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HAS SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT ACTED RESPONSIBLY? Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Sudden decision of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to sack the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and later on induct the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister has made many people wonder as to whether Maithripala Sirisena has acted responsibly and with the..

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Losing Users: Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Problems Friday, November 2nd, 2018

His detractors and enemies have been waiting some time for this, but it must have given them moments of mild cheer. Facebook, the all-gazing, accumulating system of personal profiles and information, poster child, in fact, of surveillance capitalism, is losing users. At the very least, it is..

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Moving Right in Brazil: The Rise of Jair Bolsonaro Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Moving left has been a Brazilian political tendency for some time, a tendency affirmed through the 1990s and 2000s with the presidential administrations of Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. But this is the same country also famed for its share of murderous military..

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China’s Game Of Chess And Romance In Central Asia – OpEd Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

In the 19th century Central Asia was the region called “Great Game,” the contest between British Empire who settled their footprints in India and the Imperial Russia. The game of dominance continued for many years due to abundant of natural resources in the form of oil, gas and hydrocarbons,..

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Julian Assange, Ecuador and the Dangers of Farce

This is the next stage of the Julian Assange chronicles: from the summit of information disclosures and meddlesome revelations on classified state matters, the Australian rabblerouser now finds himself the subject of a new round of jokes and ribbing. WikiLeaks, in short, must be wary of the dangers..

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The Arms Behind the Invictus Games

The origins of the Invictus Games (“For our Wounded Warriors,” goes the slogan) lies in war. Wars that crippled and caused depression and despair. The games became a project of grand distraction and worth, a form of emotional bread for servicemen and women. Do not let wounds, mental or..

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Why I Can’t Read the Washington Post Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Someone recklessly left a copy of a Washington Post lying around in this coffee shop, and I succumbed to morbid curiosity long enough to notice an article that begins: “Major U.S. defense manufacturers say they will stand by the Trump administration regarding whether American-made weapons..

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Denials Down Under: Climate Change and Health Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Richard Horton’s note in an October 2015 issue of The Lancet was cautiously optimistic. It described the launch of Doctors for Climate Change Action, led by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in the lead-up to the UN Climate Change Conference COP21. The initiative had arisen from..

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Ditching Nuclear Treaties: Trump Withdraws from the INF Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

President Donald J. Trump has made it his signature move to repudiate the signatures of others, and the latest, promised evacuation from the old US-Soviet pact otherwise known as the intermediate range nuclear forces (INF) treaty was merely another artefact to be abandoned. When it came into force..

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Who Would Have Imagined This? – OpEd Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Who would’ve imagined that Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist who had been living in the U.S, would be killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul? But now we know better. Thanks to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince MBS, such has become a reality. According to the..

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Wentworth Blues: Another Nail in the Scomo Coffin Monday, October 22nd, 2018

A sign of desperation before the firing squad is jitteriness and the desperate sense that history needs revision. You were not the one responsible for the debacles and the cockups; everybody and everything else was. You knew who was guilty, and needed to tell everybody about it. You bluster, you..

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IS PRESIDENT TRUMP AS CHAOTIC AS DESCRIBED? Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Ever since Donald Trump emerged as the candidate of the Republican party for US Presidential election, he has been bitterly criticized on various counts by the opposition democratic party and significant section of the US media. Several persons who do not belong to the political or media class but..

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Vanquishing the Republic: Harry and Meghan in Australia Friday, October 19th, 2018

“The establishment of a republic… means insurrectionary war, it means the desolation of a thousand households. When the question shall arise, it will be determined… by balls from cannon and from musket, by grape and shrapnel, by bayonet and by the sword.” -Sir Alfred Stephen, NSW..

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DNA in Trumpland: Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Dance Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made a fundamental error in chasing the coattails of DNA provenance as a response to the jibes of US President Donald J. Trump. She had been derided by the president as an ordinary “Pocahontas”, and promised at a July 5 rally in Montana a million dollars “to..

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Deaths spark calls in Nepal for better warning systems

By Binaj Gurubacharya, KATHMANDU: The bodies of five South Korean climbers killed in a fierce storm last week on a mountain in Nepal were set to head home Tuesday amid calls to improve weather warning systems on Nepal’s mountains. Mountaineers and officials gathered at Tribhuvan University..

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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced..