Opinion


Shaking Establishments: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect Friday, July 20th, 2018

Dana Milbank wrote it off as a victory of demographics, a minor, inconsequential point which left the “down-the-line liberal” Rep. Joe Crowley in its wake, a simple ploy that avoids any hard headed analysis of the Democrats themselves. “The argument that there is a Democratic establishment..

Read Full Story »

Worldwide Hurricane

In planning a conference that is coming up in Toronto, I’ve been seeking out stories of peace and justice in Toronto and Canada. Wow are there a lot of them, as well as plenty of war and injustice as well. One of my favorites has got to be the story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Terry..

Read Full Story »

TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS: HOW COMPANIES CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Identifying and prosecuting Trafficking in Human Beings (hereinafter, THB) is often very difficult because of the fear of the victims to testify in a criminal proceeding. Therefore, it is fundamental that there is cooperation among states, at all levels and with a holistic plan of action. However,..

Read Full Story »

Helsinki Theatrics: Trump meets Putin Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

The first official meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Donald Trump was a fairly casual, unpeopled affair, absent bureaucrats and note takers. This was what both wanted in Helsinki, men who believe in the gold weighting authority commands. According to Masha Gissen..

Read Full Story »

Putin’s Football Gambit: How the World Cup Paid Off Monday, July 16th, 2018

Even before the single ball was kicked at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, there were threats, promises and suggestions from various governments about how best to cope with Vladimir Putin and his designated fiendish circle of authoritarians. In March, the then UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson opined..

Read Full Story »

USA-CHINA TRADE WAR — MORE DUE TO POLITICS THAN COMMERCE Sunday, July 15th, 2018

In the last few decades, China has been recording progress in multiple directions, particularly in industrial growth, technology advancement and military warfare capability, that clearly indicates that China can potentially emerge as super power in the world, possibly even out growing USA in the..

Read Full Story »

Stomping in Britain: Donald Trump and May’s Brexit Friday, July 13th, 2018

What a rotten guest, but then again, that was to be expected. Ahead of his visit to Britain, there was some indignation that US President Donald Trump should even be visiting in the first place. Protesters were readying their assortment of paraphernalia in anticipation. Walls of noise were..

Read Full Story »

Making Heavy Weather: Boris Johnson the Despoiler

There is a certain haunting similarity between the President of the United States and the now former foreign secretary of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson. This does not merely extend to mad, oddly positioned hair, and misshaped mullets. Both share a philosophy of upending the order and permanent..

Read Full Story »

Soft Brexits and Hard Realities: The Tory Revolt

It was meant to be an away day at Chequers in total hermetic isolation, an effort on the part of UK Prime Minister Theresa May to sketch some common ground in a cabinet that has struggled to agree on much regarding the imminent departure of Britain from the European Union. The clock is ticking, for..

Read Full Story »

Watch Out World: Peace May be Breaking Out!! Sunday, July 8th, 2018

Less than a week or so before Donald Trump’s groundbreaking meeting planned with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, to take place after the NATO summit in mid-July, the new Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons celebrated its first birthday on July 7 when 122 nations voted a year ago in the UN..

Read Full Story »

WHAT FUTURE FOR TIBET? Saturday, July 7th, 2018

As an ardent admirer of Tibet’s traditional and cultural values and a well wisher of Tibetan cause, I am submitting my loud thoughts in this article. This is not a criticism of state of affairs but a clarion call for redoubled efforts with sustained faith in the cause for liberation of Tibet from..

Read Full Story »

Rescues, Caves and Celebrity Salvation Friday, July 6th, 2018

It all risks becoming pornographic, looped and re-run with an obsessive eye for updates and detail about despair and hope. The twenty-four hour news cycle tends to encourage this sort of thing, ever desperate for snippets, obsessively chasing the update. With a soccer team of twelve youths and..

Read Full Story »

The Lures of Kleptocracy: Malaysia’s Najib Condition Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Words can be teasing in their meaning. In the realm of political and financial discussion, they can become absurdly changing. Take Malaysia’s political status. On the surface, all looks delightfully democratic in that multi-ethnic state. Once the eyewash is applied, a certain ugliness manifests:..

Read Full Story »

Power Play In The Indian Ocean – Analysis Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

The evolving international order and changing security dynamics have pushed both the regional and extra regional powers into more of a complex security framework. It is the changing dimensions of the geo-politics that have entitled states with the responsibility to secure their interests from a..

Read Full Story »

FREEDOM FOR JOURNALISTS IN INDIA AT WHAT COST ? Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Section of journalists from the print and visual media in Tamil Nadu, India have organized a meeting in Chennai recently protesting against what they called as “suppression of press freedom” by Tamil Nadu government. The question is whether such protests are justified or appropriate. It is..

Read Full Story »

Why Ocasio-Cortez’ Platform Is So Great Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ platform is dramatically better than many may realize. It tackles the greatest evil in existence in a way that no other big-2 congressional candidate’s website does and which most do not even mention. And in doing so, it makes serious much of the rest of her socialist..

Read Full Story »