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The Logic of Impeachment Does Not Favor Trump Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

US President Donald Trump’s presidency is in peril. He’s likely to be impeached (the equivalent of an indictment) by the House of Representatives, and it cannot be ruled out entirely that the Senate will vote to convict him and thus remove him from office. Impeachment alone would leave an..

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The Asianized World Has Arrived

In the nineteenth century, the world was Europeanized. In the twentieth century, it was Americanized. Now, it is being Asianized – and much faster than you may think. Asia’s rise has been swift. Home to more than half of the world’s population, the region has climbed from low- to..

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The Next Phase of China’s Reform and Opening Up Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Over the last four decades, China has integrated into global networks in trade, finance, data, and culture (encompassing social values, religion, and political beliefs). But, as the United States embraces protectionism, continued progress on global integration will require China to adjust its..

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How to Rethink Capitalism Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

The United States Business Roundtable, an organization of CEOs of large US companies, recently issued a statement that caused quite a stir in some circles. Rather than focusing primarily or exclusively on maximizing shareholder value, America’s corporate titans argued, companies should attach..

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China’s 70 Years of Progress

The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1 will be an exuberant affair, involving glitzy cultural events, an extravagant state dinner attended by Chinese and foreign luminaries, and a grand military parade in Tiananmen Square. And, at a..

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China’s Hong Kong Problem

The demonstrations and the political crisis in Hong Kong are now into their fourth month. Every weekend, people take to the streets to protest against their government and the armlock in which China’s communist regime holds it. And for now, at least, there seems to be no resolution in sight. The..

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WHY NO MENTION ABOUT TIBET ISSUE IN UNGA? Sunday, September 29th, 2019

United Nations General Assembly ( UNGA) meeting was just concluded in New York ,where all member countries participated. Most of the countries were represented by Presidents or Prime Ministers or top leaders of the government. Many issues were raised by the leaders of different countries during..

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HAS PAKISTAN’S FUTURE BECOME QUESTION MARK?

The most serious problem faced by Pakistan today is due to the state of it’s economy, which appear to have become beyond redemption due to accumulated issues caused by mis governance and high level of political and administrative corruption in the last few decades. Pakistan is facing a crisis..

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Progressive Phonies Friday, September 27th, 2019

In 2015, journalist James Bartholomew coined the term “virtue signaling” to describe “public, empty gestures intended to convey socially approved attitudes without any associated risk or sacrifice.” As a pithy phrase that perfectly captures a widespread phenomenon, the term became instantly..

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The Hollow Consensus on the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest will survive only if the will to preserve it is stronger than the desire to burn it down. And current signs are not positive. Clouds of rhetoric, controversy, and punditry, thicker than the smoke from forest fires, threaten to distract attention from the purposeful action..

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Britain’s Constitutional Guardians Strike Back Thursday, September 26th, 2019

The US constitution is not “a suicide pact,” US Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson famously wrote. For British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, however, the United Kingdom’s uncodified constitution may yet prove to be one – at least for his political career. Following a unanimous decision..

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California’s Cross-Cutting Climate Strategy Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

We are parents, and one of us (Lenny Mendonca) is also a grandparent. We are keenly aware of how the intensifying impact of climate change could affect the futures of not only our children and grandchildren, but also of families throughout California and around the world. Thinking about the effects..

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The Puzzling Lure of Financial Globalization

After holding off for decades, China has finally embraced financial globalization, announcing recently that it would eliminate capital controls to allow unfettered short-term foreign inflows (so-called hot money). By contrast, after decades of boom-bust cycles, Argentina is facing another a..

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The Constitution Won’t Save American Democracy Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Revelations that a whistleblower from the intelligence community has accused US President Donald Trump of making inappropriate promises to a foreign leader have reignited the hopes that recently hung on the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Many of those exasperated with Trump’s..

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Tempered Emergency: The Climate Change Summit in New York Monday, September 23rd, 2019

It had a good deal of desperate scolding. Sweden’s Greta Thunberg assumed the role of punishing advocate, a Joan of Arc of fury. The main culprit in her speech at the UN Climate Action Summit was the hideous, super ego, the big bad “You”, ever condescending, ever indifferent, the “You” of..

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Trump’s Faltering Middle East Coalition

On October 2, it will be a year since the brutal murder in Istanbul of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In June this year, a United Nations report concluded that Saudi Arabia was responsible for his death, and that there was “credible evidence” implicating the country’s de facto leader,..

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Normal Intrusions: Globalising AI Surveillance Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

They all do it: corporations, regimes, authorities. They all have the same reasons: efficiency, serviceability, profitability, all under the umbrella term of “security”. Call it surveillance, or call it monitoring the global citizenry; it all comes down to the same thing. You are being watched..

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Locking China Out of the Dollar System Monday, October 21st, 2019

The recently announced “phase one” agreement between the United States and China has been touted as an important step toward a comprehensive deal that ends the trade..

Will Trump Be Removed from Office? Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Trump’s Perfidious America Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Time to Bite the Bullet in Syria Friday, October 18th, 2019

How China Loses Friends and Alienates People Thursday, October 17th, 2019