Recommendation 1 from ‘Project Syndicate’

Article Name:The Energy Internet

By: K. K. Yumkella

With 3 Billion all set to join the World Middle Class in the next 20 years, where does it leave us with our supplies and demands

Summary:

Can the world economies ever come together to fight the inevitable problem of supply and demand that is soon going to arise with the surge in the middle class numbers all across the globe? As lives become tangled in the World Wide Web, there is a possibility of the third industrial revolution that is going to be an amalgam of digitized productivity and renewable energy sources.

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Catastrophe: an event causing great and usually sudden damage or suffering; a disaster.
Myriad: a countless or extremely great number of people or things.
Converge: tend to meet at a point.
Decentralize: transfer (authority) from central to local government.
Consequence: a result or effect, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.

Recommendation 2 from ‘Project Syndicate’

Article Name:Asia’s Democratic Drama

By: Jean-Pierre Lehmann

In Asia, democracies outnumber dictatorships by 17:6, but does that guarantee a stable social structure?

Summary:

It is often mistaken that the concept of democracy originated in the Western World, but, only couple of decades back, the number of democracies in the western world were in single digits. As protests rage in Thailand, the important question that needs to be asked is that is Asia also going to witness ruthless killings and bloodshed before it stabilizes as a democracy or is it going to go back in time, just to learn a few lessons from its own history?

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Skeptic: a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions.
Impasse: a situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock.
Raucous: making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise.
Fascism: an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
Missionary: a person sent on a religious mission, especially one sent to promote Christianity in a foreign country.

Recommendation 3 from ‘Project Syndicate’

Article Name:The False Promise of Digital Democracy

By: Katinka Barysch

Has the internet really made the world more democratic or is it just one of the many lies about internet freedom?

Summary:

With the arrival of Internet, the world was all set to become a different place. From 4% in the late 90s to more than 40% today, the world population using the internet has risen dramatically, but what has it done for world freedom? Political parties today are exploiting the internet more than ever before, with internet spies, activist groups, stalkers, and many other cookie stunts, the question remains that is internet freedom going to remain a distant dream for eternity?

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Brutality: savage physical violence; great cruelty.
Mobilize: make (something) movable or capable of movement.
Ambiguous: open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning.
Vibrant: full of energy and life
Potent: having great power, influence, or effect.

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