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by Ramtanu Maitra on 21 Apr 2018 1 Comment

As China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project has begun to make its presence felt in the region around Afghanistan, the country has experienced massive bloodletting in recent months, largely a result of the fragmentation of the Taliban. The group’s actions have neither a common goal nor adequate muscle to put together a nationwide movement, and no single fact...

by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur on 20 Apr 2018 2 Comments

A statement from the Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on April 12 that “engineered protests” would not be allowed to reverse the gains of counterterrorism operations and cautioned the nation against forgetting the sacrifices of “real heroes”. He, without naming the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), blamed it as something which was not indige...

by James M Dorsey on 19 Apr 2018 3 Comments

Bangladesh, in a twist of irony, is looking to Saudi Arabia to fund a $ 1 billion plan to build hundreds of mosques and religious centres to counter militant Islam that for much of the past decade traced its roots to ultra-conservative strands of the faith promoted by a multi-billion dollar Saudi campaign. The Bangladeshi plan constitutes the first effort by...

by James M Dorsey on 18 Apr 2018 1 Comment

There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the face aspect to a Saudi plan to turn Qatar into an island by digging a 60-kilometre ocean channel through the two countries’ land border that would accommodate a nuclear waste heap as well as a military base. If implemented, the channel would signal the kingdom’s belief that relations between the world’s only two Wa...

by Sandhya Jain on 17 Apr 2018 14 Comments

Opponents of genetically modified crops received a boost when the Delhi High Court upheld the Indian Patent Act, which states that seeds and life forms cannot be patented, and the Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001, which biotechnology multinationals have tried to undermine, and ruled that key plant genetic material cannot be patented....

by F William Engdahl on 16 Apr 2018 0 Comment

Washington’s recent trade actions are aimed foursquare at China, not at the EU or other trade partners. However, the aim is not to reduce China exports to the US. The aim is a fundamental opening up of the Chinese economy to the Washington free market liberal reforms that China has steadfastly resisted. In a sense, it is a new version of the Anglo-American O...

by Israel Shamir on 15 Apr 2018 2 Comments

President Trump is so pissed off by the Stormy affair that he is likely to prefer a good old war to another humiliation. This suits his enemies and friends (though not his voters) to a tee. He has a choice of doing a difficult manly act that needs all his courage, but which one? Should he put the well-being of his country at stake and brave Russian missiles,...

by F William Engdahl on 14 Apr 2018 0 Comment

It’s remarkable that the Euro and the Eurozone currency grouping haven’t fallen apart until now. Greece could have done it in 2010 but it was avoided by extraordinary acts of the Euro governments and European Central Bank. Now those actions are coming back to haunt especially Germany who stands poised to become the “sugar daddy” of the debt-bloated southern ...

by James M Dorsey on 13 Apr 2018 1 Comment

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has dazzled international media and public opinion by lifting some restrictions on women’s rights, holding out hope for the abolishment of others, and a vow to return the kingdom to a vague form of moderate Islam that many believe is defined by the social reforms he has already implemented and his curbing of the powers ...

by Gordon Duff on 12 Apr 2018 7 Comments

When the British Foreign Ministry announced on April 3, 2018 that there was in fact no evidence of a chemical weapon of any origin in the real or imagined incident in Salisbury, we entered a new realm of unreality. Simply put, not only did British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson make the whole thing up, as leaders of Britain’s Labor Party are crying from the ...

by Naagesh Padmanaban on 11 Apr 2018 2 Comments

Relations between India and China can best be described as tenuous, beset with mutual suspicion and distrust. A quick review of the relations between the two countries over the last six decades or so shows that India had been contending with an ever-increasing trajectory of belligerence and threats to its economic interests and territorial integrity. China h...

by James M Dorsey on 10 Apr 2018 1 Comment

Two headlines this month beg the question US officials have been grappling with for more than a decade: Will the real Pakistan stand up, please? Pakistan’s The News reported that the government had designated Islamabad as a pilot project to regulate Friday prayer sermons in the city’s 1,003 mosques, of which only 86 are state-controlled, in a bid to curb hat...

by Achintyachintaka on 09 Apr 2018 25 Comments

Rama the observing ego, or Atman, is given his name to signify his enjoyment in getting to experience the world through the body he resides in. The Sanskrit root “rama” means to play and enjoy. This is the divine component in each individual and He also is simultaneously the Paramatman, the Universal Consciousness. The very fact that he is all “human” is bec...

by Tony Ryan on 08 Apr 2018 2 Comments

‘We are what we eat’. Actually, it is a lot more complicated than that. It has been estimated that we come into contact with some 37,000 chemicals throughout our lives, many of which are ingested or absorbed without our knowledge. And, although there is some understanding about the impact some of these individually have on our health, nobody knows what effec...

by James M Dorsey on 07 Apr 2018 1 Comment

Debilitating hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran is about lots of things, not least who will have the upper hand in a swath of land stretching from Central Asia to the Atlantic coast of Africa. While attention is focused on ensuring that continued containment of Iran ensures that Saudi Arabia has a leg up, geopolitics is but one side of the equation. Nat...

by Bibi Mahdim Baluch on 06 Apr 2018 2 Comments

The leader of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) has issued statements in serious breach of the Baloch nationalist narrative and presented the world at large with an inaccurate understanding of Baloch history. Balochistan had been a loosely knit tribal confederacy for centuries with major political activity and discussion being centered in and around Kalat ...

by R Hariharan on 05 Apr 2018 3 Comments

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is probably happy to see leaders of foreign governments, one after the other, making a beeline to New Delhi because it indicates increasing recognition of India as an important global player. Modi has partly succeeded in managing India’s strategic influence from being overwhelmed by China’s increasing power play in South Asia...

by Marc Kahlberg on 04 Apr 2018 1 Comment

One certain prediction we can all make about the “War on Terror” with great confidence is that it is not going to end any time soon, or even dramatically subside. Terrorism today poses a direct threat to the security of all of us, and to international stability and prosperity. It is a persistent global threat that knows no borders, nationality or religion an...

by Sandhya Jain on 03 Apr 2018 9 Comments

Rescuing the antiquity of Indian civilisation from the biblical mythology of Max Mueller, rubbishing the well-orchestrated history-as-dogma of the Aryan invasion and proving the existence of river Saraswati, excavating and resurrecting the still unknown past, and restoring the once handsome architectural marvels that have fallen victim to time or...

by James M Dorsey on 02 Apr 2018 0 Comment

Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won a second term virtually unchallenged in what is widely seen as a flawed election. The run-up to the poll, including a soccer protest, suggests, however, that it will take more than a democratic whitewash to get a grip on simmering discontent. The protest in early March signalled that militant soccer...

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