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by R Hariharan on 29 Sep 2013 9 Comments

The sensational title ofthe discussion “Is Army entering politics?” is an insinuation against theIndian Army, a national institution which has earned its reputation forprofessionalism after shedding blood and sweat in many battlefronts. A moreappropriate title would have been “Is politics entering Army?”  There is every reason tothink this, as

by T P Wilkinson on 28 Sep 2013 1 Comment

Numerous reasons have been given for the suddenreluctance of the USG to fly bombs to Damascus and turn it into a Tripoli orBagdad. One that has not received much attention was the coming German federalelections. These are over, stability is assured, now the USG can continue oncourse, even if not at full speed ahead. Why were the German parliam

by Abayomi Azikiwe on 27 Sep 2013 3 Comments

Contradicting what the corporate media editorial boards have promoted in choruswith the multi-millionaire Governor Rick Snyder and his appointed emergencymanager Kevyn Orr, 110 people filed objections to the forced bankruptcy of theCity of Detroit. The hearing took place on September 19 and was widely coveredin the local, national and international

by George Friedman on 26 Sep 2013 0 Comment

It is said that when famed Austriandiplomat Klemens von Metternich heard of the death of the Turkishambassador, he said, “I wonder what he meant by that?” True or not, serious ora joke, it points out a problem of diplomacy. In searching for the meaningbehind every gesture, diplomats start to regard every action merely as agesture. In the

by Ajamu Baraka on 25 Sep 2013 2 Comments

In his recent op-ed in the New York Times, Vladimir Putin raised hackles among thetalking-heads across the US when he questioned the wisdom of President Obama’sevocation of the narcissistic idea of “American exceptionalism.” After all, theexceptionalism of the US has never been a subject for reasoned discussion ordebate in the media or elsewhere. E

by Sandhya Jain on 24 Sep 2013 13 Comments

To the delight of his hosts, Narendra Modi’s presence at the veterans rally at Rewari, Haryana, on September 15, though previously scheduled, metamorphosed into his debut as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections. It coincided with the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s successful test-firing of t...

by R Hariharan on 23 Sep 2013 3 Comments

Nearly 78.5 percent of the 4.25 lakh people of the Northern Province whovoted in the Provincial Council elections on September 21, 2013 have given theTamil National Alliance (TNA) a thumping victory. The TNA won 30 seats,including 2 bonus seats in the 38-member Council, while the ruling UnitedPeoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) secured 7 seats and the

by Arun Shrivastava on 22 Sep 2013 6 Comments

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is coming toIndia to discuss a ‘range of issues;’ the truth is that he is coming here as chiefsalesman of global nuclear industry, now collapsing under the collectiveonslaught of nuclear scientists, nuclear power plant engineers, physicists,writers and investigative journalists and people.  Shinzo is known fo

by K P Prabhakaran Nair on 21 Sep 2013 2 Comments

Theaberrant weather pattern India has been experiencing of late has led to manyspeculations, some dire, some benign, and some others outright dismissive. The realityis somewhere in between. As an international agricultural scientist working inthree continents (Europe, Africa and Asia) for over three decades, I hadforeseen perceptible changes in the

by King World News on 20 Sep 2013 2 Comments

In astunning development, two JP Morgan whistleblowers have confessed that the bankmanipulates the gold and silver markets. This is truly a shocking admission bythe courageous JP Morgan whistleblowers. In a blockbuster King World Newsinterview, London metals trader Andrew Maguire told KWN that the two JP Morganemployees came directly to him with ha

by R Hariharan on 19 Sep 2013 1 Comment

The long process of China’s Peoples’ LiberationArmy (PLA) modernisation going on since 1978 is conditioned by three things:Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s mandate, national leadership’s guidance, andthe dynamics of strategic environment in which the PLA is expected to operate.  The 18th National Congress of the CCP held inNovember 2012 brought

by Waiel Awwad on 18 Sep 2013 3 Comments

While the world is relieved that an American attack onSyria has been temporarily averted, the CIA has not wasted too much time insending its lethal aids to the Syrian “good rebels”. The United States isrightly informed by its intelligence assessment that it is difficult to defeatthe Syrian army at the moment. The strong Syrian army is still intact

