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What’s the Matter with South America?

South America continues to lag behind most of the world in social and economic performance. At bottom, South America’s problems reflect widespread governance failures, owing to the institutions that emerged in the region and the values that underpin them. The presence of some powerful values..

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America’s Compromised State Friday, July 17th, 2020

A malevolent, incompetent Trump administration bears much of the blame for America’s failure to control COVID-19. But there is an additional, less noticed cause: the Connecticut Compromise of 1787, which handicapped American democracy at its inception, and has since undercut Congress’s response..

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China’s Deepening Geopolitical Hole Thursday, July 16th, 2020

The United Kingdom’s decision to ban Huawei from its 5G networks has dealt a painful blow to China. Until recently, China was still counting on the UK to stick to its earlier decision to allow the Chinese telecom giant to supply non-core equipment for the country’s 5G networks. But two recent..

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The Fastest Way Out of the Pandemic

Every day, the COVID-19 pandemic costs the world thousands more lives and billions more dollars. The most efficient way to bring this crisis to an end – possibly as early as next year – is with a safe and effective vaccine, manufactured in large quantities and distributed globally. To avoid any..

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A Shamrock Victory: Apple and Avoiding Tax in Ireland Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

The corporate spin machine was working with typical aggression. “This case was not about how much tax we pay,” claimed Apple in a statement. “We’re proud to be the largest taxpayer in the world, as we know the important role tax payments play in society.” These remarks were made light of..

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G20, Heal Thyself

The G20 ministers of finance meet this week under the auspices of Saudi Arabia, which holds the group’s presidency this year. But it is hard to imagine the G20 countries leading the world, as they like to pretend that they do. Most of them can’t effectively lead themselves through the current..

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A Doomed Middle-East Peace Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Twenty years ago this month, US President Bill Clinton invited Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat to a peace summit at Camp David, in a bold effort to resolve one of the longest-running conflicts of modern times. Though no agreement was..

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Still No Care for Care Workers

Those who thought that a pandemic would make everyone realize the crucial role of care workers should think again. With the coronavirus still spreading rapidly, frontline workers are more essential – and at greater risk – than ever, yet public attention has shifted elsewhere. Worse, as..

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Saving Generation COVID Monday, July 13th, 2020

The oft-repeated idea that COVID-19 is “the great equalizer” is a myth. There is no equality of suffering or equality of sacrifice during a pandemic that is disproportionately hurting the poorest and most vulnerable. Presently, they are taking shelter at the local Ishaneshwor Secondary School...

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OPEN LETTER TO BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF NEPAL Sunday, July 12th, 2020

This is an open letter to the sisters and brothers of Nepal from an Indian, who value and respect the people of Nepal and their sentiments. The relationship between any two countries are shaped at two levels. One level is the government to government relationship and the other level is people to..

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Are Riots Justifiable?

In late May and June, following the brutal death of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis, mass protests against systemic racism took place across the United States and around the world. Floyd’s death followed many previous police killings of unarmed African-Americans who..

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LET NOT INDIA ALLOW CHINA TO HAVE LAST LAUGH Saturday, July 11th, 2020

India has been at the receiving end in it’s relationship with China during the last seven decades. Looking back at Indo China relationship, it would become clear that China all the time viewed India as a weak country , that would pocket insults and buckle under aggressive postures, due to fear of..

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Mosques, Museums and Politics: The Fate of Hagia Sophia Friday, July 10th, 2020

When the caustic Evelyn Waugh visited the majestic sixth century creation of Emperor Justinian, one subsequently enlarged, enriched and encrusted by various rulers, he felt underwhelmed. “‘Agia’ will always win the day for one,” he wrote of Istanbul’s holiest of holies, Hagia Sophia, in..

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Libya’s Double Tragedy

The plight of oil-rich, tribally segmented Libya resembles that of several other war-torn countries in the Greater Middle East, namely Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen. In each case, a combination of internal strife and misguided external intervention has sustained a long-running conflict. Recalling..

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FOR SUCCESSFUL ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT (SELF RELIANT INDIA) Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

India imports several essential and non essential products from China such as button, zippers, toys, furniture and several chemicals and pharma products such as ibuprofen, paracetamol , citric acid, electronic goods, solar equipment and others. India certainly has the skill and knowledge to make..

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The Political Logic of China’s Strategic Mistakes

Some of the Chinese government’s recent policies seem to make little practical sense, with its decision to impose a national-security law on Hong Kong being a prime example. The law’s rushed enactment by China’s rubber-stamp National People’s Congress on June 30 effectively ends the “one..

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Netanyahu’s Annexation Drive Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Land seizures, annexations, and conquest. These are words axiomatic to the state of Israel. In the main, the state has maintained an uncomfortable position based on patience and attrition. We have waited this long; you will wait longer. Be it dispossessed Palestinians and their aspirations for..

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