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The 13 Luckiest Places In The World

Do you dodge black cats and cracks in the sidewalk? Throw salt over your shoulder and pop your umbrellas only outside? Would you fly out on Friday the 13 or postpone a vacation to a less spooky date? If you're feeling a little unlucky lately, we've got some suggestions.
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Improve Government With Algorithms - Without Politicians

The most abused cliche in politics is the concept of 'change,' yet a young movement among academics and techno-scientists seeks to overhaul the current system with a computerized, politician-minimal alternative. Algorithmic governance is a radical, digital reimagining of government centred on computerized processes. Algorithms -- which already have many applications like sorting incoming emails and controlling traffic lights -- would be unified to create a governing network. Algorithmic government may sound far-fetched, but it is already happening in smaller, more localized ways.
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These Are The Best Education Systems In The World

Education is quite possibly the most important aspect of a country's potential for progress, and, more simply, developing child's mind. There is certainly no one right way to educate and there are, unsurprisingly, about as many different educational systems in the world as there are countries, with most of them believing that their way is the correct one.
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Meet B.C.'s New LNG Dance Partner, Malaysia

To put it in a local context: the B.C. government is providing unprecedented tax breaks to what is effectively a foreign Crown corporation, where the prime minister is suspected of siphoning off US$700 million from one of its other Crown corporations to his personal bank accounts. Doesn't inspire confidence.

The Fourth Revolution: A Good Read

"The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State" by Economist Editor in Chief John Micklethwaite and Economist Managing Editor Adrian Wooldridge is a well-written argument for change. T...
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Is Canada's Growing Trade with this Booming Region a Good Thing?

In the 2000-2008 period, Canadian exports to ASEAN grew by 9 per cent annually, just under the average pace to emerging markets as a whole. Post-crisis, the rate of growth is exactly the same. Doubling trade in five years would require notching that pace up to 15 per cent annually -- not an unachievable target by any stretch of the imagination.
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VIFF 2013: 'Ilo Ilo' Reviewed

A recent winner of the Camera d'Or prize at Cannes, Ilo Ilo quickly sold out its first screening at the 32nd Vancouver International Film Festival. This subtle yet detailed film about family life in Singapore shows the skilled editing and directorial abilities of Anthony Chen in his feature film debut.
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Smithfield Foods Takeover: China's Trojan Horse

The United States must reject China's $7-billion bid to buy the world's biggest pork producer, Smithfield Foods of Virginia. The transaction was announced in May but is currently under review in Washington by authorities. Delays are due to concerns. And there are many.

The Best Asian Food Trends

In recent years, the rise of Asian fusion through the integration of Japanese, Thai or Chinese food in culinary cuisine has been a prevalent trend in restaurants. There's a new crop of Asian fusion that has been hitting the streets using inspirations from the lesser known or less popularized cultures from the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Korea.
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NYLON Magazine Goes Global: Singapore

The famed Nylon magazine has skyrocketed in popularity since its humble beginnings with the American inaugural issue in April 1999. Now, the magazine has taken the world by storm, spreading its reach from New York, to Mexico and finally, here in the sunny island of Singapore.

DEPRESSION: Global Designer Spotlight

I stumbled across this quaint shop in the heart of Singapore. I developed an instant fondness for the Fall 2011 Birth Defect Men's collection -- the designs are a breathe of fresh air compared to what you'll see on the streets. Wearable, but still insanely unconventional.