Opinion


Sharp Manias: Knife Crime in London Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

A bleak London assailed by daily news about Brexit negotiation, prospects of food shortages and higher prices in the event of a no-deal with the European Union, provides the perfect apocalyptic backdrop for headlines. The city is ailing; the residents are panicked; and the authorities are..

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The Monitoring Game: China’s Artificial Intelligence Push Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

It’s all keen and mean on the artificial intelligence (AI) front in China, which is now vying with the United States as the top dog in the field. US companies can still boast the big cheese operators, but China is making strides in other areas. The UN World Intellectual Property Organisation’s..

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China Opens Border Connections To Nepal – Analysis Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Nepal’s geopolitical position has new impetus, thanks to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The landlocked nation has an opportunity to play China and India to improve its bargaining position. In September, delegations from Nepal and China gathered in Kathmandu to finalize the text of a Trade..

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Congress Finds its War Powers and Weaknesses Friday, February 1st, 2019

It’s possible that the U.S. Congress will for the first time use the War Powers Resolution of 1973 to end a war — the one on Yemen. This would be wonderful. There are some caveats. The bill now in both houses has outrageous and truly bizarre loopholes in it. Some of its supporters last year..

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State Vs. Students: Why Marxism Troubles Xi Jinping – Analysis Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

In theory, Marxism has for long been the ideological foundation of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) regime. In practice, however, while Marxism is employed as an instrument of Party rule, its principles are not. Under China’s President Xi Jinping in particular, a new lease of life has been..

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Geopolitics of Europe and the Iron Law of Evolutionary Biology Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

A freshly released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU: The WTO Round is dead, trade wars are alive, GCC is rapidly Pakistanising while the Asia’s core and its Far East slows down. No comfort either comes from the..

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Nepal shifts rightwards after the revolution Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Ten years ago Nepal became a federal democratic republic when the Maoists gave up armed struggle and signed a comprehensive peace agreement. The subsequent overthrow of the monarch was hailed worldwide as an exemplary case of successful democratic transition. Recovering from the debilitating 2015..

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Shutting Down in Trumpland Friday, January 25th, 2019

It is a political idiosyncrasy that most political systems avoid: the state, as if suffering a stroke, operating at only partial capacity, incapable of paying certain employees and incapable of fronting certain services. And so it is in the United States, which is facing the longest shut down in..

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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced excitement in anticipation of the 2020 elections. This early morning of the public holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr., US voters were given..

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Spy Theories and the White House: Donald Trump as Russian Agent Sunday, January 20th, 2019

The level of absurdity in US politics has now reached such vertigo inducing levels as to render all manner of things permissible. Contact with the unwashed implies collaboration; discussion with the enemy implies assent. To go to a dinner party with a perceived hostile force in the context of..

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A Living Wage for Capitalism Thursday, November 14th, 2019

At 3.6%, unemployment in the United States remains near its lowest level since the late 1960s. There are even signs that people who had previously dropped out of the..

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