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    WWI: Remembering how Europe Blockaded Lebanese Civilians & Killed 200,000 with Famine

    BBC “Unknown to many, a third of the Lebanese population [then West Syria] died of famine and disease during World War One. BBC Arabic’s Carine Torbey recounts the horrifying story of the Famine of Mount Lebanon.” The famine of Mount Lebanon during WW1 – BBC News Note: Contrary to what Ms. Torbey alleges, the Ottomans entered WW I for defensive purposes, being ...more

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    Are US Drone Strikes in Pakistan War Crimes? Only 12% of those Killed are Known Militants

    By Rozina Ali Drone Strikes: The numbers don’t lie, except when they do By: Rozina Ali At a time when President Barack Obama has likened his new military strategy in Iraq and Syria to his drone programs in Yemen and Pakistan, disturbing new information has surfaced that damn drone strikes as indiscriminate in their effect on non-combatants and probably constituting war crimes. Afte...more

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  • MEI Editor's Blog

    Tunisia Votes for Parliament Sunday

    On Sunday, Tunisia will go to the pollsto elect its second legislative body since the Revolution and its first inder the new constitution.That alone deserves attention. Though technically, Libya has already held two Parliamentary elections since Arab Spring, the second resulted in two governments,  one of which is on a ship in Tobruk. This election ,ay be imperfect, but it offers ho...more

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Asia

  • Ajay Shah's blog

    The logjam in infrastructure investment

    Quarter-on-quarter growth of the non-seasonally adjusted value of infrastructure projects that are classified as being `Under Implementation' in the CMIE Capex database. In the standard narrative, the first wave of infrastructure investment in India (2003-2010) choked owing to the ground-level difficulties of investment, including land acquisition, corruption scandals, contract disp...more

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  • East Asia Forum

    No good time for Xanana Gusmão to let go

    Author: Damien Kingsbury, Deakin University Timor-Leste’s prime minister, Xanana Gusmão, has deferred his decision to step down as his country’s leader until April 2015. He had announced earlier this year that he intended to leave office firstly in September, then in October. He has since said that he wishes to stay on to oversee negotiations with Australia over a resolution to the ...more

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  • China Matters

    The Unelected Battle the Selected: Democracy in Hong Kong

    [Corrected some mis-stated names of various organizations and added reference to Alliance for True Democracy declining to comment on authenticity of documents--CH 10/23/14][On the self-censorship front, while discussing the issue of whether the Alliance for True Democracy document dump is forged or authentic, I compare the leaked audio file--which would seem almost impossible to fabricat...more

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  • Ajay Shah's blog

    The logjam in infrastructure investment

    Quarter-on-quarter growth of the non-seasonally adjusted value of infrastructure projects that are classified as being `Under Implementation' in the CMIE Capex database. In the standard narrative, the first wave of infrastructure investment in India (2003-2010) choked owing to the ground-level difficulties of investment, including land acquisition, corruption scandals, contract disp...more

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  • Zambian Economist

    Zambia's Sovereign Wealth Fund

    Alexander Chikwanda in the Budget 2015 announced that Government is establishing a Sovereign Wealth Fund [SWF] :A culture of living hand-to-mouth does not safeguard the interest of posterity. We have the duty and responsibility to secure the future of the next generations. In this regard, I have allocated K100 million for the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund. Going forward, a s...more

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  • Zambian Economist

    Draft Constitution of Zambia

    The Government has now published the draft Constitution of Zambia after persistent demands by civil society and other members of public. There is no roadmap on what happens next. What is clear is that we are not going to have a new constitution before 2016 because the time has run out. The Patriotic Front (PF) may choose to pursue a selective amendment approach if they can reach consensu...more

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