May 14, 2014

The Rise of the Square People

Thomas Friedman, New York Times

The Associated Press

I think I’ll plan to go from Kiev to Hanoi more often. It’s only when you go to two seemingly disconnected places that you see the big trends, and one of the big ones I’ve noticed is the emergence of “The Square People.”

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TAGGED: Vietnam, Egypt, Ukraine


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