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Review of The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

23 September 2017

Pub. Little Brown, London 2017 Edward Luce’s previous book, “Time to Start Thinking: America and the Sceptre of Decline” was a timely account of the decline of the American state, this book, appears to be primarily a commentary on the rise of populism, with particular reference to the [read more]

Water, energy, food can’t be seen separately

20 September 2017

by Joydeep Gupta Climate change is making it imperative that the nexus between the three is integrated into all development plans You need water and energy to grow food. You need water to generate energy, even in a solar farm. You need energy to pump water. The water-energy-food nexus is a [read more]

Climate change jeopardises survival of snow leopards

13 September 2017

Receding snowline in Asia’s high mountains, due to global warming and infrastructure developments, poses a major threat to snow leopard as humans encroach on their habitat by Juhi Chaudhary “I love the snow leopard,” says bright-eyed Ganaium, who lives in Tamchy village close to Issyk-kul [read more]

Is China’s Economy Growing as Fast as China’s GDP?

7 September 2017

by Michael Pettis If local governments and state-owned enterprises in China systematically invest in projects that are not economically justified, to the extent that these projects are not correctly marked to market, China’s reported GDP will be overstated by that amount, as will its total wealth [read more]

UN Secretary-General’s press encounter: 5 September 2017

6 September 2017

Secretary-General António Guterres on North Korea and Myanmar’s Rakhine State In two weeks’ time, world leaders will be here in the General Assembly to address the full range of global challenges. But in recent days we have seen the dramatic aggravation of three of the main threats we face as [read more]

China is going to hit a wall

29 August 2017

CHRISTOPH GISIGER   Anne Stevenson-Yang, co-founder and research director at J Capital, warns that the monster bubble in the Chinese housing market is ripe to pop and that the Chinese currency will crash. It’s been exactly two years now since turmoil in China’s currency markets threw [read more]

Experts explore reasons for glacier collapses in Tibet

22 August 2017

by Joydeep Gupta Last year, two glaciers collapsed in quick succession. Experts studying the events on the ground and with satellite imagery say they may have been caused by climate change Images of Dongru glacier in central Tibet before and after the collapse on July 17 2016. (Image courtesy: Tian [read more]

The uncertain death of king coal

4 August 2017

by Omair Ahmad After three years of declining coal production, China has suddenly seen a rise in both its production and consumption. While analysts debate whether this is a mere blip in an overall declining trend of coal use, the rest of Asia is also caught in the midst of a strange debate where [read more]
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