Monthly Archives: June 2013

News You Really Need To See: “With Shark Fin Ban, A Cultural Tradition Ends in California”

“With Shark Fin Ban, A Cultural Tradition Ends in California” The Washington Post, June 30, 2013, p.A8 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/with-shark-fin-ban-a-slice-of-asian-culture-ends-in-california/2013/06/29/2a18966c-e104-11e2-86b4-4efb8c53d62b_story.html “Shark fin soup dates to the Ming Dynasty, when it was reserved for emperors as a symbol of status and power over … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Summer of Middle-Class Rage”

“The Summer of Middle-Class Rage” The Washington Post, June 29, 2013, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/middle-class-rage-sparks-protest-movements-in-turkey-brazil-bulgaria-and-beyond/2013/06/28/9fb91df0-df61-11e2-8cf3-35c1113cfcc5_story.html “‘We are all linked together, Bulgaria, Turkey, Brazil.  We are tweeting in English so we can understand each other, and supporting each other on other social media,’ … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “You Can’t Eat Sharia”

“You Can’t Eat Sharia” Foreign Policy, July/August 2013, pp.81-83 http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/06/24/you_can_t_eat_sharia “Two years after the revolution that toppled a dictator, Egypt is already a failed state. … The state is supposed to provide security and justice; that’s the most basic form of … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “South Korea Tries to Curb Parents’ Education Spending”

“South Korea Tries to Curb Parents’ Education Spending” Bloomberg Businessweek, June 20, 2013 http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-20/south-korea-tries-to-curb-parents-education-spending “In the latest quarter, private consumption in South Korea fell the most since the 2009 global recession.  Heavy spending on schools and tutors had an impact. … Continue reading

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Quick Thought to Amuse and Edify

Favorite quote from a world leader today 😉 Russian President Vladimir Putin on the status of Edward Snowden: “Ask yourself: Should such people be extradited to be jailed or not?  In any case, I would prefer not to deal with … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Ad Hoc Country”

“Ad Hoc Country” The Economist, June 22-28, 2013, p.45 http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21579882-election-called-political-stability-remains-distant-dream-ad-hoc-country “The streets of Nepal’s sprawling capital are choked with traffic and diesel fumes.  The worst are lined with half-smashed houses and rubble—a legacy not of war but of a half-finished … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “For Portugal, A Crisis in the Cradle”

“For Portugal, A Crisis in the Cradle” The Washington Post, June 24, 2013, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/portugals-birthrate-plummeting-a-signal-of-more-economic-trouble-ahead/2013/06/23/64c86c20-ced4-11e2-8573-3baeea6a2647_story.html “The recent decline in births across Portugal — to 89,841 babies in 2012, a 14 percent drop since 2008 — has been so acute that … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In a Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons”

“In a Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons” The New York Times, June 22, 2013, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/world/africa/in-a-turnabout-syria-rebels-get-libyan-weapons.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 “Evidence gathered in Syria, along with flight-control data and interviews with militia members, smugglers, rebels, analysts and officials in several countries, offers a … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Ecuador Takes Center Stage, Again, in U.S. Secrecy Saga”

“Ecuador Takes Center Stage, Again, in U.S. Secrecy Saga” Reuters, June 23, 2013 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/23/usa-security-ecuador-politics-idUSL2N0EZ06T20130623 “Tiny Ecuador is once again at the center of an international diplomatic saga over U.S. data secrecy that will thrust the country’s leftist President Rafael Correa … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Waves of Egyptians Are Drawn Into Syria”

“Waves of Egyptians Are Drawn Into Syria” The Washington Post, June 22, 2013, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-wave-of-foreigners-in-syrian-fight/2013/06/21/e32d9d58-d9b8-11e2-b418-9dfa095e125d_story.html “Short on cash and facing growing internal discord, Egypt’s government is in no position to provide meaningful assistance.  But as the Arab world’s most populous … Continue reading

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