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by Shreerang Godbole on 21 Sep 2020 0 Comment

Following the carnage at Chauri Chaura on February 4, 1922, Gandhi abruptly called off the Non-cooperation Movement. However, the movement was a mere appendage, indeed a fig-leaf for the Khilafat Movement. As the objectives of the Khilafat Movement had not been met, it continued without the pretensions of the Non-cooperation Movement. To recapitulate, the or...

by Thierry Meyssan on 20 Sep 2020 1 Comment

In this article, the author seeks to draw our attention to a fact that is difficult for Westerners to conceive of: the American people are experiencing a crisis of civilization. They are so deeply divided that the presidential election is not just about electing a leader, but about determining what the country (empire or nation?) should be. Neither side is c...

by K P Prabhakaran Nair on 19 Sep 2020 4 Comments

The 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics was jointly given to the Austrian-Irish physicist Erwin Schrodinger and British physicist Paul Dirac “for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory”. This great scientific recognition has relevance to India’s philosophy of Vedanta, as stated in the Upanishads. It is fascinating to know what some of the great...

by James M Dorsey on 18 Sep 2020 1 Comment

The United Arab Emirates’ bold recognition of Israel, earning it valuable brownie points in the West, has come at a cost: a blow to its efforts to earn religious soft power in the Muslim world. The setback raises questions about the UAE’s strategy of co-opting prominent Muslim scholars with financial incentives to project the Gulf state as a model of toleran...

by K P Prabhakaran Nair on 17 Sep 2020 0 Comment

The 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics was jointly given to the Austrian-Irish physicist Erwin Schrodinger and British physicist Paul Dirac “for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory”. This great scientific recognition has relevance to India’s philosophy of Vedanta, as stated in the Upanishads. It is fascinating to know what some of the great Europ...

by Jaibans Singh on 17 Sep 2020 4 Comments

Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa reached a very high rank in the Pakistan Army, just one step short of being the Chief. One mostly expects a person reaching such heights to be dedicated to the cause of his nation. Sadly for Pakistan, Gen. Bajwa has exhibited no such virtues and instead stands exposed as a dishonest, corrupt and covetous man who has repeatedly sold...

by R Hariharan on 16 Sep 2020 0 Comment

As expected the Rajapaksas bounced back to power with all guns blazing, with their Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party by winning 145 seats, 25 seats more than their own forecast. With the SLPP-led Sri Lanka Nidahas Podujana Permauna (SLPNS)’s three minor partners chipping in 6 seats, the SLPP now commands two-thirds majority in the 225-member parliamen...

by Sandhya Jain on 15 Sep 2020 10 Comments

Sonia Gandhi’s consistency and determination are admirable. A firm believer in dynasty as a legitimizing principle in politics, she first made her son the party vice-president in January 2013, thus indicating her intent, and in December 2017, despite a dismal performance in the 2014 general elections, anointed him as Congress president. This...

by Shreerang Godbole on 14 Sep 2020 5 Comments

The Khilafat Movement was punctuated by numerous incidents of violence. A grossly under-estimated list of definite Muslim rioting from 1919-1922 during the Movement is as follows: Nellore (September 22, 1919), Muthupet, Tanjore (May 1920), Madras (May 1920), Sukkur, Sind (May 29, 1920), Kachagarhi, NWFP (July 8, 1920), Kasur, Punjab (August 25, 1920), Pilib...

by Finian Cunningham on 13 Sep 2020 1 Comment

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the latest Western leader to wildly jump on the bandwagon claiming that Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was poisoned, and by implication insinuating the Kremlin had a sinister hand in it. “The poisoning of Alexei Navalny shocked the world,” asserted Johnson on Twitter, who went on to call for a “transparent ...

by R Hariharan on 12 Sep 2020 10 Comments

Earlier this month [August-ed.], the United States banned the Chinese government-run Xinjiang Production Construction Core (XPCC), a paramilitary and business organization, and two of its top officials for depriving basic rights to Uyghur people working in their organisation. The action was taken under the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act passed by the United ...

