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Turbocharging India’s digital economy

Mumbai—India is taking a great digital leap. Having reaped substantial rewards from building up its core digital sectors, such as information technology and business process management,


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How many lives is Notre Dame worth?

Princeton—Just a little more than 24 hours after the fire that seriously damaged Notre-Dame de Paris, donations to rebuild the 850-year-old cathedral had passed €1 billion ($1.1 billion).


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China’s path not taken

New York—This month marks the centenary of one of the most important cultural and political episodes in modern Chinese history: the May Fourth Movement.

IAN BURUMA, May 13 2019

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How abortion hypocrisy kills women

Opposition to abortion is so intense that even where women have the legal right to terminate their pregnancy, it can be extremely difficult to access the services needed to exercise that right.

Apr 29 2019

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Data protection is social protection

Mexico City—In recent decades, social assistance programs around the world have been strengthened to the point that they now benefit more than 2.5 billion people, usually the poorest and most vulnerable.

Apr 29 2019

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Is winter coming to EU?

Berlin—A popular narrative holds that the European Parliament elections in May will be “Act Three” in the populist drama that began in 2016 with the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum and US President Donald Trump’s election.

MARK LEONARD, Apr 29 2019

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Will free trade make Africans sick?

Nairobi—Earlier this month, The Gambia became the 22nd country to ratify the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Walter Ochieng, Apr 22 2019

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Who should decide how algorithms decide?

Cambridge—Over the past few years, the MIT-hosted “Moral Machine” study has surveyed public preferences regarding how artificial-intelligence applications should behave in various settings.

Mark Esposito, Terence Tse, Joshua Entsminger, Aurélie JeanApr 22 2019

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First they came for Assange

Athens—My meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange all took place in the same small room. As the intelligence services of a variety of countries know, I visited Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy many times between the fall of 2015 and December 2018. What these snoops do not know is the relief I felt every time I left.


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Brexit and the Speaker’s tale

Oxford—The Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, John Bercow, is all over the news in the United Kingdom at the moment. And, as the Brexit crisis rumbles on, he has become something of a YouTube star across Europe.

MARION TURNER, Apr 01 2019

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Europe needs a global strategy

Berlin—Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States may have hastened the end of the “American Century” and of the US-led postwar international order.


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5G can advance the SDGs

Addis Ababa—Ultra-fast 5G wireless technology has been widely touted as a potentially transformative development, on par with the advent of electricity.

GEORGE LWANDA, Apr 01 2019

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Licking the boot that kicks you

New York—Watching Michael D. Cohen, US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and self-described “fixer,” testify to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform was a remarkable spectacle to behold.

IAN BURUMA, Mar 18 2019

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