry for knowledge

Since March 2, professor Hossam Haick has been teaching the first massive open online course, or MOOC, on nanotechnology in Arabic. What’s more interesting, though, he explained to me the other day over breakfast, is some of the curious email he’s received from students registering for his MOOC from all over the Arab world. Their […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The last train to a two-state solution

TEL AVIV, Israel — It is pretty clear now that Secretary of State John Kerry will either be Israel’s diplomatic salvation or the most dangerous diplomatic fanatic that Israel has ever encountered. But there isn’t much room anymore for anything in between. This is one of those rare pay-per-view foreign policy moments. Pull up a […]

January 30, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

We can’t wait for Superman

The New York Times While Washington is consumed with whether our president is secretly a Muslim, or born abroad, possibly in outer space, IÕd like to talk about some good news. But to see it, you have to stand on your head. You have to look at America from the bottom up, not from the […]

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How to be a constructive critic

The New York Times I just saw a remarkable new documentary directed by Shlomi Eldar, the Gaza reporter for IsraelÕs Channel 10 news. Titled ÒPrecious Life,Ó the film tracks the story of Mohammed Abu Mustafa, a 4-month-old Palestinian baby suffering from a rare immune deficiency. Moved by the babyÕs plight, Eldar helps the infant and […]

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