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Castro lives on in Cuba despite America's attempts to extinguish Communism

Castro and Communism fight on as the US continues to apply sanctions pressure despite UN censure by a staggering 184 countries.

Why 'super cop' US must not flout global rules

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

The overwhelming 184-country UN June vote censuring the US for its continued Cuba sanctions is a case in point with the world seemingly arrayed against the world's self-proclaimed super cop gone rogue. more…

China's struggle for self-sufficiency

China factory

China's tough race for semiconductors and self-reliance

GRAEME MAXTON
TAIPEI

The complexity of cutting-edge technology and the time needed to develop it have thrown a spanner in China's works. more…

Taliban in Kabul: the Pakistan play

Taliban in Kabul

When PanAm departed in 1991 no bailout was considered

SAEED NAQVI
NEW DELHI

Why Taliban victory in Afghanistan could trip a smooth Pakistan play. The new Pushtoon-Shia-Hazara mix. more…

HK vaccine boost
hits opposition

Covid-19 vaccinations in HK - CE gets a jab

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam gets her second Covid-19 jab

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Lack of English and access to international information has exacerbated the city's resolve not to get vaccinated. more…

Why are we all talking gibberish?

PR-speak is turning our conversations into gibberish

Is this the end of elegant, sophisticated social intercourse?

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

We are talking more gibberish these days as PR-speak renders clarity a distant dream and travel becomes inscrutable. more…

Asia has two green thumbs

By late 2019, two surprise candidates at the forefront of the greening of the earth, were China and India. China accounts for 25% of global greening through forests and croplands. Read 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. Read more

Weighty bad loans

Chinese and Indian banks have racked up weighty bad loans. 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

Whither freedom of speech in India?

Madan Lokur, former Justice of the Supreme Court, India

Madan Lokur delivered the 2020 BG Verghese Memorial Lecture

MADAN B LOKUR
NEW DELHI

India is on a dangerous slide into authoritarianism where people are arrested for sedition on the basis of made-up fairy tales. more…

Israel opts for change

Netanyahu is out but will that fragile coalition hold? ... See world opinion

Curse of curation

PR-speak is turning our conversations into outright gibberish... more…