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WHO IS CHINA TO APPOINT NEXT THE DALAI LAMA ? Monday, July 15th, 2019

Taking the world view for granted and with least regard for the views of the Buddhists across the world and with characteristic audacious and arrogant approach, Government of China has now said that the next the Dalai Lama must be approved by the Chinese government and selection should take place..

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A Test Match with the Taliban

At the recent World Cup cricket tournament in England, a plucky Afghan team composed mainly of former refugees gave a surprisingly good account of themselves, including in matches against their neighbors, India and Pakistan. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of two other Afghan teams – the..

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The UN’s Free Speech Problem Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Anyone willing to consult the international law book on the subject of free speech will find it heavy with protections for free speech. The UN Declaration of Human Rights features, in its preamble, the ideal that “human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and..

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How an AI Utopia Would Work

It is more than 500 years since Sir Thomas More found inspiration for the “Kingdom of Utopia” while strolling the streets of Antwerp. So, when I traveled there from Dubai in May to speak about artificial intelligence (AI), I couldn’t help but draw parallels to Raphael Hythloday, the character..

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Philanthropy vs. Democracy Friday, July 12th, 2019

Donating private wealth to worthy causes is an ancient, noble institution. But, for as long as philanthropy has existed, it has also been a controversial practice. “To give away money is an easy matter, and in any man’s power,” according to Aristotle. “But to decide to whom to give it, and..

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The Art of Wait and See Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Those now hoping for an eventual trade deal between China and the United States should not hold their breath. Contrary to what US President Donald Trump seems to think, the Chinese have not reached their wits’ end, and will not suddenly accede to his demands. A successful negotiation usually..

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Does the G20 Still Matter? Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

When the G20 leaders held their first summit in late 2008, many welcomed what looked like a diverse, highly representative new forum for crafting common solutions to global problems. The group acquitted itself well in responding to the global financial crisis, and, for a while, its emergence as a..

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How to Address Venezuela’s Crushing Debt Burden

When he finally leaves the political stage in Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro will leave behind a grim legacy of oppression, suffering, and economic devastation. He will also leave a mountain of foreign-currency-denominated claims against the Venezuelan public sector – almost all of which is now in..

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Is Plutocracy Really the Problem? Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Why did the policy response to the Great Recession only partly reflect the lessons learned from the Great Depression? Until recently, the smart money was on the answers given by the Financial Times commentator Martin Wolf and my Berkeley colleague Barry Eichengreen. Each has argued that while..

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The Value of Global China

Over nearly 40 years of economic reform, China has reaped extraordinary rewards from opening up to the world. Integration into the global economy – albeit a supporting element of the country’s broader historic turn to the market mechanism – has enabled millions of China’s citizens to escape..

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Can Multilateralism Survive the Sino-American Rivalry? Monday, July 8th, 2019

The strategic rivalry between the United States and China poses a sharp challenge to international organizations, which are now at risk of becoming mere pawns of either power. Whether multilateral institutions can retain a role in facilitating desperately needed international cooperation remains to..

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The Limits of Mass Protest in a Dictatorship

Hong Kong is not Beijing. And July 1, 2019, is not June 4, 1989. First of all, in 1989, the violence in China came almost entirely from the side of the government; the weeks of demonstrations in Beijing and other cities had remained remarkably peaceful throughout. This was mostly true in Hong Kong..

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HAS BRITAIN BECOME A FREE FOR ALL COUNTRY ? Sunday, July 7th, 2019

The recent incident during the World Cup cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at Headingly in Britain , when a small aircraft flew over the cricket ground showing a banner that read “ justice for Kashmir” must have shocked everyone around the world. Obviously, the movement of small..

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Putin’s Ambivalent Illiberalism Friday, July 5th, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently told the Financial Times that “the liberal idea has become obsolete,” drawing a wave of earnest rebuttals. The provocation warrants attention, but not the type of attention it has received so far. Admittedly, Putin’s contention was less ridiculous..

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The Eternal Jew Hatred

On Good Friday this year, residents of Pruchnik (population 3,519), a town in southeast Poland, carried out the ritual beating, hanging, dismembering, burning, and drowning of Judas in effigy. The ceremony included children, who were furnished with sticks and encouraged to beat a dummy with the..

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EU, Onward Thursday, July 4th, 2019

The selection of candidates to lead the European Union’s top institutions has been well received. Assuming they are confirmed by the European Parliament, how should the new Eurocrats approach their jobs? In this Big Picture, Daniela Schwarzer of the German Council on Foreign Relations advises..

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The Democratic Nominee America Needs

The contenders for the US Democratic Party’s presidential nomination have held their first debates, and the main questions reverberating in political and media circles seem to be either who will be tough enough to take on President Donald Trump, or who has the headline-grabbing ideas. But there..

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Occupy Hong Kong Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

After almost a month of massive demonstrations in Hong Kong, a subset of protesters this week forced their way into the city's legislature, leaving shattered windows in their wake. With militant elements becoming bolder, all eyes are on the city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, and her overseers in..

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The Exploitation Time Bomb Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Since reducing inequality became an official goal of the international community, income disparities have widened. This trend, typically blamed on trade liberalization..