• US takes step towards embrace of Gulf plan to destabilize Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey The Trump administration this week appeared to take a potential step closer to backing efforts plotted by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to destabilize Iran; possibly topple its Islamic government; and force Qatar to fall into line with Gulf policies that target Iran, political Islam, and militants; with the appointment of

  • Beef Up! It’s about our home0

    Shall we recollect the story of the goose that laid golden eggs! a fable that has survived over 2000 odd years. It’s fascinating because it has a resonance. Like in the fable, we prefer to manipulate and destroy our environment rather than be content with one gold egg a day. Kinship with nature is as

  • Afghanistan: From Soviet Occupation to American ‘Liberation’0

    By Nauman Sadiq During the election campaign of 2008 before he was elected as the president, Barack Obama made an artificial distinction between the “just war” in Afghanistan and the unjust war in Iraq. In accordance with the flawed distinction, he pledged that he would withdraw American troops stationed in Iraq. The unilateral intervention in

  • Nepal – Dahal steps down to honour deal with NC0

    Says he wants to break the culture of not keeping word – Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu May 25, 2017- Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal resigned on Wednesday to what he called honour a deal he had reached with the Nepali Congress (NC) some 10 months ago. PM Dahal announced his resignation in a televised address, saying

  • Maldives: EC re-opens old wounds, SC ‘usurps’ legislative powers?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy. 1 June 2017 With the Maldives Election Commission (EC) deciding to disburse money under state-funding for political parties, an inevitable old wound has been prised open all over again. Questions on the ‘largest party’ in the country as also those on the changing yardstick for state-funding remain. State-funding for political parties with

  • ‘The Ideas of Islam and Revolution Are Antithetical’0

    By Devirupa Mitra on 29/05/2017 Dariush Shayegan, one of Iran’s prominent philosophers, talks about the direction the Islamic republic has taken, the failure of the Islamic revolution and the rise of Hindutva in India. Dariush Shayegan, one of Iran’s prominent philosophers. Credit: Devirupa Mitra Tehran: While thousands of young Iranians danced and sang in streets across the country to

  • Interview: Meena Kandasamy on Writing About Marital Violence0

    By Omair Ahmad on 30/05/2017 “I will write in the same way in which I lived through all of this: carrying myself with enormous, infinite grace.” Meena Kandasamy. Courtesy: Juggernaut Meena Kandasamy’s When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife is a punch to the gut. Given how prevalent domestic


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