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On the Line 07 Sep

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Published on Sep 7, 2012

The old economic models of the Middle East were designed to support authoritarian elites. But writing in Prospect Magazine, Dr. Claire Spencer argues that a new and more participatory politics in the region needs a new and more participatory economic system, or the political gains of the Arab Spring will be undermined. India's public system for delivering food basics to the poor has been looted by corrupt politicians, according to an investigative report by Bloomberg News. As much as $14 billion in food has been "looted by corrupt politicians and...criminal syndicates over the past decade" in the state of Uttar Pradesh alone, according to Bloomberg. Why are there malnourished Indians when government warehouses are full of food?

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