Roots of terrorism

  • Pope Francis in a recent statement has urged Muslim leaders in the world to condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam. He said that he understood the harm caused by the stereotype that linked Islam with terrorism. A “global condemnation” of the violence, he said, would help the majority...
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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...
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Latin America’s rising right

  • From changes in government in Argentina and Brazil to mid-course policy corrections in Chile, Latin American politics appears to be undergoing a rightward shift. But rather than being “pulled” by the attractiveness of the economic policies that the right is advocating, this complex phenomenon is...
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Why Europe still needs cash

  • Payment systems in Europe are facing upheaval. With the digital revolution offering ever-faster and more convenient means for settling transactions, cash seems to some to have no future. But to write off the role of banknotes and coins in the economy would be a mistake. Non-cash payment optio...
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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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The great backlash against globalization

  • In the immediate aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, policymakers’ success in preventing the Great Recession from turning into Great Depression II held in check demands for protectionist and inward-looking measures. But now the backlash against globalization — and the freer movement of...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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