Opinion

Why the Pakistan-terrorist link continues

Once again, an attack on India by a Pakistan-based terrorist group has raised the spectre of a major confrontation on the Indian subcontinent and fuelled international pressure for Pakistan to take concrete action against the 22 United Nations (UN)-designated terrorist entities it hosts.

10 March 2019
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A new standard for plastics

We have long known that the accumulation of plastic in the world’s landfills and oceans represents a growing environmental risk. More recently, we have come to understand that plastic poses an urgent – even deadly – threat to public health, too. And yet, global efforts to address the plastic crisis remain consistently focused on the wrong end of the life cycle: waste management.

7 March 2019
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The drums of war in Kashmir

Tensions between India and Pakistan are at their highest level in decades, and many fear the nuclear-armed neighbours are on the brink of yet another war over the disputed Kashmir region. But the latest eruption is different from its predecessors.

5 March 2019
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Vietnam and the dilemma of new wealth

Five days before United States (US) President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Hanoi for their second summit, two former Vietnamese ministers of communications were arrested and charged with “violations related to management and use of public capital.” The two officials are alleged to have approved a state-owned telecom company’s purchase of a private television provider

1 March 2019
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The Vietnam model for North Korea

In Hanoi, Vietnam, this week for his second summit with United States (US) President Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s 35-year-old leader, will not only be looking for a deal with the US on the nuclear issue.

27 February 2019
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Business and biodiversity

At the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos last month, the evidence of mounting threats to nature, and of nature’s contributions to people, featured higher on the agenda than ever before. The task for business leaders around the world is to embrace this evidence and start acting as stewards, rather than spoilers, of our vital natural assets.

24 February 2019
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Achieving the global education goals

Throughout my life, I have seen the power of education. I have witnessed how quality education for all can support the creation of dynamic economies and help to sustain peace, prosperity, and stability.

19 February 2019
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Europe, please wake up

Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late. If they don’t, the European Union (EU) will go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991.

17 February 2019
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Europe and the new nuclear-arms race

One of the pillars of nuclear-arms control became history on 2 February, with the expiry of the 60-day deadline that the United States (US) had given Russia to save the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

5 February 2019
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Arrested diplomacy

On 19 November, Carlos Ghosn, the board chair and former CEO of Nissan, was arrested at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on suspicion of under-reporting income and misusing corporate funds for personal purposes; he remains in custody.

1 February 2019
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Why China must save less

In his influential 1954 article “Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labour,” the future Nobel laureate economist Arthur Lewis concluded that “the central problem in the theory of economic development is to understand the process by which a

31 January 2019
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Trump’s North Korean road to nowhere

When United States (US) President Donald Trump meets again with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month, he will be staging the second act in a comedy of manners that now passes for US foreign policy on the Korean Peninsula.

29 January 2019
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