by George Friedman on 18 Sep 2013 1 Comment

Inrecent weeks I’ve written about US President Barack Obama’s bluff on Syria andthe tightrope he is now walking on military intervention. There is anotherbluff going on that has to be understood, this one from Russian PresidentVladimir Putin. Putin is bluffing that Russia has emerged as a major worldpower. In reality, Russia is merely a region

by Shelley Kasli on 17 Sep 2013 11 Comments

Welcomesdon’t get much warmer than this - especially not for central bankers. ButRaghuram Rajan, new governor of the Reserve Bank of India, is being treated likea Rockstar by the media and a savior by the markets. Inhis first briefing since taking office as governor on Sept. 4, Rajan announced plans to bolster the financial sectorand

by Thamizhchelvan on 16 Sep 2013 0 Comment

Demolitionof Temples: There has been a sustained campaign inTamil Nadu that hundreds of temples in the North have been demolished and thatSinhalese citizens are being settled in Tamil areas. Even DMK supremoKarunanidhi expressed concern and wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh totake up the matter with Sri Lanka.  Thuglakgives an opposite pi

by Thamizhchelvan on 15 Sep 2013 10 Comments

Emerging picture: A closelook at the Sri Lankan Tamil issue after the “Sinhala Only Act” of 1956suggests that Sinhala chauvinism, the Buddhist clergy’s rabidity, and theeffete political leadership caused the civil unrest within the island nationleading to the emergence of Tamil militancy. India’s Sri Lankan policy lackedconsistency and allowed dome

by Thamizhchelvan on 14 Sep 2013 5 Comments

Present scenario: It ismore than four years since the LTTE was crushed, and it is sad and unfortunatethat the Sri Lankan Tamils are yet to see a lasting solution to theircontinuing problems. President Rajapakse has not lived up to the commitments hemade during his victory speech; Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)and the Global Tamil Fo

by Arun Shrivastava on 13 Sep 2013 7 Comments

The world can’t forget the events of September11, 2001. We now know that the long war was planned many years before theevents; the actual taking out of seven nations – Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon,Somalia and Sudan – was prepared soon after. But the plan is even bigger andincludes India, China and Russia. Note that these are the world’s longestrunni

by Maria Wirth on 13 Sep 2013 1 Comment

The belief in rebirth is in the blood of most Indians.It is not a blind belief. There is a lot of evidence for it, as the authordiscovered. I don’t remember which Bollywood movie it was. Two heroes werewooing the heroine and naturally one had to die in the end, because she couldnot marry both. As it happened, he indeed died. It was a sad end,

by Ramtanu Maitra on 12 Sep 2013 23 Comments

It seems that violation of the ceasefire alongthe Line of Control (LoC) that separates the India-held part from thePakistan-held part of Jammu and Kashmir became a daily event this summer. Onemuch-reported incident occurred on Aug. 6, according to New Delhi, whenPakistani troops attacked an Indian post along the LoC in the Poonch Sector,killing fiv

by Gary G Kohls on 11 Sep 2013 4 Comments

“See Something, SaySomething” was a recent fear-based media campaign to popularize an initiativeof the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) called the Nationwide SuspiciousActivities Reporting (SAR) Initiative (aka NSI). The NSI codified the actionsof our nation’s spooks (FBI, local police, the CIA) who had, ever since 9/11/01and the infamous Pa

by Sandhya Jain on 10 Sep 2013 9 Comments

A clinical look at the sequence of rioting in Kishtwar since the targetted violence against the miniscule Pandit community and its forced exodus from the Kashmir valley in 1990 reveals a five-year cycle of aggression, viz., 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and now 2013, which can hardly be coincidental. The implication is grim: long term plans, most likely in concert...

