By Fareed Zakaria
“It isn't just the raw figures that are fueling concern among the governments of developing nations. From Beijing to New Delhi to Rio, the upswing has fostered a new self-awareness in people, creating a broad popular movement in the truest sense of the term,” write Erich Follath and Martin Hesse in Der Spiegel. “In recent years, impressive middle classes have taken shape in virtually all of the emerging economies.”
“Members of that middle class are now demanding a larger piece of the pie and higher wages. At the same time, they also want ‘good governance’ – meaning greater responsibility and accountability for their leaders – and the right to increased democratic participation. Economic progress has served as catalyst for political demands. If that dream now suddenly ends, it could also slam the brakes on these emerging popular movements – or at least stir emotions in dangerous ways.”
"Our will-to-comfort, combined with our technological powers, creates a stark possibility," writes Tim Wu in the New Yorker. "If we’re not careful, our technological evolution will take us toward not a singularity but a sofalarity. That’s a future defined not by an evolution toward superintelligence but by the absence of discomforts."
“The complex machinery of Brussels decision-making is well-known in Britain. To the Americans, it’s a mind-boggling juggernaut, stemming chiefly from a lack of understanding about issues of sovereignty and the reality of trying to shape common policies out of the politics of 28 different countries,” argues Allie Renison in The Spectator. “Washington’s mindset is ‘just get it done’, and the concept of endless discussions between multiple EU institutions just to reach a consensus is something U.S. officials struggle to get their heads around.”
“With Egypt clearly shifting away from democracy, it is critical that international media are able to report freely on government abuses,” writes Sherif Mansour in the Washington Post. “If they have support from the international community, journalists and press-freedom groups working with progressive factions within and outside the government could still limit the power of the military and security services.”
“Soon, however, Egypt could fall into an information black hole and a sense of impunity could make the minor act of interviewing members of the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist crime – in Egypt and any other country taking notes on how to get away with criminalizing journalism.”