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Countries Fail The Same Way Businesses Do, Gradually And Then Suddenly

When democratic values come under attack and the press and civil society are neutralised, the institutional safeguards lose their power. Under such conditions, the transgressions of those in power go unpunished or become normalised. The gradual erosion of checks and balances thus gives way to sudden institutional collapse.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Trump Bets His Presidency On A ‘Silent Majority’

The lines of demarcation between the nation’s cities and their suburbs have faded in the decades since Richard M. Nixon courted the “Silent Majority” that elected him to the White House. With his law-and-order, tough-on-protesters rhetoric, Donald Trump is betting his presidency it still exists.

Read Here – Politico

US Heads Into A New Week Shaken By Violence And Pandemic

With cities wounded by days of violent unrest, America headed into a new week with neighbourhoods in shambles, urban streets on lockdown and shaken confidence about when leaders would find the answers to control the mayhem amid unrelenting raw emotion over police killings of black people. All of it smashed into a nation already bludgeoned by a death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surging past 100,000 and unemployment that soared to levels not seen since the Great Depression.

Read Here – APNews

Riot Acts

History shows that tumult is a companion to democracy and when ordinary politics fails, the people must take to the streets.

Read Here – Aeon

Also Read: Are Riots Good For Democracy

The Immigrant Imbroglio

For much of this year, discrimination of immigrants and racism have been hotly debated in a country where 14% of its 9.6m people are foreign born. Now the riots could make immigration and integration the pivotal debate in Swedish politics.

Read Here – The Economist

Untouchable Voices: Resisting the Violence of Caste

Just over twenty years ago, Hindu militants destroyed the sixteenth-century Babri mosque in Ayodhya, northern India, prompting riots around the country that claimed thousands of lives—overwhelmingly Muslim—including nine hundred in Bombay (now Mumbai) alone.* Ten years later, a conflagration of violence in India’s northwestern state of Gujarat killed at least as many Muslims, with the support of the state’s right-wing government. These “hiccups” in the rise of “the world’s largest secular democracy” received international attention at the time, though not enough to shatter the narrative of India as a liberal powerhouse propelled into the twenty-first century by economic reforms.

Read Here – The Dissent

Finding NaMo

NARENDRA MODI, the burly chief minister of Gujarat, is on a roll. On December 20th he won a third successive state election. Though the tally for his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fell slightly, from 117 seats in 2007 to 115, his victory was emphatic, a triumph more for Mr Modi than for his party. Nobody should doubt he now yearns to be prime minister. Visiting the BJP’s headquarters in Delhi, on December 28th, he was greeted by party workers chanting “PM, PM”.

Yet Mr Modi cannot look forward to assuming national office with any confidence. He remains a painfully controversial figure because of his behaviour in 2002, when communal violence left over 1,000 Gujaratis—mostly Muslims—dead. He was accused of, at best, turning a blind eye to the massacres, and has since happily portrayed himself as a Hindu nationalist.

Read Here – The Economist

Indian State Vote May Be First Step To Modi Versus Gandhi Face-Off

India‘s Gujarat state will hold a potentially game-changing vote on Thursday that could help decide whether Chief Minister Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, becomes India’s next prime minister. If, as many polls predict, Modi wins a fourth term as chief minister of the state, he is expected to project himself as the presumptive prime ministerial candidate for his right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a general election due in 2014.


Read Here – Reuters


The Coming Economic Shift?

The dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku / Diaoyu islandscontinues to simmer. Even as International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde warned about the dangers to the global economyshould the dispute escalate, the fallout from the squabble continues to build momentum.  There was always going to be a risk of economic consequences for both sides, as Japanese companies operating in China were forced to shut down operations and had property damaged during the recent flair-up in tensions. Since the protests in China have stopped, a string of reports have emerged that show the consequences are going to be very real.

Read Here – The Diplomat

It’s Not Just The Middle East. China’s On The March

Rage is all the rage. As we all know, radical Muslims are enraged about blasphemous videos and cartoons—so much so that an American ambassador to a country liberated by the United States was murdered by a howling mob in Libya. I worry about that. I worry even more about this administration’s lame response to it. But perhaps we should all worry the most about a very different kind of rage: the Chinese rage that takes the form of a hyperventilating nationalism, says Niall Ferguson.

Read Here – Newsweek

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