Smart Links 18 June 2012
Commentary on the world we live in, China’s challenges, why Americans don’t believe in science, overthrowing governments, and the survey says Canada is the best place for women in the G20.
Some thoughts on the world some lucky kids are about to enter. Thanks to David of Victoria.
Harvard University Commencement 2012 – Fareed Zakaria Commencement Speech
Fareed Zakaria, a Harvard alumnus whose insights into the power shifts setting the stage for a new global era have made him a celebrated thought leader on international affairs, was the principal speaker at the Afternoon Exercises of Harvard's 361st Commencement.
Prudent Bear -- Pavlovian
Global systemic stress has been gaining critical momentum, and markets this week were heartened that global policymakers were in the process of mustering meaningful responses.
Can China innovate? Thanks to Charley of Toronto.
Financial Times -- Industry: In search of inspiration
Chinese manufacturing has made strides but is some way from its own innovative breakthroughs.
Of course dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time.
New Yorker -- Frontal Cortex
Last week, Gallup announced the results of their latest survey on Americans and evolution.
Beating the Imperialists with their own ideas: the story of Muhammad Mossadegh and Iran in the 1950s.
London Review of Books -- Why weren’t they grateful?
In 1890, an itinerant Muslim activist called Jamal al-din al-Afghani was in Iran when its then ruler, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, granted a tobacco concession to a British businessman called G.F. Talbot, effectively granting him a monopoly on its purchase, sale and export.
Better in Canada.
trust.org – Canada Best G20 Best Country to Be a Women, India the Worst
A TrustLaw global poll of experts ranks the world’s major economies in terms of how good they are for women.
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