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by Jaibans Singh on 26 Jan 2021 3 Comments

“Pakistan continues to embrace terror and terrorism as an instrument of state policy, however, we are clear that we have zero tolerance for terror and we have reserved our right to respond at a time and place of our choosing. This is a clear message that we have sent across that we will not tolerate such activity.” - “Pakistan and China form a very potent th...

by Jayasree Saranathan on 25 Jan 2021 0 Comment

The 5th nimitta expressed by Karna sounds strange. 5] The sign on Moon’s disc had changed. Karna: somasya lakṣma vyāvṛttaṃ [Mbh: 5-141-10] This observation looks bizarre but it refers to some abnormality with reference to the features found on the lunar disc. Not a shred of evidence of an eclipse in this meaning, but most researchers had treated this as evid...

by Vladimir Odintsov on 24 Jan 2021 0 Comment

The measures actively taken by Ankara in its chess gambit at the end of 2020 to rapidly develop and reinforce its relations with Tel Aviv have so far, unfortunately for Turkey, not scored it any victories. The Turkish president himself noted that by the end of December, “the main problem now is the individual people that are present in the relationship with ...

by Jayasree Saranathan on 23 Jan 2021 2 Comments

Karna’s talk with Krishna continued. He referred to three nimittas – all related to the moon. Sequencing them one by one, we can see continuity with a related observation by Vyasa which is crucial, as that marked the beginning of the tradition of Bodhayana Amawasya by Krishna. The sky chart of Pushya day when a massive calamity struck the earth is...

by F William Engdahl on 22 Jan 2021 1 Comment

At the beginning of December China’s Xi Jinping officially declared that China had eliminated poverty entirely, part of his priority program. Western financial pundits have praised the remarkable economic recovery of China following the severe lockdowns a year ago to combat the coronavirus. Predictions that China would once again, as it did in 2008, lead the...

by Jaibans Singh on 21 Jan 2021 1 Comment

Jammu and Kashmir has suffered tremendously in the shadow of the gun for the last almost three decades. The youth of the region were worst affected. Their education and development suffered as families were engrossed in the daily challenge of survival. As a result, they lost out on employment opportunities and entrepreneurship. It is to the credit of the I...

by Jayasree Saranathan on 20 Jan 2021 0 Comment

The first set of astronomy references appear in the dialogue of Karna with Krishna before Krishna left Hastinapur on the day of Uttara Phalguni. This day is deduced from the words of Krishna to Karna that Amawasya was going to occur on the seventh day from thence in the star of Indra - referring to the star Jyeṣtha whose lord was Indra. [Mbh: 5-140-18] ...

by James M Dorsey on 19 Jan 2021 0 Comment

China would like the world to believe that the Middle East and North Africa region does not rank high on its totem pole despite its energy dependence, significant investment and strategic relationships with the region. In many ways, China is not being deceptive. With relations with the United States rapidly deteriorating, China’s primary focus is on what it ...

by Michael Brenner on 18 Jan 2021 4 Comments

McFaul was Obama’s briefer in preparation for the President’s historic visit to Moscow and his first encounter with Putin. Indeed, he personally accompanied Obama in the long private one-on-one session the two men had. That helps to explain Obama’s primitive understanding of Putin and of post-Communist Russia. He believed that he had taken the...

by Michael Brenner on 17 Jan 2021 2 Comments

Picking up Barack Obama’s The Promised Land, one’s first impression is of its heft. It is 750 pages long despite covering the period only through 2011. It is highly detailed and comprehensive in scope. Key elements are left out, though. The book manages to trek through the calendar methodically while remaining neither wholly candid nor seriously...

by Vladimir Danilov on 16 Jan 2021 3 Comments

Recently, more and more often in various media reports one can find information about the increased terrorist threat to Tajikistan coming from Afghanistan. To objectively understand the emerging situation, it is necessary to recall that Afghanistan and Tajikistan have quite close relations, due to a largely common historical past, traditions, culture and rel...

by Jayasree Saranathan on 15 Jan 2021 1 Comment

The events starting from the time Krishna left Upaplavya until his return are described in Mahabharata in three different view-points: as a general overview, from Sanjaya’s version given to Dhritarashtra, and Krishna’s version to the Pandavas on his return. We have to combine all three to construct the sequence of events. Perhaps this was Vyasa’s technique o...

by Thierry Meyssan on 14 Jan 2021 0 Comment

Sheikh Rohani is a member of the Shiite clergy, like Ayatollah Khamenei, but not the Revolutionary Guards, who are soldiers. The Guardians of the Revolution are followers of Imam Rouhollah Khomeiny. They intend to export his anti-imperialist revolution and liberate the world from the Anglo-Saxon empire (USA + UK + Israel) from which their country has suffe...

by Israel Shamir on 13 Jan 2021 1 Comment

President Trump was decisively beaten, if not fair and square. The hopes of millions of American voters were squashed and extinguished. The saga of the Orange Man is over. The victors used a gambit: they sacrificed the sanctity and security of the Capitol, allowed intruders in, permitted them to take selfies in the Speaker’s office, and then faked horror and...

by Jayasree Saranathan on 12 Jan 2021 0 Comment

The Pandavas completed their exile on Ashadha Krishna Dasami in the year Krodhi (3136 BCE). This was 17 days after Dakshinayana began and 11 days before the Greeshma ritu ended. Here we come across the term ‘ritu’, meaning season. This word appears again as we progress with the events, prompting us to define how seasons were calculated in Mahabharata times. ...

by James M Dorsey on 11 Jan 2021 0 Comment

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ushered in the new year, pledging to employ his country’s military to secure Turkey’s place in a rebalanced new world order. Mr. Erdoğan spelled out his vision when he inserted himself on December 30 into an address by his defense minister, Hulusi Akar, to several hundred masked Turkish and Azeri military officers in the Azerba...

by Dmitry Bokarev on 10 Jan 2021 1 Comment

It is a well known fact that the COVID-19 pandemic, which began at the end of 2019, has resulted in a global economic downturn and a fall in trade between nations, including the Russian Federation and India. The two countries have been partners for a long time. Economic ties, in strategic spheres such as defense, nuclear energy and space, have brought these ...

by Jayasree Saranathan on 09 Jan 2021 0 Comment

The sequence of events before the identity of the Pandavas became known is narrated in Mahabharata along with the tithis when such events occurred. This greatly helps in deducing the start and the end date of the exile period. Ø Susarma, king of Trigarta, started seizing the cattle of Matsya country on a Krishna Saptamī. The month name is not given. Ø Ma...

by R Hariharan on 08 Jan 2021 0 Comment

The year 2020 will go down as a tumultuous and inglorious year in Sri Lanka’s history. It was a bleak year on many fronts, after huge public expectations were kindled by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election 2019. No doubt, the global Covid-19 pandemic contributed to the President’s woes. Its disastrous effect on the already debt-laden economy brought thr...

by Salman Rafi Sheikh on 07 Jan 2021 1 Comment

With China being the most powerful competitor of the US in the 21st century, it is but natural to see various US administrations and the more permanent US defense establishment obsessed with China’s rise and the question of maintaining the balance to their advantage. The US, under the Trump administration, decided to confront China on the economic front and ...

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