World: articles

Articles with a global perspective.

Are you Happy?  Happiness is now the goal.  Which countries are the Happy ones?  August 26, 2011.    

Boys suffer from co-education. Co-ed schooling is damaging boys' chances by feminising education. September 27, 2011.  

Can monarchy survive?  As the world shrinks, and the Arab uprisings gather pace, is there a place for this ancient tradition?  July 31, 2011.     

Could climate change knock tourism for six?  And political upheaval can't be doing the travel industry much good, either. November 23, 2011.   

Could house prices tumble soon? Can Merkel's moves improve Obama's re-election chances and prevent a property meltdown? December 3, 2011. 

Credit shock.  Standard and Poor's credit ratings are an eye-opener.  August 6, 2011. 

Has the UN something to say to Sentamu. Archbishop of York is one step too far behind the times. January 28, 2012.

Here come the Civets. Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey, and South Africa. November 27, 2011.   

How useful is English really? It's the "World language", they say. But if that's the case, why do so many people learn Mandarin these days? September 23, 2011. 

Is your country growing fast enough?  People aspire to ever higher living standards, so where will grow fastest by 2016?  August 26, 2011.    

Lobbyists persist despite public concern. Do pressure groups and media with direct access to the Corridors Of Power add value, or are they a dangerous phenomenon? October 3, 2011.  

Look South for opportunities.  Maybe some Westerners feel their countries are largely cooked, but Angola and Brazil present fresh challenges. September 5, 2011.     

Occupy Wall Street goes global. Demonstrations in many cities. As individuals take first tentative steps to pressure the banking system, this movement evolves. October 16, 2011.   

On credit watch. Even individuals need a credit rating, so when countries get downgraded it's deadly serious. Spain's the latest to feel the pressure. October 14, 2022. 

Out of this World: Earth-twin discovered. With the catchy name Kepler 22-b. Could we migrate there? 

Outside bets for their countries presidencies. Ireland, South Korea, Mexico, the Ivory Coast, the United States. See who. October 8, 2011. 

Now this blog is engaged.  On Twitter.  July 31, 2011.   
Should reparations be paid for colonialism? Some UK-based Africans and Indians believe they rightfully profit from Britain in payment for prior 'rapes' of their countries. Is that right? October 26, 2011.

Speeding up or slowing down?  Growth prospects for 2012.  August 12, 2011.    

That sinking feeling.  What will be the fate of nations disappearing under rising seas?  August 5, 2011.     

The arrogance of capitals.  Residents of capitals have a habit of looking down on people from smaller places. Is this always warranted? September 2, 2011.  

The emergence of the banker-turned-politician. In the age of popular aversian to corporate greed. November 14, 2011. 

The Firing Line. Ben Ali of Tunisia, Mubarak of Egypt, now Gaddafi of Libya. Who's next? October 22, 2011. 

The rise of the E7. Hot on the heels of the G7. November 14, 2011.   

The rise of the Greens. Green parties move into the mainstream. Although not yet a global phenomenon, the Green movement is coming of age. November 20, 2011. 

The shifting sands of power. The Old Order fades. September 11, 2011.     

What's in a name? In emerging economies, governments are putting their own stamp on history by renaming cities and even countries. Not everywhere, however. October 8, 2011. 

Which country will call the 21st Century theirs? Two vie, but only one is likely to achieve this accolade. September 18, 2011.     

Who are we electing exactly?  The questionable competence and experience of our top politicians.  Who's running our countries?  April 27, 2011.    

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