Explained: Why sanctions are flagging

Since February 23, the day before Russia invaded Ukraine, the European Union’s Council has adopted six rounds of sanctions to “impose clear economic and political costs” on the government of President Vladimir Putin, and to “cripple the Kremlin’s ability to finance the war” . Western governments, including the United States and United Kingdom, have cut … Read more

Why Amazon, Google, Starbucks workers in the US want unions

Apple Inc. workers in Maryland vote last week to form the first union of retail workers of the technology giant in the United States. US President Joe Biden said he was “proud” of the workers, and that “workers have a right to determine under what condition they are going to work or not work.” Employees … Read more

The dramatic history of resort politics in India

For the last four days, a hotel in Guwahati has been at the center of India’s biggest political story. It is where the majority of MLAs from Maharashtra–rebels against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray–have been sequestered against the turmoil in Mumbai. The leader of the revolt, Maharashtra Urban Development and PWD Minister Eknath Shinde, claimed on … Read more

Explained: Why was Bolivia’s former president Jeanine Áñez jailed, what is the political controversy surrounding it?

A Bolivian court ruling the former interim President Jeanine Áñez to 10 years in prison on June 10, after finding her guilty of orchestrating a coup that brought her to power in 2019. She was first arrested in March 2021 on initial charges of terrorism, sedition and conspiracy and has been detained since. Áñez was … Read more

Explained: 2 years after Galwan clash, where India-China relations stand today

Two years after the Galwan clash in the Ladakh heights, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, and which plunged India-China relations to their lowest in decades, the two sides are normalizing relations in many respects, with the Indian side displaying a pragmatism far ahead of the “lal aankh” rhetoric. Relations now Even though New … Read more

Explained: What the US Fed’s biggest rate hike in 28 years means for India and the global economy

The US Federal Reserve hiked interest rates by three quarters of a percentage point on Wednesday (June 15), its most aggressive move since 1994, in a bid to tame runaway inflation. The hike in rates by the Fed, the third since March, comes after inflation in the US surged unexpectedly last month. More importantly, the … Read more

Hate speech, IPC Sec 295A, and how courts have read the law

The debate the surrounding comments by BJP spokespersons Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal have put the spotlight on the law that deals with criticism of or insult to religion. Provisions in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), primarily Section 295A, define the contours of free speech and its limitations with respect to offences relating to religion. … Read more

Why is Pakistan on the FATF Gray list?

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international watchdog monitoring money laundering, terror financing, and other threats to global financial networks, is expected to decide whether to take Pakistan off the ‘grey’ list at the end of its ongoing plenary session in Berlin. The four-day FATF plenary will close on June 17. Pakistan has been … Read more

Explained: Wall Street slips into a bear market; here’s what that means

Rising interest rates, high inflation, the war in Ukraine and a slowdown in China’s economy have led investors to reconsider what they’re willing to pay for a wide range of stocks, from high-flying tech companies to traditional automakers. Big swings have become commonplace and Monday was no exception. The last bear market happened just two … Read more

Explained: Bengal passes Bill replacing Governor with CM as state university chancellor. What are the constitutional and political issues here?

The move by the Mamata Banerjee government has once again brought to the fore similar disputes playing out in Opposition-ruled states such as Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, which too have curtailed the authority enjoyed by Governors as Chancellors. What is the latest development in West Bengal about? On Monday, the state Legislative Assembly passed the … Read more