Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002 by Salman Rushdie

By Salman Rushdie

For all their permeability, the borders snaking the world over have by no means been of larger significance. this is often the dance of historical past in our age: sluggish, sluggish, quickly, quickly, sluggish, from side to side and back and forth, we step throughout those fastened and moving traces. —from half IV

With striking variety and intensity, the essays, speeches, and opinion items assembled during this publication chronicle a ten-year highbrow odyssey by means of probably the most vital, inventive, and revered minds of our time. Step throughout This Line concentrates in a single quantity Salman Rushdie’s fierce intelligence, uncanny social remark, and irrepressible wit—about football, The Wizard of Oz, and writing, approximately battling the Iranian fatwa and turning with the millennium, and approximately September eleven, 2001. finishing with the eponymous, never-before-published speeches, this assortment is, in Rushdie’s phrases, a “wake-up call” concerning the approach we are living, and imagine, now.

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Ideas of scientific reason, individualism, secular government, and primacy of law to societies seeking the West’s material progress but reluctant to sacrifice their cultural identites and political traditions. Managing the intensifying interaction of traditional political, religious, and cultural norms with the ideologies of the globalizing West will be a core challenge for many rapidly developing societies, affecting prospects for global and domestic governance and economic performance through 2030.

Absent a virulent pandemic (see box on page 14), global deaths from all communicable diseases— including AIDS, diarrhea, malaria, and respiratory infections—are projected to decline by nearly 30 percent by 2030, according to our modeling and other studies. AIDS appears to have hit its global peak— around 2 million deaths per year—in 2004. Great strides are being made toward wiping out malaria, but past periods of progress have sometimes given way in the face of donor fatigue and growing disease resistance to treatment.

By 2030, this arc will have contracted (see map on page 22). Due to fertility declines that are well under way today, the tally of countries with youthful populations is projected to fall to about 50 by 2030. a four Population age structures Age profiles of Japan illustrating the four categories of population age structures: Youthful, 1935 100+ 5-yr groups male 0-4 7 6 5 4 female 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Percentage of total population The first globalization of the late 19th and early 20th centuries saw a massive movement of people within the European continent and from Europe to the New World.

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