A Wake-Up Call for Human Rights Thursday, August 15th, 2019

The world is going to pot, and the human-rights movement is largely to blame. That bizarre critique, popular with dictators and criminals, has taken hold even among some rights supporters who are stunned by the assault on liberal values that defines our age. Having proven unable to halt the..

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Will China mend it’s ways after Hong Kong protest ? Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Protest by residents of Hong Kong against Chinese government’s move to implement Extradition Bill in Hong Kong have been going on for around 10 weeks now. Chinese government bowed down to the pressure applied by the protesters by suspending implementation of controversial law but the protestors..

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Trump’s One-Way Economy Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Nowadays, when people ask me how I am, I answer, jokingly, that I’m doing great, so long as I ignore Donald Trump’s presidency in the United States, Brexit, the crisis of the United Kingdom’s major political parties, and the performance of Manchester United. But recently, the litany of..

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What’s Behind America’s Mass Shootings?

After every mass shooting in the United States, Americans and others around the world are confronted with the question of what lies behind this distinctly American horror. Though total gun deaths in the US have actually declined over time, mass shootings (those with at least four victims) have..

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A Tiananmen Solution in Hong Kong? Monday, August 12th, 2019

The crisis in Hong Kong appears to be careening toward a devastating climax. With China’s government now using rhetoric reminiscent of that which preceded the Tiananmen Square massacre in June 1989, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters – and, indeed, its democracy – could well be in grave..

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Democracies in Danger

By abruptly revoking the special, constitutionally protected status of Jammu and Kashmir, India has become the latest major democracy to act against a minority community for short-term political popularity. Kashmir will henceforth be ruled more directly from the government in New Delhi, and Hindu..

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Conspiracy, Death and Jeffrey Epstein Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Within minutes of news about his death in a Manhattan jail cell Saturday morning, theories spread with pestilential vigour. Was Jeffrey Epstein murdered? Accepting the premise without qualification, the next question followed: Who did it? MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was not giving anyone time to..

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Triple Talaq Bill: Victory of Gender Justice Saturday, August 10th, 2019

Women who raised their voice against Triple Talaq first: Shayara Bano from Uttarakhand first approached the apex court after her husband sent her a letter with talaq written thrice and left her. Petitions of four other women were tagged with Ms Bano's petition. It was Shayara Bano who challenged..

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The Myth of Welfare Dependency Friday, August 9th, 2019

Social safety nets worldwide routinely come under attack by critics wielding an argument that is as misleading as it is familiar. Measures such as subsidized health insurance, food and nutrition programs, and targeted cash payments to the poor, it is said, incentivize idleness, encourage..

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Trump’s Deficit Economy

In the new world wrought by US President Donald Trump, where one shock follows another, there is never time to think through fully the implications of the events with which we are bombarded. In late July, the Federal Reserve Board reversed its policy of returning interest rates to more normal..

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Can America and China Avoid a Currency War? Thursday, August 8th, 2019

China’s currency, the renminbi, weakened slightly against the dollar at the start of this week. Around the world, the immediate response was panic. Financial markets tumbled, US President Donald Trump’s administration formally labeled China a currency manipulator, and fears of a new currency..

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The Real Reason for China’s Rise Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

China’s rapid economic rise in recent decades has astonished the world. Yet the reasons behind the country’s success are often misunderstood and misinterpreted. The rise of China widely attributed to its state capitalism, whereby the government, endowed with huge assets, can pursue a..

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India’s Bad Bet in Kashmir

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has decided to strip Kashmir of its special status – which granted considerable autonomy to the disputed Muslim-majority territory – and split it into two union territories (a status below that of states) that India will govern more directly...

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The Real Cost of Trump’s Trade Wars Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

For a while at least, trade tensions between the United States and China seemed to have settled into a “new normal.” After both countries imposed high tariffs on a substantial proportion of each other’s goods, US President Donald Trump refrained from further escalation. But, following another..

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Fighting Violence with Evidence

In last year’s Pathways for Peace report – the result of a joint study by the United Nations and the World Bank – UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the world is facing a “dramatic resurgence” of conflict, which has caused immense human suffering and significantly..

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The Race Card in America Monday, August 5th, 2019

The recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, carried out by a young white man who had posted a hate-filled anti-immigrant screed shortly beforehand, has called attention to US President Donald Trump’s own rhetorical affinity for white supremacy. Trump has consistently insulted Mexicans, African..

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Lagarde’s ECB Must Modernize Sunday, August 4th, 2019

As the nominee to succeed European Central Bank President Mario Draghi in November, Christine Lagarde may be hoping that her job will be somewhat easier than that of her predecessor. Yet the opposite is likely to be true. Though Draghi was tasked with guiding the ECB through years of crises,..

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Part of Kashmir is in the Indian territory and the remaining part of Kashmir is under the governance of Government of Pakistan. There have been unending controversies and arguments on whether entire Kashmir should belong to India or Pakistan. Both the countries have fought wars and there have been..

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How China Can Reach its Centennial Goal Monday, October 14th, 2019

Two years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that by the time the People’s Republic celebrates its centenary in 2049, it should be a “great modern socialist..

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