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The British are the new Irish

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Category: World

From www.demos.co.uk

The British, and the English in particular, have had a more complicated story than most: four nations in one state, and an identity forged over 200 years when it was "top nation" and did not need the normal trappings of European nationhood.

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Extreme Weather

Saturday, August 18, 2012
Category: World

From ngm.nationalgeographic.com

There’s been a change in the weather. Extreme events like the Nashville flood—described by officials as a once-in-a-millennium occurrence—are happening more frequently than they used to. A month before Nashville, torrential downpours dumped 11 inches of rain on Rio de Janeiro in 24 hours, triggering mud slides that buried hundreds.

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The case of the growing one per cent Indians

Saturday, August 18, 2012
Category: World

From www.business-standard.com

Bhashar Seetharam and Varsha Das are a double-income-no-kids couple residing in Mumbai. The 29-year-old Seetharam is a consultant with a company, while 26-year-old Das is a public relations executive. Together, they bring home Rs 18 lakh in household income per year, which is Rs 1.

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Japan Inc. tests a survival strategy: English

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Category: World

From www.washingtonpost.com

As Japan’s population declines, all but guaranteeing ever-decreasing domestic business for local companies, one executive tries a language switch.

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The New Great Game in Central Asia Foreign Affairs

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: World

From www.foreignaffairs.com

Regional multipolarity has eroded Western economic influence. Over the last decade, China has emerged as the leading economic power in Central Asia. Chinese assistance there, as in Africa and other developing regions, is not easy to categorize; it is usually a hybrid of foreign aid, investment, and emergency standby loans.

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India′s street children bank on the future - FRANCE 24

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: World

From www.france24.com

Ram Singh, 17, earns just one dollar from the 100 cups of tea he makes every day outside Delhi railway station, but each evening, after packing up, he goes to the bank and deposits nearly half of it. Singh holds an account at a special bank, run for -- and mostly by -- Indian street children, that keeps what little money they have safe and seeks to instill the idea that savings, however meagre, are important.

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Iran and the Petrodollar Threat to U.S. Empire

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Category: World

From www.newleftproject.org

There is only so much the U.S. can do if China continues to do business with Iran. China holds $1 trillion dollars of U.S. debt, and the U.S. is utterly dependent on cheap Chinese manufacturing. Significantly, just as the newest and toughest round of U.

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Cruel Summer - By Marc Lynch Marc Lynch

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Category: World

From lynch.foreignpolicy.com

Stagnation in Egypt. Grinding insurgency in Syria. Unpunished repression in Bahrain. Frustration in Jordan. Parliamentary crisis in Kuwait. Fizzling protests in Sudan. Humanitarian woes in Yemen. Creeping authoritarianism and renewed bloodshed in Iraq.

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The Puerto Banús bubble In English EL PAÍS

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: World

From elpais.com

There was a time when the biggest fright you could give a Christian was to say, "The Russians are coming!" These days, the main wish of locals in Banús - and Marbella in general - is for more of them to come.

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The Multiple Histories of Secularism: Muslim Societies in Comparison

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: World

From www.resetdoc.org

In recent years, secularism has emerged as a new topic of intellectual inquiry. Notwithstanding the voluminous number of new monographs, essays, books and conferences on the topic, considerable confusion persists.

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