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Forget Iraq:

All eyes are on Iraq these days, but conventional wisdom holds it’s just the first step of the Bush administration’s larger push to gain hegemony over the international oil and gas industry. Two factors could stand in the way of the US grand plan though: Central Asia and Europe. A microcosm of this battle is…

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Plus ‡a change…

The U.S. government has announced in recent weeks that it would pledge $29M to promote democracy in the Middle East. While it remains unclear what “promoting democracy” really means in precise terms, such an announcement, even if the money pales in comparison to official US aid to the region, would have usually been vigorously applauded…

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An Unconditional Apology

Wow, this week has seen some developments – Nick’s tragic withdrawal from editing the Harbus, CNN coverage of the event and a question over the freedom of speech in Harvard. I felt a little left out so, to join in the spirit of “covering my butt,” I’d like to just make the following apologies. They…

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Belgium’s Contribution to the World

The waffles are the first thing people think of. The chocolate comes second. Everyone likes waffles and chocolate. Pressed for more of what Belgium is famous for, and you probably won’t get much more from the average American. Which is unfortunate because this little nation is home to some of the finest beers in the…

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Investing in the Future

I feel terrible. Two weeks ago in a Harbus article I jokingly suggested that children were more expensive than MBAs. My son must have taken the comment to heart because over the weekend he took monetary matters into his own hands. There are many euphemistic ways to describe what happened – I’ve been telling everyone…

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Oktoberfest, or, well, um, at least Oktoberget-Together.

You know that scene in European Vacation when the Griswalds are in Bavaria and Chevy Chase gets in the fight with the guys in lederhosen? That’s my impression of the annual Oktoberfest in Munich. I imagine an old city square full of beautiful blonde women carrying mugs of beer and fat German guys in lederhosen…

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What Is An Ally?

I had close friends who came out to me in high school, but it was not until I knew several openly gay and lesbian people in college that I began to realize the magnitude of the discrimination they faced. When I took my first job in the corporate world, I was fortunate to have an…

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IRAQ: The Cold Call Summary

With all the talk of war and an attack on Iraq apparently imminent, there has been an endless stream of reports and media debates over the justification and necessity of this offensive. This has increasingly led to speculation and conjecture, often with no grounding in fact or an appreciation for the circumstances of the current…

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Wine and Cheese and Beer

Wine and cheese are a seemingly perfect combination. Both equate with craftsmanship and quality and are held in high regard in the food world. They are served together so often that the phrase “wine and cheese party” has entered our daily vocabulary. Unfortunately, the pairing of wine and cheese is often a disastrous one, with…

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Immelt Outlines GE's Growth Prospects

September 25 – A little over a year ago, Jeff Immelt (MBA ’82A) inherited one of the toughest jobs in corporate America. Succeeding the much-lauded Jack Welch, Immelt took over the helm of General Electric (GE) just a few days before the September 11 terrorist attacks. In front of a capacity crowd in Burden Auditorium,…

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The State of the U.S. -Transatlantic Relationship

The Interdependence of the EU and the U.S. Mr. Fran‡ois Bujon de l’Estang, the current French Ambassador to the U.S., was greeted by the HBS community with much anticipation last Monday afternoon where he delivered the first lecture sponsored by the HBS European Club’s new team to a packed crowd in Aldrich Hall. The crowd…

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A Taste of Belgium from Upstate NY

On Monday April 8th The Wine and Cuisine Society brought the Ommegang Brewery to the Williams Room in Spangler for a delicious taste of their award winning Belgian style beers. The owners and founders of the brewery, Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield, were on hand to give those in attendance an informative and personal taste…

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Salt Lake Winter Olympics:

The 19th Winter Olympic Games have taken on special meaning not only for Americans, but also for people across the world. Many have opined that the staging of the games symbolizes renewed strength and unity in the wake of adversity and disaster. I had the fortune to attend 14 events (on no class days…of course),…

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Leaders or Sheep?

Who among us are the true leaders? Those who follow the traditional paths, or those who chart their own? Has HBS made me a leader or facilitated my becoming a sheep? Very bright, motivated friends are leaving HBS. Other very talented friends went through Hell Week and came up empty. What is going on here?…

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Doha and the WTO

The November 2001 meeting in Doha, Qatar, was another significant blow to the credibility and legitimacy of the WTO. Instead of pursuing the goal of conducting trade and economic endeavor “with a view to raise standards of living,” etc., as the GATT and later the WTO preamble very righteously claimed, Doha was a blatant display…

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Sharon vs. Arafat:

This nation has no permanent allies, only permanent interests.-Lord Palmerston Like the sound of car horns in a Manhattan street, daily accounts of atrocities in the Middle East, at this point in time, barely arouse one’s interest. Recent reports that Yasir Arafat has shown himself to be an untrustworthy participant in the peace process have…

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The Beer Column

As a beer snob, I am horrified when I see someone drink a cheap beer when there are perfectly better alternatives at hand. To sit in a beer bar poring over a menu featuring the world’s finest beers and hear some chump order a Bud Light makes my blood boil. I can’t understand that in…

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They Said What?

