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by James M Dorsey on 17 Nov 2019 0 Comment

China is manoeuvring to avoid being sucked into the Middle East’s numerous disputes amid mounting debate in Beijing on whether the People’s Republic will be able to remain aloof yet ensure the safety and security of its mushrooming interests and sizeable Diaspora community. China’s challenge is starkest in the Gulf. It was compounded when US President Donald...

by N S Rajaram on 16 Nov 2019 1 Comment

When former cricketer Imran Khan became Prime Minister in Pakistan, there was much jubilation in some Indian circles that there would be improved relations between India and Pakistan. One former Indian cricketer turned politician went so far as to ingratiate himself in public not only with Khan but also with the Pakistan Army Chief, General Bajwa. There were...

by Israel Shamir on 15 Nov 2019 4 Comments

Lawyers have a very dubious reputation. Since the days of old, they were considered scumbags; advocates being shysters at best; judges as despotic tyrants at worst. Half a millennium ago, Maître Rabelais said: There is no cause so bad that it does not find itself an advocate, otherwise there would be no lawsuits in the world. Judges were considered even wors...

by F William Engdahl on 14 Nov 2019 1 Comment

US Government regulators have approved a genetically modified cotton variety as a “potential solution to human hunger.” The radical decision is to permit consumption by humans, in addition to animals, of seeds of a GMO cotton developed at Texas A&M University, with no independent long-term testing. It opens grave new concerns about the safety of our food cha...

by Tony Ryan on 13 Nov 2019 3 Comments

In the 1960s, scientists warned us about an approaching Ice Age. As this failed to catch the public imagination, the new clarion call was rebranded as Global Warming. Because the dire forecasts of cataclysmic oceanic rising and concomitant rising of Earth’s temperatures failed to materialise as predicted, precipitating derisive mirth within the more analytic...

by Sandhya Jain on 12 Nov 2019 13 Comments

A learned member of the five-judge Bench (not Constitution Bench) wisely collated the evidence regarding Sri Ram’s birthplace and appended it to the Supreme Court’s verdict of November 9, 2019, granting the disputed site to Ramlalla Virajman. The 116-page addendum highlights the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s gigantic efforts to collect every scrap of evidence to...

by F William Engdahl on 11 Nov 2019 0 Comment

The China government statistical agency just released economic data showing the poorest GDP growth in almost 30 years for China. The problem goes far deeper than recent effects of the US-China trade war or the impact of calamities such as African Swine Fever that have decimated the nation’s pig herds. The underlying far more serious problem is an emerging...

by Ashok B Sharma on 10 Nov 2019 1 Comment

India refused to be part of its neighbourhood mega-trading bloc, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), in in its present form as its demands were not met. That does not mean it has to forgo its Act East Policy. Joining a trade bloc is only one of the ways of fostering regional integration. India remains engaged with ASEAN and its other institut...

by Jaibans Singh on 09 Nov 2019 1 Comment

On October, 31, as the Diwali festivities culminated, our nation embarked on a historic and path breaking transformation. The state of Jammu and Kashmir emerged in a new Avatar as two Union Territories. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir comprises 22 districts including areas of Muzaffarabad and Mirpur. The Union Territory of Ladakh comprises two distr...

by James M Dorsey on 08 Nov 2019 1 Comment

Protests in Lebanon have evolved into more than a fight against failed and corrupt government that has long stymied development in the Middle East and North Africa. The protests constitute a rare demand for political and social structures that emphasize national rather than ethnic or sectarian religious identities in a world in which civilizational leaders w...

by Thierry Meyssan on 07 Nov 2019 1 Comment

Over the past century, the United Kingdom and then the United States have successively courted all states and faith groups in the Middle East. They have fuelled confessional conflicts in such a way as to make themselves indispensable, according to the old principle of “Divide and conquer”. President Trump was elected three years ago with the plan to end the...

by Vladimir Platov on 06 Nov 2019 2 Comments

An unfriendly relationship between Tehran and Moscow in the past years was to the benefit of the United States because Iran was the only deterrent that prevented Russia from getting a foothold in the Middle East, which would have threatened US interests in the region. However, recently the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran have fostered clo...

by Jaibans Singh on 05 Nov 2019 2 Comments

On 31 October 1984, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated at her residence on Safdarjung Road, New Delhi, by her bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, who belonged to the Sikh community. The killing was in reaction to Operation Blue Star wherein Sikh militants were flushed out of Sri Harmandir Sahib, the most sacred shrine of the Sikhs. The badl...

by Steven MacMillan on 04 Nov 2019 1 Comment

BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 27.11.14. For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical stage today, we deem it possible to present it to our readers once again. S...

by Thierry Meyssan on 03 Nov 2019 1 Comment

It’s a time that only happens once or twice a century. A new world order is emerging. All previous references disappear. Those who were doomed to grieve triumph, while those who ruled are thrown into hell. The official statements and interpretations made by journalists clearly no longer correspond to the events that follow one another. Commentators must chan...

by N S Rajaram on 02 Nov 2019 7 Comments

Most people are now aware that Pakistan has occupied areas it calls Azad Kashmir (occupied Jammu) and the districts of Gilgit and Baltistan (once called Northern Areas). However, few know that Pakistan is in illegal occupation of the northern districts of Gilgit-Baltistan because of a coup by British officer Major William Brown, who was in-charge of the nort...

by James M Dorsey on 01 Nov 2019 0 Comment

Turkey’s ambassador to China, Emin Onen, didn’t mince his words this week [Oct. 23-Ed] when he took his Chinese hosts to task for failing to support Turkey’s military campaign against a Kurdish militia in Syria. Speaking in Turkish through a translator at a news conference at his Beijing embassy, Mr. Onen implicitly put China on the spot by calling on it to ...

by Salman Rafi Sheikh on 31 Oct 2019 1 Comment

When the US president tweeted about withdrawing from Syria and letting Turkey move its forces in to take control of areas hitherto under Kurdish control, Donald Trump was probably thinking of Turkey as more of a ‘NATO-ally’ allowing him to fulfill his promise of ending America’s “useless wars” in the Middle East. Little did he seem to know, as the turn of ev...

by Joseph Thomas on 30 Oct 2019 0 Comment

It is interesting to note where the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore sits amid the shifting poles of global power between East and West. Once a British colony, the tiny island nation has since served as a barometer indicating the ebb and flow of Western influence over Asia, and now, the ups and downs of China’s emergence as a regional and global power...

by Sandhya Jain on 29 Oct 2019 5 Comments

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to shun single-use plastic in his Independence Day address, reiterated at the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (September 9, 2019), could fail to tackle the scale of the plastic menace unless scientists and entrepreneurs join the fight. Previously, in April 2011, Delhi...

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