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Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste

Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste

by    Praveen Kishore

The notion of purity and pollution underpins personal habits, social mores, public health challenges and India’s resilient caste system. This is the last of a three-part series.  This final piece of a three-part series examines the Indian psyche and how it effects society and everyday lives. It goes on to analyze how this peculiar psyche Read More

Can Japan Maintain Its Economic Fortunes?

Can Japan Maintain Its Economic Fortunes?

by    Craig Willy

Japan is set up for a stint in the international spotlight, hosting the G20 summit at the end of June and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will be a busy few years for Japan, which hosts the G20 summit on June 28-29 followed by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The international attention sparks questions concerning Read More

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold

by    Theodore Karasik and Maya Yang

The politics of Idlib are extremely complicated, particularly with respect to outside powers that have vested interests in the outcome of the fight for the province. The delicate balance of power in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib appears unsustainable and, to say the least, it is difficult to predict how events will unfold. The Russian-backed Read More

How Localization Can Help Overcome Extreme Poverty

How Localization Can Help Overcome Extreme Poverty

by    KnowledgeWharton

The World Bank Group’s Mahmoud Mohieldin believes innovative financing and partnerships are needed to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Countries that have invested in human capital, infrastructure and decent systems of social protection have made more progress than others in reducing extreme poverty, according to Mahmoud Mohieldin, the World Bank Group’s senior vice president...Read More

What If Michael Jackson Had Lived?

What If Michael Jackson Had Lived?

by    Ellis Cashmore

Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009, has become one the most castigated figures in recent history. What if he’d lived to see it? What if, on June 24, 2009, the paramedics had arrived at Michael Jackson’s home in Los Angeles at 12:24pm — two minutes earlier than they actually did when responding to Read More

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