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World Policy Newsletter, Week of September 4th

From worldwide market volatility to Brazil’s latest public protests, we address a host of critical global issues in World Policy's weekly newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

An Open Plea to Narendra Modi: Remove the Trust Deficit

In this open letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mayank Singh laments a gap in trust between public officials and the Indian people. Singh calls on Modi to restore government institutions and fulfill his campaign promises, particularly those relating to pensions for members of the armed forces.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 31: "India's Right Turn"

On today's episode, Jas Singh discusses how the Bharatiya Janata Party’s landslide victory in the 2014 elections has precipitated a revival of Hindu nationalism in the world’s largest democracy. He suggests the BJP and its affiliates could bring about drastic changes in a country that has long claimed to be pluralistic and inclusive.

When Art Becomes "Invisual"

When most people think of art, classical forms such as painting and sculpture, or even the more modern photography or performance art, come to mind. Virginia Cimino explores how the Paris-based institute Iheap pushes the boundaries of artistic expression and overturns traditional thinking about art as a visual experience.

A Fresh Template for Changing Realities

Moroccan Jewry, present in the region for nearly two millennia, now number just 4,000. Yossef Ben-Meir discusses with Jacky Kadoch, President of the Jewish community of Marrakesh-Essaouira, the changing political landscape and the future of this critical Jewish population.

The Brazilian Leadership Vacuum

Thousands of Brazilians are marching in protest once again as the scandal surrounding nationally-owned oil company Petrobas grows to encompass officials at the highest levels of government. As those in the streets question their politicians' ability to serve, Renato Flores explains how a nation at an economic crossroads can reclaim the path toward prosperity.

The HDP's Moment

Turkey faces a new round of elections this November after the ruling party failed to form a coalition government with any member of the opposition. Laurel Jarombek of World Policy Journal argues that even amidst renewed violence with the PKK, the party associated with the Kurdish population, the HDP, may yet seize this opportunity to change the face of Turkish politics.

Correction of What?

Global stock markets seem to have stabilized in the last week since China's economic health came into question. Economist James H. Nolt explains how the common reference to this volatility in the media as a simple "market correction" may downplay the extent of the problem of over-valued assets worldwide.

The Arms Spending Surplus and the World Value Deficit

In memoriam of Ruth Sivard, a leading economist whose work highlighted the disparity between social and military spending, we are reposting an article about one of her most seminal papers, "World Military and Social Expenditures." With the help of World Policy Institute, she was able to publish this paper and draw attention to a critical global inequity.

Great Britain Closes Door on Constitutional Reform

On the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, MP Graham Allen proposed codifying the U.K.'s presently unwritten constitution, a suggestion which was greeted with both enthusiastic support and staunch opposition. World Policy Institute's Michael A. Genovese weighs the advantages and disadvantages of states with fused executive and legislative bodies.

Abiding by the ‘Polar Code’

In May, the International Maritime Organization finally approved the Polar Code, a new set of rules aimed at reducing pollution from ships in the Arctic and Antarctic. Jim Stotts of Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska argues that while tighter restrictions in the Polar Code address some of the biggest Arctic shipping problems, many issues remain unresolved.

Syrians Risk 'Disappearing' While Seeking Amnesty

In June 2014, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad promised amnesty to rebel fighters and army deserters. Yet many who have tried to take advantage of the President's offer have instead been arrested and detained. Syria Deeply speaks with activists and relatives of those in detention or missing.

Struggling for Coordination on Global Challenges

A recent report by the Millennium Project details the most compelling issues facing the world today. World Policy Journal’s Callie Plapinger highlights the challenges of effective transnational coordination and action on a range of issues the report covers, including the status of women and climate change.

Behind Sundance Doc: "A Gay Girl in Damascus"

In June 2011, the international community was outraged when they learned that their favorite local informant on the Syrian uprising, spunky lesbian blogger Amina Arraf, was a fraud. WPJ’s Ellie Lightfoot analyzes the recently released documentary on the hoax, "A Gay Girl in Damascus," arguing its narrative focus ultimately prevents a more intelligent discussion on Arraf’s broader applications.

