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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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PRICE INCREASE OF PETROL AND DIESEL INEVITABLE IN INDIA Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

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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John McCain’s Imperial Complex Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Obituaries are not the best places to identify faults unless they assume the form of a hatchet job. The opposite is more often the case: worshipful and respectful to the point of being cloying. As the tears dry, and the sobs of reflection pass, the figure transmogrifies. For a politician, aspects..

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Ambushing Pope Francis: The Accusations of Cardinal Viganò Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

“Now that the corruption has reached the very top of the Church’s hierarchy, my conscience dictates that I reveal those truths.” -Cardinal Carlo Maria Viganò, Aug 25, 2018 It could be called the apology drive, a journey of institutional contrition. Pope Francis’ Ireland trip has seeped..

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Modern Memories: The Invasion of Czechoslovakia 1968 Monday, August 27th, 2018

It was a year of manic tumult. Students revolted in Paris and other global capitals; the Tet Offensive permanently impaired the US war effort in Vietnam, at least on the home front; Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were both felled by assassins’ bullets in the United States. “What..

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ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS-WHO IS RIGHT AND WHO IS WRONG? Sunday, August 26th, 2018

It is one year now since the Rohingya refugee crisis erupted, when Myanmar military cracked down on the terrorists operating in Rakhine state, that sparked mass exodus of tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees to camps in Bangladesh. Rohingya militants staged attacks on Myanmar police posts on..

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CHINA’S STRANGE OFFER TO MEDIATE BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Like devil quoting scripture, China has said that it hopes that India and Pakistan can jointly stay committed to regional peace and development. Many would wonder as to whether China has the credentials to make such statement and observation , since China itsef has disputes with several..

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Charisma and Banality: Kofi Annan and the UN Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Being the head of a creature essentially without spine, and, even more to the point, with vague form, must be something of a challenge. Part of the failing of the United Nations probably lies in its disparate existence, a scattered composition of bureaucratic entities that, when they come together,..

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Contrasting governance style of BJP Prime Ministers in India Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the first BJP Prime Minister of India, was in power for around six years. When Mr. Vajpayee passed away at the age of 93. the entire country bowed to him in reverence , applauded his contribution and praised him on several counts. He was essentially hailed for his..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..