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In search of a  development  plan for Asia

In search of a development plan for Asia

Can a region as complex and fast-changing as Asia devise and implement a comprehensive development plan? The Jakarta-based Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia, which just released its third “Comprehensive Asia Development Plan” (CADP), thinks so.

Preparing for the long war

Preparing for the long war

A nuclear spectre is haunting Europe once again. Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a mobilisation of some 300,000 reservists and announced that he will use “all available means” to defend Russia, adding, “This is not a bluff.” As one senior European policymaker noted to me, such nu

Giorgia Meloni’s moment

Giorgia Meloni’s moment

When a “shock” or “extremist” election result comes with record-low voter turnout and a big yawn from financial markets, it is time to find new descriptors. The decisive victory in Italy’s general election by the coalition led by Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party, putting her in line to be th

Bangladesh slams  ‘tragedy’ of rich  nations on climate

Bangladesh slams ‘tragedy’ of rich nations on climate

A country of fertile, densely populated deltas, low-lying Bangladesh is among the most vulnerable nations in the world to climate change.

European goodbye to negative  rates — or is it just ‘au revoir’?

European goodbye to negative rates — or is it just ‘au revoir’?

Europe’s decade-long experiment with negative interest rates, which ended on Thursday with the Swiss National Bank’s return to positive territory, showed one thing: they can exist beyond the realms of economic science fiction.

Startling findings on neurological conditions after Covid experience

Startling findings on neurological conditions after Covid experience

Though Covid-19 cases have receded from the pandemic peak across the world, conditions such as long Covid and other consequences are plaguing several survivors. It is a matter of concern that those who have been infected with the virus are at increased risk of developing a range of neurological cond

US-Qatar relations ‘at their best’ in 50 years  of diplomatic links

US-Qatar relations ‘at their best’ in 50 years of diplomatic links

Samuel Warberg, the regional spokesman for the US State Department, feels that US-Qatari relations are currently going through their best form for more than 50 years.

Interconnected global economy feels the sting of inflation

Interconnected global economy feels the sting of inflation

In an effort to quell stubborn inflation, the US central bank - Federal Reserve recently raised benchmark interest rates by another three-quarters of a percentage point and indicated it will keep hiking well above the current level.

Making sense of how the West poisoned its money

Making sense of how the West poisoned its money

Capitalism conquered the world by commodifying almost everything that had a value but not a price, thus driving a sharp wedge between values and prices.

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