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A Rare Workers’ Protest in Dubai Dispels Delusion of Opulent Utopia

Construction workers demonstrate against pay cuts and bad working conditions.

Image via the Dubai Media Office's Twitter profile.

The Dubai Media Office tweeted Monday that Dubai police had “resolved” the “issue” of construction workers who had “gathered” to “demand” “bonuses” in front of Dubai Mall. All of these words, arranged as they were, might suggest that the Dubai police had benevolently dispersed a throng of pampered workers causing traffic congestion.

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Do All American Schools Need to Teach Chinese?

Given the growth of the Chinese economy, Sweden's considering adding Chinese classes to grade schools. Should we be doing the same?

Given the phenomenal growth of the Chinese economy, more American schools are adding Mandarin Chinese to their foreign language offerings. But no Western nation is taking Chinese language education more seriously than Sweden. Time reports that the Swedish education minister Jan Björklund recently announced plans to add Chinese to their nationwide grade school curriculum. According to Björklund, learning Chinese is going to "be much more important, from an economic perspective" than the traditionally offered European languages. Do American schools need to do the same to stay economically competitive?

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