Pierpaolo Barbieri

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Volcanic Ash Allowing

The abandonment of fully-determined mathematical models that cannot deliver the certainty they promise and the consequent embrace of uncertainty may thus be, for economics as well as volcanic ash predictions, a good new principle, but perhaps an even better new beginning.

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Meeting Oneself by the Charles

In the spirit of imminent change that grips the world into which we graduate, I believe it fitting to start

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‘Read About It In the Newspapers’

Barricaded in their rooms by police caution tape, students in Kirkland House did not know how to react in the

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A Time to Spend

In the last year, Harvard has faced diverse and troubling news in the financial sphere. From President Drew G. Faust’s

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Joining Euro(pe)

Anyone visiting Prague, Warsaw, or Budapest in recent weeks would have found beautiful old cities in a rather depressed mood.

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Don't Buy American

First it was a “credit crunch,” then it was an “economic crisis,” and now a “global economic downturn.” But, with

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FIRE, FIRE!

Late in the evening of February 9, a landmark building in the Beijing skyline, the Television Cultural Center, was consumed

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Voting Democracy Away

The vote came amidst a global economic downturn, as protectionism was on the rise everywhere and the masses feared for

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That 50 Years Is Nothing

In one of the most famous tangos of all time, Carlos Gardel sang about “returning, with the withered forehead; the

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Pirates of the Aden Gulf

The Western media’s focus on piracy off the Somali coast in the last few months has been light in tone

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What to Expect...

Around the globe, people cheered the momentous election of Sen. Barack Obama as president of the United States—perhaps it was

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Gone With the (Arctic) Wind

It was beautiful while it lasted: Impressive growth rates, speedy development, and a strong and diversified financial services industry put

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The Axis of Guns and Oil

It seems old news to say the world has turned upside down: The flagship American financial services industry is in

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The Bubble Doom

In the first chapter of his most celebrated work, Czech novelist Milan Kundera illustrates Nietzsche’s idea of “eternal return:” “There

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The Uncertainty Principle

Bolivia has a navy. In and of itself, this may not seem noteworthy. But a map will reveal why it

Youth Homelessness in the Square
Harvard Square

For Homeless Youth, Age Can Compound Challenges of Life on the Streets

On Year Later: Boston Marathon Bombings
Boston Marathon

VIDEO: Looking Back One Year Later, Harvard Affiliates Prepare to Return to Finish Line

Johnston Gate Arts Cover
Arts

Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance

Awkward Eye Contact
Columns

Let’s Talk about Campus-Eye-Contact-Culture