by Vladimir Platov on 11 Sep 2020 0 Comment

In recent days, a protest movement in Libya has been growing, and with each passing day, it has been spreading to an ever increasing number of towns and cities in this country, devastated by the ongoing civil war. Nine years since the overthrow of former Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, which Western powers, including the US, were actively involved in, a ...

by F William Engdahl on 10 Sep 2020 2 Comments

For the past months the Peoples’ Republic of China has been subject to one after the other devastating shocks to its agriculture sector. A deadly outbreak of African Swine Fever that halved China’s huge pig herds in 2019, was followed by infestation from a plague of fall armyworms (FAW) which reached China in December, 2018 and now threaten China’s corn belt...

by James M Dorsey on 09 Sep 2020 2 Comments

The decision by the UAE to establish diplomatic relations with Israel keeps a negotiated solution with Palestine on life support. There is no indication that forging relations with Israel will be more successful in nudging the Jewish state towards peace with Palestine on mutually acceptable terms than the failed formula of offering Arab recognition in exchan...

by Thierry Meyssan on 08 Sep 2020 0 Comment

One of the objectives of the Euromaidan coup (Ukraine, 2013-14) was to cut the Silk Road in Europe. China reacted by changing its route and passing it through Belarus. From then on, Minsk tried to protect itself from the same destabilization by pursuing a more balanced policy towards the West, participating in military manoeuvres with Moscow and agreeing to ...

by Shreerang Godbole on 07 Sep 2020 2 Comments

Poetry has been described as the spontaneous outburst of innermost feeling. But poetry that seeps into the collective consciousness of a people also reflects their psyche and influences behaviour. Bankim’s Vande Mataram extols the country of residence not as a mere piece of land but as a Divine Mother to be revered and worshipped by her children. Once the vi...

by James M Dorsey on 06 Sep 2020 0 Comment

Rare polling of public opinion in Saudi Arabia suggests that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be more sensitive to domestic public opinion on foreign policy issues such as Palestine than he lets on. The polling also indicates that a substantial number of Saudis is empathetic to protest as a vehicle for political change. The poll conducted on behalf of t...

by Konstantin Asmolov on 05 Sep 2020 0 Comment

We continue to track a series of scandals related to the fact that a number of NGOs that were involved in the protection of “comfort women”, as it turned out, spent the money on promoting themselves and their leaders, and not on the needs of the victim grandmothers they were commissioned to help. In general, after the country’s president voiced his position...

by James M Dorsey on 04 Sep 2020 2 Comments

Unfettered Chinese support for Saudi Arabia’s so far peaceful nuclear energy program risks fueling a burgeoning Middle East arms race amid concerns that the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement is all but dead, Turkey suggesting it has the right to develop nuclear weapons, and Israel certain to not remain idle if nuclear proliferation becomes the name of the game....

by P M Ravindran on 03 Sep 2020 1 Comment

Zohnerism is a word I have recently added to my lexicon. The Urban Dictionary defines it as the use of scientific fact for an unrelated false conclusion where scientific fact itself is something that is undeniably true and cannot be argued with or challenged on any grounds known to man. The word was coined after a boy, Nathan Zohner, described water in scien...

by Henry Kamens on 02 Sep 2020 2 Comments

Voter behaviour is not really so complicated. I once even took a course in it; about all that I can remember is that the “incumbent and name recognition is all that really matters” in getting re-elected, especially for a US President. Regardless of who is the pick for vice president, or whether or not Joe Biden is a Republican at heart with a bad case of...

by Sandhya Jain on 01 Sep 2020 21 Comments

A split in the Congress party seems inevitable. Despite formal genuflections before the Rae Bareli MP, Sonia Gandhi is now only an interim president and neither offspring is acceptable as future president. Indeed, the Congress Working Committee meeting of August 24, 2020, called to address an explosive letter by 23 top leaders, could not quash the dissent. T...

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