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Democracy, Populism, And Polytheism: Islam In India

by Aishwary Kumarvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Extreme fascination with idols, statues, and names is widespread across South Asia and the ritualistic violence that accompanies such practices is neither modern nor singular to India, the region’s most doggedly democratic and unequivocally polytheistic country. In fact, until this past November, when the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled India’s colossal 182-meter high Statue of Unity, which now stands as the world’s highest monument to a revisionist history of nationalism, the record for height belonged to a more modest Buddhist statue in China, shorter than Modi’s populist gift to India by more than 100 feet.

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Religion And Politics In Lebanon: The Case Of A Christian ‘Alliance’ With Hezbollah

by Habib Malikvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

It may be somewhat inconvenient for the secular Western mind to acknowledge the fact that ultimate identity on both the personal and group levels in a place like the Middle East remains conceived primarily in religious terms.  If this is indeed a given, then it should hardly be surprising that religion and politics become intricately intertwined within and across both communities and states in the region.

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China’s Efforts To Influence U.S. Culture And Information

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Homeland 411
Monday, December 10, 2018

While China’s global diplomatic, military, and economic power projections are well documented, a new Hoover Institution report wades into the country’s “cultural and informational influence,” examining its myriad efforts to further project global power and influence.

In the News

"All Indians Should Be Concerned," Says Raghuram Rajan On RBI Crisis

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia NDTV
Monday, December 10, 2018

Urjit Patel took over from Raghuram Rajan in 2016, just two months before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's colossal demonetisation move.


Putin's Latest Ukraine Stunt May Blow Up In His Face

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Monday, December 10, 2018

Germany postures itself as the conscience of Europe. It takes in floods of refugees and scolds those who do not. It claims to guard European unity against the nation-state and ridicules the United States for electing a real estate developer as president.

In the News

Google’s China Problem Is America’s China Problem

quoting Larry Diamondvia Bloomberg
Monday, December 10, 2018

The controversy over the company’s ‘Dragonfly’ project is about much more than search results.

Analysis and Commentary

When It Comes To Politics: Nothing Works

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, December 10, 2018

Back in the 1970s, the joke was that run-down Glasgow was Disneyland. “Aye, because this disnae work, and that disnae work. . . . ” Well, we all live in Disnaeland now.

In the News

A Cold War Arms Treaty Is Unraveling. But The Problem Is Much Bigger.

quoting George P. Shultzvia WRAL
Sunday, December 9, 2018

After the United States delivered an ultimatum to Russia last week that it was preparing to abandon a landmark weapons treaty, drawing a combative response from President Vladimir Putin, the specter of a rekindled nuclear arms race was widely seen as a rewind of the Cold War.

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France, Pounded By Protests, Seeks Answers

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Boston Herald
Sunday, December 9, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to break nearly a month’s silence in the face of increasingly agitated and violent protests spurred by populist anger at what’s seen as a government that’s cast the working people aside.

In the News

The Elephant Must Compete With The Dragon

quoting John H. Cochrane via Daily Pioneer (India)
Sunday, December 9, 2018

As India does well in its Ease of Doing Business rankings, a comparison with the evolving business environment in Asia, China in particular, must propel it to promote reforms across the country rather than confine it to commercial hubs.


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