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India demonstrates clout, wins six elections for UN bodies

In a reflection of India's growing global status and influence, India has won six elections to Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) bodies, five of them unanimously. In the elections held on Monday, India won places on the executive boards of four UN bodies, three commissions and a committee.

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France and the burkini brouhaha

The thorniest issue before the French, living as they are in a polyglot and multiracial world, is to find ways of ushering a more peaceful life of coexistence. I agree with the French policy that the face not be covered for reasons of masquerading. But if they bring their cultural restrictions to the beach they must not be blind to the rise of intense radicalisation as its natural consequence. It’s obligatory on both to bend and adjust. And it doesn’t come with the right to perpetrate violence or with the outpouring of a narrative on how “we are good” and “they are evil”.

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Culturally and politically, Americans are yet to process the events of 9/11

That climate of fuzzy thinking aided the rise of a presidential candidate like Trump, who has convinced tens of millions of people that seizing Iraq and Syria’s oil resources and forcing Mexico to wall itself off are viable policies. His rhetoric doesn’t have to be serious in part because the American public isn’t equipped to take foreign policy discussions seriously. The 9/11 attacks propelled America into the world, but it is damning how shallow mainstream conversation of international affairs remains.

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In Brazil, the crooks are back in charge

On Tuesday, former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff left the presidential palace in Brasilia and boarded a plane for her adopted home city of Porto Alegre. She leaves behind a successor who risks indictment for far worse offences than the ones that brought her down, and a country that has lost its right to a place among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).  
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Obama's last sally for a safer world

This year, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly will formally open in New York on September 13 and over a fortnight, presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers will take the podium. There is widespread speculation that this being U.S. President Barack Obama’s last plenary, he is considering an address that could have significant implications for U.S. nuclear policy and for the global nuclear disarmament agenda which has now remained frozen for decades.

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India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,

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IMF expects India's role in Indo-Pacific region to expand

The International Monetary Fund expects India's role in the Indo-Pacific region's development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade refor...

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