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Why the Developing World Started Gaining On The West

During the past three decades, there has been a momentous change in the global economy. One of the most troubling and puzzling features — the failure of poor countries to catch up to developed countries — has seemingly been overturned.

Read Here – Bloomberg View

Rethinking Belt-And-Road Debt

More than 75 nations participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, launched in 2013 to develop trade and connect Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe with ports, roads and railways. But some countries worry about adding to already heavy debt burdens, and some projects have become an issue in local politics. Among the most vocal critics is Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad who has warned about a new colonialism.

Read Here – Yale Global

How The Tables Turned…

As the world marks the 500 year anniversary of the arrival of the Portuguese people to China, a wave of Chinese investment and capital is pouring into Portugal.

Read Here – The Diplomat

The New Delhi Consensus

One of the more remarkable (though largely unremarked) developments in recent Indian politics has been the startling shift in the country’s discourse about capitalism. As in many developing countries, “self-reliance” and economic self-sufficiency were India’s national mantras after independence – and, in India’s case, remained so for more than four decades. Whereas most Westerners axiomatically associate capitalism with freedom, India’s nationalists associated it with slavery. After all, the British East India Company, that harbinger of capitalism, had come to trade and stayed to rule.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

China And Its African History

On the second leg of his first overseas trip as China’s head of state, Xi Jinping is visiting a number of destinations in Africa, including Tanzania, the Republic of Congo, and South Africa where he will attend the 5th BRICS Leaders Summit in Durban. Xi’s trip reflects the growing importance China places on Africa in its foreign and economic policies

Read Here – The Diplomat

End of the caliphate left Arab nations searching for identity

In the early hours of March 4, 1924, a middle-aged man and his family left the Dolmabahce Palace in central Istanbul and headed to the train station. Their destination was Switzerland and then Paris, where the man, Abdulmecid II, died 20 years later, and was buried in Medina. Abdulmecid II was the last caliph of Islam, the end of a line of religious and political rulers that had stretched back unbroken to the time of the Prophet Mohammed.

Read Here – The National

Britain And Its Empire

Do British people feel proud of the Empire? Are they indifferent to it? Or have they been persuaded by the teaching of history, so influenced by the Left, that the British Empire was purely oppressive, racist and bad?

These questions arise from David Cameron’s visit this week to India. He arrived, begging bowl in hand, with his eye on increasing future trade with the country. But he found himself pulled back to the past, and to the question of whether or not Britain was a force for good in India.

Read Here – The Guardian

Marginalising Europe

An unintended consequence of the current economic and political crises in Europe has been the completion of the continent’s decolonisation, commenced in the middle of the 20th century. As the gross domestic products of developing countries continue to grow, while many crisis-stricken EU economies are contracting, some of the formerly colonised nations, alongside China, are actively purchasing the assets that are being privatised in Europe.

Read Here – Al Jazeera

What the Future of Africa Looked Like in 1959

On October 2nd, the South African website Politics Web published an extraordinary historical document, a 26-page memorandum from then-British Foreign Secretary Selwyn Loyd detailing the issues that he thought would affect British policy in Africa over the next decade. The memo gives a sense of just how much was at stake for a British empire in its twilight, an Africa on the verge of independence, and a wider world riven by Cold War-era rivalries. It’s a long and engrossing time warp (would the Southern British Cameroons fall into Ghana’s sphere of influence?), a return to a world where colonialism in its actual, classical sense — as well as Nasserism and Marxism in their actual, classical senses — were still a factor in international politics. More importantly, it was an attempt to think through “what kind of world would follow empire,” according to Frederick Cooper, a New York University professor and reigning expert on the imperial history of Africa.

Read Here – The Atlantic

Using Hate To Challenge Modernism

The recent violence over an anti-Islam film is part of a wider clash with the idea of the modern republic.

Read Here – The Hindu

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