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Rising fortunes for Latina America's middle class?
"During the World Cup in Portuguese-speaking Brazil, which has experienced its own huge growth of a middle class, the arrival of tens of thousands of neighbors from Spanish-speaking countries is producing a level of face-to-face interaction with few precedents in recent history," the New York Times reports. Is the World Cup attendance a proper indicator of the middle class revolution?
Argentina's on the verge of a new economic crisis?
The Argentine team played just enough to go through to the next round in Brazil, being far from resembling of a dream-team. Similarly, the economy of Argentina has been largely subsidized and stimulated by the state in the past 10 years and , and the delay in systemic reforms has yielded worrying results which may be an introduction to a crisis, writes Fair Observer.
What are the most "good countries" in the world?
The goodness is measured according to the 35 indicators from the United Nations and the World Bank, to answer the question: what country gives the greatest contribution to humanity and the planet. According to the Good Country Index, Ireland is the country! Check out this the Economist infographic and find more about your country.
Fragile States Index 2014
The Fund For Peace has issued its 10th report which ranks states by their strength or weakness. This time, the Index changes its analytical focus from failed to fragile states. The most stable state in the world is Finland, while South Sudan topped Somalia as the most unstable one. P.S. Thanks to Darko Petrovic for the heads up on this.
ISIS and the turmoil in the Middle East
ISIS's advancing in Iraq points to all the complexity and fragility of this country devastated by sectarian violence. Read this Foreign Policy article and check out the maps which will enhance your understanding of the geographic patterns in this troubling security dynamics. However, if we look into history, than it looks as this region has been always unstable and presented a real challenge for any sort of foreign penetration (from Alexander the Great to George W. Bush), observes prof. Ian Worthington.
To wrap up, we bring you some random creative, visual stuff:
World Bank has some cool infographics which are available here.
Also, have you ever wondered how the creative process in making book covers looks like? Here is the story from Oxford University Press - and some quite unexpected twists!