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by James M Dorsey on 18 Oct 2019 2 Comments

For the better part of a century, the United States could claim the moral high ground despite allegations of hypocrisy because its policies continuously contradicted its proclaimed propagation of democracy and human rights. Under President Donald J. Trump, the US has lost that moral high ground. This week’s [October 11-ed] US sanctioning of 28 Chinese govern...

by Israel Shamir on 17 Oct 2019 0 Comment

Amid the usual hysterics of ‘impending genocide’ and ‘brutal betrayal’, the long-expected Turkish operation in northeast Syria is rolling, and Turkish troops accompanied by their Syrian rebel allies quickly advance into the former US occupation zone east of the Euphrates River, pushing the Kurdish nationalist militias away from the border. The American soldi...

by F William Engdahl on 16 Oct 2019 2 Comments

Climate. Now who wudda thought. The very mega-corporations and mega-billionaires behind the globalization of the world economy over recent decades, whose pursuit of shareholder value and cost reduction have wreaked so much damage to our environment both in the industrial world and in the under-developed economies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, are the leadi...

by Sandhya Jain on 15 Oct 2019 38 Comments

In Tripura, the Molsom tribe celebrates Sangkrak puja during Magh (January-February). Sangkrak is their Kula Devata (clan deity) and goats, chicken, pigs, (sometimes buffaloes) are sacrificed by the priest. At least 14 animals are sacrificed as Chaudha Devata (14 gods) puja is part of the ritual. More animals are offered if the community wishes, after...

by F William Engdahl on 14 Oct 2019 2 Comments

A British-American gene-editing company has released millions of genetically modified mosquitoes containing a dominant lethal gene, each week for 27 months in the Bahia, Brazil region in a test to see if the gene-edited mosquitoes would mate with local mosquitoes carrying Zika, malaria or other mosquito-borne diseases. A new study documents the alarming fact...

by Thierry Meyssan on 13 Oct 2019 1 Comment

Gradually, humanity has formulated the ideal of equality of the human person: “Human Rights”. Many nations claim to have anticipated it before it was synthesized by the United Nations. Over time, many have used this notion without understanding it in its ethnological dimension and have distorted it. The heated debate in the Security Council on September 19, ...

by Ashok B Sharma on 12 Oct 2019 4 Comments

At a time when collective cooperation in the South Asian body, SAARC, is stalled due to the indifference of Pakistan, the bonhomie between India and Bangladesh has become necessary not only for the region, but also for cooperation in the Indian Ocean Rim and in bodies like BIMSTEC that connects South Asia to the ASEAN countries. Connectivity between the...

by Michael Robeson on 11 Oct 2019 3 Comments

Doesn’t anybody in D.C. read John le Carré anymore? In his novel The Russia House, he writes about a British double agent who convinces his American and British handlers to give him a list of everything they want to know about Russia’s nuclear weapons program. The spy’s handlers understand the risk – The questions, when answered, would give them...

by Jaibans Singh on 10 Oct 2019 6 Comments

There is a lot of talk about widespread dissatisfaction within the state of Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the Kashmir Valley, with regard to the reorganisation of the state into two manageable Union Territories and the modification of Article 370 that is intended to mainstream the region with the rest of the country. As the time to implement these...

by Thierry Meyssan on 09 Oct 2019 1 Comment

The future of Syria and Venezuela are being played out simultaneously and in parallel. This is normal, because the origin of these conflicts is not local, it is the strategy of the Pentagon of destruction of the state structures, first in the “Enlarged Middle East”, then in the “Basin of the Caribbean” “(Rumsfeld / Cebrowski doctrine [1]). The situation and ...

by James M Dorsey on 08 Oct 2019 0 Comment

Fears of a potential military conflict with Iran may have opened the door to a Saudi-Iranian dialogue against the backdrop of a rethink of US military logistics, involving at least a gradual partial relocation to the United States of command and control operations based in the Gulf for almost four decades. The relocation does not necessarily signal a...

by N S Rajaram on 07 Oct 2019 5 Comments

The world watched with amazement the extraordinary bonhomie on display during the Howdy Modi extravaganza in Houston, Texas. While the two leaders obviously enjoy a cordial relationship and seem quite friendly, one cannot be so naïve as to assume that Trump went to such lengths without political motives. Some commentators in India suggested he was appealing ...

by James M Dorsey on 06 Oct 2019 0 Comment

By the law of unintended consequences, US President Donald J. Trump’s mix of uncritical and cynical embrace of Saudi Arabia and transactional approach towards relations with the kingdom may be producing results. Saudi Arabia appears to be backing away from its largely disastrous assertive and robust go-it alone foreign and defense policy posture and revertin...

by B S Harishankar on 05 Oct 2019 41 Comments

Clergymen may visit museums and ancient sites. But when they are accompanied by a lawyer-turned-politician, it raises curiosity. “On September 24, 2016, Father Jegath Gaspar Raj, founder of an organization called ‘Tamil Maiyam’ and who had organised Sangam 4, a 10-day festival in August 2016 that focused on Madurai’s history, culture and...

by Frank Scott on 04 Oct 2019 0 Comment

The moment this rich, arrogant, egotistical fool – meaning he’s over qualified for the job – moved into the White House, the ruling class began plans to get rid of him. Much too blatantly indicative of what America really is to possibly be allowed to serve as chief executive, they supported impeachment rather than assassination, since even in their nearly co...

by Israel Shamir on 03 Oct 2019 9 Comments

The Borderlands of the Ukraine have been a decisive battlefield for centuries. Here Stockholm, Berlin and Moscow vied for dominance. Karl XII had lost here to Peter the Great; Stalin defeated Hitler; now the Clintonites are likely to suffer in the Ukraine their ultimate defeat. The Democrats had made their biggest political mistake of the century in attackin...

by Pepe Escobar on 02 Oct 2019 2 Comments

We are the Houthis and we’re coming to town. With the spectacular attack on Abqaiq, Yemen’s Houthis have overturned the geopolitical chessboard in Southwest Asia – going as far as introducing a whole new dimension: the distinct possibility of investing in a push to drive the House of Saud out of power. Blowback is a bitch. Houthis – Zaidi Shiites from north...

by Sandhya Jain on 01 Oct 2019 6 Comments

Gulalai Ismail, activist for women’s empowerment and Pashtun human rights, escaped to the United States in September, after four months in hiding, after denouncing the Pakistan Army’s alleged involvement in sexual violence and disappearances. Expressing anxiety for her parents left behind, she said, “I do not see a prosperous Pakistan until the military...

by Christopher Black on 30 Sep 2019 1 Comment

I was going to write about Iraq and the American control of that tragic nation that has been, like many others, destroyed by the American war machine, but it is difficult to find out any real facts about anything in Iraq. All the news and reports are controlled, events are unexplained, the politics unclear, the American influence hidden in the dark shadows o...

by James M Dorsey on 29 Sep 2019 0 Comment

Eurasia’s Great Game is anything but simple and straightforward. A burgeoning alliance between China and Russia that at least for now is relegating potential differences between the two powers to the sidelines has sparked a complex geopolitical dance of its own. With India, Japan and Europe seeking to drive a wedge between the two Asian powers, Central Asian...

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