by The Saker on 18 Jan 2017 0 Comment

After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump. It all began with CNN published an article entitled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him” which claimed that: Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and...

by Vladislav Krasnov on 17 Jan 2017 0 Comment

In 2012, I voted not so much FOR you as AGAINST Mitt Romney, because he participated in the plunder of Russia and undermining the health of young Russians. Do you not believe me? Then read what two American journalists wrote about Romney’s, and other Americans’ role in Russian reforms: “It was part of a free-for-all that involved wholesale looting of...

by Vladislav Krasnov on 17 Jan 2017 0 Comment

Thanks for responding to the concerns with the growing tensions in US-Russia relations that I expressed in a short email letter allowed to US citizens by the White House. Both my letter and your response are in English and Russian on the site of Russia & America Goodwill Association of which I...

by Vladislav Krasnov on 16 Jan 2017 2 Comments

A recent column by Sandhya Jain [here] asserts, “Demonetisation is the brahmastra (supreme weapon) that has killed or seriously maimed several asuric (demonic) forces tearing into the vitals of the nation. Most obvious is the black economy that has dwarfed the legal economy many times over, and frustrated development goals by denying...

by Pepe Escobar on 15 Jan 2017 0 Comment

So, right in the heart of Bali, spellbound after a serious conversation with a dukun — a spiritual master — it struck me: this should be the new Yalta, the perfect setting for a Trump-Xi-Putin summit setting the parameters ahead for the ever-evolving New Great Game in Eurasia. Balinese culture makes no distinction between the secular and the supernatural — ...

by R K Ohri on 14 Jan 2017 2 Comments

The high regard for the traditional Caliphate in the hearts of Muslims worldwide has been capitalized upon by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Under his charismatic leadership ISIS has become the world’s most successful terrorist group, financially secure and militarily quite powerful. It must be admitted that Baghdadi has managed...

by Ramtanu Maitra on 13 Jan 2017 2 Comments

If President Ghani’s undercover alliance with Pakistan has been veiled, the change of heart vis-à-vis the Taliban by the big power to Afghanistan’s north, Russia, and Moscow’s establishment of a closer relationship with Pakistan, is now out in the open. Recently Russian Ambassador to Kabul Alexander Mantytskiy made clear that his government maintains ties wi...

by Ramtanu Maitra on 12 Jan 2017 0 Comment

Kabul was not initially upset by the influx of muhajer families, numbering more than 2,000 according to an Afghan government estimate. The authorities believed that these militants would work against the Afghan Taliban operating in the area and fight back against Pakistani infiltrators. However, that did not happen. Although some of the fighters who had fled...

by Ramtanu Maitra on 11 Jan 2017 0 Comment

Locked in fierce battles with Russia, Iran, Syria and a hesitant United States and trying to protect the territory it seized in the Levant, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is losing ground rapidly. According to an IHS Markit report released on Oct. 9, the Islamic State’s caliphate shrank during 2015 from 90,800 km2 to 78,000 km2, a net l...

by Sandhya Jain on 10 Jan 2017 5 Comments

Almost coinciding with the Election Commission of India’s announcement of dates for elections to five State Assemblies, the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Section 123(3) of the Representation of People’s Act (RPA) in Abhiram Singh v/s C.D. Comachen (dead) by Lrs and Ors. (Civil Appeal No. 37/1992) seems destined to be honoured more in the breach. The Supr...

by N S Rajaram on 09 Jan 2017 7 Comments

From this it is clear that what governs a revealed religion is not God but the founder who claims to be God’s intermediary. (The clergy acting in the founder’s name becomes the enforcing authority or the thought police.) A believer is one who accepts the intermediary as the savior. God is irrelevant. He is even dispensable but not the intermediary who is...

by N S Rajaram on 08 Jan 2017 13 Comments

Many Hindus, including some who see themselves as leaders and thinkers are stumped when asked to describe what they see as the essential features of Hinduism. This being the case, it is not surprising that young people should be confused— mistaking ritual and traditional practices for the essence. What is given here is a rational description that does not re...

by Thierry Meyssan on 07 Jan 2017 2 Comments

President Vladimir Putin has announced that he has concluded a cease-fire agreement for Syria, with Turkey, which until now has been the main operational support for the jihadists. How may we explain this astonishing turn of events? Will President Erdoğan be able to turn his country away from the influence of the United States and towards that of Russia? Wha...

by James Petras on 06 Jan 2017 3 Comments

A coup has been underway to prevent President-Elect Donald Trump from taking office and fulfilling his campaign promise to improve US-Russia relations. This ‘palace coup’ is not a secret conspiracy, but an open, loud attack on the election. The coup involves important US elites, who openly intervene on many levels from the street to the current President, fr...

by Naagesh Padmanaban on 05 Jan 2017 4 Comments

The passing away of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on December 6, 2016 has cast a pall of gloom over the state. At 68, she was relatively young and had lot of public service left in her. But fate willed otherwise. The passing away of Jayalalithaa signals a phase of uncertainty and tumultuous changes over the coming days that can recast Tamil Nadu pol...

by Ashok B Sharma on 04 Jan 2017 0 Comment

India’s exports are facing the challenges of global recession and protectionist measures in the developed world. After two consecutive years of drought, this year’s good monsoon rains came as a blessing to farmers. Farm production revived, but farmers could not get the advantage as the domestic prices of produces have fallen and particularly after government...

by Abhinav Agarwal on 03 Jan 2017 4 Comments

When two movies of King Khan (as Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan is sometimes called) flopped (less successful than expected at the very least - Dilwale in 2015 and Fan in 2016), in succession, it sent shockwaves around Bollywood and beyond. While the poor box-office receipts could be attributed to the movies themselves, many nonetheless attributed at least...

by Abhinav Agarwal on 02 Jan 2017 2 Comments

At the time of this brouhaha over Aamir Khan’s controversial remarks and calls for SnapDeal to drop him as brand ambassador, this writer had attempted to understand and explain the perils of celebrity brand endorsements. I noted that celebrity brand endorsements were a double-edged sword for companies, and they could not expect to bask in the glow of celebri...

by Abhinav Agarwal on 01 Jan 2017 4 Comments

Now that it is clear that Aamir Khan’s latest movie, “Dangal”, is a blockbuster hit (it’s already recorded the second-highest opening of any movie in 2016), and with significant financial contributions in the form of ticket sales from the so-called right-wing brigade, it is time to go back in time a little and look at lessons learned and not learned. Lessons...

by F William Engdahl on 31 Dec 2016 0 Comment

The latest mantra of CIA-linked media since the “Pizzagate” leaks of data alleging that Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta and other highly influential political persons in Washington were connected to an unusual pizza place near the White House run by a 41-year old James Achilles Alefantis called Comet Ping Pong, is the need to crack down (i.e. c...

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