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​Friday Roundup: World Cup Migrants, Conflict in Iraq, Dreams and Questions in India, Brain Regain, and Sizing the Middle Class

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The "beautiful game" has finally begun! And as countries compete for the coveted FIFA World Cup, the winner ultimately will be "migrants," writes Christian Eigen-Zucchi. Read his post in the People Move blog here

Vox writes about the terrorist group ISIS, or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which earlier this week took over part of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, provoking questions about how things got this bad and what can be done to quell the unrest.

Onno Ruhl, Country Director for the World Bank in India, writes of the challenges and obstacles facing girls in Tamil Nadu. Onno mirrors what he heard from local women during a visit to Annathur village in Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu. This group had in the  past been supported by the Bank-supported Pudhu Vaazhvu Project, which also provided skills training for young people.

'The Brain Regain' is the title of a Project Syndicate op ed by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. He describes the success of some developing countries in reversing the outflow of their finest talent.

On, Joshua Keating explores 'Who is Middle Class?,' a question that sparks debate in development circles. In addition to Nancy Birdsall and other experts, Keating cites Branko Milanovic, who explains that, if you define the middle class as the number of people whose income is between 25% above and 25% below the median income, the result is that the world's middle class constitutes just 13-15 percent of the global population.

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