The British government has rejected calls for an easing of its austerity policy in favor of a new fiscal stimulus for the economy. The IMF cut its growth forecasts for Britain on Wednesday — warning that the country was in danger of slipping into recession.
King Abdullah II speaks to Jordan's royal reform committee after receiving plans to alter his country's Constitution, during a ceremony at Raghadan Palace in Amman on Aug. 14.
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A boy holds Jordan's national flag at a protest calling for King Abdullah II to institute more constitutional reforms in Amman, Sept. 9. Security forces formed a human chain to keep demonstrators at bay.
The protests of the Arab Spring have made it a risky time to be a ruler in the Middle East. But King Abdullah II of Jordan, who is among the world leaders at the United Nations this week, also sees opportunities.
"In certain countries, you're going to see revolution after revolution, until it calms down," the king tells Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep. "What we're trying to do in Jordan is [to] do evolution."
Circulation figures for Johnson Publishing's flagship Ebony and Jet magazines is up substantially in recent months.
A portrait of Johnson Publishing Company founder John H. Johnson hangs in the company's lobby, embellished with the word "succeed." Ebony's September issue included an article on how to raise a high achiever.
Johnson Publishing Company, the black American icon based in Chicago, is hiring. It's a sharp turnaround for a company that saw circulation numbers and revenue for its flagship Ebony and Jet magazines plummet over a number of years. Those numbers are on the rise now, and company officials say questions about Johnson Publishing's ability to survive the turmoil in the media industry are no longer relevant.