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Who is the real Ed Miliband? - FT.com

Who is the real Ed Miliband? - FT.com | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
As campaigning starts for Britain’s May general election, the FT examines the style and approach of the two leading contenders to be the next prime minister. First: the leader of the opposition. One senior Labour MP, baffled by the difficulty of
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104 Women in Congress. Does It Matter?

104 Women in Congress. Does It Matter? | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
Joni Ernst rode into the Senate on the strength of TV ads that touted the Iowa Republican as a gun-toting “mom, farm girl and lieutenant colonel” with “more than just lipstick in her purse” who was “gonna unload” on Obamacare. Mia Love, the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and the first African-American Republican...
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7 Things Farage Does Not Want You To Know About Migrants And The NHS

7 Things Farage Does Not Want You To Know About Migrants And The NHS | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
Nigel Farage told Sky News on Sunday that too many British people have been subjected to the traumatic experience of visiting a "GP that didn't speak very good English", citing a lack of "proper integration" as the key issue.

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Starving the Future

Starving the Future | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
If you compare investments made in education by the United States with initiatives in China and India, Americans have reason to be afraid, very afraid.
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When did we stop wanting a better, more qualified and able workforce? Or when did spending to get there became secondary?

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Asian

Lifestyles of the Rich and Asian | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
Planes with bowling alleys and cash stuffed under the mattress—just some of what inspired author Kevin Kwan's new novel.
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I've always been a little befuddled by obscene wealth but some stories here must be unbelievable. 

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Great Gatsby economics are no party for the middle class

The rich are getting richer, and more exclusive.
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The same goes for what is happening in Europe.

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Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks

Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism
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This is absolutely shocking. Instead of addressing the issues, the solution is to spy and spend money planning large-scale intervention such these things occur? Surely working pro-actively - and seriously - to fight and overcome these issues would be best?

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Apple Reveals How Much And What Information It Gives To The Feds

Apple Reveals How Much And What Information It Gives To The Feds | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
4,000 to 5,000 requests per year.
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I'm happy with this info, especially with the certainty that there is no all-access. Though as a reporter, I would like to go over the requests that have been authorized to share. Just to make sure.

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Focus falls on the brother who lost - FT.com

Focus falls on the brother who lost - FT.com | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
What happens next to Labour depends a great deal not on the victor of Saturday’s leadership contest, but on the vanquished David Miliband, now facing an agonising choice of whether to stay in frontline British politics. Ed Miliband has told his
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General election posters 2015 - factchecked in full

General election posters 2015 - factchecked in full | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
While no party is likely to use entirely baseless figures in their campaign posters, a lot of the statistical claims on them are not exactly straightforward
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A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Valuable Than Learning Any Trade

A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Valuable Than Learning Any Trade | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
I’ve made it a lifelong habit to do things I know nothing about. I’m a hardware engineer who started, and still runs, a billion-dollar software company. I have a couple of degrees in engineering from MIT and a Harvard MBA.
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"If anything, I think we should make the liberal arts education more rigorous. If you teach students one trade, that skill might be obsolete in a few years. But if you teach people how to think and look at lots of information and connect dots – all skills that a classic liberal education gives you – you will thrive."


I believe this. And sure hope he is right.

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Asia’s richest man is betting $1.26 billion on the trash crisis

Asia’s richest man is betting $1.26 billion on the trash crisis | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
Asia's richest man, Li Ka-shing, is pouring money into burning trash.
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I have read some 5 articles on waste-to-energy systems, possibilities - and businesses. But you know it's going to explode when you see billionaires betting on it. 

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China Watch - Political, Business, Financial and Social Headlines that Affect China and the US Today

China Watch - Political, Business, Financial and Social Headlines that Affect China and the US Today | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
Political, Business, Financial and Social Headlines that Affect China and the US Today
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"A Paid Supplement to The Washington Post". But paid by who?

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Europe Finds Cleaner Energy Source by Burning Trash - NYTimes.com

Europe Finds Cleaner Energy Source by Burning Trash - NYTimes.com | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it

New incinerators convert rubbish into heat and electricity, reducing energy costs while benefiting the environment.

Sofia Diogo Mateus's insight:

I'm not sure this trend is that great a thing: yes, it's no doubt better than open air landfils with rotting waste, releasing dangerous gases but shouldn't we try to reduce and recycle waste? Shouldn't this be purely complementary?

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Sofia Diogo Mateus's comment, June 17, 2013 7:53 AM
I take it back. If it's done the Danish way, it's absolutely fantastic.
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A Mix of the Past and Future in Film

A Mix of the Past and Future in Film | My Current Affairs Reading - Politics, Education, Energy, Sustainability, Economics, International Relations and Little Culture | Scoop.it
Who will be at Cannes, and with what?
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Apparently the French would like to leave culture - cinema, if I am not mistaken - out of trade negotiations with USA, which rendered harsh criticism from the EU Commission. But if Cannes is anything to go by, then then its culture already peacefully co-exists with major blockbusters. 

And also in this article, a list of to-see movies. 

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