In Uncategorized on December 31, 2015 at 2:59 pm
By Antonio Graceffo
Shanghai Jiaotong University, China MBA
PhD Candidate, Shanghai University of Sport
Prepared for the course: Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World,
University of Copenhagen
About one third of Iran’s GDP is dependent on a single asset, oil, which has turned Iran into a classic example of a rentier economy (Graeber 2015). Rentier economies can be based on control of natural resources, property, financial assets, or intellectual property. (Standing 2014). Rentier states are capable of generating income without developing businesses. As a result, “When a country becomes a rentier state, it loses the incentive to diversify and expand other sectors of its economy, remaining stagnant in the raw materials sector.” (Sha’er 2015).
This paper will provide a detailed description of the problem the rentier economy poses Iran. Next, it will propose solutions, including sub-steps that make the solutions politically realistic. Then, it will identify potential opponents to the solutions, as well as potential allies. Finally, in the conclusion, this paper will stress that these solutions are both necessary and politically feasible.
Read the full paper on Aacdemia
In Uncategorized on June 21, 2015 at 6:28 pm
A lifetime of accumulated sports injuries finally caught up with the forty-eight year-old Brooklyn Monk. Hoping to avoid expensive and very dicey knee surgery, he heads off to Pattaya, Thailand to meet Dr. Peter Lewis, a sports medicine physician from Australia, operating out of Surecell Clinic for Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, a new scientific breakthrough which is having wondrous results in the treatment of knees, elbows, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Listen as Antonio Graceffo, the Brooklyn Monk interviews Dr. Lewis about this revolutionary alternative to invasive surgery.
Watch: Brooklyn Monk and The Cell Doctor (Part 1)
Watch: Brooklyn Monk and The Cell Doctor (Part 2)
Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a PhD candidate at Shanghai University of sport, writing his dissertation on comparative forms of Chinese wrestling. He is martial arts and adventure author living in Asia, the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.
The Monk from Brooklyn, the book which gave Antonio his name, and all of his other books, the book available at amazon.com. His book, Warrior Odyssey, chronicling Antonio Graceffo’s first six years in Asia, including stories about Khmer and Vietnamese martial arts as well as the war in Burma and the Shan State Army, is available at http://www.blackbeltmag.com/warrior_odyssey
See Antonio’s Destinations video series and find out about his column on http://www.blackbeltmag.com
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