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Agents of Chaos: Trump, the Federal Reserve and Andrew Jackson Monday, October 15th, 2018

They are three players, all problematic in their own way. They are the creatures of inconvenient chaos. Donald Trump was born into the role, a misfit of misrule who found his baffling way to the White House on a grievance. Wall Street, with its various agglomerations of vice and ambition constitute..

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Humanitarian Bombs Sunday, October 14th, 2018

One should not sell bombs to a government that abuses human rights, which means murders a man without using one of the bombs. If Saudi Arabia had murdered a man using a bomb, it would be fine to sell Saudi Arabia more bombs. But Saudi Arabia murdered with a non-bomb weapon, and so shouldn’t..

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IPCC Report : Demise of the ‘Here-Us-Now’ Civilisation Friday, October 12th, 2018

The major new report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released in Korea on October 8 (2018), is nearly 800 pages long and includes more than 6,000 scientific references. However, it can be summarized in just few sentences with absolutely horrific..

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IS JOURNALISM FACING CRISIS OF CREDIBILITY IN INDIA? Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

A journalist in Tamil Nadu in India who is the editor of a Tamil journal has written a few articles damaging the reputation of Tamil Nadu Governor , associating him with a discredited lady college professor who is now in jail. When the Governor’s office sent a complaint to the police about the..

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Orson Welles, Broadcasts and Fake News Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Orson Welles’ spectral return to the screen, ingeniously in posthumous mode, should have come as a comfort to the magicians skilled in the arts of trickery. Beyond the grave, he seems to be exerting a continuing influence, with his film, The Other Side of the Wind making its debut after 48 torrid..

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Pakistan-US Relations: Resettlement Or Re-Stalemate – OpEd Monday, October 8th, 2018

Pakistan-US relations have witnessed a severe decline especially after January 2018. Earlier this month, US Secretary of State, Mr. Mike Pompeo, who was accompanied by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dunford, stayed in Islamabad for nearly five hours during which he met Prime..

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DOES UN HAVE CREDIBLE HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY? Sunday, October 7th, 2018

It is surprising that when India took steps to deport seven Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar with full cooperation from the Myanmar government to take back the refugees, UN human rights officials criticized the move and almost condemned India’s action. On the other hand, one would expect that UN..

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ARE FARMERS’ AGITATION IN INDIA JUSTIFIED?

Indian Agriculture sector employs more than 50% of the total workforce in India and contributes 17 to 18 % of country’s GDP. 70 per cent of it’s rural households still depend primarily on agriculture for their survival. India has been witnessing repeated scenes of thousands of farmers..

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The Kavanaugh Farce – OpEd Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Now that it’s too late to prevent a total rightwing takeover of the Supreme Court, the Democrats pretend to be the party of opposition. The Supreme Court nomination process is often reduced to drama and its importance reduced to irrelevancy. That is the way Democrats like Barack Obama and John..

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Pasting Over Vacuity With Identity in U.S. Politics

I’m very, very strange. I think democracy would actually be a good thing, not just grounds for bombing other countries. As long as we’re stuck with electing supposed representatives, I want to make that system approximate as closely as possible actual democracy. This attitude results in some..

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Limiting Israel: Russia’s Deploys the S-300 to Syria Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Relations between Russia and Israel have been those of an estranged couple punctuated by occasional breakouts of tense understanding. As with other such couples, a public row does not necessarily reflect the more placid, if stern discussion that might happen behind closed doors. On the public side..

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South-South cooperation has no alternative Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

The United Nations has declared Sept. 12 the International Day for South-South Cooperation. This year’s celebration marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for technical cooperation among developing countries. The adoption of this action plan highlights the..

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MAHATMA GANDHI – ULTIMATE BENCH MARK FOR HUMANS Sunday, September 30th, 2018

On 2nd October,2018, the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi commences. On his birthday India remembers this great man for all that he did for the country and the world and for providing leadership of great ethical and moral standards. While Mahatma Gandhi had great achievements..

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The Unbelievable Cruelty Of GOP’s Kavanaugh Charade – OpEd Friday, September 28th, 2018

This past week, my private reality and the public reality playing out on the television have diverged. It’s hard to believe that I live in the same world as Senator Chuck Grassley, the Senate judiciary chair trying to Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court. When Christine Blasey Ford first..

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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..