By Catherine Contiguglia
♦ Though it remains unclear whether it is a cause or a symptom of the civil war in Syria, Michael Peel writes there are growing fears that battle lines in the conflict are increasingly being drawn between Sunnis and Shia.
♦ Looking at the modified United States GDP statistics is “viewing the same objective truth through a different coloured lens,” says Gavyn Davies in his analysis of how the revised calculations impact overall picture of the health of the economy.
♦ Germany has found itself the reluctant economic and political leader of the European Union, but this should not be confused with them being the dominant power, writes Timothy Garton Ash. He advises that Germany will need the support of its European partners in building the future of the bloc.
♦ Nearly two-and-a-half years after the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the nearby beach Nakoso is returning to a fragile sense of normality, where beachgoers are “greeted by two signs: one advertising Fukushima’s sunshine, the other announcing the water’s latest radiation levels.”
♦ They may be wearing blue jeans and American brands, but interviews with Afghan youth show a generation that is strongly dedicated to conservative values despite their Western trappings. Read more
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