Deplatforming Germaine Greer Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

The flexibility of English, and thriving sign that it is not a dead language, permits repeated atrocities to be committed in the name of new terms. We are told that what is new is supposedly good, a sign of evolution. More accurately, such terms simply describe an old phenomenon, giving the false..

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The Limits of Nepal’s China Outreach Monday, September 17th, 2018

Two years after signing their historic Transit and Transport Agreement, Nepal and China have finalized the much-awaited protocol of the treaty, paving the way for Nepal to use Chinese ports for trade. In March 2016, when Nepal was recovering from 2015’s double-whammy of a major earthquake and..

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China and the SEA in the Asia’s Troubled waters Sunday, September 16th, 2018

The never ending disputes over a semi-enclosed sea, the South-China Sea (SCS) was culminated in the consensus between the Philippines and China in bringing the case before the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). While the PCA under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS..

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A Traditional Right: Jimmie Åkesson and the Sweden Democrats Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Sweden’s elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative Alliance (the Moderates, Christian..

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With the characteristic arrogance that aggressors are known to exhibit, Chinese premier Li Keqiang has said that Tibet is inseparable part of China’s “sacred” territory. It is not clear as to what the Chinese premier meant when he used the term sacred territory while referring to the present..

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Doctrines of Impunity: John Bolton and the ICC Thursday, September 13th, 2018

The Trump administration’s national security advisor John Bolton has never been a fan of international law, a concept he has found, at best, rubbery. Any institution supposedly guided by its spirit was bound to draw the ire of both his temper and temperament. Before members of the Federalist..

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The Natural Enemy: Serena Williams and the Sporting Umpire Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Should it matter this much? A wealthy, successful individual expressed fury at the most popular object of vitriol in any sport. The umpire or referee is only ever neutral in the eyes of a falsely contrived standard: that someone must be objective, neutral and mindful of enforcing the rules of the..

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Rolpa shutdown to protest murder of Tarun Dal leader Pun Monday, September 10th, 2018

ROLPA: Normal life in Rolpa has remained affected today due to a protest against the murder of Nepali Congress' youth wing leader Rohit Pun. The protest was called by the Nepal Tarun Dal, Rolpa. Educational institutions, market areas and industries have been closed, while traffic on long and short..

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Tory Kafuffles: Boris Johnson, Brexit and Suicide Vests

The next blow in Boris Johnson’s chapter of political suicide has been made: a piece in the Mail on Sunday which supplied him ample room to take yet another shot at the ghostly British prime minister, Theresa May. There was nothing new in it; everybody knew what Johnson’s views were, and the..

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Trump’s Mission of Distraction: Finding the Anonymous Author Sunday, September 9th, 2018

The Trump presidency has proven to be a set of publicity driven punctuations and blows, riddled by distractions contrived and accidental. Controversy and accusation characterise the next revelation, the next announcement that might throw journalists off the scent, confounded enemies off the trail...

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Traditional Fantasies: US designs on Venezuela

The irresistible allure of invasion and interference has never been far from US law makers. The imperium needs its regular feed and what a feed it has been over the decades, notably within the sphere of influence discomfortingly termed Washington’s backyard. The current US president has shown..

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Ralph Nader: Letter To President Donald Trump – OpEd Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Dear President Trump, There is a double peril for consumer safety and our national security for you to ponder during your Labor Day vacation. First, the New York Times reported that China is withholding samples of a dangerous flu virus—the lethal H7N9 avian flu—from U.S. health authorities. A..

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The price of petrol and diesel for the consumers have now reached the highest level so far in India. The media and several political parties are accusing Narendra Modi government for the steep price rise , as if it is responsible for this situation. Obviously, the angry and pledged critics do not..

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The Carnival of Homelessness: How the Filthy Rich React Saturday, September 1st, 2018

An aggressive sign of an affluent society can usually be gauged by its invidious misuse of its privilege. Poverty is deemed necessary, and the rich must try to understand it. To be privileged is to be guilty, a tickling of the conscience as the pennies pile up and the assets grow; and from that..

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The Dual Victims Of Wartime Rape – OpEd Friday, August 31st, 2018

In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 25-year-old Meher breastfeeds her newborn. Her daughter’s name is Yasmin, the Muslim namesake for the fragrant jasmine flower. “She is my baby, she is completely mine, and I love her,” she says, “but when I look at her, I also remember the horrors.” Yasmin..

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Casting Kavanaugh: The Trump Supreme Court Drama Friday, September 21st, 2018

Stage set Washington. Object: adulterating power. The arm of government: the judiciary. That particular group of high ranking paladins remains up in the air as US..