This Week Trends
"Although the sanctions on Syria are less severe and will only impact a trade of $300 million a year, the message to the Middle East is one of antagonism and hostility."
"...the Israeli narrative about settlements still dominates and defines the discussion was in evidence this past week as Members of Congress defended Israel’s “right to build homes for its people”, or its right to “rebuild their capital”, or expressed outrage at the though that Jews should be excluded from “any part of Jerusalem”—false arguments that ignore the fact that the settlements in question were being built on Arab land and were not in Jerusalem (but an area that Israel illegally and unilaterally declared to be Jerusalem). What these arguments also ignore is the cost in rights, livelihood and freedom of movement that this settlement enterprise imposes on Palestinians. None of this, however, is considered in part because none of it is known....The bottom line is that this poll presents a challenge to engage and inform a public that is deeply concerned but not yet certain how to respond to the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is a challenge that must be met."
Hot Stuff Coming
"The banking industry should determine where improvement is needed, how service can be improved and where operating system breakdowns occur, why they occur and how they can be avoided."
"People used to think that more population was bad for growth. In this view, people are stomachs--they eat, leaving less for everyone else. But once we realize the importance of ideas in the economy, people become brains--they innovate, creating more for everyone else."