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Charlotte Fitzek April 14, 2017
Education in any topic and choices made by teachers can transform attitudes over time. For 17 years, the British Council has run an English Language Teacher Training Program in North Korea. “Against all odds, this program has grown,” including teachers outside of Pyongyang, and focusing on “best practices and methodology,” notes Charlotte Fitzek for the Diplomat. The project – one of the few...
April 14, 2017
Top diplomats from the G7 member nations met in Italy April 10 and 11 for their annual meeting, discussing global security issues but ultimately not pledging new concrete action with regards to Syria. Due to the recent chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, much of the attention was on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The G7 “unanimously...
David A. Graham April 13, 2017
The US president, in office for less than 100 days, has abruptly reversed course on multiple campaign promises, as listed by David Graham for the Atlantic. The “most visible reversal” is on Syria – with Donald Trump rejecting foreign intervention in Syria, even after a 2013 chemical attack, before the election and as president ordering missile attacks. Trump’s praise for Russian President...
James Griffiths and Serenitie Wang April 12, 2017
The video of a man bloodied by security guards for refusing to give up his seat on a plane bound for Louisville, Kentucky, is proving to be a global social media sensation. Twitter users are mocking the company by creating new mottos for United Airlines and memes, and Weibo users have made the video its “number one trending topic” with “tens of thousands of outraged posts,” report James...
Rajeev Syal April 12, 2017
A British parliamentary committee report suggests that “Foreign governments such as Russia and China may have been involved in the collapse of a voter registration website in the run-up to the EU referendum,” Rajeev Syal reports for the Guardian and describes a denial-of-services attack. “The committee does not identify who may have been responsible, but has noted that both Russia and China use...
Liz McCormick and Brian Chappatta April 11, 2017
Foreigner investors own more than 40 percent of the $13.9 trillion US securities, and options for investing in public debt are expanding, report Liz McCormick and Brian Chappatta for Bloomberg. This comes at a time when the US Federal Reserve is reducing crisis-era investments in US bonds and the Trump administration plans to launch an infrastructure-spending program. “In overseas markets, more...
Laura He April 11, 2017
“City commercial banks across China are increasingly relying on interbank funding and wealth management products as deposit substitutes– but growing investment holdings, waning liquidity and weakened capital buffers have rendered them more vulnerable to financial disruption, according to analysts at Fitch Ratings,” reports Laura He for South China Morning Post. Her article focuses on smaller...

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