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UK’s risky obsession with US decline | Financial Times

Rome fell. Babylon fell. Hindhead’s turn will come.” George Bernard Shaw’s bon mot in Misalliance was a reminder to British theatre audiences in 1910 …

Modi's Biggest Problem May Be the Banks

Unless they're brought back to health, growth won't revive.

Modi

‘Calvin and Hobbes’: America’s Most Profound Comic Strip

The hilarity of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ was rooted in a 6-year-old boy’s inability to control himself—or the world<p>In 1985, American newspaper readers met an appalling little boy. He taunted his mother (“Prepare for annihilation, pitiful Earth female”), tormented a classmate by telling her he had …

Calvin and Hobbes

Inside the Currency Wars

Almost all the world’s currencies are dropping against the U.S. dollar. The decline is being driven mostly by governments and central banks bent on …

Economics

How Muslim Azerbaijan had satire years before Charlie Hebdo

<b>More than 100 years before militant Islamist gunmen murdered journalists at France's satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, another magazine very similar in style was playing an important role among the Muslim populations of both the Russian and Persian empires.</b><p>Azerbaijani weekly magazine Molla …

Religion

Greek funny money: no thanks

2015-02-23T12:59:30.000Z<p>By: FT Alphaville<p>Does money have value because the state says it’s money, or because the population trusts that it’s …

To Spend in India, First Cut Taxes

Huge, probably unrealistic hopes are riding on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first full-year budget, expected on Feb. 28. Nine months after …

Birth of a shadow doctrine: How a small group of lawyers launched a war against international law

<b>(AP/Kevin Lamarque)</b><p>From torture to drone strikes, international law is under attack in the U.S. Here’s how it all began<p>Jens David Ohlin<p>February 7, 2015 11:30am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Assault on International Law.”<p>When the hijacked airplanes hit the World Trade Towers on 9/11, John Yoo was working …

Why Americans Don’t Read Foreign Fiction

When French writer Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize in 2014, many Americans turned to each other and asked, “Who?” Why are foreign authors so …

Barack Obama challenges India on religious tolerance and women's rights

Barack Obama challenged India’s record on religious tolerance and women’s rights on Tuesday in a parting speech to students in Delhi that contrasted with the at-times saccharin feel of a state visit designed to highlight the closeness of the two countries.<p>Though careful to acknowledge inequality in …

India

India's Swelling Stash of Dollars

Raghuram Rajan's recent surprise rate cut was what central bankers call an "insurance move." In a highly uncertain and deflationary world, the …

Obama takes in India's grand Republic Day parade

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday took in a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels, …

India

What’s the Matter with Pakistan?: A Novelist Examines His Home Country

One of Pakistan’s most famous novelists, Mohsin Hamid, is out with a collection of essays that tackle everything from being Muslim-American to why …

Why Nehru’s Planning Commission didn’t fail India—but Modi’s Niti Aayog might

Taking down one sign and putting up another; curtains down for <i>Yojana Ayog</i>, curtains up for NITI <i>Aayog</i>; a new era of planning has begun in post Nehruvian India.<p>The Planning Commission has become an easy target for writers and columnists ever since it was shot down by the highest authority. Terms like …