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China can’t peg its policies to the stock market index
January 12, 2016 1:00 am

China can’t peg its policies to the stock market index

The new year started not with a bang but a whimper. IMF chief Christine Lagarde’s prognosis at year-end was that global growth in 2016 would be “disappointing and patchy”, blaming rising US interest rates, the economic slowdown in China,...

Paris: An attack on one, an attack on all?
November 28, 2015 1:00 am

Paris: An attack on one, an attack on all?

In the Russian airliner, Paris, and Mali hotel attacks, 375 civilians were killed in the space of three weeks. These deaths were ordered by a rogue state - the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a self-styled caliphate. ISIL has one purpose: to...

Fossil fuel lobby seen as main threat to progress at Paris climate...
November 27, 2015 1:00 am

Fossil fuel lobby seen as main threat to progress at Paris climate...

In the early 1950s, when it became widely known that smoking caused cancer, giant tobacco companies formed the Tobacco Industry Research Council (TIRC). Its main goal was to deny the harmful effects of tobacco and confuse the public.

What I expect from the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris
November 25, 2015 1:00 am

What I expect from the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response.

Is there a best form of government?
October 17, 2015 1:00 am

Is there a best form of government?

One of the commonly-held beliefs state that one should avoid the topics of religion or politics where it could create conflicts within a group setting. Because of the potentially polarizing nature of these two highly-charged topics, it's wise...

Turning grey into gold: Asia-Pacific's alchemy challenge
October 2, 2015 1:00 am

Turning grey into gold: Asia-Pacific's alchemy challenge

Just a few decades ago, the population of the Asia-Pacific region was dominated by the young. Now, amid dropping birth rates and improving life expectancies, the population is ageing.

Why has society become so polarised?
June 6, 2015 1:00 am

Why has society become so polarised?

Polarisation is the deep divisions within society. We see this in every opinion poll where the majority of the population is almost equally divided between those who agree to stay with the status quo and those who want to change it. In between are...

Memories of a frightening day
December 26, 2014 1:00 am

Memories of a frightening day

December 26 - I remember that day in small detail, as if it was yesterday. It was a Sunday. In Russia we do not celebrate December 26, as according to the Julian calendar observed by the Russian Orthodox Church, Christmas falls on January 6....

Thirty years on, Bhopal still cries out for answers
December 5, 2014 1:00 am

Thirty years on, Bhopal still cries out for answers

The march of time can be cruel. As months and years go by it erodes even the most horrifying events until they are dulled of their searing poignancy.

Dialogue the only way forward on reform path
December 5, 2014 1:00 am

Dialogue the only way forward on reform path

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, was founded on the idea that political dialogue is the only path to finding sustainable solutions to the world's problems.