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What We Read Today 25 December 2014

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

Yiwu, China: The World's Christmas Paraphrenalia Manufacturing Center (Michelle FlorCruz, International Business Times)  Santa's elves are actually Chinese workers.  The overwhelming portion of the world's Christmas décor, whether it be baubles, garlands, bells or glitter, come from Yiwu, an unassuming town on the central coast of China’s Zhejiang province. The community has more than 600 factories producing the yuletide paraphernalia.


German author: 'Islamic State brutal and enthusiastic about killing millions'  (BBC, PRI)  The incredible brutality and confidence of ISIS is overwhelming.  They intend to kill all members non-Abrahamic religions (and atheists) and all who follow Judaism, Christianity and Islam who do not believe in a religious state.  Democracy is their enemy because it places the power of man before the power of God.  The PRI story is entitled The so-called Islamic State is even worse than you thought.  The report was written by German writer and political activist Juergen Todenhoefer who recently spent time experiencing life in the so-called Islamic State in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.  He found that ISIS is enthusiastically supported by those living in captured areas. "I thought I would meet a brutal terrorist group and I met a brutal country." Merry Christmas!

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