by William Blum on 09 Sep 2013 3 Comments

Found at last! After searching for 10 years, the Iraqiweapons of mass destruction have finally been found – in Syria! Secretary ofState John Kerry: “There is no doubt that Saddam al-Assad has crossed the redline. … Sorry, did I just say ‘Saddam’?” A US drone has just taken a photo ofMullah Omar riding on a motorcycle through the streets of Damascus

by Tom Mysiewicz on 08 Sep 2013 27 Comments

“Whothe f*** knows what it will cost? It depends entirely on what happens” - WhiteHouse Staffer on Syria quoted by Sam Stein in “Syria Intervention Can Be Paid For With Preexisting Funds: Obama Official,”Huffington Post, Sept. 4, 2013 As the push toward war in Syriagrows more intense, some in Congress and elsewhere are beginning to ask a veryb

by Hari Om on 07 Sep 2013 2 Comments

Secessionist andcommunal violence gripped the Kashmir Valley in the late 1980s. Within a shortspan of two years, Pakistan-sponsored highly indoctrinated terrorists,including mercenaries drawn from countries like the restive and war-tornAfghanistan, in collaboration with Kashmir-based separatists, created asituation that forced the miniscule minorit

by K P Prabhakaran Nair on 07 Sep 2013 3 Comments

OnAugust 8, over 2000 farmers and representatives of farmers unions, 18 MPs andnumerous civil society representatives gathered in New Delhi to call for ascrapping of the draconian Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI)Bill recently tabled in Parliament by the Ministry of Science and Technology(MoST). The current regulation of geneticall

by Bhim Singh on 06 Sep 2013 7 Comments

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hasacknowledged the concern expressed by many across the world on the dangers to peacein case the United States insists on military intervention in Syria. We in Indiaalso urge the UN Secretary-General to intervene to save peace as well as theletter and spirit of the Charter of the United Nations, which does not perm

by George Friedman on 06 Sep 2013 0 Comment

Lastweek began with certainty that an attack on Syria was inevitable and evenimminent. It ended with the coalition supporting the attack somewhere betweenfalling apart and not coming together, and with US President Barack Obamamaking it clear that an attack was inevitable, maybe in a month or so, ifCongress approves, after Sept. 9 when it

by Biju Negi on 05 Sep 2013 8 Comments

Themost tragic trait to emerge in the recent Uttarakhand disaster, clearly theworst and most widespread ever in the history of this mountain region, is anutter lack of farsightedness, awareness, seriousness, sensitivity and humilityin its leadership. This lack of leadership and capacity is equally apparent in theState’s administrative machinery and

by Ramtanu Maitra on 04 Sep 2013 5 Comments

At the time of writing, the West’s fifers anddrummers are out announcing the “necessity” of an imminent air attack on Syria’svital installations to punish Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and the Syrian peoplewho back the regime, for its alleged use of chemical weapons against its ownpeople and the terrorists. The terrorists were assembled by the Saudis a

by Tom Mysiewicz on 03 Sep 2013 3 Comments

PresidentObama, in a speech on Aug. 31st, 2013, stated he will follow theConstitution and wait for Congressional approval before launching an attack onSyria. And he has dutifully sent this request to Congress. However, sinceCongress does not return from recess until September 9th, I amdoubtful the matter will be allowed to wait that long - if not b

by R Hariharan on 03 Sep 2013 3 Comments

The growing presence of the Chinese in SriLanka, when India-Sri Lanka relations are under stress, has disturbingstrategic connotations for national security.  Chinese actions are closelyrelated to the domestic and external policy dispensations of the new Chineseleadership under Xi Jingping as well as China’s desire to takeover South Asia’sunde

by Nicola Nasser on 02 Sep 2013 2 Comments

The US Secretary of State John Kerryon this August 26 removed the sword of the alleged Syrian chemical weapons fromits sheath and let the snow ball of this subterfuge for a military aggressionon Syria roll unchecked, raising the stakes from asking whether “it willhappen” to “when” it will happen, promising that President Barak Obama “will bemaking

by George Friedman on 01 Sep 2013 4 Comments

Imagesof multiple dead bodies emerged from Syria last week. It was asserted thatpoison gas killed the victims, who according to some numbered in the hundreds.Others claimed the photos were faked while others said the rebels were atfault. The dominant view, however, maintains that the al Assad regime carriedout the attack. TheUnited States has

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