The old idea of recasting the welfare state by instituting an unconditional, universal basic income has lately been capturing imaginations across the political spectrum. But could it actually work?
Last week, the music died. Amjad Sabri, a master of qawwali, the devotional music that is wildly popular across the Indian subcontinent and well beyond, was gunned down in Karachi, Pakistan. The man who spent his life singing the praises of the prophet Muhammad, was accused of blaspheming the prophet, and he was executed for it.
The Brexit vote was a triple protest: against surging immigration, City of London bankers and European Union institutions, in that order. It will have major consequences. Donald Trump’s campaign for the US presidency will receive a huge boost, as will other anti-immigrant populist politicians. Moreover, leaving the EU will wound the British economy and could well push Scotland to leave the United Kingdom – to say nothing of Brexit’s ramifications for the future of European integration.
On the occasion of your visit to Thailand during June 23-25, we, the Coalition for the Rights of Refugees and Stateless Persons – composed of academic institutions and civil society organisations in Thailand dedicated to providing support to refugees and stateless people, and researching the issue of migration into Thailand, particularly the Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladesh – would like to make the following recommendations to Her Excellency as the state counsellor and foreign minister of Myanmar:
This week’s visit by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Thailand appears to hold out hope for Thai state and private investors to revitalise their plans for key investments in Myanmar. Among these projects, the most prominent are the Dawei special economic zone and a cascade of hydroelectric dams on the Thanlwin River.
The fiasco at last week’s ministerial meeting in the southern Chinese city of Kunming might be dismissed as laughable were it not for the fact that it has driven yet another nail into the mouldering coffin of ASEAN.
How should policymakers in the Middle East’s Gulf States manage their countries’ large expatriate workforces? In Saudi Arabia, foreign nationals account for roughly one-third of the population. In Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, nine out of every 10 residents is an expatriate. Should these countries’ governments continue to invest heavily in developing indigenous labour forces, with the aim of decreasing dependency on foreign workers?