At Blu Salt, we find it hard not to create lists of our favourite things. As proud, card-carrying members of the global diaspora, we spend significant amounts of time reading about current events from around the world. Besides keeping us up to date with happenings all around the globe, it helps while away a good chunk of our work day.
Our Top 5 News Sources
For the jet-setter: Monocle
Monocle, a serious guide to current affairs, culture, design, business and travel from cities around the world. Launched in February 2007 by Tyler Brule, Monocle has quickly evolved into the magazine of choice for the globe-trotting urban professional. A must-carry in your carry-on to be recognized by First-Class as one of them.
For the academic-in-waiting: The Economist
Established in 1843, The Economist covers a mind-expanding range of topics from business and current events to science and literature. Noted for its "extreme center" editorial position, the newspaper is mischievously independent in its views, with passionate belief in free markets and trade while also providing full-throated support a variety of liberal causes. It gives every thinking man and woman a weekly dose of intellectual fodder, and a wide range topics of educated cocktail conversation. As much a must-read as a must-be-seen-with in a business class lounge.
For the well-read liberal
The bastion of liberal thought in the United States, the New York Times is a venerated institution. Editorials and the op-ed pieces are written by some of the most respected names in journalism and various other fields (Paul Krugman, 2008 Nobel Laureate for Economics, is a regular contributor). The nature of liberal news is that it depresses you, so rather than be overwhelmed by magnitude of suffering in the world, focus on the depth of experience and knowledge you gain by making this newspaper part of your daily reading ritual.
For cubicle bound intelligensia: Big Think
The Big Think was founded in 2007 with the intent to become a "Youtube for ideas". The forum has a network of over 2,000 Big Think fellows and guest speakers, who comprise the top thinkers and doers from around the globe. The editorial team sources ideas from these experts regarding the most important ideas in their respective fields and condenses these discussions into pithy daily e-mails.
For weekend Daily Show withdrawal: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
In case you thought he couldn't get any better than during his 3 month hosting stint with the Daily Show last summer, he comes back bigger and badder than ever with his own half-hour current events show on Sundays on HBO. In the few months that he's been on air, he's managed to skewer the India's PM Modi, the US penitentiary system and the Thai monarchy, making friends and influencing people wherever he goes. Regardless of whether you agree with him, thank Mr. Oliver for bringing gravitas (yes, I do recognise the irony given that this is supposed to be comedy show) and thought back to news reporting.