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Afghanistan, then and now
By Anatol Lieven

Modern urban versus traditional rural Afghanistan, then and now. Time may have moved on, but the problems are big enough to be extremely concerning. The positions of the Afghan state in 1989 and 2014 are in certain respects very similar – too similar for comfort.

Why Japan’s Debt Hasn’t Wreaked Havoc Yet
By Charles Yuji Horioka, Takaaki Nomoto, Akiko Terada-Hagiwara,

Japan’s sovereign debt-to-GDP ratio is higher than any country in Europe and more than twice the OECD average.

The Spanish Numbers Game
By Allston Mitchell

A positive spin can clearly be put on recent financial data coming out of Spain but many Spaniards are cynical about the “success story” being trumpeted by the government. This enthusiasm for the “tough decisions” of austerity comes at a high price for ordinary Spaniards.

The Subaltern Can Speak
By L K Sharma

The Jaipur Literature Festival has not just grown; it has evolved into an Indian show. The global meets local will be one way of describing this transformation. The literature in Indian languages, the culture of the state of Rajasthan and even the endangered languages figured prominently in the event this year.

In Hollywood with Nathanael West
By Marion Meade

Marion Meade, author of Lonelyhearts, a biography about West, takes a look at his life in Hollywood and the story behind his most famous work, The Day of the Locust, which remains the gold standard for Hollywood fiction.

Homage to Asturias, Aragon and Catalonia
By Nick Lalaguna

2014 is the 80th anniversary of the workers uprising in Asturias, Spain and its subsequent brutalisation. But it was an uprising that led to a revolution on a massive scale across the country.

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