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  • Boris Johnson and the threat to British soft power

    Since the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) was created 22 years ago, it has lifted millions out of poverty, sent millions of children to school, and saved millions of lives through vaccination programmes and other innovative initiatives. Most recently, it has been a world leader in delivering development aid to poor countries facing the ravages of climate change.

  • A test match with the Taliban

    At the recent World Cup cricket tournament in England, a plucky Afghan team composed mainly of former refugees gave a surprisingly good account of themselves,

  • Tackling inequality is a political choice

    The world has made impressive strides in reducing extreme poverty, but that progress has slowed considerably in recent years. The problem is clear: eliminating extreme poverty requires tackling inequality.

  • The end of “Chimerica”

    The escalating rivalry between China and the United States is ushering in a bipolar world. While the past few decades have been defined mostly by cooperation among the world’s leading powers, the next few will be marked by zero-sum competition. Already, globalisation and the deepening of ties between countries is giving way to what has euphemistically been called “decoupling.” Countries and regions are sorting themselves into smaller economic and geopolitical units under the guise of “taking back control.”

  • How – and how not – to restore trust in media

    In most industries, a quality product is easy to identify, thanks to markers like price, brand, and reviews. But in journalism, discerning quality is becoming increasingly complicated, not least because, in the digital age, trusted brands like the BBC or The New York Times, which can be expected to adhere to long-established journalistic standards, are vastly outnumbered by upstart publications, blogs, and community reports.

  • Boris’s Big Lie

    Three years after the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum, the UK is no closer to figuring out how to leave the European Union, and what comes next, than it was when the result was announced. And now a Conservative Party leadership election to replace outgoing

  • US-Iran Tensions: The Gulf of Deniability

    What will constitute yet another act of war in the Middle East? On May 12, four oil tankers in the Gulf—two of them Saudi Arabian, one from the United Arab Emirates, and the other Norwegian—were attacked with explosives as they lay at anchor near the Strait of Hormuz.

  • Facebook’s Libra must be stopped

    Facebook has just unveiled its latest bid for world domination: Libra, a cryptocurrency designed to function as private money anywhere on the planet.

  • Is immigrant-bashing a vote winner for the left?

    Is a hardline position on immigration the key to electoral success for Europe’s beleaguered centre left? Denmark’s Social Democrats certainly think so. They took first place in a general election this month after arguing that immigrants threaten the country’s social

  • Justice for Journalists

    It has been more than eight months since Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of his home country’s government who had been living in self-exile, was tortured, killed, and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

  • The rule of law needs a soul

    The Anglo-American world, once a shining beacon of the “rule of law,” is sliding into constitutional disarray. In the United States, President Donald Trump’s administration is testing the resilience of the system of checks and balances to the breaking point.

  • Europe’s silent majority speaks out

    Last month’s elections to the European Parliament produced better results than one could have expected, and for a simple reason: the silent pro-European majority has spoken.

  • Why the EU election was a win for Macron

    Though the final vote tally might seem to suggest otherwise, the European Parliament elections, held between May 23 and 26, were a strategic success for French President Emmanuel Macron. There are four reasons why this is so.

  • After Neoliberalism

    What kind of economic system is most conducive to human wellbeing? That question has come to define the current era, because, after 40 years of neoliberalism in the United States and other advanced economies, we know what doesn’t work.

  • India’s Cult of Modi

    In 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power at the helm of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after articulating a vision of a revived India, a manufacturing giant with high-tech capabilities which could meet the rising aspirations of a growing young population. Modi promised voters that his administration would be an era of “achhe din” (good times), marked by “minimum government, maximum governance,” inclusive development (“sab ka saath sab ka vikas”), high employment, and rising economic growth and prosperity. Voters believed him in droves.

  • An intelligent approach to mental health

    A few years ago, toward the end of his life, my father battled severe depression. As a physician and professor, he did not lack access to mental-health care. But he had grown up in a society that stigmatised mental illness, and he was unwilling to seek professional help. As a son, it was devastating to watch my father suffer but I gained a new awareness of the myriad systemic failures in the provision of care.

  • How social protection can empower women

    To live in dignity, free from want, is a fundamental human right. Social protection is key to upholding that right, ensuring that people can escape poverty and insecurity. That is why social protection is at the centre of strategies for ending global poverty by 2030, the first of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. But, if those strategies are to work, they must go further—especially with regard to women.

  • The case for climate tariffs

    As Australia heads toward a federal election on May 18, the national debate on cutting carbon dioxide emissions is heating up. Yet the discussion highlights the limits of what Australia or any other individual country can do to combat global warming.

  • Emerging risks for emerging economies

    Suddenly it seems that emerging-market economies have gained a respite. Capital flows to these economies dried up in the second half of last year as the US Federal Reserve raised its policy rate for five consecutive quarters and shrank its balance sheet.

  • A Life in Solidarity

    There are very few people whose death can mark the end of an era. Karol Modzelewski was one of them. A historian and founding member of the Polish trade union Solidarity, Modzelewski died on April 28 in a Warsaw hospital. Sadly, he leaves behind a country in the grips of a populist government whose accession to power might have been averted if his own earlier warnings had been heeded.

  • India’s new social media politics

    With India’s general election a few weeks away from its conclusion, a crucial question needs to be revisited: what role have social media played in them?

  • Algeria’s moment of truth

    To understand what is behind the mass protests in Algeria, it helps to remember that the country’s outgoing president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, held that office for two decades, and served as foreign minister as far back as 1963, the year John F Kennedy was assassinated.

  • Data Protection is Social Protection

    In recent decades, social assistance programmes around the world have been strengthened to the point that they now benefit more than 2.5 billion people, usually the poorest and most vulnerable.

  • Bad news for women

    Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking elected female politician in the history of the United States.

  • Trump's most worrisome legacy

    Kirstjen Nielsen's forced resignation as US Secretary of Homeland Security is no reason to celebrate. Yes, she presided over the forced separation of families at the US border, notoriously housing young children in wire cages.

  • The Transatlantic Continental Drift

    The Earth's continental plates broke apart and first began to shift hundreds of millions of years ago. But anyone visiting European

  • Spain

    Springtime for Nationalism?

    Is populism still on the rise? That question will be looming over elections in Israel, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Spain, and the European Union over the next two months. Yet it will be misplaced, for the real contest is between nationalism and internationalism.

  • The Mueller Bait and Switch

    The American people should have known that something was awry when President Donald Trump's attorney general, William Barr, announced on Friday, March 22, that he had received special counsel Robert Mueller's report and would provide a summary of its findings to certain congressional leaders over the weekend.

  • Towards a new global charter

    In August 1941, even before the United States had entered World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin D Roosevelt met secretly off the coast of Newfoundland to discuss how the world could be organised after the war.

  • Journalism's risky tech attraction

    Journalism's risky tech attraction

    Technology was supposed to solve some of the world's biggest problems.

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