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Google office at Mountain View California - how Internet giants are reshaping our world, for better and worse

Google office at Mountain View California. The Internet giant is an inspiration for young minds and would-be inventors. But where is it leading us?

An Aye for an Aye, the click storm on the Web

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Online it’s like for like, follow me follow you… but what does this have to do with influencing genuine consumers and quality? The Internet, led by Google and Facebook, was once touted as a force for good. What happened? more…

Saudi women now in the driver's seat

Saudi women can now drive cars

Saudi women can drive, though a camel may be safer given road statistics

DELSHAD KARANJIA
PUNE

Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to drive is a small step for the kingdom but a giant leap for Saudi women. more…

Indian vigilantes and lynch mob justice

India vigilante groups include gau rakshaks who claim to protect cows

Cow protection patrols are part of the new breed of freelance Indian vigilantes

MUKUL KESAVAN
NEW DELHI

As corrosive vigilante nationalism seeps into the Indian polity, it is just a small step to fascism and Brownshirts. more…

Rule Brittania and
the rape of India

The Delhi Durbar of 1877 was held on a cold January morning in Coronation Park to proclaim Queen Victoria the Empress of India

The Delhi Durbar of 1877 proclaimed Queen Victoria the Empress of India

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

As Indian manufacturing was crushed - in favour of British industry - pomp and pageantry created an aura of imperial power. more…

Politics of hate and the end of Liberalism

Charlottesville neo-Nazi protests

Neo-Nazi protestors march with lit torches in Charlottesville

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

From Trump to Modi, a new breed of ‘outsider’ politician offers a narrow nationalism that offers little room for dissent. more…

If the money's right

How much do world leaders get paid to shake hands and smile on TV? Quite a bit, it turns out, but not if you're at the helm of the world's most populated country. Trump to donate his entire 2017 earnings? Read more

Fire in the sky

As the heated exchange between Pyongyang and the USA continues, by October, 2017, North Korea had fired a staggering 22 missiles over the year. Read more

Weighty bad loans

Chinese and Indian banks are racking up bad loans despite efforts at regulation. China's Big Four had just under US$112 billion in bad loans - a climb of 4.6% year on year end June 2017. Read more

The Rohingya Rubik's Cube

Myanmar Buddhist hardline monks say no to Rohingyas

Hardline Buddhist monks remain opposed to Rohingya integration

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Can the strangely silent Aung San Suu Kyi lead Myanmar to a genuine national reconciliation with the Rohingyas? more…

Tackling Malnutrition

Estimated figures for child malnutrition in Asia point to alarming levels of stunting and wasting. See world opinion

You too can go glamping

Daft travel buzzwords are killing the romance of travel and mangling the English language. When did you last go brokepacking or on a spafari? more…