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  • Living Beyond Our Means
    December, 2008 By Ilmas Futehally

    On a recent visit to China, the global financial crisis was the centre of most conversations. We debated the cause of it- and answers ranged from greed on Wall Street and the sub-prime crisis to lifestyles not in sync with real earnings, of people living on credit, in debt and beyond their means. The recent announcement of the Chinese government of a stimulus package of Yuan 4 trillion to create domestic demand for Chinese goods also figured a lot in our conversations. Western governments have also been discussing bail out measures and have begun to implement them. So, the financial system in the process of being rescued.

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  • Who Will Survive - Manufacturers of Destruction or Forces of Creation?
    December, 2008 By Sundeep Waslekar

    When a state fails to learn the art of creation, it develops the skill of destruction.

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  • Piracy – Perils & Procedures
    December , 2008 By Rohit Honawar

    As Somalia’s pirates continue to attack merchant vessels along the Gulf of Aden - undeterred by the presence of the world’s Navies - it is pertinent to question what measures the international community should enforce to ensure that one of the world’s major shipping lanes is safeguarded, and that the lives of sailors are protected. 

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  • Yes, it’s War!
    December , 2008 By Ambika Vishwanath

    The first decade of the 21st century has seen a catastrophic number of wars, invasions, terror attacks, and death. From Manhattan to Mumbai, via Mosul and Mogadishu, no country, religion and culture have been spared. 

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  • Why Does Tamil Nadu Speak Out Now?
    December , 2008 By Brian Orland

    In Sri Lanka’s civil war, the Sri Lankan military seems poised to take the rebel capitol Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka. Across the thin waterway separating Sri Lanka from India, politicians in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu have recently called attention to the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils caught in an increasingly aggressive Sri Lankan counter-insurgency effort against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. 

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  • Why Should We Care About Gaza?
    December , 2008 By Gitanjali Bakshi

    Israeli air strikes in the Gaza strip have brought a dismal end to peace efforts in the Middle East in 2008. It seemed as though potentials for peace in what many consider to be the epicentre of the region had taken a hard enough blow with: the collapse of Hamas-Fatah peace talks in Cairo, a break down of a six month cease fire between Israel and Hamas, rioting by Israeli settlers in Hebron, a humanitarian crisis due to the blockade on residents of the Gaza strip and to top it all off, constant fire of Qassam rockets into Southern Israel. But just when we thought that it couldn’t get any worse before the year’s end, we are now confronted with a shocking death toll of over 360, more pain, more suffering, more innocent deaths and - most damaging to any hope for peace - more anger.

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  • Human Rights, West Asia and President Obama
    December , 2008 By Anumita Raj

    The 10th of December is celebrated as World Human Rights Day internationally. The date marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations, in 1948. That makes this year’s December 10th all the more special, it is the 60th anniversary of the event. However, most of the attempts, in the media or otherwise, to commemorate the occasion brought into sharp focus the failure of the Declaration, for that matter the international community, with respect to ensuring basic rights for everyone across the globe. In South and West Asia, a region mostly populated by Islamic countries, the situation is seemingly more serious than most other places. An obvious reason for this is the fact that much of the region in mired in one or more of several regional and international conflicts. With the new incoming American administration, is there a chance to effect significant change?

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  • Polarization Breeds Terrorism
    December , 2008 By Gitanjali Bakshi

    After the events of November 26th, 27th and 28th, Israel and India both found themselves victim to horrific acts of terror. The indiscriminate massacre of Indians and the capture and murder of Israelis by the terrorists in the Chabad house has brought about a common sense of purpose between these two rising state actors.

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