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The Week Unwrapped: Border tension, office spirituality and Fed inflation

Are China and India on the war path? Does your office need spiritual guidance? And what is the Fed up to on inflation?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.

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In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Himalayan drama

The first bullets fired across the India-China frontier for almost half a century marks the latest spark in escalating tensions between the two nuclear-neighbours. After a fist fight between soldiers saw 20 Indian troops killed back in June, both sides said they did not want a conflict. But is a clash in the mountains becoming inevitable?

Workplace spirituality

This week the British media reacted to a growing trend in American office culture: the rise of so-called spiritual consultants, hired to foster a spiritual environment in the workplace to boost employee morale. But what exactly do these gurus do? And are they really necessary, or just a meaningless “wellness” perk used to make the office a bit more inviting?

Fed inflation plans

The Federal Reserve, the US central bank, has said that it will now focus more on getting unemployment down than keeping inflation under control. It may not sound like a big deal, but it could signal one of the biggest power shifts in politics and economics of our lifetimes.

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