Both strategies have obvious risks. Cut off aid and North Korea could strike out as a last ditch effort to force our hand in return. But Pyongyang might also be forced to spend more resources growing and buying food. Double down on aid and North Korea might take advantage and happily divert yet more of its resources into the military. But it might also take the signal of peaceful intentions as an opportunity to go further in its ever-so-slight opening to the world. In each case, the job of foreign policy leaders in the rest of the world is to find ways — and there are ways — to tilt the table toward the more desirable outcome. … [Read more...] about Should the world fund food aid to North Korea?
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Our body clock type (or chronotype) may be inherited, but it’s affected by a number of factors, including age and light. And you can cheat the system. For instance, if you’re an owl but need to get to work early, make sure you get plenty of either natural or artificial light in the morning (and avoid light at dusk), which will advance the clock, making you get up earlier and go to bed earlier. … [Read more...] about Why a blast of morning light is the key to better sleep: Professor Russell Foster, one of Britain’s leading experts, reveals how resetting your body clock can revolutionise your slumber — and it’s easier than you think…
Even so, the changes since my last visit four years ago are obvious. The glassy facade of the new, as-yet unopened, airport terminal; the extra kiosks on the streets selling snacks and colourful toys. There is a flashy new restaurant block, high-rise apartments, and department stores where you can buy Dior cosmetics, Siemens washing machines and blue and yellow polka-dot swimsuits. They may have something of a Soviet air, but they do have actual customers. There are also a noticeable number of women on bicycles and in trousers – two things that Kim Jong-il frowned upon. … [Read more...] about Pyongyang is booming, but in North Korea all is not what it seems
Every now and then I’ll see a bag and think: ‘Ooh that is nice,’ or even: ‘Hmm, that could make last year’s jeans/midi-dress look a bit Celine 2020,’ but within seconds I’ve pulled myself together and remembered that, bottom line, if you wish to carry a lot of stuff around with you, you are not in the market for a sleek leather purse on a chain. … [Read more...] about How to dress like a grown up with Shane Watson: Big yourself up this spring with the new supersize tote
'He kind of shakes them in one hand and creates, like, a little dispenser with his index finger where he can just pop them in his mouth. And I kind of imitate him when he does that. But he's a nut guy. That's what he's munching on all the time.' … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama reveals she hits the gym as early as 4.30am EVERY DAY (that’s one way to tackle a weakness for french fries)