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The perils of China’s “debt-trap diplomacy”

The perils of China’s “debt-trap diplomacy”

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IN AUGUST, three months after his opposition coalition trounced the Malaysian party that had ruled since independence, Mahathir Mohamad, the country’s 93-year-old new prime minister, travelled to Beijing. His aim was to tell President Xi Jinping that his country was now the Malaysia that can say no. Dr Mahathir’s predecessor, Najib Razak, had hewed close…
The Sum of All Tears

The Sum of All Tears

From left: Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and others at a meeting with Iranian officials in Switzerland in 2015. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool/Reuters) The clueless architects of Barack Obama’s terrible Iran deal. International business consultant Wendy Sherman was the chief American negotiator of the Joint…
Everybody Hates Millennials

Everybody Hates Millennials

(Pixabay) Matthew Hennessey blames them for various social woes of the 21st century, but his allies include tech-skeptics of all ages. Hating Millennials is all the rage these days. One need not look far to find some article complaining about how members of that odious generation, defined usually as those born in the period from…
Mr. Rosenstein, What Is the Crime?

Mr. Rosenstein, What Is the Crime?

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies on Capitol Hill, December 13, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) What’s the legal basis for his special-counsel investigation? We have a right to know. For precisely what federal crimes is the president of the United States under investigation by a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department? It is intolerable…
None of You Idiots Is Spartacus

None of You Idiots Is Spartacus

Sen. Cory Booker on Capitol Hill, January 2017 (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Our politics are getting dumber because we’re defining ourselves by the caricatures of our enemies. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Including all of you at…
Dara Khosrowshahi’s first year at Uber

Dara Khosrowshahi’s first year at Uber

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ON SEPTEMBER 5th Dara Khosrowshahi celebrated his first anniversary in the driver’s seat at Uber. It has been a productive year, but he still has an enormous amount to do. Most pressingly, the task of cleaning up Uber’s image, tarnished by a series of serious mishaps that began in January 2017, is only partially complete.…
The world has not learned the lessons of the financial crisis

The world has not learned the lessons of the financial crisis

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WHEN historians gaze back at the early 21st century, they will identify two seismic shocks. The first was the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, the second the global financial crisis, which boiled over ten years ago this month with the collapse of Lehman Brothers. September 11th led to wars, Lehman’s bankruptcy to an economic…
India unbans gay sex

India unbans gay sex

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THE prudish wording of India’s colonial-era penal code of 1860 has long cast a baleful shadow over gay people. Section 377 banned “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal”. This was taken to bar homosexual intercourse along with bestiality and incest. Even heterosexuals could be prosecuted for enjoying oral…
The EU’s ombudsman criticises the appointment of a key German

The EU’s ombudsman criticises the appointment of a key German

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“IT IS much safer to be feared than loved” if one wants to hold onto power, Machiavelli famously advised rulers. Martin Selmayr, the top European bureaucrat in Brussels, evinces both emotions in his colleagues. But his aura is cracking. He is still unloved and, to judge from his latest setbacks, less feared.  In February Mr…
Is Menendez Too Crooked Even for New Jersey?

Is Menendez Too Crooked Even for New Jersey?

Senator Bob Menendez in Washington, D.C., in 2015 (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) His Senate seat hinges on whom Garden State voters hate more: him or Trump. This election is a tale of two chambers. In the House, Democrats are primed to make large gains, sweeping into a majority thanks to suburban voters who are sick of President…