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These key indicators of human well-being have all improved since 1970. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Personally, I struggle with these concepts for the developed as well as the developing world. Whilst I have witnessed first-hand, the effectiveness of international organizations, like UNESCO, the contextual challenges are enormous.

Examples of barriers abound everywhere. In the US, look at the example of unpaid internships. In Europe, look at the impact of austerity. Germany‘s public humiliation of Greece this week is just the latest example.

As John Gelmini and I have frequently highlighted in this blog, young people must get smart and get ahead of the curve.

Let me turn this to an open question:

How should young people from humble or poor backgrounds realize their own human potential?


Our twenty most popular blogs last week.

China Hangzhou Westlake, buildings

China Hangzhou Westlake, buildings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Putin's face

Putin’s face (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map of Cyprus with EU flag

Map of Cyprus with EU flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought that it would be interesting to share our top ten most popular blogs last week (ranked by number of hits):

  1. Man attacks 15-year-old poppy seller – MSN News
  2. Europe’s rudderless strategy on boat people – FT.com
  3. Merkel warns Cameron over freedom of movement within EU – FT.com
  4. Analysis: The delicate dance in the Turkey/Cyprus/Israel triangle | i24news – See beyond
  5. Putin’s shortsighted military play | The Japan Times
  6. Hague: Govt will work with returning jihadists | Storytracker | PoliticsHome
  7. Arrived in stunning Hangzhou, China and shall never forgot amazing, beauty of the West Lake
  8. After 25 years Germany needs a foreign policy – FT.com
  9. We Were Middle-Class Once, And Young – Paul Krugman – NYT
  10. French nuclear plant hit by another mystery drone flyover | The Japan Times
  11. Malaysia travel: What to do in the Cameron Highlands | CNN Travel
  12. Opinion – European Commission – Press release – Energy: EU invests €647 million in key energy infrastructure – John Gelmini
  13. First impressions of Beijing, China
  14. Six mistakes the West makes in dealing with Putin – English pravda.ru
  15. The future: Great Britain or Little England? | The Economist
  16. Outsourcers strive to rebuild reputations after scandals – FT.com
  17. Immigration: What have the immigrants ever done for us? | The Economist
  18. GOP to pressure Obama on foreign policy | TheHill
  19. Provence, France, Photos – National Geographic
  20. Opinion – Why Iraqi army can’t fight, despite $25 billion in U.S. aid, training – LA Times – John Gelmini