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Pakistan's Soap Opera Politics

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over 2 years ago

Bano, a mother of five who lives in the ancient quarter of Lahore—the cultural center—was without power for days. She wanted to make goat stew, a family favorite and a dish that can take hours to prepare. So that morning, Bano built a makeshift stove with wood and charcoal to cook. “I was ...

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Serbia's Secret To Good Health

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over 2 years ago

Eastern Europe isn’t known as a mecca for healthy living. Those who haven’t visited Eastern Europe might still imagine that it’s filled with smoking teenagers and obese babushkas. Although that still exists, Eastern Europeans have some healthy practices that we could all learn from. For example ...

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Don’t Close Taxpayers Wallets too Fast

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over 2 years ago

News of ongoing economic uncertainty surrounds us.  In delivering his semiannual monetary policy report to Congress recently in Washington, U.S. Chairman Ben Bernanke urged drastic reduction in the government’s long-term deficit. "The United States is on an unsustainable fiscal path looking out ...

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Orwell and the Refugees

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over 2 years ago

Meet the Living History Near You After toiling over researching and writing a screenplay about George Orwell struggling to publish Animal Farm, I was stunned to discover a first edition of Orwell’s masterpiece in my family. Not just any first edition—this book was printed and distributed in ...

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Playing Games for Fun and Profit

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over 2 years ago

The line between work and play is becoming increasingly blurred in companies all across America today. To illustrate that point, technology industry research firm Gartner estimates that by 2014 approximately 70 percent of large enterprises will use game techniques for at least one business ...