A Fall to Remember

U.S.-Cuba diplomacy has proved remarkably productive over the last nine months. World Policy Fellow Lawrence Gutman identifies some key achievements that followed a half-century of bilateral hostility, and looks to the fall for clues of deeper engagement.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 30: "Nicaragua's Big Dig"

On today's episode, Ted Andersen discusses the historical and environmental implications of the Nicaraguan Canal, the world's largest civil engineering project. The endeavor has courted controversy from its very conception due to expectations that construction will limit civilian access to fresh water, relocate endangered species, and usurp land from indigenous populations.

Studio Gad: The Value of Visual Memory

Award-winning documentarian Katharina von Schroeder reflects on her efforts in preserving the work of groundbreaking Sudanese filmmaker Gadalla Gubara and the impact of Gadalla's work on how Sudan visualizes its cultural history.

Perilous Depths

In Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest countries, mining is emerging as a major industry and an important source of new jobs. Brian Klaas compares working conditions at two prominent mines, arguing that stronger regulation is necessary for long-term sustainable development.

Colombia Leads by Example in the Americas

Identified with drug trafficking and lawless regions for years, Colombia has recently seen a decline in cocaine production and improved economic growth. Jonathan Bissell argues that President Juan Manuel Santos’ policies have been successful in addressing the nation’s problems, ushering in an era of greater stability and prosperity for Colombia.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 29: "In the Warming Arctic Seas"

The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the globe. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, Subhankar Banerjee details the plight of the Arctic's indigenous population, who are witnessing the disastrous effects of climate change firsthand.

Hungary's Blame Game About Xenophobia

With increasing ethnic tension in Hungary, both Hungarian and Western media are criticizing Prime Minister Orbán’s mobilization of anti-immigrant sentiments and the country’s far-right political party Jobbik. World Policy Journal’s Eunsun Cho contends that this media narrative overlooks the existing xenophobic undercurrent ingrained in Hungarian society.

The Politics Behind the Khat Ban

Described as both a scourge of society and benign stimulant similar to coffee, khat, a popularly consumed plant in East African communities, has been banned in the United Kingdom. World Policy Journal's Will Becker theorizes that the ban is a political move to further marginalize diaspora communities.

An Interview with "Mr. Cuba"

Kirby Jones, a leading consultant referred to as "Mr. Cuba," sat down with World Policy Institute Senior Fellow Lissa Weinmann to discuss the future of U.S.-Cuba relations. Jones argues that despite positive diplomatic steps forward, the biggest hurdle remains the U.S. embargo, which still prevents American business from investing in the island nation.

Syrians Split Over U.S.-Turkey Buffer Zone

This article was originally published on Syria Deeply.
Syrians are split over the establishment of an American-Turkish buffer zone in the border region of northeastern Syria. While many on the ground feel the buffer zone would only lead to more bloodshed, Syria Deeply's Omar Abdallah suggests that such a zone could increase security and stability.

Syria is Mine, Even in These Surreal Ruins of War

Even amid continual civil war, Syrian people are endeavoring to create a better future for their people and their country. Honey Al Sayed introduces SouriaLi, a multimedia platform where Syrians engage in online discussions about the steps necessary to reconstruct Syria, a country that has all but collapsed.
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SLIDE SHOWS


Little Rabbit Be Good 


Chinese artist Wang Bo—known by his nom-de-plume Pi San —takes on the Chinese establishment with a daring graphic novelette.


Fleeing Burma 


Saiful Huq Omi documented the lives of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Britain in World Policy Journal's Summer 2011 issue.


Political Murals of Cuba 


Damaso Reyes takes a tour of political murals in Havana. Is the writing on the wall for the state monopoly on public advertising in Cuba?

Islam and Chechnya 


In our Spring 2012 issue, we featured a portfolio by Diana Markosian of the pervasiveness of Islam in everyday life in Chechnya.

        

Hunger: The Price of Rebellion

 

Philippine photojournalist Veejay Villafranca captures the hunger crisis on the island of Mindanao, a legacy of decades of secular and religious conflict.

 

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