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Maintain the vigil over global poverty

ft.com — For the past five years, the world economy has been in crisis. However, if we take a longer view and survey economic developments over the past three decades, it would certainly be right to highlight one remarkable success. Since 1981, the number of
RT “@sdonnan: Maintain the vigil over global poverty. The editorial that caps our @FT Fragile Middle series on.ft.com/1tiArcf
Maintain the vigil over global poverty. The editorial that caps our @FT Fragile Middle series on.ft.com/1tiArcf

The Fragile Middle: Tanzania's cola wars

video.ft.com — The Fragile Middle: Tanzania's cola wars Apr 18, 2014 : Competition between Tanzania's fizzy drinks producers is hotting up and giving Coca-Cola a run for its money. Katrina Manson reports from Dar es Salaam on the challenges facing those retailers trying to tap the country's fragile middle.
RT @sdonnan: Fabulous @ftvideo by @katrinamanson on Tanzania's cola wars and the battle for the country's Fragile Middle. http://t.co/BplKy…
Fabulous @ftvideo by @katrinamanson on Tanzania's cola wars and the battle for the country's Fragile Middle. video.ft.com/3474168862001/…

Comcast and Time Warner in talks to sell subscribers to Charter

ft.com — Comcast and Time Warner Cable have entered negotiations to sell cable assets worth up $20bn to Charter Communications in a deal aimed to allay Washington's concerns about their proposed merger. Comcast and TWC have held talks with Charter about
Comcast/TW Cable: It's not going to be a monopoly, but just in case we'll sell 5 millions subs to Charter ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0…
Comcast and Time Warner in talks to sell subscribers to Charter - FT.com on.ft.com/1tiAKUf
RT @EdHammondNY: Scoop: Comcast and Time Warner in talks to sell subscribers to Charter - FT.com on.ft.com/1gQnp0e via…
FT report: Comcast and Time Warner in talks to sell subscribers to Charter on.ft.com/1mk2tzQ
RT @EdHammondNY: Scoop: Comcast and Time Warner in talks to sell subscribers to Charter - FT.com on.ft.com/1gQnp0e via…
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Gulf states forge deal to end spat over Doha backing for Brotherhood

ft.com — The Gulf states have forged an initial agreement aimed at ending a regional spat over Qatar's support for the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group. But analysts say tensions could persist, as the underlying divisions behind one of the worst diplomatic

Banks retreat from Moscow deals

ft.com — Japanese banks have made a marked retreat from Russia pulling back from deals and suspending credit lines underlining the uncertainty over whether the west will impose more western sanctions on Moscow's business elite. The move highlights the
Banks retreat from Moscow deals - despite Geneva agreement on.ft.com/1hTNso4 via @FT
My latest: Japanese banks lead global retreat from #Russia, fearing sanctions ft.com/cms/s/0/36e988…
While touring Kazakhstan @jfarchy finds time to deliver great news story about Japanese banks retreating from #Russia ft.com/cms/s/0/36e988…

Ukraine: The ‘war without war’ that rumbles on

ft.com — In the decrepit mining village of Standartny in eastern Ukraine, Boris points towards the collapsed shell of a house next to his own and recalls the words of a visiting friend from Georgia's bomb-scarred and disputed region of Abkhazia: "It's war

The European Space Agency photo project

ft.com — For almost two years, the Portuguese photographer Edgar Martins was allowed behind the scenes at the European Space Agency and its partner organisations around the world, from Russia to Spain to French Guiana. His exploration introduced him to everything from space simulators and testing machines to a living room designed for Mars.
It is rocket science: Photographer @TheEdgarMartins documents space technology on.ft.com/1l87QVM (no £wall)

Pakistan: a fight over the future of Karachi’s historic buildings

ft.com — ©Asianet-Pakistan/Alamy Abdullah Haroon Road, formerly known as Victoria Road, runs through the centre of Karachi's elite quarter. It is dotted with landmarks; the Sind Club, once the heart of British colonial society and now a members' club; Frere Hall, a public building from the same era which is now a museum; and enormous houses set back from the road with generous gardens.
RT @samirashackle: I wrote a piece for the Financial Times about architecture in Karachi and the struggle to save heritage buildings http:/…

Have living standards really stopped rising?

ft.com — ©Ed Nacional Income inequality is soaring in the US and the UK. The income earned by all but a few has been stagnating for a generation. So I claimed in my column of March 22. But was I right? Several readers contacted me to suggest alternative interpretations of what look like grim data.
I suggested that living standards have stopped rising. Was I wrong? ft.com/cms/s/2/1a6673…

