Views Digest

March, 2015

  • 26 March

    Being Christian in India

    The NRIs who funded the Modi campaign will not be pleased about the damage to India’s image just as they are beginning to be proud of the country’s emerging global position. Nor will they appreciate the backlash that might affect them sooner or later, as news spreads to churches abroad about the vandalizing of Christian churches, the rape of nuns in Kolkata and Orissa, and the burning down of a Delhi church.

  • 25 March

    Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore

    For three decades, traveling around, into and out of Southeast Asia, J. Brooks Spector and his family passed through Singapore numerous times. One of his children was even born there. This gave him a chance to see Singapore’s evolution under the guidance of its redoubtable, and very long-lived leader, Lee Kuan Yew.

  • 24 March

    Women Up in Arms

    From Mexico to Kurdistan, women resistance fighters have blazed a trail for new gender relations in some of the world's most patriarchal societies.

  • 21 March

    Bangladesh’s Democracy Sinks into the Mire

    Bangladesh's government is unlikely to treat the unrest as a political crisis and call fresh elections. Given this, both ruling parties must do what they can to avoid further political turmoil in Bangladesh by taking the initiative to pull back from their own dogmatic positions and to restrain violence by embarking on a dialogue to overcome the challenges facing the country because of democratic paralysis and systemic violence.

  • 16 March

    Afghanistan’s Cosmetic Surgery ‘Boom’

    What the recent boom in the cosmetic industry means for the Afghanistan's middle class.

  • 16 March

    Peace in Mindanao Delayed But Not Derailed

    Peace in Mindanao will never be achieved unless there is disarmament of armed groups. Lasting peace still has a way to go but it has not yet been derailed.

  • 15 March

    Pakistan’s Polio Challenge: A Crippling Fear

    Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces are prone to a large outbreak of polio if they do not reform their immunization drives.

  • 12 March

    USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions from April 1st

    The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2016 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap.

  • 6 March

    Causes and Consequences of Plunge in Oil Prices

    While volatility in oil markets will likely persist, prices are expected to remain soft over the next few years. The declining prices present a unique window of opportunity to reform inefficient fossil fuel subsidies everywhere, says a new World Bank estimate.

  • 4 March

    Five African Elections to Watch in 2015

    With elections slated for 15 sub-Saharan African states in 2015, Africa Check looks ahead at the polls for executive leadership in five volatile states.