The idea of doing more for people with needs rather than less — even with private, not government, funds! — is, it turns out, anathema.
In December, it’s easy, as an expat, to forget that Kazakhstan is a predominantly Muslim country. Christmas decorations festoon the capital city, the unofficial holiday’s opulence a perfect complement to the white marble, glass, and gold towers. Year-round, Astana is enamored with flashing night-time lights and the seasonal plastic fir trees are ready for a rave. All is bright in the steppe.
Can you imagine if America’s biggest problem was stairs?
In Denmark, $20 an hour is the lowest rate the fast food industry can pay thanks to an agreement between Denmark’s largest union and the Danish employers group Horesta which includes fast food outlets like Burger King, McDonald’s, Starbucks.