Thomas Friedman, New York Times’ foreign affairs columnist, wrote about the joys of call-centre work in Bangalore on February 29. These jobs, are giving young people "self-confidence, dignity and optimism" - and that’s not just good for Indians, but for Americans as well. Why? Because happy workers paid to help U.S. tourists locate the luggage they’ve lost on Delta flights are less inclined to strap on dynamite and blow up those same planes.
On April 5, Indonesia will hold the first of three votes to elect its parliamentary representatives and president. These elections will be Indonesians’ first chance to elect their president directly. But political stability is far from being assured in this the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Despite frequent references in the western press to Indonesia’s problems with terrorism, it is the military and foreign companies that appear to play a more important role in this year’s election.
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