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G20, Heal Thyself Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

The G20 ministers of finance meet this week under the auspices of Saudi Arabia, which holds the group’s presidency this year. But it is hard to imagine the G20 countries leading the world, as they like to pretend that they do. Most of them can’t effectively lead themselves through the current..

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A Doomed Middle-East Peace Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Twenty years ago this month, US President Bill Clinton invited Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat to a peace summit at Camp David, in a bold effort to resolve one of the longest-running conflicts of modern times. Though no agreement was..

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Still No Care for Care Workers

Those who thought that a pandemic would make everyone realize the crucial role of care workers should think again. With the coronavirus still spreading rapidly, frontline workers are more essential – and at greater risk – than ever, yet public attention has shifted elsewhere. Worse, as..

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Saving Generation COVID Monday, July 13th, 2020

The oft-repeated idea that COVID-19 is “the great equalizer” is a myth. There is no equality of suffering or equality of sacrifice during a pandemic that is disproportionately hurting the poorest and most vulnerable. Presently, they are taking shelter at the local Ishaneshwor Secondary School...

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OPEN LETTER TO BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF NEPAL Sunday, July 12th, 2020

This is an open letter to the sisters and brothers of Nepal from an Indian, who value and respect the people of Nepal and their sentiments. The relationship between any two countries are shaped at two levels. One level is the government to government relationship and the other level is people to..

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Are Riots Justifiable?

In late May and June, following the brutal death of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis, mass protests against systemic racism took place across the United States and around the world. Floyd’s death followed many previous police killings of unarmed African-Americans who..

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LET NOT INDIA ALLOW CHINA TO HAVE LAST LAUGH Saturday, July 11th, 2020

India has been at the receiving end in it’s relationship with China during the last seven decades. Looking back at Indo China relationship, it would become clear that China all the time viewed India as a weak country , that would pocket insults and buckle under aggressive postures, due to fear of..

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Mosques, Museums and Politics: The Fate of Hagia Sophia Friday, July 10th, 2020

When the caustic Evelyn Waugh visited the majestic sixth century creation of Emperor Justinian, one subsequently enlarged, enriched and encrusted by various rulers, he felt underwhelmed. “‘Agia’ will always win the day for one,” he wrote of Istanbul’s holiest of holies, Hagia Sophia, in..

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Libya’s Double Tragedy

The plight of oil-rich, tribally segmented Libya resembles that of several other war-torn countries in the Greater Middle East, namely Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen. In each case, a combination of internal strife and misguided external intervention has sustained a long-running conflict. Recalling..

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FOR SUCCESSFUL ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT (SELF RELIANT INDIA) Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

India imports several essential and non essential products from China such as button, zippers, toys, furniture and several chemicals and pharma products such as ibuprofen, paracetamol , citric acid, electronic goods, solar equipment and others. India certainly has the skill and knowledge to make..

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The Political Logic of China’s Strategic Mistakes

Some of the Chinese government’s recent policies seem to make little practical sense, with its decision to impose a national-security law on Hong Kong being a prime example. The law’s rushed enactment by China’s rubber-stamp National People’s Congress on June 30 effectively ends the “one..

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Netanyahu’s Annexation Drive Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Land seizures, annexations, and conquest. These are words axiomatic to the state of Israel. In the main, the state has maintained an uncomfortable position based on patience and attrition. We have waited this long; you will wait longer. Be it dispossessed Palestinians and their aspirations for..

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Understanding the Pandemic Stock Market

The performance of stock markets, especially in the United States, during the coronavirus pandemic seems to defy logic. With cratering demand dragging down investment and employment, what could possibly be keeping share prices afloat? The more economic fundamentals and market outcomes diverge, the..

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The Coronavirus Seal: Victoria’s Borders Close Monday, July 6th, 2020

The state of Victoria is being sealed off from the rest of Australia. On Tuesday, at 11.59pm, the border with New South Wales will be shut with publicised resoluteness. It is happening at the insistence of politicians across the country with a panicked urge. On the way are reminders about the..

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After the Liberal International Order

Many analysts argue that the liberal international order ended with the rise of China and the election of US President Donald Trump. But if Joe Biden defeats Trump in November’s election, should he try to revive it? Probably not, but he must replace it. Critics correctly point out that the..

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WHY PRESENT REGIME IN CHINA SHOULD BE OPPOSED? Sunday, July 5th, 2020

For the last few decades, China has been under the control of dictatorial regime, with the country being governed by a small coterie of people who call themselves as leaders of the communist party. It is certainly not a representative government of the people, though Chinese communist leaders say..

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Building Forward with Digital Agriculture Saturday, July 4th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping societies around the world, in part by accelerating the digital revolution that was already underway at the beginning of the year. Since then, corporations have instituted mass teleworking. International gatherings now take place online, with heads of state and..

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LIFE PRESIDENT – MOCKERY OF DEMOCRACY

People of Russia have voted ,approving a constitutional amendment that allows Vladimir Putin to nix term limits and remain President until 2036.. This means Vladimir Putin has been elected as life President of Russia for all practical purposes and will stay as President for another sixteen years..

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G20, Heal Thyself Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

The G20 ministers of finance meet this week under the auspices of Saudi Arabia, which holds the group’s presidency this year. But it is hard to imagine the G20..

A Doomed Middle-East Peace Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Still No Care for Care Workers Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Saving Generation COVID Monday, July 13th, 2020