Why the World Should Care About Language in Inner Mongolia – The Diplomat

On August 26 China passed a law to sideline teaching in the Mongolian language in the region of Inner Mongolia (also referred to as Southern Mongolia). This measure, which sparked immediate protests, will create irreparable losses not just for ethnic Mongolians, but also for many cultures around the world. What is at stake here is [...]

Engaging Quad partners on reforming China-centred economic globalisation is a rare opportunity for India | The Indian Express

India’s current focus is on drawing foreign investment into domestic manufacturing; but Delhi has been unable to clinch bilateral trade deals or articulate the case for rejigging the global economic order. — Read on indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/quad-meet-india-china-us-elections-donald-trump-trade-6722495/lite/

Has China Peaked Already? – NOEMA

In November 2006, the Chinese public was held rapt by a 12-part documentary series titled “The Rise of the Great Powers.” Curated by a team of respected Chinese historians, each episode revealed the pathways major empires took to reach the zenith of their global influence, including the United Kingdom, Japan, Russia and the United States. [...]

Wandering the wine-dark sea – Greek migration and dialects – Ancient World Magazine

The ancient Greeks were, like all people, highly mobile, and they founded a large number of settlements beyond the Aegean basin. What are some of the characteristics of Greek migration, and did these settlers bring their dialects and customs with them? — Read on http://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/greek-migration-dialects/

An ‘alliance of democracies’ sounds good. It won’t solve the world’s problems. – The Washington Post

In theory, an alliance of democracies can expand freedom around the world and cooperate on solutions to some of the most challenging global and regional problems. Cobbling together a brand-new alliance of democracies looks good on paper. But in practice, creation of a new Club Democracy would be counterproductive because it would create another fault [...]

Uighur Poets on Repression and Exile | by Joshua L. Freeman | The New York Review of Books

The shocking dimensions of China’s repression in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region are now beyond dispute. In early 2017, after spending years perfecting a high-tech surveillance regime in its only Muslim-majority region, the Chinese state began a program of mass internment that has seen the disappearance without trial of at least a million Uighurs, Kazakhs, [...]

Yuval Harari, Elif Shafak, Dambisa Moyo, Eric Schmidt & Others: How COVID Will Change Us – NOEMA

How will COVID-19 change the world? We asked: Yuval Noah Harari, Elif Shafak, Eric Schmidt, Lorraine Daston, Safiya Noble, John Gray, Davide Casaleggio, Onora O’Neill, Jared Diamond, Li Jinglin, Dambisa Moyo, Patrick Soon-Shiong, Pascal Lamy, David Brin, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Bill Joy, Joseph Nye and Bing Song. Here are their insights. — Read on http://www.noemamag.com/yuval-harari-elif-shafak-dambisa-moyo-eric-schmidt-how-covid-will-change-us/