Much Twittering over a Tweet

Trump’s Twitter tirade It is unprecedented for a US president to conduct his foreign policy through tweets but the times, they are a-changin’ Relations between the US and Pakistan have deteriorated ever since the new American administration took over. President Donald Trump didn’t help matters this week when he used a Twitter tirade the way […]

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ASEAN: Combating the Dragon

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other leaders who attended the ASEAN-India Summit in Manila, Philippines. Photo: UNI The formation of the Quadrilateral on the sidelines of this summit is more like an insurance policy for India against China’s growing clout than a defence pact ~By Seema Guha The Association of Southeast Asian Nations […]

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US Probe: Russian Roulette

The special prosecutor’s strategy for outmanoeuvring the president in the Russia links probe zeroes down on his former aides ~By Kenneth Tiven in Washington In biology, the double helix describes how a DNA molecule consists of two strands that wind around each other like a twisted ladder. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has presented a double […]

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Indo-US Ties: Fearing the Dragon

Above: A marine guard ship from Vietnam (right in the picture) near a Chinese ship in the South China Sea. Photo: UNI The growing warmth between New Delhi and Washington is part of a strategic alliance in Asia and an offshoot of China’s increasing belligerence in the South China Sea and on the Doklam front […]

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Harvey Weinstein Fallout: The Power of Predators

The Weinstein case exemplifies the double standard that defines 21st century America where the powerful think they are invincible ~By Kenneth Tiven in Washington In the movie, Spiderman’s Uncle Ben says: “With great power comes great responsibility.” In the movie industries of Hollywood and Bollywood (and elsewhere), it has been understood for decades that with […]

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Sino-North Korean Ties: Can Xi Defang Kim Jong-un?

As China attempts to take on the mantle of a superpower, its ambitions could be stymied by its belligerent neighbour whose nuclear tests are threatening the US and other nations  ~By Colonel R Hariharan On September 3, 2017, when Chinese President Xi Jinping held a reception for dignitaries attending the ninth BRICS summit in Xiamen, […]

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Donald Trump: The Riddles of Impeachment

Despite the President’s erratic conduct and the conspiracies under investigation by the Special Counsel, the constitutional road to his removal is anything but a cakewalk ~By Kenneth Tiven in Washington The best way to start a story about President Donald Trump is with a Barack Obama anecdote. We know Trump’s only ideology is to avoid […]

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Indian Navy sailor who changed sex is sacked, says will move Supreme Court

Above: Indian Navy sailor Manish Giri (left), who later became Sabi after the sex-change surgery. Photo: gaylaxymag.com Manish Giri became Sabi using own money, but the engineer allegedly was mentally tortured within the establishment The Indian Defence establishment is opening up to accept women in more proactive roles, including combat, and the Indian navy is […]

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Donald Gets a D

If one were to have some fun with this presidency, let us use the dictionary format and use the alphabet to unravel what’s happening in the US ~By Kenneth Tiven in Washington Understanding American political behaviour is not easy this year, so to help you, let’s deploy the style of the television programme Sesame Street. […]

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US Immigration: Dream Turns Nightmare

Above: With the fear of deportation hanging over their heads, everyone is in limbo. Photo: Twitter The arbitrary repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by Trump has thrown into disarray and despair close to eight lakh young people, called Dreamers, who suddenly face deportation. What is the way out? ~By Kenneth Tiven in […]

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US Immigration: An Uncertain, Scary Future for Indians

Above: India is among the top five countries whose nationals overstay in the US without valid papers. Photo: Bhavana Gaur Trump’s decision will affect close to 8,000 South Asians, including Indians, who will be treated as illegal immigrants and deported. The ball is now in the Congress’ court ~By Seema Guha in Scranton, Pennsylvania While […]

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