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The Raw and the Cooked – one of Claude Levi-Strauss’s great works of anthropology – posited the universality in human societies of the structural dichotomy of the natural and the cultural, the instinctual and the socialised. Left in its natural … Continue reading

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The Syrian conflict stirs far less public outcry in the west than it should. Weary of foreign wars, distrustful of politicians and economically insecure, the electorates of the western democracies appear singularly unmoved by the tragedy that has unfolded. It … Continue reading

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Local media in China reported yesterday that the powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the agency responsible for planning China’s social and economic development, has proposed the country adopt an absolute cap on carbon emissions from 2016 (also here … Continue reading

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David Cameron is due to visit Japan next week and will meet his counterpart, Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda. This is an important opportunity for British policymakers to reassess what’s happening in the world’s third-largest economy.

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Here are some articles and essays that I’ve found interesting to read over the past week: Why do we continue to ignore China’s rise? Arrogance: Martin Jacques, Observer Washington’s loss of control over World Bank is a big historic change: Mark … Continue reading

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I’ve spent the last week in Japan, meeting civil servants, politicians and scientists, and visiting factories, research institutes and civil facilities. One of these visits was to the Shinkansen high-speed rail control centre operated by the rail company JR East … Continue reading

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Sometimes political images speak volumes. This piece from the China Digital Times is worth posting in full. The young man wheels Deng Pufang, son of the late Deng Xiaoping, past a nervous-looking Chongqing committee secretary Bo Xilai. It’s been a … Continue reading

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This morning, Peter Mandelson was on the Today programme speaking about the future of globalisation, as he launched a major new IPPR report, The third wave of globalisation. As ever, the political lobby’s attention has focused on his remarks about … Continue reading

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This week I’ve been in Mumbai with Peter Mandelson and Will Straw as part of IPPR’s globalisation project. This megacity is hot and humid, even as the nights get colder with the approach of winter. But dark clouds are gathering … Continue reading

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Christina Fernandez has won a thumping victory in Argentina’s presidential elections, securing 53 per cent of the popular vote to win by the largest margin in the last four decades.

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