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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

Kishore Mahbubani asks: “Has the west lost it?”

Kishore Mahbubani is a public intellectual from Singapore, where he teaches public policy at the national university. He has a long track-record of criticising western powers. His latest book, however, expresses the hope that they might finally stick live up to their own principles. Most of all, he wants them to practice the multilateralism they have been preaching to others for decades.
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by Hans Dembowski

Fake narrative in The Economist

Fake news in the media is getting a lot of attention these days – for good reason. It is worth pointing out, however, that false narratives can distort coverage too. I found a recent example in The Economist so irritating that I wrote the author an email, which I think is worth sharing with you. The Economist does not indicate contributors' names, so I addressed the author by the name of his column.
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by Hans Dembowski

Argentina, financial turmoil and the AIIB

Once again, Argentina is in trouble. The central bank raised interest rates to 40 % last week. Steps like that indicate desperation. The goal was to stop the outflow of foreign capital. For several reasons, international investors were getting uncomfortable after having appreciated Argentinian policymaking for quite some time. Indeed, Argentina was one of their favourite countries last year, so speculative capital was flowing there.
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by Hans Dembowski

Straight talk on economics

I am currently reading Dani Roderik’s latest book “Straight talk on trade”, and I much appreciate what he writes. The Turkish-born economist and Ivy League professor spells out things that sociologists and political scientists understand all too well, but that tend to be disregarded by policymakers.
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by Hans Dembowski

Modi should focus on hate crimes, not capital punishment

India’s government has decreed that rapists who abuse young girls be sentenced to death. It wants Parliament to pass a law accordingly. This supposedly tough stance is meant to show that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is serious about fighting sexualised violence. He is not. If he were, he would be taking measures to reduce hate crimes and improve law enforcement. The talk of capital punishment is a distraction from the real issues.
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