Boards and Quotas

Fifteen years later, a letter from the then CEO of Cypress (a US designer and manufacturer of semi-conductor based technology) is still the best response to demands for quotas of women or minorities on company (or other) boards. On April 23, 1996, Cypress received a letter from the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. The …

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Hamas Wants A Ceasefire

Nothing better than to lob a hundred mortars over the border, fire a few rockets at school buses, and then shout ‘Cease fire!’ Because┬áthen┬áHamas can say, ‘But we want peace, we want a ceasefire. Why is Israel causing all this trouble?’ Fortunately, no one is taken in by that kind of posturing. Well, no one …

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Eritrea to UN: Thanks But No Thanks

I have written before that the more aid a country receives, the more likely it is to be locked into a cycle of increasing poverty. So it is interesting that Eritrea has just written to the UN to say it does not want any UN aid, because such aid makes the situation worse. The reason, …

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The Religion of Peace

Comment from Bill Maher on Real Clear Politics (language warning): “All this talk of people who burn the Koran and nothing about the people who reacted in such a stupid way. We are always blaming the victim and not holding them — not most Muslims, but at least a large part of Muslim culture that …

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Outrage Over ‘Kate’ Misplaced

I confess myself somewhat confused by the outrage being expressed over the treatment of Air Force cadet ‘Kate.’ Even commentators like John Ray and Andrew Bolt, normally supportive of the defence forces, have rushed to join the chorus of condemnation directed at the Defence Force Academy and its Commanding Officer, Commodore Bruce Kafer. As I …

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