India Needs an Environmental Opposition Party
by Jon Dorschner
India is acting out of desperation. India must do something drastic to curtail and reduce staggering poverty. This has become the sole driver of economic policy. Liberalization is now viewed by India’s power elites as the magic formula that will finally allow India to achieve economic success and true poverty reduction. The power elites are particularly enamored with this ideological stance as it poses no challenge to their dominance of the economy. It does not call for them to share power with India’s impoverished masses. India’s sclerotic democracy will continue to function as before.
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LINK to remarks by PDC President Don Bishop
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“Public Diplomacy in Time of Partisanship”
The Indian Election by Jon P. Dorschner
Ten Principles of Operational Diplomacy: a proposed framework by Paul Kreutzer
The Elder Statesman: George H. W. Bush in Retrospect by Aaron Brown and Mirco Reimer
Exchange of Ideas between William Harrop and Thomas E. McNamara
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The United States and Latin America: Individuals and Institutions by Thomas E. McNamara
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A Disappearance (1977) by Larry Lesser
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Public Diplomacy with high powered take-off by George Kennedy
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Diplomats Who Are Authors
No one who has never harvested apples knows what heaven is like. Even those who have can get it wrong. She read the Robert Frost poem in 11th grade and understood he was looking for death wherever he could find it, even where its opposite, eternity, held sway. Apple-picking is ambrosia. Apple-picking is no way that God would ever expel you. It’s more like God in your hands.
Chapter Sixteen Cacao cum Cocoa by Mark Wentling
Nobody knew it, but Chief Letivi was struggling to stay poised and focused on the subject at hand. His mother’s dire situation and his discovery of the gold stool under the old baobab tree were weighing heavily on him. Letivi fought to clear his mind of these two serious concerns as he stood to welcome formally the two white men and commence the meeting with them.
The American Mission by Matthew Palmer
Alex looked at the pile of application packages still in front of him. There were at least twenty left.
Flame by Barry Fulton
He had decided to wait for a sharp curve, and then lean far to the right to throw the bike off balance. He would risk a concussion or worse, but better to die on his terms than face torture...