The Week’s Worth Elsewhere

Plowing Through Plowshares

This view reminds me of a fact my former professor told our class once: Land Reforms and other agricultural programs’ benefits often have the flaw of not actually being felt by the most destitute farmers for whom the endeavors are supposed to be for. That Pakistani viewpoint highlights just how much the centuries-old problem still remains. Talk about people remaining essentially the same.

Wanning Wages

An insight on Central Asians’ struggle to cope with minimal wages got featured in Eurasianet this week. Given that fact (minimal wages) it wasn’t pretty surprising to have snapshots of emmigration of profesionals and corruption among public officials included there. After all the same factors and scenarios have been playing out here in the Philippines ever since I can remember.

The Urban Rush

An IRIN News article this week focuses on something I’ve blogged about at least twice: Urbanization. Apart from the same points raised in the other reads I wrote about here before, (i.e. challenges and existing problems because of growing urban population globally, lack of urban planning, urban crime and violence, and poverty,) the read includes South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin American glimpses of the issue.

The Markets’ Value

Finally an Economist article places financial centers around the world at present in parallel with the Middle Ages’ powerful city-states. Apparently New York and London has managed to remain ahead of the pack despite the more global nature of the market and the challenges posed by today’s advances in technology in the world of business.


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