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by Gordon Duff on 25 Feb 2018 1 Comment

Few who look at the US occupation of Afghanistan can do so without considering a few realities. When America entered Afghanistan in 2001, reality began to distort. America’s allies on the ground were called the “Northern Alliance.” In actuality, they were Uzbek and Tajik drug lords with private armies who had been financially gutted by the Taliban’s anti-dru...

by P M Ravindran on 24 Feb 2018 4 Comments

A benign king decided to teach his subjects the value of cooperation. He invited them all for a lunch and had them seated in two rows facing each other. He did one more thing before serving the food, he tied stilts to their arms so that they could not bend them. And when the food was served the people obviously could not eat what was served. It was then that...

by R Hariharan on 23 Feb 2018 0 Comment

After Mahinda Rajapaksa’s fledgling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) handed out a shocking defeat to both the UNP and the SLFP in the local government elections, the three-way political power game has become more complex than before. A gloating Rajapaksa, past master in political manoeuvring, is demanding fresh elections after dissolving parliament,...

by Naagesh Padmanaban on 22 Feb 2018 1 Comment

In the recent past, Tamil Nadu had witnessed a resurgence of venomous attacks on Hindu beliefs and religious symbols and icons. Much has been written on the crass insults that Victor James Vairamuthu, a Christian, heaped on Andal Nachiyar, the goddess revered by Hindus all over the world. As if this were was not enough, Kanimozhi, the self-acclaimed atheist ...

by Jack J. on 21 Feb 2018 2 Comments

You’ve got two arms of the main-stream media (MSM) the right and the supposedly centre-left. The right arm gets people fired-up with a mixed message of overt racism (typically anti-immigrant) and jingoistic nonsense, with anti-establishment narratives thrown in as sweeteners (typically anti-EU). The left arm then points out the despicable nature of the forme...

by Sandhya Jain on 20 Feb 2018 18 Comments

Though the mills of God grind slowly; Yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting; With exactness grinds He all. // This poetic aphorism from the early Greek philosophers captures the unveiling of the deceitful transactions behind the transfer of the National Herald group assets worth Rs. 2,000 crore to the control of...

by Arpita Maitra on 19 Feb 2018 5 Comments

On February 14, in Kolkata, an unique event happened, with far reaching consequences that journalists throughout the country noted with deep astonishment. Kolkata, capital of West Bengal, known for 34 years of Communist rule, pseudo-secularism, appeasement of Islamists by the political class, was shaken out of its political inertia. The unimaginable – a...

by Viktor Mikhin on 18 Feb 2018 1 Comment

The United States plans to send another thousand troops to Afghanistan to strengthen its contingent there. Now the Pentagon is deciding which military personnel will be sent to this country. We shall note that US troops have been stationed in this country since October 2001, which has cost US taxpayers $680 billion dollars. During this campaign, more than tw...

by The Saker on 17 Feb 2018 2 Comments

I have recently had the pleasure of watching a short presentation by Professor Stephen F. Cohen entitled “Rethinking Putin” which he delivered on the annual Nation cruise on December 2, 2017 (see original Nation Article and original YouTube video). In his short presentation, Professor Cohen does a superb job explaining what Putin is “not” and that includes: ...

by Israel Shamir on 16 Feb 2018 2 Comments

Do you remember the terrible onslaught of the mainstream media on presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016? Dozens of revelations about his fake hair, pussy grabbing, tax avoidance and what not; dozens of public polls proving that the nation wanted Hillary and hated Trump, opinion pieces convincing you that only racist white trash could think of voting fo...

by Thierry Meyssan on 15 Feb 2018 1 Comment

For the first time since the beginning of the conflict, in 2011, a conference uniting 1,500 Syrian delegates, of all origins, confessions, and almost all political opinions was held in Sochi - the Congress for a Syrian National Dialogue. This initiative by President Vladimir Putin was placed under the high patronage of Iran, Russia and Turkey [1]. It was den...

by Thierry Meyssan on 14 Feb 2018 2 Comments

In 2010, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy decided to associate the projection forces of the United Kingdom and France [1]. By “projection forces” we should understand “ex-colonial troops”. The Lancaster House Treaty featured several appendices, one of which planned for a gigantic joint exercise called Southern Mistral. Several months later, it turned out th...

