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Anselm Kiefer: Transcendent Myth and Postmodern Vision

Anselm Kiefer is renowned for his use of unusual and evocative material and the dense texture and size of his paintings and constructions. He uses a range of methods and materials that give his work a relief-like density which, combined with the impressive size of the works, results in some [...]

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Service audits are risky business

A technology service provider that undertakes a SOC-2 audit runs a curious risk; the company that emerges might be a different company that chooses new clients and serves them in new ways. As I’ve written in previous posts, service organizations that provide technology services to regulated industries are increasingly being [...]

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Reading or listening news we can easily make a shortlist of how difficult it is to have in place and maintain such a thing known as democracy. In the Middle east and Africa we have a lot of countries who have been struggling to land there for a long time [...]

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What is Democracy?

Reading or listening news we can easily make a shortlist of how difficult it is to have in place and maintain such a thing known as democracy. In the Middle east and Africa we have a lot of countries who have been struggling to land there for a long time [...]

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