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  • Search for efficient government

    The News - Tuesday 22nd July, 2014

    A lively international debate is underway about how to meet the challenge of governance in a more complex, changing world.Globalisation, diffusion of power and the rise of diverse new actors have ...

  • Wheres the Gaza outrage in Pakistan

    The News - Tuesday 22nd July, 2014

    Islamabad diaryBigger rallies have been held in London against the Israeli assault on Gaza than anything we are likely to see here. This is a mirror copy of what happened during the Iraq war: huge ...

  • Sex crimes dare we compare

    The News - Tuesday 22nd July, 2014

    Part - IAny effort at a comparative analysis between postcolonial and post-Partition progress in India and Pakistan provokes a disproportionately defensive reaction. This is not the usual practice ...

  • Polio at the centre

    The News - Tuesday 22nd July, 2014

    Sometimes the rationale of a policy decision becomes apparent long after the actual decision itself. The imperatives created by the polio travel conditionality will help us understand why it was ...

  • Conspiracy theories about MH17

    The Statesman - Monday 21st July, 2014

    Rajinder Puri The shooting down of the Malaysian airplane by a surface to air missile which killed 283 on board has sparked conspiracy theories. Russia is blaming the Ukrainians, Ukraine is blaming ...

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  • How not to bring a ceasefire

    The Hindu - Monday 21st July, 2014

    I don't need you to tweet any more images of dead children - spreading them only devalues the currency of shared humanity Those who want to say something about the atrocities in the ...

  • The fallacy of autonomy

    The Hindu - Monday 21st July, 2014

    The real issue is how we take big decisions on higher education that affect the future of millions of students. Governments change but the ways of power do not The story of how FYUP was ...

  • On pensions it is rank injustice

    The Hindu - Monday 21st July, 2014

    With Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley setting aside only Rs. 1000 crore for One Rank One Pension (OROP), there is disquiet within the defence fraternity combined with apprehension that ...

  • Mandal 2.0 versus the new Hindutva

    The Hindu - Monday 21st July, 2014

    The revival of Mandal politics has been suggested as a counter to Hindutva 2.0. However, it is doubtful whether Nitish Kumar's alliance with Lalu Prasad will strengthen his electoral prospects ...

  • Tragic world hit by two calamities

    The Nation - Monday 21st July, 2014

    News that another Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane was lost with 298 people on board gave Malaysians and indeed the world the combined feelings of shock, deja vu and grief. The first natural reaction ...

  • Thai journalists need unity shown in Myanmar

    The Nation - Monday 21st July, 2014

    But like it or not, Myanmar has shown a big progress in one area that Thailand will need to catch up - the integrity and strengths among journalists. Developments in the news industry in Thailand ...

  • Why not accept martial law as the status quo

    The Nation - Monday 21st July, 2014

    Songdej Praditsmanont tried to convince me that a coup benefits the country. If it does so, why not legitimise it? Through the constitution, let's empower army chief to declare martial law, ...

  • Better to have both ex-PM Shinawatras exiled

    The Nation - Monday 21st July, 2014

    Thaksin Shinawatra could have been prevented from fleeing in 2006. He could have been arrested when he returned to kiss the ground at Suvarnabhumi Airport, and there were several subsequent ...

  • Lofty principles lost in broadly based words

    The Nation - Monday 21st July, 2014

    JC Wilcox states that Thailand needs a "comprehensive, broadly based education system that leads to the enlightenment of the electorate". Well, on first reading that statement, it comes ...

  • Respect for each others rights is key to democracy

    The Nation - Monday 21st July, 2014

    Democracy is not about love and harmony. Every time people start feeling nostalgic, I wonder if we actually ever had peace and love and harmony. We have been encouraged to love the three pillars - ...

  • Myanmar takes a shameful step backward

    The Nation - Monday 21st July, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw seem to be losing direction on the path toward the ultimate goal of democracy. Old habits appeared to have returned last week when the government sentenced four journalists and the ...

  • The lesson of Mandela in a polarised land

    The Nation - Monday 21st July, 2014

    A cyclist who took part in the annual Freedom Ride in honour of Nelson Mandela writes a message on a banner placed on the the fence of ...

  • Bhutan a small kingdom with big diplomacy has attention of major powers

    The China Post - Monday 21st July, 2014

    Recently, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to this tiny kingdom and made a good impression of continued friendship and assistance even though he mistook the host's name as Nepal and ...

  • Debate on drones continues between Pakistan and the US

    The China Post - Monday 21st July, 2014

    For years, the publicly adversarial role the Pakistanis took on drones while privately either condoning or even encouraging them was one side of a seemingly intractable problem; the other side being ...

  • Australia carbon tax repeal a perfect storm of stupidity say academics

    The China Post - Monday 21st July, 2014

    SYDNEY -- Australia's axing of its carbon tax and a plan to replace it by offering incentives to polluters to increase their energy efficiency is "the perfect storm of stupidity," ...

  • Time for a new attitude from foreign brands

    Global Times - Monday 21st July, 2014

    Fast-food chains McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut are facing a new food safety scandal. A Shanghai television station reported that a supplier, Shanghai Husi Food Co, Ltd, sold them expired beef ...

  • Rouhani‚Äôs remaking of Iran

    The Japan Times - Monday 21st July, 2014

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently marked the end of his first year in office not only with smiles, but also with further evidence of his efforts at domestic reform and geostrategic ...

  • Banking on the BRICS

    The Japan Times - Monday 21st July, 2014

    Since it was recognized by a Goldman Sachs strategist in 2001, BRICS -- the group of Brazil, Russia, China and India, joined by South Africa in 2010 -- has loomed large as a challenge to the global ...

  • The real victims of U.S. sanctions on Myanmar

    The Japan Times - Monday 21st July, 2014

    Myanmar’s opening attracted much interest not only from Asian neighbors but also from those in the West that once considered the country a pariah. Recent events, however, suggest that the ...

  • Clues to the evolution of warfare

    The Japan Times - Monday 21st July, 2014

    The 59 skeletons were found in 1964, lying together in a grave site beside the Nile near what is now the Egyptian-Sudanese border. They died between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago, and some of them ...

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