Okay, this is an unpaid advertisement: SEND IN YOUR QUOTES! It takes just seconds, and can contribute to the enjoyment of your entire class here at HBS (especially your section), as well as the classes a year ahead and a year behind you, who you may never see again after graduation. If nothing else, those…

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Alumnus Speaks Frankly about Life as Ambassador to the Czech Republic

Ambassador Craig Stapleton, current U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, visited campus last Friday to reflect on his recent diplomatic experiences from both a political and personal perspective. In a very frank discussion, Ambassador Stapleton first talked about how immediate the September 11th attacks impacted his job. Having arrived to the Czech post only two…

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ArgentinaTrek

We originally thought Karina Bomrad was kidding when she said we would all be invited to her wedding. She was marrying Arturo Alvarez Demalde (OC) in Buenos Aires (BA) over New Year’s. “It will be a great opportunity to see Argentina during our summertime,” she said. She and Arturo held an info session where we…

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What's In A Video Tape?

When I arrived in Cairo shortly after the official release by the U.S. government of the “Bin Laden Tape,” I was surprised by the way it was received in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East: barely anyone seemed to take notice of the tape, which was much fanfared in the US and Europe as…

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Driving the Tiger by John Travers (OH)

This book is a testament to seventeen remarkable Irish men and women. They have built creative, enduring enterprises through their talent, energy and initiative. They have brought pleasure to others and profit to themselves. Sixteen of them are profiled inside ‘Driving the Tiger’-the seventeenth is our distinguished fellow-student John Travers, who did much of the…

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Recruiting Tips for International Students

The recruiting process is probably the biggest cause of stress for most HBS students and for international students it can be doubly stressful. Hopefully the following advice will help. It is generally targeted at international students wishing to work in the United States, but could also be useful if you are searching for a job…

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Case Rip Cord: Disney Remembers Crashing the 80s World

A number of EC classes these days have been quite memorable. Memorable in that they’ve been asking students to recall significant events from their pasts. For example, in Managing Service Operations, “Where were you when you first got MTV?” In Supply Chain, it was, “Tell us about buying your first sofa purchase.” The request that…

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Anthrax: Q&A With Student-Doctor

Q: Is the water supply safe?A: During the present emergency, City, State, and Federal agencies are carefully monitoring the water supply and it is likely that any problems will be rapidly detected. Results to date indicate that the water supply remains safe. Q: What about chemical or biological attacks?A: Using biological material as a weapon…

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The Hunter Becomes the Hunted

In the first article of this series I made the case for action against the mass murderers of September 11 and those who plan to follow in their footsteps. I suggested that this presents the members of the international alliance with one of the most complex diplomatic and security challenges they have ever faced. I…

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Face in the Crowd: Chris Howard (NK)

This article can’t afford to waste words-recounting the experiences and qualifications of 32 year-old Dr. Chistopher B. Howard in a Harbus capsulet is a task akin to summarizing War and Peace in a sentence. His resume stretches to three closely type-written pages with a dense thicket of superlatives and commendations clamoring for attention. Chris entered…

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Fall Adventures

In an attempt to take advantage of the great fall weather before the long Boston winter hits us again, the Outdoors Club has been welcoming the Class of 2003 with a range of activities. Sunday 23rd September saw a group of 55 climbing Mt Washington – the highest mountain in the northeast (6288 feet). The…

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Case Rip Cord:

Barilla, SpA: Given his experience growing up in Italy, Sisto Merolla (OJ) was asked to open this case and explain the significance of the Barilla pasta brand in his homeland. After a thorough explanation, Sisto concluded, “And one final thing. Barilla is known for being hard to overcook, so it’s always al dente. Which for…

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Frogs Find Their Way Home

Like all RCs, Section NF disbanded back in May, with its members scattering all about the globe for summer travel and employ. Last week the members of F002 returned to the Frog Pond as Section OF, and the changes didn’t end there. Congratulations to David and Marie Wright, who brought their third daughter Megan into…

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