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by Sandhya Jain on 12 Dec 2017 6 Comments

In recent years, enlightened Indian farmers have begun to rethink the suitability of farming practices that involve injecting poison into the earth via fertilisers, insecticides and pesticides, and create problems of soil fertility, soil texture, soil preservation and erosion. There is a pervasive sentiment that unless the current system of intensive and unc...

by Pepe Escobar on 11 Dec 2017 0 Comment

The 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress made it clear that the New Silk Roads – aka, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – launched by President Xi Jinping just four years ago, provides the concept around which all Chinese foreign policy is to revolve for the foreseeable future. Up until the symbolic 100th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, in 2...

by R Hariharan on 10 Dec 2017 2 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited New Delhi on November 23-24, 2017. During talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the speeding up of decisions related to India-Sri Lanka joint venture projects in the island nation to solve “problems that have emerged” topped the agenda. The projects discussed included ...

by F William Engdahl on 09 Dec 2017 2 Comments

In terms of dealing with some of the world’s harshest weather conditions no country comes close compared with Russia. Now Russia has made it a highest priority to develop a Northern Sea Route along the Russian Arctic coast to enable LNG and container freight shipments between Asia and Europe that will cut shipping time almost in half and bypass the increasin...

by James Petras on 08 Dec 2017 3 Comments

Major changes are roiling the states, societies and ruling classes of the biggest industrial economies, oil regimes and military complexes. China is re-allocating its economic wealth toward building the most extensive modern infrastructure system in history, linking four continents. Saudi Arabia is transferring a trillion dollars of pillage from princes to p...

by Lawrence Sellin on 07 Dec 2017 1 Comment

One day while working for a multinational corporation in Europe, I began receiving emails about what I will call Project Blue. I had never heard of Project Blue. I then contacted one of my colleagues to enlighten me about Project Blue. Known for her straightforward manner, she said it was much the same as Project Red, but Project Red wasn’t working, so they ...

by Lawrence Sellin on 06 Dec 2017 1 Comment

In the latest issue of Foreign Policy journal, Paul McLeary quotes Gen. John Nicholson, head of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, who claims that after 16 years of war, the United States and its Afghan partners “have turned the corner,” the “momentum is now with Afghan security forces,” and we are now “on a path to a win.” McLeary notes that we also “turned...

by Lawrence Sellin on 05 Dec 2017 1 Comment

China is nervous. Over the last few months, the Chinese have encouraged and participated in talks between Iranian and Pakistani officials about the increasing tension along their joint border in Pakistan’s southwest province of Balochistan. The Chinese are concerned about their multi-billion-dollar investment in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), ...

by Israel Shamir on 04 Dec 2017 5 Comments

The best solutions to difficult problems are simple. The Columbus Egg. The Gordian Knot. The Procrustean Bed. So many people strained their fingers trying to untangle the messy knot, until Alexander came and slashed it open with one fine stroke of his mighty sword. Wise men vainly tried to make an egg stand upright on its end on the table, until Columbus sma...

by N S Rajaram on 03 Dec 2017 5 Comments

While the people and the princes of Europe were struggling to free themselves from the hold of religion, Christianity found the means to expand in newly discovered lands. So, while the Roman Empire had collapsed centuries earlier, a new world empire, Christian Empire, was about to begin. Its founder was a mariner of genius and a ruthless mass murderer...

by N S Rajaram on 02 Dec 2017 6 Comments

From this brief outline of Christian origins - actually of the first phase of Christianity - it is clear that the historical picture is radically different from what is given in the New Testament of the Bible, especially the Gospels. Here is what Eisenman had to say about the new picture of the birth of Christianity revealed by the Dead Sea...

by N S Rajaram on 01 Dec 2017 4 Comments

Christianity, like Islam, but unlike their common parent Judaism, is largely an imperial movement. Conversion is to Christianity what jihad is to Islam - an expansionist doctrine. Where Islam seeks to bring the whole world under its sway through jihad, Christianity’s goal is to make the world Christian, or turn it into Christendom by conversion. The goal of ...

by F William Engdahl on 30 Nov 2017 1 Comment

On November 8, Russia’s large mining group Norilsk Nickel announced it had begun operations at a new state-of-the-art Bystrinsky mining and processing plant outside of Chita in Russia’s Zabaykalsky Krai. Notable about the project is the participation of China, as well as the fact that four years ago the huge copper, gold and magnetite reserves of Bystrinsky ...

by G B Reddy on 29 Nov 2017 3 Comments

The Gujarat State Assembly election is a make or break election and includes as its main actors the various party high commands, candidates, narrow sectarian groups, partisan media, and many others operating behind the scenes. More importantly, its outcome will determine the course or curse of politics of modern India: social harmony without which the nation...

by Sandhya Jain on 28 Nov 2017 15 Comments

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s inability to handle the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir, despite the virtual blank cheque offered by the Centre and the Bharatiya Janata Party coalition partner, was obvious in April 2017 when bye-elections were ordered for the Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha constituencies. Former Chief Minister...

by Salman Rafi Sheikh on 27 Nov 2017 6 Comments

It was Jared Kushner’s un-announced visit to Saudi Arabia only days before Saudi Arabia’s night of long knives that appears to have set the stage for the great purge in Saudi Arabia, leading to the emergence of Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS) as the kingdom’s most powerful leader. There is hardly any doubt that MBS is poised to take over as the new King, and there...

by Thierry Meyssan on 26 Nov 2017 0 Comment

While Presidents Putin and Trump continue to make progress on the question of Syria, the United States senior civil servants in service at the UNO have locked into a round of arm-wrestling with Russia. Refusing to investigate a crime that they have already tried a priori, they provoked not one, but four vetos at the Security Council. For Thierry Meyssan, the...

by Lawrence Sellin on 25 Nov 2017 1 Comment

It seems like all the players in the South Asian power game think Balochistan, Pakistan’s southwest province on the Arabian Sea, is important - except the United States. For the sake of argument, imagine that Balochistan reverts to its previous condition as an independent and secular state before it was forcibly incorporated into Pakistan or, more simply, is...

by Vladimir Platov on 24 Nov 2017 2 Comments

In response to the USA’s request to increase defense expenditures, the European member states of NATO, at the insistence of France and Germany, have suggested establishing the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) within the EU, which “may be perceived as the predecessor of the European army.” So, though supporting ‘independence from the USA’ in questions...

by Lawrence Sellin on 23 Nov 2017 2 Comments

It is simply a matter of reverse engineering. If you get to the Taliban through Pakistan and you get to Pakistan through China, then clearly, Beijing is in the driver’s seat. Pakistan merely holds the valve that regulates the Taliban and the supply of our troops. The conflict will end in a whimper, a political settlement whose main purpose is to provide a g...

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