Obama Pledges Push to Lift Economy for Middle Class [New York Times »] Obama promises an increase to the federal minimum wage during his State of Union Address.
Horsemeat scandal exposes the cheap food imperative [Guardian »] What do we know of the arcane processes and multinational supply chains that lie behind the modern food industry?
North Korea nuclear test irks ally China [LA Times »] When it comes to China’s bumpy relationship with its willful ally North Korea, the main question is who needs it more.
Inside the Islamic Emirate of Timbuktu [Foreign Policy »] Abandoned al Qaeda documents show a theocracy in the making in Mali.
100th Tibetan self-immolates in China, advocacy groups say [CNN »] The number of Tibetans in China who have set themselves on fire to protest Beijing’s rule has reached 100, according to Tibetan advocacy groups.
It’s Official: Julian Assange Will Run for Office [Time »] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has filed paperwork to run for a seat in the Australian senate as a member of the newly formed WikiLeaks party.
Despite Crackdown on Dissent, Can Vietnam Reform? [The Diplomat »] Even by recent standards in Vietnam, Monday’s life sentence handed down on Phan Van Thu was widely considered harsh…
The missing $20 trillion [The Economist »] Civilisation works only if those who enjoy its benefits are also prepared to pay their share of the costs…