Cameron’s attempt to ‘do God’ is not blessed with success

ft.com — Before the last election, David Cameron said that, although an Anglican, he did not wear his faith on his sleeve. It seemed he had taken heed of a line on religion from Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former communications chief - "we don't do God" -
RT @respros: Cameron’s “pallid imitation of Christianity, the equivalent of empty-gesture politics” ft.com/cms/s/0/e2a03c…

Estonia’s Cassandra finally gets message across on Russia

ft.com — Toomas Hendrik Ilves is not afraid of standing out from the crowd. Estonia's president, habitually dressed in a bow tie, has long warned the west of the threat that Russia poses. Once viewed as paranoid, Mr Ilves, since Russia's invasion of Crimea,
RT @camanpour: Putin an existential threat, says Estonian President: on.ft.com/1gIVdc8 And my intv with President @IlvesToomas: http:/…
Putin an existential threat, says Estonian President: on.ft.com/1gIVdc8 And my intv with President @IlvesToomas: cnn.it/1t5iOfU
RT @rmilneNordic: .@IlvesToomas on Russia, sanctions, "boots on the ground", and meeting Pussy Riot - my @FT interview http://t.co/kl05bbax…
RT @michaeldweiss: Estonia’s Cassandra finally gets message across on Russia - FT.com on.ft.com/QkjtLm via @FT
Estonia’s Cassandra finally gets message across on Russia - FT.com on.ft.com/QkjtLm via @FT @ilvestoomas

The Syrian who gave up his tech career to open Seattle restaurant

ft.com — ©Jose Mandojana Eager to challenge the negative stereotypes about the Middle East that he encountered in the US, Wassef Haroun, a Syrian brought up mostly in Lebanon, decided to leave his career in technology to open a Middle Eastern restaurant with his Iranian-Syrian wife, Racha.
So much goodness in my new home: The Syrian who gave up his tech career to open #Seattle restaurant on.ft.com/Qtzs9C via @FT

Shijuro Ogata, former central banker who opened up Japan’s bureaucracy

blogs.ft.com — The World with Gideon Rachman Commentary on international affairs, with Gideon Rachman and his colleagues If you have yet to register on FT.com you will be asked to do so before you begin to read FT blogs. However, our posts remain free.
Lovely story of a (recently deceased) BOJ deputy governor who got Japanese bureaucracy to open up to western press. blogs.ft.com/the-world/2014…
RT @mcgregorrichard: Lovely obituary of Shijuro Ogata, the former central banker who helped open Japan’s bureaucracy to the world. http://t…
lovely obituary of Shijuro Ogata, the man who opened up Japanese bureaucracy to western media, by Jurek Martin blogs.ft.com/the-world/2014…
RT @fttheworld: Shijuro Ogata, former central banker who opened up Japan’s bureaucracy on.ft.com/1gPnu47

The Fragile Middle: Nigeria’s high living costs weigh on consumers

ft.com — "Those, those!", exclaims the girl, pointing to an outsized bag of marshmallows on the top of the shelf, way above her reach. "Please, those!" she insists. Her parents look at the price and hesitate for a few seconds, but five-year-old Tomiwa
RT @David_McNair: The Fragile Middle: Rising inequality in Africa weighs on new consumers: on.ft.com/1h9tUHb #FT
This great piece from #nigeria by @javierblas for our @FT Fragile Middle series should really be in our most read. on.ft.com/Pc0npp
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‘The Wrong Enemy’, by Carlotta Gall; ‘Magnificent Delusions’, by Husain Haqqani

ft.com — The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001-2014, by Carlotta Gall, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, RRP$28, 352 pages Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding, by Husain Haqqani, PublicAffairs, RRP£19.99/RRP$28.99, 432 page Pakistan as the source of Afghanistan's troubles, and as a breeding ground for international Islamist terror: these are not new realities, but it has taken more than a decade for the world fully to grasp the dangers posed by an unstable Muslim country of nearly 200m people that has supposedly been a US ally since the cold war.
.@VJMallet: It has taken more than a decade for the world fully to grasp the dangers posed by #Pakistan. ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/0…
#Afghanistan ‘The Wrong Enemy’ by Carlotta Gall; ‘Magnificent Delusions’ by Husain Haqqani - FT.com on.ft.com/RvlAwS
#Pakistan ‘The Wrong Enemy’, by Carlotta Gall; ‘Magnificent Delusions’, by Husain Haqqani - FT.com on.ft.com/RvlAwS
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