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What’s In The Hold?

There are at least 20 million containers crossing the world now, quiet blank boxes, thanks to a U.S. businessman named Malcom McLean, who thought people who moved freight would find it easier if they could shift everything in a box, rather than the confusion of general cargo, of barrels and boxes and piles, of each company having its own system.

Read Here – The Week

The Global Slave Workforce

According to a new estimate, there are 30 million forced laborers in the world. Some reports show they’re involved in making everything from iPhones to chocolate.

Read Here – The Atlantic


Weird Borders

Borders are fascinating places. The subtle changes in scenery and atmosphere as you near the limits of one territory and enter the orbit of the other; the way fencing gets higher and fiercer. Then there’s the shuffling of papers and passports, the opening of suitcases, car boots and, sometimes, wallets.

Read Here – The Spectator

India And America, Batting Together In Asia

On a table in the office of a senior Indian diplomat sits an unusual piece of memorabilia: a baseball bat. It is signed not by members of the official’s favourite baseball team, but by the U.S. officials who participated in the inaugural session of the now well-established consultations between India and the United States on East Asia, in 2010.

Read Here – The Hindu

The Parrot Tells India’s Story. Maybe>

PICK YOUR WAY through the narrow alleys of a south Delhi slum to the dark, low-ceilinged home of a fortune-teller with a green parrot. For a bundle of rupees he sets the bird to work, picking from a selection of cards. The man glances at one and lets his conjectures fly.

India will soon be the world’s greatest power. An assassination looms. He sees an elderly leader’s death and a dynastic marriage. There will be political turmoil in the next two years, but strength will follow. Sporting triumphs lie ahead and riches will fall upon Indians.

It is a razzle-dazzle prediction for a sixth of the world’s population. Yet his analysis of India’s prospects may not be so far off the mark. And its underlying optimism reflects the attitude of many ordinary Indians, who have much to feel pleased about.

Read Here – The Economist

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