Pankaj Mishra is the latest distinctive heir to this tradition, and his deepest theme is how the dream of the West at once inspires and confounds a hopeful young man in small-town India who longs to escape the “cruel, garish world of middle-class India” and to remake himself, much as Naipaul has done, through books and reflective wanderings alone.
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By William J. Vogt
The bellicose rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang is very threatening these days. Whether it is a revocation of the armistice that ended the Korean War or cutting off one of the few pathways towards North-South communication, the Kim Jong Un regime is engaging in increasingly destabilizing behavior.
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By Michael McShane
In an article published in last week’s Wall Street Journal, Jay Solomon highlighted the disproportionate attention President Obama has paid to Iran’s nuclear program since coming to office compared to thediplomatic engagement the United States has pursued vis-à-vis North Korea’s own steadily growing nuclear weapons program.