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Views published elsewhere but worthy to read.

The Anatomy of a Global Meltdown: Greed, Stupidity and Arrogance
By Dr. D.B. Nihalsingha  | 01 May 2009


State of Permanent Siege (A meditation on our monetary system)
By Richard Cook  | 24 Apr 2009


The Economics of Turning People into Things
By Nitasha Kaul  | 21 Apr 2009


American Empire Foreclosed?
By Mark Engler  | 20 Apr 2009

Reconsidering U.S. Power in a Time of Economics Crisis

Putting Finance Capitalism
By Stephen Lendman  | 20 Apr 2009


U.S. Global Hegemony - The Beginning ... And the End
By Andy Hoffman  | 18 Apr 2009


Crisis was Made in China
By Alan Wood  | 17 Apr 2009

Everybody knows the global financial crisis and recession are the fault of the US and its extreme capitalism, but savings glut of China is no less responsible.

China, Crashing Currencies & The Future of Gold Purchases
By Eric Roseman  | 16 Apr 2009


The Killing-Fields of Inequality
By Goran Therborn  | 10 Apr 2009

Globalisation is not a convincing excuse for accepting inequality. But is equality and generosity sustainable in the context of the world market? The example of Scandinavian countries shows, it is.

Hostage to the Dollar
By Philip Bowring  | 10 Apr 2009

Although everybody would like a different reserve currency, the once-almighty dollar will probably prevail.

World Hunger may create Global Instability
By Hiram Lee  | 10 Apr 2009


America: A Superpower No More
By Walter Rodgers  | 08 Apr 2009

Decline is occurring more rapidly than we think. It's time to embrace a new agenda.

Ongoing IMF Gold Myths Unravelled
By Andy Hoffman  | 06 Apr 2009


A lost vision for US intelligence
By Jim Lobe  | 01 Apr 2009


Government takeover of food
By Roger Hedgecock  | 30 Mar 2009

"Recession gardens" are springing up everywhere. There's always been a home gardening passion among many Americans, and farmer's markets are a familiar part of American life. However, this is something new.

How to tackle climate change - the Maldives example
By Simon Butler  | 28 Mar 2009


Obama must regulate the Food Safety Hazards
By Jeffrey Smith  | 23 Mar 2009

If President Obama's new Food Safety Working Group dedicates all their time and credentials to prevent future food recalls, they will have saved thousands of people--but forsaken millions.

Evaluation of UPA Government's Performance 2004-09
By d-sector Team  | 18 Mar 2009


Social marketing in development
By Gerson Da Cunha  | 10 Mar 2009

Social marketing can spur development, says Gerson Da Cunha. Resistance to use of marketing approach is sheer bias and Development must not become a victim of ignorance in this key area of attitudinal and behavioural change.

The Inflection is Near?
By Thomas L. Friedman  | 08 Mar 2009


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Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

Lead View
People, Partition and the Pain
By Rina Mukherji
15 Aug 2013

Dr Jayanti Basu's book analyzes the complex feelings of hatred and longing for the homeland that have contributed to shaping the personalities of a generation of people who were forced to ..
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