Children Suffer From English Fatigue Syndrome

Overzealous Korean parents are driving their children insane by forcing English down their throats, Chosun Ilbo reports. While this craze is not new, there is now a medical term associated with the nervous breakdown the kids suffer as a result. English Fatigue...

Kim Jong-Il: Help! I’m Going Ballistic!

How fast can a glimmer of hope disappear? (Photo: U.S. Department of State) Iran has been receiving much attention, including a proposal for détente, from the Europeans and the U.S. Envious of that kind of play, “Dear Leader” declared he was going...

Development Stats for World Cup

Visual presentation of global development data has become an art form. To a lay person, mounds of data compiled by a graduate student have little meaning. Gapminder helps us “visualize human development,” turning complex data into easy-to-use tools....

Bloated FIFA ‘Occupies’ Germany

Namibia recently took orders from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Now Germany is taking orders from FIFA, the “occupying power” Germans and others are beginning to hate. Cash-hungry FIFA and its Executive Committee (“Excomm”) have turned the...

Globalization and FIFA World Cup 2006®

From loss of productivity in Australia to imported turf, the international sporting event that comes around every four years has direct and indirect economic consequences worldwide. Corruption and bribery scandals also show that FIFA officials may have manipulated...