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Global Migration In Perspective
With the current crisis European nations are facing concerning an massive flood of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, The Globalist provides perspective on how migration has changed over the last century.

At the beginning of the 20th century, international migrants accounted for approximately 3 percent of the world’s population, but today that number is much larger with 13 percent of the total U.S. population being part of the migrant class and the same in Great Britain.

In Britain, Nation Faces An Unpredictable Election
In just over a week, Britons will head to the polls to decide whether to return the Conservative Party to office or to choose a new path with Labour Party leader Ed Millband.

Hugo Rifkind, a writer with the Times of London, looks the dynamics and issues which could settle what has been an unpredictable election season.

Rifkind notes that outside of the Conservative and Labour Party candidates, those representing the UK Independence Party, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats will take part of the vote, which seems certain to produce an uncertain result and almost certainly will lead to the formation of a coalition government.

“Nobody knows where all this is going, but it’s highly unlikely that either of the big two will win a majority. Britain probably has a choice between a Conservative-led government backed by Mr. Clegg, as well as perhaps Mr. [UL Inpdedence Party’s Nigel] Farage and assorted Northern Irelanders, or a Labour one supported by Ms. Sturgeon and perhaps also Mr. [Deputy Prime Minister Nigel] Clegg, the Welsh, the Greens and a slightly different assortment of Northern Irelanders.

“The future, in short, has never been less clear. But at least, we all console ourselves, we don’t have just a straight choice between two actual people, like you have in America. As I said, it’s sensible,” he writes.

Short Hits
Even the Middle East is pivoting toward Asia, writes Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf.

Remmbering Gallipoli at 100, National Public Radio looks back at the WWI battle which defined today’s Middle East.

James Gibney of Bloomberg argues that everyone but Americans favor Obama’s foreign policy.

The Armenian genocide is a sensitive subject requiring a nuanced approach from Washington.

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