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I paid a bribe: how some citizens are fighting corruption from the bottom up

[Daniel Hough] How can policy-makers most effectively tackle corruption? The question is hardly new and over the years it’s one that many have given plenty of thought to. Building up a consensus on what works and why it works has proven difficult, and this has perhaps contributed to the enthusiasm for a novel, and democratic, frontline in an ancient fight. ...

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Is 70 Too Old for the UN?

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW YORK – As world leaders prepare to gather next week at the United Nations in New York to ratify the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commemorate the UN’s 70th anniversary, for many a fundamental question has become inescapable. Grounds for pessimism are undeniable. Conflicts rage on, seemingly unaffected by upholders of world order. Despite more ...

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China’s Brittle Development Model

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – After gaining independence from Britain in 1947, India was something of a poster child for the virtues of democracy – in stark contrast with China, which became a Communist dictatorship in 1949. Until the 1970s, it was widely argued that, while both countries suffered from extreme poverty, underdevelopment, and disease, India’s model was superior, ...

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Powerless Women in Power?

|By Naomi Wolf| NEW YORK – Are women political leaders finally coming into their own? Are they not only winning more elections, but also finally able to campaign and govern with no more – or less – scrutiny, scandal, and mockery than their males peers? In the United States, Hillary Clinton is preparing for her second run for the presidency, ...

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Asia’s Democratic Dark Spots

|By Shashi Tharoor| NEW DELHI – Democracy in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and Indonesia to manage important political transitions. But some Asian democracies – notably, Thailand and Pakistan – seem to be losing their way. In the world’s largest ...

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Why remember the past? The case of Tiananmen

|By John Keane, University of Sydney| The Conversation| Most people know from daily experience that memories are vital for their sense of well-being. Memory is the bearer of lavish gifts. It strengthens our capacity for living in the present. Memory brings direction. It prompts us to move on, to imagine different futures.When it comes to whole political orders, the remembrance of ...

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All They Wanted Was A Martyrdom Of Valour, Not Of Senseless Tragedy

By Simran Brar The final journey begins for lives lost in vain; the wreath is laid with full guard of honour for Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal and Lt. Manoranjan Kumar I sat by the TV a couple of days ago, as news channels confirmed the demise of 26-year-old Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal and 25-year-old Lt. Manoranjan Kumar in the fire ...

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