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100 years of Chinese Communist Party: The Party is not forever

Chinese Communist Party or CCP completes its 100 years in July 2021. Minxin Pei in this Proj Synd piece cautions the party: As the Communist Party of China prepares to mark its centennial on July 1, the poor longevity record of other dictatorial parties in modern times should give its leaders cause for worry. If the CPC is not on the right track with its neo-Maoist revival, its upcoming milestone maybe its last. This entry was...

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Trump’s Big Lies and Its Consequences

Elizabeth Drew in this Proj Synd piece: By demonstrating craven loyalty to Donald Trump despite his lies about the 2020 election, the Republican Party is no longer simply playing for the base. By questioning the very integrity of America’s electoral system, it now represents an open threat to the US constitutional order. This entry was posted on May 21, 2021 at 11:26 am and is filed under Discussion. You can follow any...

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Long Live the US Imperial Presidency?

Eric Posner in this Proj Synd article: Over time, the office of the US presidency has grown only more powerful, despite perennial hand-wringing by commentators and the party that is out of power. Though there are a number of possible explanations for this trend, the most straightforward is that it is what the public wants. This entry was posted on May 13, 2021 at 11:35 am and is filed under Discussion. You can follow any...

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What Shanghai’s dynamic art scene reveals about the city’s middle class

As of 2019, Shanghai had 770 art galleries, more than Tokyo, London, Rome, Brussels, and Los Angeles. In a Brookings photo essay adapted from his new book, Cheng Li explores Shanghai’s art scene and explains how it reflects the evolving cultural dynamics and aesthetic interests of the city’s growing middle class. Among the many forces shaping China’s domestic transformation and its role on the world stage, none may prove more significant than the rapid emergence and explosive growth of...

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Twisted Democracies of Latin America: Why reforms intended to enhance democracy have achieved just the opposite?

Prof Andres Velasco of LSE in this Proj Synd article discuss how democracy in Latin America is just namesake: In many democracies, particularly in Latin America, well-meaning reforms intended to enhance democracy have achieved just the opposite, with governments that are strong on paper but weak in practice. And with each election cycle, citizen rage is brought ever-closer to the boiling point. …. The decline of parties throughout the region is partly the result of well-meaning reforms....

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Macron reforming French elite school École Nationale d’Administration (ENA)

Interesting Proj Synd article by Ngaire Woods On April 8, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he will close France’s elite postgraduate school for training public leaders, the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA). Macron, himself an énarque (as graduates are known), says he wants to encourage equal opportunity and national excellence, and respond better to the challenges of COVID-19. But eliminating ENA will likely represent only a negligible step toward this goal. ...

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RBI trying to improve governance of private banks, but RBI’s own Governing Central Board remains empty

RBI released further norms to improve governance in Private and foreign banks, which is welcome. However, RBI’s own governance is bit of a problem. RBI also announced that Mr Ajay Seth, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, has been nominated on RBI Central Board as a replacement for Tarun Bajaj. Curious, one glanced at RBI’s Central Board and saw just 11 of the 21 positions are occupied: Names and addresses of the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India (as seen on...

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Staying with the Struggle: Loving and Laboring in Bombay Cinema

Debashree Mukherjee in this CASI article writes about struggler in Bombay film industry: If there is one thing historians can agree was fundamental to shaping the Bombay film industry, it is intense precarity. The commercially powerful and globally-recognized film form that we now call “Bollywood” took its first steps at a time when India was under colonial rule, when no financial institution would touch this uncertain new enterprise, and when very few workers were willing to risk their...

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The potato changed the World’s history

Shivani Krishnakumar in Madras Courier: Potato, Batata, Aloo, Bangala Dumpa–whatever you call it–today, the potato is a staple food in cuisines across the world. But four centuries ago, potatoes were not used for cooking. Instead, people used potato flowers to decorate themselves. Initially, potatoes were loathed; they were considered to be the source of leprosy. But once people started using potatoes in their cuisines, the potato, in its own way, started changing the course of human...

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