Category: Los Angeles Times

Obama’s strategy against Islamic State? Whack-a-mole

September 15th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

“Comprehensive strategy.” That’s the operative phrase that the Obama administration has employed in rolling out its new campaign to take on Islamic State…

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What the U.S. should do in Iraq: Stop what is counterproductive

August 9th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

From a moral perspective, President Obama’s response to the plight of Iraqi minorities targeted for extinction by vicious Islamists is justifiable and even commendable. Yet the resumption of American military action in Iraq — bombs for the wicked, bundles for the innocent — cannot disguise the overall disarray of U.S. policy in the region…

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‘Brando’s Smile’ biography goes below the surface to find the actor

July 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, Susan L. Mizruchi 0 comments

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Susan L. Mizruchi, College of Arts & Sciences

Susan L. Mizruchi was 12 and living in upstate New York when she turned on the TV one day and watched Marlon Brando playing Fletcher Christian in the 1962 version of the seafaring tale “Mutiny on the Bounty.”…

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Bitcoin trading website accused of defrauding thousands of customers

July 30th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Los Angeles Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

A major bitcoin-to-gold trading website is facing a class-action lawsuit after allegedly defrauding thousands of customers…

Expert quote:

“You build a website, you put a piece of gold on it or a picture of a bitcoin and it gets people excited. It’s like they check their brain at the door.”

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‘Superfood’ trend combines fresh foods, common-sense choices

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Joan Salge Blake, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

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Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Practically every celebrity, TV show and magazine related to food or health has come out with a list of “superfoods” we all should be eating. These lists began to appear a few years ago, highlighting common foods that pack a nutritional punch, like sweet potatoes and blueberries. Now, we’re told we should be buying things like beet juice, acai berries, kale, quinoa, and chia seeds…

Expert quote:

“All produce is good for you. To ask which one is the best and brightest is like asking a mother which one of her kids she loves the most.”

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Luis Suarez gets nine-game suspension for biting

June 27th, 2014 in 2014, Adam Naylor, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Adam Naylor, School of Education

After leaning over and biting an opponent on the shoulder during a World Cup game this week, Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suarez offered a simple explanation…

Expert quote:

“We tend to forget it’s about emotion, not intellect. Decisions get made much too quickly under stress.”

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Can Obama pull a Nixon with the Iraq crisis?

June 14th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

For the United States, the Iraq war ranks as the most consequential foreign policy failure since Vietnam. In neither instance did U.S. forces succumb to outright defeat, of course. In both, with victory proving elusive, Americans wearied of the fight and simply walked away, abandoning the people for whom their troops had ostensibly fought…

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British are ready to rule U.S. TV sets this summer

June 12th, 2014 in 2014, Arianne Chernock, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences

Paul Revere said they were coming, but he probably didn’t think they would keep coming and coming. Yet another British invasion, this time of the TV order, is setting in on America this summer…

Expert quote:

“There is a long history and we sometimes have cultural amnesia about it. Americans have always had this strange fascination with the British monarchy. Even though America severed ties with Britain, that was one aspect we marveled at from afar..and with our distance from it, we can have a less complicated relationship to it. It becomes a fantasy.”

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Airbnb uses FIFA World Cup to bring sharing economy to Brazil

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, Georgios Zervas, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Georgios Zervas, School of Management

As online room-sharing service Airbnb Inc. battles authorities in the U.S., the company is using the upcoming FIFA World Cup to slide relatively comfortably into one of the world’s major markets…

Expert quote:

“Because there’s a lot of demand, maybe you stick your room on Airbnb. These events where you catch a lot of money for your room might motivate you to enter the sharing economy.”

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Honda ratchets back prime-time ads to launch concerts, music channel

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, Chris Cakebread, College of Communication, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Chris Cakebread, College of Communication

American Honda Motor Co. plans to pull money from prime time and other television advertising to launch its own music-streaming channel and sponsor dozens of high-profile concerts and music tours…

Expert quote:

“Advertisers for years have seen declines in viewership in prime time and at the same time have seen the cost of buying that advertising rise. That doesn’t make sense.”

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