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by Israel Shamir on 24 Aug 2017 0 Comment

Here is what Donald Trump should call for this morning. This is the right time to up his ante in the struggle against the Lügenpresse. All his efforts to fix the sinking ship of the US society are in vain with a breach below the waterline. If the Fake News applauds every jerk in a mantle who stops a presidential decree, the jerks will multiply and president’...

by Bhim Singh on 23 Aug 2017 2 Comments

The truth hidden behind this invasion of the Fundamental Rights of Indian citizens residing in the State of Jammu & Kashmir (Permanent Residents) has not been brought to the attention of parliamentarians or jurists. I being one of the victims of this arbitrary Law, Article 35 (A), am trying to re-open the hidden pages of history and show how and why the peo...

by Sandhya Jain on 22 Aug 2017 9 Comments

Although the western media has largely ignored an on-going case against agricultural giant Monsanto in Los Angeles, California, for concealing research about the cancer risks associated with its money spinning weed killer, Roundup, leaked documents show that the firm reportedly influenced US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials to suppress...

by Rahul Goswami on 21 Aug 2017 3 Comments

The under-secretary of a large central government ministry was in conversation with a botanist. The under-secretary, whose stellar career in administration began with a high rank in the IAS examinations, and who has during his 30 years in central administration served on numerous high-level committees apart from being deputed to international agencies, took ...

by Rahul Goswami on 20 Aug 2017 6 Comments

A development assistant junior officer of a district cooperative bank in western Maharashtra, Kolhapur district, meets a kisan. The officer makes his way to the block of Gadhinglaj, in which three-quarters of the 38,000 hectares under cultivation are tended by households classified as small (holdings of 1 to 2 hectares) and marginal (less than a...

by Harpreet on 19 Aug 2017 3 Comments

Some days ago, I came across THIS 2015 news report; the headline is catchy enough - ‘UN peacekeepers refused to help as aid workers were raped in South Sudan’. But it is the second part of the headline that caught my eye - Chinese troops abandoned their posts rather than engage in fighting and protecting...

by Harpreet on 18 Aug 2017 2 Comments

Although India’s influence over Bhutan is acknowledged by China, New Delhi is keen to keep an eye on the Sino-Bhutanese negotiations, which would definitively have repercussions on India’s own engagement with China. History as well as geography has given India a huge advantage in Bhutan. In addition, India’s own rise has reduced the relative disparity in mil...

by Harpreet on 17 Aug 2017 3 Comments

It is amazing what wealth of knowledge exists on the worldwideweb, especially when you go looking for answers to something you had no clue about. Did some digging around the www to get a perspective about the current standoff, which most people forget that Bhutan too is a part of! At first glance on a world map, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan would not see...

by Harpreet on 16 Aug 2017 5 Comments

The current world order is a result of two devastating world wars in which the stakeholders threw in all that they had in terms of men and material. Each of these wars was a mighty bloody affair. And then came the spoils which the victors claimed for themselves, and their lackeys, be it permanent seats at the UNSC, P-5 Status, NSG, IMF, the works. Even a...

by Rijul Singh Uppal on 15 Aug 2017 6 Comments

In a major blow to the last bastion of left-liberals, Jawaharlal Nehru University held its first ever commemoration of Kargil Martyrs on 23 July 2017, where Vice Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar set the cat among the pigeons by asking Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, General V.K. Singh and veterans such as Maj Gen G.D. Bakshi for help in procuring a tank for ...

by Paul Craig Roberts on 14 Aug 2017 5 Comments

The show trial of a somewhat arbitrarily selected group of 21 surviving Nazis at Nuremberg during 1945-46 was US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson’s show. Jackson was the chief prosecutor. As a long-time admirer of Jackson, I always assumed that he did a good job. My admiration for Jackson stems from his defense of law as a shield of the people rather th...

by Dmitry Bokarev on 13 Aug 2017 6 Comments

India is widely known as the largest importer of Russian defence industry products, and Russia is India’s main supplier of weapons. India has been cooperating in the military and technical sphere with many other countries, including such technologically advanced powerhouses as the USA, France, South Korea and Japan. Therefore, Russia’s leadership in the Indi...

by Jimmie Moglia on 12 Aug 2017 4 Comments

Many confound what they think with what they know. With Marx, personal notions of Marxism often justify arbitrary conclusions, reflecting the perceiver’s prejudice, fancy or indoctrination. Any related discussion turns then into a vicious circle of arguments searching for proofs, and proofs that are but someone’s opinions. Furthermore, various currently-popu...

by Lawrence Sellin on 11 Aug 2017 9 Comments

That astute observation is not mine, but Indrani Bagchi’s writing for the Indian Economic Times: Pakistan could end up as a version of China’s North Korea exercise in South Asia, kind of like screen villain Ajit’s ‘liquid oxygen’ punishment: its nuclear weapons would keep it ‘alive’, but its economy would not let it ‘live’, and the Inter-Services Intelligen...

by Israel Shamir on 10 Aug 2017 1 Comment

“Will he sign, or won’t he?” – Moscow’s John Bull pub customers tried to second-guess the US President. The pub on the Nikitsky Boulevard in the centre of Moscow is a good watering hole that is frequented by the Foreign Office minor officials and sundry intelligentsia. – He won’t sign his own surrender, fervently said A Pint of Bitter. – No way! He would not...

by Ritu Mathur on 09 Aug 2017 2 Comments

Some time back, a set of intellectuals, returned awards they had won in the field of literature. This prompted a friend to cook up a limerick inspired by a couplet by the poet Ghalib and a song in a Hindi movie: Sometimes a thought rises in my heart// If there was no ‘Award Wapsi’ what would happen? // Were awards ever won, we would not know // Then what wou...

by Sandhya Jain on 08 Aug 2017 16 Comments

Bowing to the military supremacy in Islamabad, Pakistan’s Supreme Court on July 28, 2017 disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office for life after an exposé of Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca’s financial dealings showed that three of Sharif’s children owned offshore companies. There was no trial, no reading of evidence, recording or ...

by R Hariharan on 07 Aug 2017 1 Comment

After months of negotiations, Sri Lanka has signed the $1.1 billion agreement to allow the China state infrastructure company to take control of the Hambantota port. According to the agreement signed on July 29, 2017, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) agreed to sell 70 percent stake in the port to China Merchant Holdings Co. Ltd. (CMHC); the CMHC would run th...

by Raymond Zwarich on 06 Aug 2017 3 Comments

Richard North Patterson is an accomplished writer of best-selling fiction who has apparently decided to apply his writing skills, in his old age, as a propagandist for the US Ruling Elites. He has long shown his compliant willingness to use his considerable language skills to propagate the constant lies on which US foreign policy is built, and has been duly ...

by R Hariharan on 05 Aug 2017 4 Comments

Although it has been over five weeks since the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops started in the strategically important Doklam area in the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction, there is no sign of easing of tensions. It all started in mid-June when Indian troops joined the Royal Bhutanese army to physically prevent Chinese PLA engineers from constructing...

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