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AssessmentsJan 1, 2020 | 04:00 GMT
The History of the Gregorian Calendar
The Geopolitics of the Gregorian Calendar
The history of calendrical reform has been shaped by the egos of emperors, disputes among churches, the insights of astronomers and mathematicians, and immutable geopolitical realities. Geopolitical themes are present both in the creation of the Gregorian calendar and its permanence, and its ascendance and enduring primacy tells us much about the nature of the international system.
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Contributor PerspectivesDec 25, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself.
The Geopolitics of Christmas
Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself. The contemporary, increasingly international version of Christmas is less a religious festival than a celebration of affluence, modernity, and above all Westernness. Without anyone willing it, Christmas has become part of a package of Western soft power.
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AssessmentsOct 25, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
A view of the Hong Kong skyline on May 5, 2019. The protests are beginning to hurt Hong Kong's reputation as a safe business environment.
What You Need to Know Before Going to Hong Kong
Protests and clashes between demonstrators and police have become a fact of life in Hong Kong during the second half of 2019. And the situation has reached a political stalemate. Protesters continue to push their five demands (the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the release of all arrested protesters, an independent inquiry into police actions, the removal of the term "riot" and universal suffrage), and the government insists that it must oppose protests in order to uphold the rule of law. The unrest isn't expected to end anytime soon, so business travelers and others need to be more cautious.
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