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Early last month, a group representing family members of Americans killed on September 11, 2001, informed US President Joe Biden he wouldn’t be welcome at 20th anniversary commemorations of the catastrophe unless he persuaded the FBI to declassify files relating to the involvement of Saudi institutions or individuals in that day’s terrorist attacks. The US
The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has already deepened conflicts elsewhere, including Europe, where a confrontation is escalating between Belarus and its EU neighbours: Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Even before the meltdown in Kabul, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko had been funnelling refugees and migrants across the border, both to exact revenge for EU sanctions on his
A recent announcement by the National Press and Publication Administration in China restricts the playing of video games to a maximum of one hour a day between 8pm and 9pm on weekends and holidays. To ensure the rule is followed, real-name verification and facial recognition will be needed to access video platforms. As per news
To be fair, modern media is white men’s invention. Even though the Chinese invented paper and printing, Gutenberg’s type-set printing of papal indulgences and the Bible launched media into the religious, commercial and cultural space that launched the Industrial Revolution and imperialism. Western science, driven by religious fervour for capitalism, paved the way for the
The Covid-19 pandemic, devastating as it is, is not simply a health crisis. It is the product of an interlocking web of diverse problems that have been building up over time. Given the structural nature of this crisis, even as the embers of the immediate fire of infections and deaths burn out, the fallout from
Over the weekend, the top central bankers convened (some by zoom) in Jackson Hole in the US state of Kansas to discuss “Macroeconomic Policy in an Uneven Economy”. Central bankers carry the aura of cardinals since they manage money mysteriously through creation of central bank reserves. You know how important central bankers are from the
France ministers, central bank governors, and political leaders are hard at work preparing for the 2021 Group of 20 (G20) Heads of State and Government Summit in Rome on October 30-31. With the Covid-19 pandemic stretching well into its second year, the meeting will come at a time of heightened uncertainty about public health and
More than 211 million people have contracted Covid-19 and over 4.4 million succumbed to the disease. By all accounts, the pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges that humanity has experienced for generations, triggering severe global systemic crises, ranging from public health and tourism to trade and the disruption of global supply chains, not to mention the
The world is now entering an era of new geopolitics which is in a difficult transition towards a multiplicity where old, new and other emerging actors are competing for roles in regional and global affairs. Power rivalry between China and the US has created some uncertainties in the region and the world, leading some countries