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China punishes 15 officials for openly practising faith

Aug 19, 2014

China punishes 15 officials for openly practising faith

Tensions are running high in Xinjiang, after officials told Muslims to eschew religious customs during the fasting month of Ramadan, which rights groups saw as an bid to repress Uighurs. #World #China #NewsTracker #Uighur #Uighur muslims #civil liberities #East Turkemnistan
Pro-govt Hong Kong law society prez resigns amid democracy debate

Aug 19, 2014

Pro-govt Hong Kong law society prez resigns amid democracy debate

Lam came under fire for repeatedly defending a policy document published by China's State Council that said "loving the country" was a basic requirement for city administrators, including judges. #World #China #NewsTracker #Democracy #Hong Kong #Referendum #Pro-democracy movement #civil liberities #House News
Tens of thousands march against democracy in Hong Kong

Aug 17, 2014

Tens of thousands march against democracy in Hong Kong

Occupy Central's organizers have sparked turmoil in Hong Kong and unease in Beijing with their plan to rally at least 10,000 people to freeze the central business district. #World #China #NewsTracker #Democracy #Hong Kong #Referendum #Pro-democracy movement #civil liberities #House News
Promise of acche din Can PM Modi do a Thatcher, reform this weak Indian state?

Aug 14, 2014

Promise of acche din Can PM Modi do a Thatcher, reform this weak Indian state?

For the first time in its history as an independent nation, India seems to have a PM with the requisite leadership skills. Institutional reform will require winning over the bureaucracy, police and judiciary. Modis success in Gujarat suggests he might. #Politics #India #China #Corruption #Narendra Modi #Liberal democracy #Right wing #FreeIndia #Government institutions
Rightwing with a difference The evolving outlook of the Modi government

Aug 13, 2014

Rightwing with a difference The evolving outlook of the Modi government

There has been a marked Rightward shift in the political centre of gravity after the recent election. However, the rash use of terms such as Thatcherite and neo-liberal may not suffice to describe the new phenomenon in India. The ideological orientation of the Indian Right is forever a work in progress - as it is for the Right in any country. #World #BJP #Narendra Modi #Modi #Ideology #Right wing #Left #Right #FreeIndia #neo liberal #Thatcherism

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The North- East is in danger of becoming the next Maoist hub

Oct 07, 2011

The North- East is in danger of becoming the next Maoist hub

The signals coming from Arunachal Pradesh and Assam should leave the policy-makers in Delhi worried. The Red rebels are trying to cash in on local grievances to build base. #Arunachal Pradesh #Communist Party of India #ConnectTheDots #Assam #Tarun Kumar Gogoi #North East India #United Liberation Front of Asom
Will India go the Argentina way toward populist decline?

Jun 27, 2011

Will India go the Argentina way toward populist decline?

Neither India nor China can take their growth and political transformations for granted. China may fail to build good institutions, and India may yet fall victim to the lure of mindless populism. #GDP #To The Contrary #Liberal democracy #NotJobsButPassion

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Will India go the Argentina way toward populist decline?

Aug 18, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren — Democrat, liberal, go-to fundraiser

In her bid for a West Virginia Senate seat, Democrat Natalie Tennant is steering clear of President Obama, worried that his tough environmental policies and unpopularity in coal country might hurt her chances in November... #Barack Obama #West Virginia #Elizabeth Warren #U.S. Democratic Party
Will India go the Argentina way toward populist decline?

Aug 18, 2014

Op-Ed Contributor: The French Resistance Would Weep

Seventy years after the liberation of Paris, the ascending force in French politics recalls the spirit of Vichy... #Paris #France
Will India go the Argentina way toward populist decline?

Aug 19, 2014

Survey: Millennials More Socially Liberal, Economically Conservative

According to a recent Reason-Rupe survey, Americans ages 18-29 are increasingly socially liberal, but their economic views aren’t equally left-of-center... #Paris #France