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Leonid Bershidsky
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 29, 2013
Even Pope Francis waits for Putin
Being 50 minutes late for his first meeting with Pope Francis was nothing unusual for Russian President Vladimir Putin. That's just the way he is — a character trait that provides some insight into his attitude toward power.
COMMENTARY
Nov 15, 2013
Artist mutilates self as Putin paralyzes Russia
The apathy and fatalism Pyotr Pavlensky so dramatically depicted is clear in the Russian economic ministry's long-term economic development forecast.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 26, 2013
U.S. spying aimed at citizens
The U.S. government's efforts to monitor digital communications are more dangerous to civil liberties than they are to al-Qaida and other organizations like it.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 12, 2013
Why Turkey's revolt will fail
In recent years, mass protests in authoritarian states have succeeded only where the rioters had little or nothing to lose. That isn't the case in Istanbul.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan