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Uncle Sam’s dubious goal

  • The reaction to last week’s sports-related arrests in Switzerland has been reminiscent in some ways of the aftermath of a football match. There has been jubilation in some quarters, accompanied by huge grins and high-fives, and dismay in others amid predictable grumbling about unfair play...
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The revolving door of politics

  • One of the questions Australian paramedics traditionally ask to check the mental acuity of patients who have suffered some kind of trauma is: “Who is the prime minister of Australia?” Many of them, according to a report published last week, have lately struck that particular query off their lists...
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The ghosts of Bandung

  • On a lazy afternoon a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity, after several decades, to reacquaint myself with University Challenge, a longstanding BBC television presentation that tests the general knowledge of teams from rival institutions.One of the questions raised by the host, Jeremy Paxman,...
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The diminution of democracy

  • Close to 100 years ago, a nefarious Indian agitator considered it a privilege to be accused of sedition. “Section 124 A, under which I am happily charged, is perhaps the prince among the political sections of the Indian Penal Code designed to suppress the liberty of the citizen,” he matter-of...
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More than a ‘knightmare’

  • To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, losing two prime ministers within a span of five years may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose three looks like carelessness.Australia came precipitously close to carelessness this week as Tony Abbott, less than 18 months into his prime ministership, survived a revolt...
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Malcolm X marks the spot

  • Half a century ago, when the civil rights movement was at its peak in the United States and tumultuous changes were afoot, from successful desegregation drives to potentially transformative legislation ostensibly intended to entrench civil and democratic rights for African Americans, who would...
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Bangkok under the boot

  • When queried five months ago about the likelihood of a military coup, Thailand’s army chief opted for ambiguity. “That door is neither open nor closed,” he declared. “It will be determined by the situation.”More recently, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was due to retire in September, was less...
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