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Weighing pounds against ounces

  • An ounce of prevention, Benjamin Franklin famously said, is worth a pound of cure. But that is not always true when it comes to research into infectious diseases. Though scientists have traditionally tended to focus on either prevention or cure, defeating the HIV/AIDS virus will require...

It’s not too late to stem the Ebola tide

  • Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), issued an unusually stark warning this week, declaring: “I have never seen a health event threaten the very survival of societies and governments in already very poor countries.“I have never seen an infectious disease contribute so...

Assessing India, Lanka N-deal

  • Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent India trip was touted by many as another victory for the Modi government on foreign policy front. While both the nations inked four bilateral agreements, the one on nuclear cooperation drew more attention, though there remains a genuine confusion...

Rafale deal: Good or bad

  • Indian media, in recent years has begun to believe in an irrational sense of entitlement. It is manifested in an odd conviction they it is owed an advance warning. There seems a rage over the Rafale purchase deal fueled more by indignation that its mandarins were not told about it and were caught...

Two old men against the grain

  • What are the chances a couple of grey-haired men could spearhead political change on both sides of the Atlantic?It would be unwisely optimistic to exaggerate the prospects in either instance. Yet the very fact that the question can coherently be raised is in itself something of a novelty.After...

Taking the offensive against tuberculosis

  • Tuberculosis is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. In 2013 alone, it accounted for 1.5 million deaths, including one-fifth of adult deaths in low-income countries. Although the estimated number of people contracting TB annually is decreasing, the decline has been very slow. And, given the...

Greece without illusions

  • “The costliest minor government reshuffle in Greece’s history.” That is at least one way to describe the result of the Greek general election on Sept. 20. Indeed, with few exceptions, the same ministers have returned to the same offices as part of an administration backed by the same odd pair of...

The financial resource curse

  • For a long time, and especially since the financial crisis, many people have suspected that financialization is bad for an economy. There is something unsettling about watching the financial sector become a bigger and bigger part of what people do for a living. After all, finance is all about...

Taming India’s elite

  • It has been more than a year and a half since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power on a promise to build a new India, one founded on a radical break with the past. It is still too early to gauge the impact of his economic and foreign policies, but there is one area where his...

America’s failures of representation and prospects for democracy

  • As the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump approaches, the best way to assess the incoming administration may be to focus on the ultimate factors that led to his victory. Trump was not elected in a vacuum, and, as his agenda takes shape, we can start to gauge its impact on the...