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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Wailing at Jerusalem’s Wall

Above: President Trump spends a quiet moment at the Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, in May. Photo: UNI President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital triggers anger and condemnation across the world. The decision has far-reaching geopolitical consequences, including for India.  ~By Dilip Bobb On American television late night shows, the joke in the wake of […]

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Has India Missed the Bus?

Above: Maldivian minister Mohammed Saeed (left) and his Chinese counterpart Zhong Shan finalise the Free Trade Agreement in Beijing/Photo: zhongshan2.mofcom.gov.cn Maldives is cosying up to Beijing which has pumped in money for infrastructure projects. Unless India has something better to offer, China is there to stay ~By Seema Guha China has been steadily ramping up […]

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Myanmar: China’s New Playground?

Above: Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping (R) in Beijing. Photo:UNI With Beijing mediating between Bangladesh and its neighbour in the return of Muslim refugees to Rakhine state, is China assuming a bigger role in the region? ~By Colonel R Hariharan The first-ever visit of Pope Francis to Myanmar […]

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UK Sex Scandals: Westminster Hit by Pestminster

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is in a precarious position as it is buffeted by the sexual misdemeanours of its leaders, ministerial blunders and Brexit headaches ~By Sajeda Momin in London Theresa May’s already beleaguered government has been weakened further by a string of sexual harassment scandals that have hit Westminster. Bets are being placed […]

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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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Sexual Harassment: Climate Change in America

Above: While Kevin Spacey (far left) has admitted to being a paedophile, Bill Cosby (middle) reportedly assaulted over 16 women. Bill O’Reilly was fired from Fox News over a harassment scandal An attitudinal shift is being witnessed as reports of reprehensible behaviour by famous Hollywood personalities have started tumbling out and there is less tolerance […]

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Catalonia: Spanish Bullfight

The secessionist move is the biggest political and constitutional crisis Spain has faced in the last 40 years. It is hurting the Catalonia region and Spain as a whole and also sending tremors through the European Union ~By Sajeda Momin Catalonia was known to the outside world for being the home of Barcelona Football Club, […]

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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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Hindu Women in Bangladesh: At the Receiving End

Though secularism and equality are enshrined in the country’s constitution, women of this minority community face negative discrimination in inheritance, marriage and divorce ~By Prakash Bhandari in Dhaka Despite the exodus of Hindus from Bangladesh following Partition, a large proportion of them still live in this country. While wealthy Hindus who migrated, mostly to Assam, […]

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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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