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An ode to our finest Spy

Let me put it bluntly without being demeaning to any personnel or organisation; India is not an ideal place to be a public servant… lest a Cop. 652 more words

Governance

Jokowi's Rise and Indonesia's Second Democratic Transition

August 2, 2014

Number 273 | August 1, 2014

ANALYSIS

Jokowi’s Rise and Indonesia’s Second Democratic Transition

By Vibhanshu Shekhar

“Indonesian democracy no longer feeds off an elite-led political framework and Indonesia’s elected leaders need not have a military background or connection with political families or business elites. 1,477 more words

Politics

Strange Silences of a Very Talkative Pope

From Chiesa – Sandro Magister

The Strange Silences of a Very Talkative Pope

Not a word for the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, nor for the Pakistani Asia Bibi, sentenced to death on the charge of having offended Islam. 883 more words

Secular

The LTTE and the Lost Quest for Tamil Separatism

Neil De Votta, in Asian Survey Vol. LXIX, No. 6, Nov-Dec. 2009 …. access via University of California Press and http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/as.2009.49.6.1021

Abstract: The ethnocentric policies successive Sri Lankan governments pursued against… 303 more words

Sinhala-Tamil Relations

Thirty Second Paranoia Session

OK, let’s play paranoid! Let’s believe what we believe because something in our gut tells us so based upon past experience after the fact. This in spite of what the benign civil liberal media spoon out as… 359 more words

Social Commentary

Matamko ya viongozi wa dini na hatima ya katiba tunayoitaka Tanzania

Nilikuwa nasita sana kusema juu kinachoendelea sasa kuhusiana na katiba. Kuna hisia naanza kuzipata kuhusu matamshi ya viongozi wa dini kuhusu kuonekana mkwamo wa mchakato wa katiba. 785 more words

Governance

50 years of the Public Libraries Act 1964

The chief librarians in Wales celebrated recently. What did they have to celebrate, you may ask, in the middle of planning drastic cuts in spending and closing some libraries? 469 more words

Wales