The story that keeps on giving

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According to a story in yesterday’s Mail, the House of Commons International Development Committee — not a group that can be characterized as in any way “anti-aid” or even skeptical about aid policy, Britain’s Department for International Development  DfID is doing a woefully inadequate job of monitoring the 60% of UK foreign aid that is given [Read more…]

Dogged Evolution (The Indian Quarterly, Winter 2012)

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Dogged Evolution (The Indian Quarterly, Winter 2012)

He has few friends. His alliances with human street dwellers are as informal and precarious as those of the first proto-dogs who guarded campfires in return for food. But for all his drab familiarity amid the untidiness of the urban landscape, the Indian street dog may be the subcontinent’s most under-appreciated zoological treasure. For the Indian street mutt [Read more…]

The High Tea Party (Commentary Magazine July/Aug 2013)

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It takes a lot to intimidate David Cameron, the ultra-confident “modernizing” leader of Britain’s Conservative Party. After all, he took in his stride the surprising humiliation of having to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats—a third party which had never before known office—in order to become prime minister in 2010 and claimed, almost convincingly, that [Read more…]