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The international companies using only english

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A growing number of global firms are using as English their main language – even if they are based in Japan or France. Bryan Borzykowski BBC News Nearly every meeting Keiko Claassen must attend at work is held in English. No big deal… The international companies… Read More »

Turkey takes another step toward despotism

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SINCE ASSUMING the nominally ceremonial position of president in 2014, Turkish ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan has aspired to endow it with far-reaching powers, replacing the country’s parliamentary system with something more like what Vladi­mir Putin has established in Russia. The Washington Post By Editorial Board His… Turkey takes another… Read More »

You need to back to school and relearn English

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With non-native English speakers outnumbering native speakers, it’s up to Anglophones to learn how to speak their language within a global community. BBC News Lennox Morrison Until seven years ago, Chicago-born Ben Barron had worked only with fellow Americans. But when he took a job with Zurich Insurance… You need to back to… Read More »

NT Indigenous MLA Yingiya Mark Guyula seeks to speak native language in Parliament

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An Indigenous Northern Territory politician says he feels “stronger and more powerful” when he uses his own language and is seeking support for a motion to remove restrictions on speaking it in Parliament. ABC Sara Everingham “I am here in the Parliament House with my language and cultural background; it’s the first time trying to ask for permission, trying to ask kindly that I need to use my language in the Parliament house,” Independent MLA Yingiya Mark Guyula said. Under ... Read More »

Buhari’s Nigeria: Boko Haram Off Balance, but Other Troubles Surge

The peaceful election in March 2015 of President Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general, raised hopes that some of Nigeria’s most pressing security problems could soon be tamed. One year later, the new government has struck at the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency. But Nigeria is sliding deeper into other difficulties. Senior Nigeria Analyst Nnamdi Obasi looks at the main challenges… Source: Buhari’s Nigeria: Boko Haram Off Balance, but Other Troubles Surge | Crisis Group Read More »

The man who studies the spread of ignorance

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How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? BBC News Georgina Kenyon Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon. In 1979, a secret… The man who studies… Read More »