week, Ukraine has been pretty much in the focus of the world news, but
there are also some other interesting readings to catch-up on during the
weekend. Happy Easter to all those who celebrate this, and keep on thinking about the world.
Media accounts of Ukraine crisis usually embrace the logic of great power dynamics as a panacea and a source for all the ills. But the solution may be laying inside Ukraine. Take a look at this thoughtful Foreign Affairs analysis written by prof. Keith Darden who says that “for the first time since 1989, Europe is transforming." Read more here.
Whether it is for the sake of public diplomacy or PR, politicians and statesmen cannot go without social media these days. They are getting popular online and can almost get hand in hand with popstars. US Vice-President Joe Biden joined Instagram this week, and look at his first post in this Mashable piece.
Kemal Dervis, a former Turkish minister and UN servant writes for Project Syndicate about the effects and measurement of economic growth. “The nature and measurement of economic progress should involve a new social contract that allows societies to manage the power of technology so that it serves all citizens. Working, learning, enjoying leisure, and being healthy and “productive” should be part of a continuum in our lives, and policies should be explicitly aimed at what facilitates this continuum and increases measured wellbeing”, he points out. Read more at Project Syndicate.
The elections in India are half-way through, and Narendra Modi is in the lead. Read more in this Economist article.
You can mark your proposals by April 22, and participate in this interesting online poll. The list is going to be published on April 24. See more about contenders and cast your vote at the official TIME magazine page.
The great literary figure died at 87 in Mexico City on Thursday. His legacy of words serves as an inspiration to many generations. Read this New York Times article on the great writer.