The EU, Greece, and the Perfection Syndrome

During the past few months, and particularly during the past few days, an avalanche of articles have been published about the most likely future for Greece and especially of the European Union, if Greece gets out of the EU and of the Euro Zone. The Greek crisis has resurfaced this week as a result of the abandonment of negotiations between the Greek government, the EU, the IMF, and the ECB, and the call for a referendum on the EU membership by the Tsipras administration. The most likely wording of the question to vote on will not be as clear as previously stated. However, at the end of the day, the fundamental question that Greek citizens will reply to is a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ to the … [Read More...]

FIFA’s Scandal: Death by Corruption?

FIFA, the international football federation (soccer), has been shaken to the core by the recent indictment of the US Department of Justice, where 9 high-ranking officers of FIFA (the chairman isn’t one of them) and 7 of them were arrested with charges of racketeering, wire fraud and paying bribes worth more than $150m. On a parallel note, it was also disclosed that the government of Switzerland is also investigating the procedure whereby Qatar was awarded the World Cup in 2022. Granted, the aforementioned indictments are just a preliminary stage of a most probably long judicial process. No sentence has been issued. Nonetheless, the US Department of Justice, despite its human limitations, … [Read More...]

Uber, The Old Taxi System, and The New Business World

In recent months there has been an increasing hostility in many cities and countries around the world against Uber, the ridesharing app group, the Silicon Valley offspring that is revolutionizing for-hire private transportation’s way of doing business. The traditional taxi system around the world hasn’t had any significant improvements for decades, since its inception, almost a century ago. This system has essentially been resting in their laurels and hence, ripe for the taking. Present technology lends itself beautifully for ordering a ride by mobile phone, and tracking the type of car, license number, driver’s name, and the waiting time, among other amenities —for instance, to be located … [Read More...]

Lee Kuan Yew’s Momentous Life

The recent passing of Lee Kuan Yew (Sep 16, 1923 - March 23, 2015) is a most appropriate occasion for evaluating his legacy. Upon Great Britain’s withdrawal from Singapore in 1959, the People’s Action Party (PAP) won a landslide victory, during the May elections of the same year. Thereby, Singapore became an internally self-governing state within the Commonwealth, with Lee Kuan Yew as the country’s first Prime Minister. The withdrawal of the British from Singapore was nearly catastrophic for the island’s bewildered inhabitants. The main economic engine of the city had been the British naval base. Its loss left a gigantic gap which was very difficult to fill (an impossibility, in the short … [Read More...]