Feminism doesn’t need more inspiration—it needs more anger

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From the stage of the Women in the World (WITW) conference, a summit organized by media powerhouse Tina Brown for the sixth year in a row, Sunitha Krishnan, a feisty Indian anti-trafficking activist, asked the audience: “Why are we silent? Why do we sit and expect someone else to ring the bell?”

She wanted to know why her campaign to stop rape by shaming rapists has found such little support. Yet her question, angry at the state of things (“enough is enough!” she declared), begged for a deeper answer. When the moderator asked what could the audience do to help, Krishnan said she was worried the conference would amount to a couple of days spent with great women in a nice, air-conditioned environment, listening to inspiring stories and revealing good intentions that ultimately were not going to result in much action.

That is, indeed, a legitimate worry to have as women’s conferences are frequent (at the time of writing, two big…

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Germans are paranoid that the US is spying on their data

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Germany and the United States have enjoyed a special relationship ever since World War II. But today, the strength of that relationship is being tested by differences over personal privacy rights: Germans deeply distrust how the US handles digital data.

When asked in 2013 whether they thought the US government respects its citizens’ personal freedom, 81% of Germans said yes. But in 2014, after the Snowden revelations made clear the extent of US National Security Agency (NSA) spying, that number dropped to 58%.

“There’s a historical context for Germans’ sacrosanct view of privacy, because this country had the Nazi dictatorship and then the East German government with the Stasi,” Sudha David-Wilp, a fellow at the German Marshall Fund, tells Quartz from Berlin. “The Snowden revelations created mistrust: Is America really a benign power?”

The idea of personal data privacy is deeply ingrained in German culture. Germans even have a word…

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By 2020, South Koreans will have a better standard of living than the French

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Many Koreans have an affinity for French things. Namely, French baked goods. Witness the rise of Korean bakery chain Paris Baguette, which aims to become the McDonald’s of French-style boulangeries. (The French do not approve.) Consider that even amid widespread starvation in North Korea, elites there are desperately trying to find ways to get their hands on a good baguette.

At any rate, if a global baguette bidding war breaks out, South Koreans are increasingly well placed to compete.

In South Korea, per capita GDP—a ballpark gauge of living standards—has been gaining ground on what traditionally have been some of the world’s richest countries. South Korean GDP per capita has more than doubled since the end of the 20th century, to $35,277 last year, adjusted for purchasing power parity. In a recent analysis, analysts at Moody’s forecast that South Korea’s GDP per capita is set to rise to $46,980 in…

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