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The thrill and consequences of Tunisia for the Arab region
Rami G. Khouri
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Two great questions loom after the overthrow of the regime of former Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali: How smoothly and how quickly will the Tunisian people transition to a more democratic form of government that can address their grievances and improve their life prospects? How much, and what kind of, impact will the Tunisian popular revolution have on other Arab [...] Full story

Defining corruption properly means grasping its nuances
Jagdish Bhagwati
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I recently returned from India, where I lectured to the Indian Parliament in the same hall where the president of the U.S., Barack Obama had recently spoken. The country was racked by scandal. A gigantic, ministerial-level scam in the mobile-telephone sector had siphoned off many billions of dollars to a corrupt politician. But several of the members of Parliament had also [...] Full story

Egypt's Copt crisis is one of democracy
Omar Ashour
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Its are the origin of this country - we treat the guests who came and lived here nicely - but we are ready to die as martyrs if anyone touches our Christian message." "The Coptic Church is not [merely] a parallel republic in Egypt - it is an empire." These two statements do not come from Jihadist or radical Coptic Websites. Coptic Orthodox Archbishop Bishoy[...] Full story

A firm leader is needed to head the European Central Bank
Sylvester EijffingerEdin Mujagic
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Two years ago, the leaders of the world's central banks were considered heroes for their efforts in preventing financial crisis from turning into Great Depression II. Today, however, central banks are being sharply criticized, and their independence is coming under severe pressure in many countries, particularly in the eurozone, as Mario Draghi, the head of the Bank of Italy[...] Full story

Elite corruption in India conceals deeper social change
Sanjeev Sanyal
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
For a country with 1.2 billion people, India is ruled by a surprisingly small elite, which runs everything from the government to large companies and even sports bodies. But a series of scandals, some involving billions of dollars, has now seriously undermined that elite's standing in the eyes of the Indian public. Almost anyone in a position of power in India[...] Full story

Europe can do more for Mideast peace
Maher Abukhater
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Are the Europeans doing enough for the Middle East peace process? If the question has to do with financial support, the answer is obviously "yes." But if the question is about political involvement, the answer is clearly a big "no." The European Union has not hesitated for a moment to contribute financial support to sustain the Palestinian Authority and to keep it afloat in very difficult times [...] Full story

India's biggest problem is its Pakistani neighbor
David Ignatius
Monday, January 17, 2011
Everything is going right these days for India, except for one big problem: They're living next to a Pakistan that is coming apart politically, and Indian leaders insist with a tone of resignation that there's nothing they can do about it. Starting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, top Indian officials know that their booming democracy is endangered by the [...] Full story

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