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The Economic Times (January 24)

2018/ 01/ 25 by jd in Global News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is usually an inspiring speaker, “but little of that was on display…. when Modi took the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.” Though he hit some strong notes, “it wasn’t clear what, concretely, India would do to persuade or win over waverers; how it would forge new alliances and blaze new trails to progress….. Davos didn’t want India to sell itself to the world; it needed India to lead.”

 

New York Times (January 13)

2016/ 01/ 15 by jd in Global News

“In his final State of the Union speech, President Obama endeavored on Tuesday to lift Americans above the miasma of a brutally negative presidential campaign to reflect on what the nation has endured and achieved since he took office in the midst of a dire recession.” He often succeeded in providing “inspiring words for Americans who are yearning for more civility from those in political life.”

 

Los Angeles Times (July 28)

2013/ 07/ 29 by jd in Global News

“North and South, on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, couldn’t be more different.” When the armistice ended the war in 1953, “one-third of all homes and two-fifths of all factories were destroyed. Seoul, Pyongyang and all other cities were little more than rubble. Food was scarce, orphans plentiful.” Today, not that much has changed in the North, but everything has changed in the South, which is now the world’s 12th largest economy. “There is no more inspiring story in the world over the past half-century—or a more compelling example of how political decisions can shape people’s lives.”

 

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