Street protests that have plagued Kashmir are likely to continue in the absence of meaningful political engagement between New Delhi and local stakeholders. Indian-administered Kashmir has seen a new wave of unrest since early July when security forces killed 22-year-old Burhan Wani, the former head of the Hizb-ul-Mujhaideen militant group and a popular separatist leader in the Read More
Human intervention has been responsible for polluting and emptying water resources at a criminal rate. I love looking at lists of our culture’s greatest achievements. I’m always astounded, for example, to read of the stupendous effort that went into building the Pyramids of Giza: At least 10,000 people worked for 30 years to erect giant Read More
Illiberal populists all over the world are benefiting from three simultaneous backlashes. The history of political parties is rather boring. Not much has changed since the French Revolution, which produced the terms “Left” and “Right” to reflect where people sat in the National Assembly. The early 20th century saw the rise of communist parties on the Read More
America has lost its sense of irony. Completely. US presidential candidate Donald Trump had recently unveiled a plan to put immigrants through a new screening test to filter out potential terrorists. What he calls extreme, extreme vetting would involve temporary suspension on immigration from countries that have a history of exporting terrorism, a visa reform Read More
The best way to avoid stagnation induced by uncertainty is for governments to look at the road ahead. Interest rates are low, so it should be attractive for companies to borrow and invest in new products and markets. But American companies are not doing that. Instead, they are spending about $500 billion every year buying Read More
The World This Week
Thailand is deeply divided on class and regional lines, with the Bangkok monarchist elite engaged in a brutal battle with the Shinawatra clan as a Malay-Muslim insurgency rages furiously. This week, bombs went off in Thailand’s tourist towns. This came as a rude shock to much of the world that...
America has lost its sense of irony. Completely. US presidential candidate Donald Trump had recently unveiled a plan to put immigrants through a new... View More