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Only a teenager, yet an expert on war

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‘The last war was the worst.” She’s 15 and has already been through four wars: 2006, 2008-09, 2012, 2014. She’s qualified to make comparisons — this war worse than that one, the latest one worst of all. She’s a Palestinian growing up in the Gaza Strip, one of Earth’s more ...

The same old story on rural depopulation

| Aug 22, 2015

The same old story on rural depopulation

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A story that is constantly upbeat quickly becomes tiring. Conflict and resolution are necessary to maintain interest, and while happy endings are still more popular than depressing ones, characters should go through some sort of emotional turmoil before arriving at them. After producer Masanao ...

Spanish-born war photojournalist wins Mika Yamamoto award

Aug 13, 2015

Spanish-born war photojournalist wins Mika Yamamoto award

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Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, a Spanish-born photojournalist, believes photography has the power to make the world a better, more peaceful place. Since around 2000, Vilanova, 43, has documented the lives of women and children living in conflict zones in such countries as Afghanistan, Iraq and ...

Uniqlo can't survive on bargains alone

| Aug 8, 2015

Uniqlo can't survive on bargains alone

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Tadashi Yanai, one of the richest men in Japan, told the Wall Street Journal last week that he was “disgusted” by the video of a couple having sex in a Beijing outlet of the clothing chain Uniqlo. The video quickly went viral in China, ...

Going for gold in the stadium blame game

| Aug 1, 2015

Going for gold in the stadium blame game

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Yoshiro Mori, former rugby player and prime minister, and current head of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ organizing committee, is not a man of few words. When the current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, took it upon himself to discard the design for the new National ...

Growing up to the idea of fighting back

| Jul 25, 2015

Growing up to the idea of fighting back

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Psychologist Toshio Kawai has an interesting hypothesis. We may, he says in an article written for the Asahi Shimbun’s Globe, be entering an age when “becoming an adult will not be necessary.” What makes an adult an adult? Autonomy, the ability to stand on ...