The cost of development

From the early 60’s to 1997, the key word in South Korea was development. Social policies, inclusiveness and welfare were subordinated to growth and fast development. Competitiveness, earnings and being part of the production machine were the only way to receive benefits from the state. South Korea, just like Taiwan, Japan and most Asian countries …

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A not so subtle slap

A good government knows exactly what lie it has to tell in order to justify controversial or unpopular actions. These lies sometimes are almost unnecessary, given the obvious truth they are trying to cover but are still necessary for diplomatic reasons and purposes. The Netherlands seem to be well aware of such rules of the …

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Should Asia’s economy be a model to follow?

Inclusive growth’s definition is simple: A condition in which state policies promote a more equal distribution of wealth and opportunity among its citizens. Yet, the term is way more complex than what the textbook definition tells us. The discourse, as tackled by many economist, fits perfectly with the concept of inequality and economic development as it relates …

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Cold War II

When the Berlin Wall fell many believed that with it the Cold War also ended. Fast forward 27 years and the aforementioned assumption appears to be quite wrong. Just like during the Cold War, the west and Russia are clashing using "proxy" countries as settings for their battles. In the first conflict they were Vietnam, Korea, …

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Did the city of Milan do something wrong?

A few days ago the Dalai Lama visited the city of Milan in Italy and received the honorary citizenship of the northern capital. After all, the Dalai Lama is a noble prize recipient (Noble prize for peace in 1989) and the perfect candidate for such a symbolic award. Obviously nobody in Milan, nor Italy, saw anything …

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Philippines’ bipolar tendencies

In 1951 the United States of America and the Philippines signed a mutual defense treaty after years of colonization by the US. The Philippines after World War II became an independent nation and so America changed it's "relationship status" with the Asian country. Nowadays the Philippines find themselves positioned in the middle of one of earth's most unstable …

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Need a new capital? China can help you!

Egypt has been planning to move its capital from Cairo for a while, but building a new city is no laughing matter, especially given the costs of such an enterprise. You need a lot of good reasons to go ahead with such a plan and suddenly Egypt, like many others in Africa before, found itself with 20 billion good …

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