- Shinzo Abe, Japan’s new prime minister, has ambitious plans to shake Tokyo out of its economic torpor, but his expansionary agenda carries risks for his country and the global economy.
- A year ago Wukan was allowed to hold elections after a police stand-off, but tensions are rising and the village committee is facing a barrage of criticism.
- Investment banks are charging asset managers up to $20,000 an hour to meet the chief executives of their corporate clients – often without the chief executives having any idea that their time is being sold.
- Property prices in New Delhi, especially for the bungalows built during the British Raj, are among the highest in the world – even if the properties aren’t exactly in great shape.
- Peter Harling explains how political deadlock in Baghdad has suspended Iraq’s future. James Fallows has also taken a look back, 10 years after the invasion of Iraq: “Invading Iraq was an unforced, unnecessary decision to risk everything on a ‘war of choice’ whose costs we are still paying.”
- Libyan prisoners, seized during and after Libya’s revolution, are being guarded by men who are former rebels and prisoners themselves. “If you think about it logically, I should be taking revenge,” says a former Islamist insurgent who spent more than a decade in prison.
- A friend of Aaron Swartz describes how it feels to be part of a federal investigation: “it consumed me, and changed everyday that will come after it for the rest of my life.”
- A baby girl has been “functionally cured” of HIV, but does this mean there is a cure for HIV?
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