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Oxfam Philippines Typhoon Appeal

Dear Friends of ASI, As you will have seen in the media, Typhoon Haiyan has caused catastrophic damage in the Philippines.  It is estimated that more than 10,000 people have been killed and a further ten million people are affected, many losing everything they had. Women, men and children are now in desperate need of…

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Of mud pies and onions

Policy paralysis and the uncertain outcome of the 2014 general election are behind India’s recent economic difficulties, Lord Meghnad Desai told an Asia Scotland Institute gathering at the University of Edinburgh Business School, but once the votes are counted growth will resume, the Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics predicted. Striking…

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Walking Afghanistan, rebuilding Kabul – Rory Stewart

An exquisite exhibition of Afghan arts and crafts formed the backdrop to intrepid Scot Rory Stewart’s reflections on his solo walk across Afghanistan and subsequent work to restore old Kabul. The magnificently renovated Linlithgow Burgh Halls was an especially appropriate setting for Rory Stewart’s wonderfully uplifting account of how the Scottish arts charity he established—Turquoise…

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