by Pepe Escobar on 13 Feb 2018 2 Comments

The latest plot twist in the endless historical saga of Afghanistan as a graveyard of empires has thrown up an intriguing new chapter. For the past two months, Beijing and Kabul have been discussing the possibility of setting up a military base alongside Afghanistan’s border with China. “We are going to build it [the base] and the Chinese government has comm...

by William Blum on 12 Feb 2018 0 Comment

The people who created Facebook and Google must be smart. They’re billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world. But all these smart people, because of Congressional pressure, have swallowed the stories about “fake news”. Facebook hired a very large staff of people to read everything posted...

by R Hariharan on 11 Feb 2018 2 Comments

The 19th century American poet John Godfrey Saxe’s poem, “The Blind men and the elephant” aptly depicts India’s approach to national security. The opening verse – “It was six men of Indostan/ To learning much inclined/ Who went to see the Elephant/ (Though all of them were blind) /That each by observation /Might satisfy his mind,” may well be a description o...

by P M Ravindran on 10 Feb 2018 1 Comment

“To allow the chief justice practically a veto upon the appointment of judges is really to transfer the authority to the chief justice which we are not prepared to vest in the President or the government of the day. I, therefore, think that is also a dangerous proposition,”- Dr B.R. Ambedkar, Constituent Assembly debates “The justice delivery system has rea...

by Abdullah Baloch on 09 Feb 2018 4 Comments

We are thinking of independence because we are not affiliated with Pakistan. We demand separation because we were an independent state divided by Britain without the will of the Baloch people. The northern part of Balochistan was annexed to Afghanistan by the British in 1893 (Durand Line). The western part was annexed by Iran in 1928, in cooperation with the...

by Manisha Agrawal Narain on 08 Feb 2018 9 Comments

Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code defines rape as sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent. Exception to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code 1860 provides, “Sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape.” Following are the hidden presumptions in language of this exception: (a) In a no...

by Punarvasu Parekh on 07 Feb 2018 2 Comments

Even as finance minister Arun Jaitley was presenting the budget for 2018-19, the last full one in the National Democratic Alliance’s current term, the results of by-elections in Rajasthan and West Bengal were pouring in. These results, especially from Rajasthan, signalled a grave warning to the ruling coalition. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost both the...

by Sandhya Jain on 06 Feb 2018 7 Comments

After lurking at the edge of international consciousness for decades, with only the death or assassination of a noted leader acknowledged, the Baloch issue has acquired pungency with high pitched campaigns by diaspora in London and New York, and Islamabad’s diplomatic offensive that led to Switzerland denying political asylum to dissident Brahumdagh Bugti, i...

by Naagesh Padmanaban on 05 Feb 2018 8 Comments

The State of the Union address on 30th January 2018 by President Donald Trump was welcomed by many as a great speech in which he highlighted the achievements of his first year in office. In his speech, Trump called for unity among law makers and urged them to rise above party lines – something which went well with the American public. One would have thought ...

by Imtiaz Wazir on 04 Feb 2018 6 Comments

Despite pressures on Pakistan asserted by the US President Donald Trump’s administration, NATO and the regional community, Pakistan-based terrorist groups including the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani network continue as instruments for terrorist and destructive activities across Afghanistan. These terrorist groups have been enjoying safe sanctuaries, trai...

by Pepe Escobar on 03 Feb 2018 3 Comments

China’s “Go West” strategy was brought into sharp focus at a forum in Shanghai last weekend. Billed as the Belt and Road Initiative: Towards Greater Cooperation between China and the Middle East, it highlighted key aspects of Beijing’s wider plan. The New Silk Roads, or the Belt and Road Initiative, involve six key economic corridors, connecting Asia, the Mi...

by Israel Shamir on 02 Feb 2018 1 Comment

While you have probably already forgotten the feast, Russia is only now slowly coming back to life after its overlong Christmas break completed on January 14 by the quaintly named Old New Year, or even perhaps by the Epiphany on January 19. Everybody went somewhere, even candidates for the presidential race coming in on March 18: the Communist one went to sk...

by Ghassan Kadi on 01 Feb 2018 1 Comment

The security zone America intends to establish in Syria is doomed to fail sooner or later. How can this assertion be made and what can it be based on? Well, two main things really; history and facts on the ground. America’s seven-decade long post WWII intensive and consecutive military gambles have all failed, and without a single exception. And even though...

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