December 21st, 2011
08:31 PM GMT
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Eugene Rogan, author of “The Arabs: A history” told CNN the world was seeing a new era of Islamic politics with their voice moving from the oppressed to the legitimate.

He said they are finding common ground with secular groups and he expected them to build business-friendly, pro-tourism agendas.

He added the new Islamic politics was open for business.

December 21st, 2011
04:06 PM GMT
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Johannesburg (CNN) - Last weekend I was at a Christmas parade in Barrydale, a small town in the Western Cape - a “dorp” as we call it here in South Africa.

I was working, following the Handspring puppeteers around, telling their story for African Voices. A little bit of shopping was called for, and besides buying a remarkably cheap case of shiraz from a local winery, I bought something called "ampoule couture."

My little piece of art is made of an old milk bottle, a couple of cut outs from a cardboard box, some beads, some wire, a few bottle tops and a crocodile clip.

Take the whole thing, wrap it around your low-energy light bulb and you have a work of art.


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December 21st, 2011
01:49 PM GMT
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Billund, Denmark (CNN) - How many chief executives can put “working at a pre-school” on their resumes? Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, boss of toy giant Lego, can.

What’s more, he credits his time spent at a kindergarten with leadership lessons that later helped him bring the well-loved brand back to profitability.

“There are two things about working in a kindergarten: One is you are dealing with children and, at least in this country, they don’t care what you are telling them,” Knudstorp says. They care about what kind of role model you are and how you can influence them.”

The fluid leadership structure - often reflected in institutions like nursery schools, kindergartens and pre-schools - was also beneficial. At Lego, he says, “you need to manage the informal organization as much as the formal authority structure.”


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