Sweden’s experiment with the 6-hour work day

Happier staff.  Increased profits.  Lower turnover rate.  These are just a few of the reported benefits of the six-hour work day, adopted this year by employers across Sweden – from retirement homes to car centers and hospitals. This approach is not entirely new.  Thirteen years ago, Toyota service centers in the coastal city of Gothenburg cut shifts for their mechanics. […]

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Sauna for the Soul

A Finnish proverb says, “If a sick person is not cured by tar, spirits [alcohol], or sauna, then they will die.” Sauna is the only Finnish word to have entered the international lexicon, and appropriately so: saunas are emblematic of Finnish culture.  The country boasts 3.3 million of them, a statistic made even more impressive when compared to Finland’s population […]

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Change on the Horizon: Buhari Defeats Jonathan in Nigeria

When King George III of England was told that George Washington was resigning from his office, the King responded: “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.” Much of the success of the American democracy is derived from the values of our first president—the first man in modern history to voluntarily surrender his executive power. […]

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AbbotobottobottoBATMAN! Pakistans newest take on Six Flags.

Abbotabad. Land of Pakistanis premier military academy, headquarters of the military’s medical corps, home to the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed. And soon enough it’ll also be one of the premier amusement park destinations in Pakistan! The timing of the development is interesting, coming a little more than 18 months after Bin Laden’s death, and nearly exactly a […]

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Petro-patronage: How the Middle East is Buying Its Way to the Top

Class has just ended at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  Several students stroll out of their lecture hall, chatting in Arabic.  They walk down a block of gleaming, white, futuristic buildings and meet up with friends who go to Cornell, University College, and HEC.  The students discuss their classes and the recent Champions League matches while having a picnic […]

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Music in the Middle East: How Hip Hop Affected the Arab Spring

“I heard them say/the revolution won’t be televised/Al Jazeera proved them wrong/Twitter has him paralyzed/80 million strong” – Omar “Offendum” Chakaki, #Jan25 Of the many factors that make up the impressive impact of the Arab Spring, the strategic use of media might be what best motivates those who wish for revolution and for definitive change in their lives. More specifically, […]

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Chinese Poetry: New life in old classics

Li Bai (701-762 AD), widely considered the greatest of all Chinese poets, had an unfortunate end. While rafting on a serene lake in a drunken stupor, he spotted the water’s reflection of the Moon and reached out to grab it, only to topple in and drown without a soul nearby. That he died in such a lonely predicament is ironic, for Mr. Li had no shortage of friends and admirers, in either his own time or the present. His contemporaries, many of whom rank highly in the annals of Chinese literature themselves, adored him, as do the millions of Chinese who have since read and memorized his works.

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