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Changsha is booming whatever the cost
Changsha is booming whatever the cost
Harold Thibault

CHANGSHA - When the Dazehu village chief told his constituents that a company was planning to build the tallest skyscraper in the world right there, in the swamps in front of the village, Mrs. Tan’s only reaction was: “All right then...”

It takes more than that to overwhelm this 60-year old woman, who has become used to big changes in the region: Changsha is getting closer every day, bringing its prosperity along. She seems to regret the fact that her village was leveled to the ground in 2002 to build five or six-story high apartment buildings. If only the authorities had waited a few more years, she would have certainly had a chance to live in one of these new skyscrapers.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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