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Weekly Wire: The Global Forum

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These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

How women will dominate the workplace BRIC by BRIC
CNN Opinion
Despite recent wobbles in the BRICS economies, most economists agree that the majority of world economic growth in the coming years will come from emerging markets. The story of their rise to date has been one in which women have played a large and often unreported role. I believe that as the story unfolds, women's influence will rise further and emerging markets' path to gender equality may follow a very different route to that of most developed countries. READ MORE

James Harding: Journalism Today
BBC Media Center
To so many journalists, Stead has been the inspiration, the pioneer of the modern Press. His zeal and idealism, his restless fury at inequality and injustice; his belief that dogged, daring investigations could capture the public’s imagination and prompt society to change for the better; his muscular opinions, his accessible design and his campaigning newspapers – and, no doubt too, a dab of ego, showmanship, and human folly – has made him the journalist’s editor. I remember standing in the newsroom of The Times in late 2010 when the then Home Editor told me of a story that Andrew Norfolk, our correspondent based in Leeds, was working on. It was about child sex grooming: the cultivation of young, teenage girls by gangs of men who plied them with drink and drugs and passed them around middle-aged men to be used for sex. And I remember thinking: ‘This can’t be true, this feels Dickensian, like a story from another age.’  READ MORE

The 'Expectation Revolution' Is Rattling Chile, Turkey and Brazil
The World Post
The world economy is entering 2014 with signals still mixed, but becoming more positive for the short run. There has been some good news. In 2013 the American economy grew faster than what consensus projections had foreseen. China slowed down a little in the middle of the year, but picked up later. In Europe, the UK finally started to come out of its recession and growth returned even to the Eurozone, although very slowly. Worries about widespread emerging market difficulties that appeared in the aftermath of the US Fed's tentative signal of likely tapering in May, dissipated as the Fed later made it clear that any tapering would be very gradual. READ MORE

The First Photo Won a Prize; The Second Made a Controversy Explode
Politica y Sociedad
Controversy has erupted in Sweden with the photographer Paul Hansen’s image, which has won the Swedish Picture of the Year Award 2011, publishes Terra de España. In the photo we can see Fabienne, a young Haitian girl of only 14 who was killed by the police after being discovered looting a store and stealing two plastic chairs and some framed artwork after the earthquake that shook Haiti.  Now it is known that at the moment of this girl’s death, there were 14 photojournalists present, which has unleashed criticisms and a debate over the ethics of photographers. READ MORE

All Our Challenges in the Next Decade Are Interlinked
Huffington Post
All our key challenges in the next decade are interlinked. In order to meet them, we need to fully understand how they are related. Widening economic disparities, for example, have a bearing on the growth of crime, religious and ethnic extremism and terrorism. Similarly, the failure to reach an international agreement on effective policies to arrest, and eventually reverse, the adverse impact of climate change would make all the difference between poverty and destitution for vulnerable swathes of the population worldwide. On the other hand, technologies like ICT, phone-banking and net-working, properly deployed, could go a long way to bolster development, democratize governance, encourage cultural exchanges, improve public health and provide clean energy. Linkages of this nature, at the regional and global levels, will need to be tracked. READ MORE

Is This Thing On?
Digg
Last October, several dozen audiophiles gathered in a basement auditorium for an all-day conference about “the future of radio in a digital age.” Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian finished a talk he’s been giving to college campuses about the Internet and the transformative power it can unleash when it mobilizes a mass of people around an idea, a video, a website, a tweet. When he took questions, I asked: Why does the Internet so rarely mobilize around audio? What would it take to put audio on the Reddit front page? READ MORE




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