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    India pulls mat from under Amazon's feet

    By Ronojoy Mazumdar Amazon has been forced to halt sales of a doormat which carried the design of the Indian flag. These doormats were being sold by two third party vendors on the multinational's Canada site. When this came to the attention of the External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, she responded right away. Using just the 140 characters available on Twitter, she threatened to rescind visas...

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    How will the US government fund Trump's trillion dollar infrastructure plan?

    By Ellen Brown To stimulate the economy, create new jobs and generate new GDP requires an injection of new money. Borrowing from the bond markets or off-balance-sheet in public/private partnerships won't do it. If Congress won't issue money directly, it should borrow from banks, which create money on their books when they make loans. The Trump agenda, it...

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    Rwanda's genocide didn't make the front page news: An interview with Alfredo Jaar

    By Laura Hubber Artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar is deeply concerned with global issues and social justice. He's also interested in how mass media images travel and their effect on viewers and how art can intervene. Jaar's work often begins with a single real-life event, then grows with his effort to understand, reflect on, and respond to...

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    Look closely while watching your next movie. Are the people in the background real?

    By Zeffrey M Jacks About 25 minutes into the action film Iron Man 2 (2010), there is an explosive sequence in the middle of an auto race through the streets of Monaco. The scene is a technical tour de force, with explosions, cars flipping and fire everywhere, all in front of thousands of panicked race spectators. At a 2014 event at the Academy of Motion Picture...

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    The cost paradigm of India's labour

    By Anibel-Ferus Comelo At the end of September, a group of about 25 young workers at a well-known transnational company in south India were individually informed that they need not return to work as their services were being terminated. All of them had worked at the company for longer than a year; one had worked there for six years. From one day to the next, these young people, part of a casual...

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    A not-so-funny mix-up: Kyrgyzstan's name tarnished in Istanbul attacks

    By Akhal-Tech Collective On December 31, 2016, a lone gunman shot 39 people dead in the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey. On June 28, 2016, gunmen killed 45 people at Istanbul's largest airport Ataturk. On both occasions citizens of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia were implicated by media citing Turkish police or other government sources in the aftermath of the attacks....

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    Challenges to the Union Budget 2017

    By Dr. R S Bawa and Dr. Rajiv Khosla The Union Finance Minister will be presenting his fourth Budget on the 1st of February. However, this budget poses more challenges with demonetization in the backdrop. Firstly, the date for the Budget has been advanced by one month which means that estimates will now be based on the data available only for first two quarters of 2016-17. Earlier, advanced estimates used to...

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    Somali refugees in Kenya: Not anymore?

    By Kerstin Fisk In May, the government of Kenya announced the impending closure of refugee camps home to more than 250,000 displaced Somalis. Government officials charged that the camps in Dadaab, a sprawling refugee complex near the border with Somalia, are an economic and environmental burden, as well as an "existential security threat". This wasn't the first time the government pledged...

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    Titanic, leadership failures and climatic changes - What do they have in common?

    By Paulette van Ommen In 1997, two scenes from the movie Titanic were carved in my memory - and I don't mean the romantic encounters between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. It was the scene in which the captain orders his orchestra to keep playing while his ship sinks, and the moment that a fancily dressed woman in line for the (far too few) life boats...

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    Is the Census out of fashion?

    By Liz Allen The Australian Census came under intense scrutiny in the wake of #censusfail. Parliament conducted a review, the Senate an inquiry, and some in the media questioned the entire point. But cost and privacy concerns aside, population is one of the three pillars of the economy. Understanding population characteristics is vital to inform us of challenges and opportunities, and is a necessary input in other...

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