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by Michael Brenner on 18 Jan 2021 3 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 2 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 ...

by Jayasree Saranathan on 06 Jan 2021 4 Comments

The Uttarayana that Bhishma was waiting for, must have started in Shukla Trayodasi of Magha. But Bhishma says, “The lunar month of Magha has come. This is, again, the lighted fortnight and a fourth part of it ought by this according to my calculations be over”. [Mbh: 13-167] māgho ‘yaṃ samanuprāpto māsaḥ puṇyo yudhiṣṭhira tribhāgaśeṣaḥ pakṣo ‘yaṃ śuklo b...

by James O’Neill on 05 Jan 2021 1 Comment

The incoming administration of United States president elect Joe Biden sends a clear signal to the world. Notwithstanding his rhetoric his list of appointments to key positions has a strongly 2008-2016 administration feel to it. The first lesson to be drawn from the Biden administration therefore is that one would be very unwise to expect any radical changes...

by Valery Kulikov on 04 Jan 2021 2 Comments

This year the world celebrated the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, seeking through its work and existence to epitomize a commitment to multilateralism in international affairs. As José Antonio Ocampo, former Colombian Minister of Finance and UN Under-Secretary-General, rightly noted, “The UN was built on three pillars: First of them – peace. Its prim...

by Seth Ferris on 03 Jan 2021 2 Comments

For two generations society has been built of the concept of the regular wage earner. Housing, commercial development and politics have all been based on the presumption that most people will have regular jobs, bringing in regular incomes, and that they can expect this to continue until they retire. This presumption was being put under considerable str...

by Thierry Meyssan on 02 Jan 2021 0 Comment

When we founded the Voltaire Network in 1994, our first concern was to defend freedom of expression in France, and then around the world. Today, however, this concept is, in our view, distorted and fought against. We will therefore try to define this ideal further. The circulation of ideas experienced a considerable boom with the invention of modern typograp...

by Jayasree Saranathan on 01 Jan 2021 3 Comments

Calendar is the basis for time computing. We have to first decipher the calendar used by the people of the Mahabharata period. Mahabharata does give a decipherable calendar that was in vogue at that time. Once we are able to decode it, many inputs on time mentioned here and there in Mahabharata do fall in place. The major evidence for the type of calendar...

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