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This blog offers you comments on recent events written by members of D+C’s editorial team. You’ll find one or two posts per week. The guiding question is whether something is good or bad for global development.

by Hans Dembowski

Why I find Kurdish independence aspirations worrisome

A referendum on national independence was held in Iraq’s Kurdish region this week. Masoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq, announced victory before all votes were properly counted. This is peculiar, but participation in the referendum was strong, and few observers seem to doubt that most of Iraq’s Kurds want a sovereign state – as do masses of Kurds who live in Turkey, Syria or Iran.
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by Hans Dembowski

Fake history – why an otherwise excellent movie disappoints

Gurinder Chadha’s film the “Viceroy’s house” deals with the negotiations that led to the partition of India. Most of the movie is historically accurate. It gives a good account of the atrocious ethnic cleansing that was going on in some parts of the country. In one important aspect, however, the plot relies on a less than well-documented conspiracy theory. The film could have been a highly entertaining history lesson. It isn’t.
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by Katja Dombrowski

A bad situation turned worse

Having followed the Rohingya’s fate for quite some years, I occasionally wondered if things could get any worse. For generations, this people, which the UN considers the most persecuted ethnic minority of the world, has been denied the most basic rights and forced to live under inhumane conditions.
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by Hans Dembowski

Deadly mix: extreme weather, global warming, climate denial

Climate change means that the weather is becoming ever less predictable and extreme events are becoming ever more likely. I’ve been writing this since sometime in the 1990s. I learned this lesson from a press release issued by Munich Re, the re-insurance multinational. It spread the message after a devastating storm that had caused billions of damage. I don’t remember what storm it was, nor where it struck. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma fit the picture, however.
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by Katja Dombrowski

History repeating itself

Sad news is coming from Cambodia. On Sunday, Kem Sokha, the opposition leader, was arrested in his house in Phnom Penh. On Tuesday, he was formally charged with treason for allegedly conspiring with the USA to overthrow the government of Hun Sen. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
Kem Sokha after his release from prison in January 2006.

Kem Sokha after his release from prison in January 2006.

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