Category Archives: Italy

Italy vote rattles Europe; In India, missing school to work in mines; Will new technology mean end of cash?

1 Italy vote rattles Europe (Alessandra Galloni & Giada Zampano in The Wall Street Journal) In a national election meant to push Italy further down a path of economic reform, voters delivered political gridlock that could once again rattle Europe’s … Continue reading

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Decline of middle class; Why India is so bad for women; Cisco cuts 1,300 jobs; When trust is dust; Germany outlook ‘negative’; India gives Oprah thumbs down

1 Decline of the middle class (The New York Times) For the first time since the Great Depression, middle-class families have been losing ground for more than a decade. They, and the poor, have struggled particularly badly since the financial … Continue reading

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Why students leave engineering track; Italy’s big reforms; Amazon ‘fulfilment’ centre in India; Malawi women fight to wear pants; Driving in China

A1 Why students leave the engineering track (The New York Times) Amid broader discussions about the future of the American work force, the National Science Foundation has released a comprehensive report on the state of engineering and science in America. … Continue reading

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Corn for ethanol up 280%; In Egypt, power hinges on men; Fiat boss fears for Europe’s future; Skyscrapers and financial crashes; Kodak moment passes

1 Corn use for ethanol goes up 280% (San Francisco Chronicle) Ethanol refiners have increased their consumption of corn 280% since 2005. The fuel additive took more than 40% of the total US crop last year, pushing up corn prices … Continue reading

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