There is a certain delicious irony in the news that India is forecast to become the world’s largest exporter of beef in 2012. Sacred Cows Sold to Nonbelievers to Broil. Unfortunately, this isn’t quite true. Read more

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As the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty is heading for its final week of discussions, India is trying to leverage its position as one of the world’s largest weapons importer to craft an agreement to its liking. Read more

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The World Investment Report for this year has been released by UNCTAD. I am always a little wary of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) figures. Indian figures, for example, only count FDI by Indian companies that require foreign exchange released by the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India. But if an Indian firm like Tata Motors raises money in the city of London and uses it to invest in Mozambique, this won’t register in Indian books. Read more

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One of the most popular theories of the past decade has been “peak oil.” Namely, that the world’s supply of cheap oil was running out and, eventually, oil supplies themselves would start to run down. Read more

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