• Sri Lanka; To be or not to be, the Gota question0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 18 March 2019 By declaring that he was confident of winning the presidential elections later this year, Gota Rajapaksa has said that he wants to become what he claims the people are tired of – namely, ‘mainstream politicians’. Better or worse still, Gota’s brother Basil R has welcomed the other’s decision to

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  • The emerging new world order’s alarm bells: Men like Brandon Tarrant and Andreas Breivik1

    By James M. Dorsey 16 March 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr This week’s attack on two mosques in New Zealand reflects a paradigm shift: the erosion of liberal values and the rise of civilisationalism at the expense of the nation state. So do

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  • How India’s Regional Policy Could Impact Next General Elections0

    March 13, 2019 By Luciane Noronha M. de Oliveira During the 2013 pre-general elections rallies, foreign policy was not one of the main topics for Narendra Modi. However, after nearly 5 years of tenure, it is safe to say that he was one of the most important prime ministers of India’s post-independente period when it

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  • Learning to live with Pakistan – terrorism and worse?0

    The broad arguments for the war-psyche in India just now are based on the incontrovertible belief that Pakistan, whether Deep State or not, is incorrigible. N Sathiya Moorthy  11 March 2018  Post-Pulwama terror attack and subsequent air-strikes, an air of hyper-nationalism is getting increasingly ventilated, by a section of the political class and also the

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  • Sri Lanka: To Geneva, thru Mannar and Jaffna?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 11 March 2019 Reports that TNA’s Mullaitivu District MP, Nirmalanathan Sivamohan, wants the ‘Mannar mass-grave samples’ sent to a second lab for testing after one in Florida, US, has certified their age between mid-fifteenth to mid-eighteenth century, may require the party to clarify its position in the matter. Maybe, there is also

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  • Kazakh police raid raises spectre of China’s long arm0

    By James M. Dorsey 11 March 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr A police raid on a Kazakh group documenting the plight of Kazakhs and Uyghurs caught in a brutal crackdown in China’s north-western province of Xinjiang is about more than a government seeking

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  • INDO-PACIFIC STRATEGY; Why it matters to this region and the rest of the world0

    March 11, 2019 The Daily Star ANM Muniruzzaman The strategic theatre for the interplay of the sovereign states’ interests has traditionally stood resolutely on solid ground. However, seismic shifts are beginning to displace this deeply entrenched worldview, triggered by the rising significance of the Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS). The IPS is a novel geostrategic (relating to

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  • Increasing Lightning Death needs a new policy in Bangladesh and Northeast India0

    by Chandan kumar Duarah 10 March 2019 The maximum lightning incidents are attributable to climate change in the entire Indian subcontinent, central Bangladesh and Northeast India in the Brahmaputra Basin. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has recently issued a weather forecast for Assam and Meghalaya that, thunderstorm accompanied by lightning mostly occurred on March 5

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  • WORLD PEACE: TWO PERENNIAL PROBLEMS0

    by F R Chowdhury 10 March 2019 In our childhood we used to study how the Kings and Emperors conquered land and territories to show how mighty they were. They would always find a reason to wage war. Most of the wars took place for expansion of borders. But the European conquerors established colonies overseas.

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  • Iran and North Korea highlight pitfalls of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ strategy0

    By James M. Dorsey 10 March 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Donald J. Trump’s hitherto failed ‘maximum pressure’ approach to Iran, as well as for that matter North Korea, begs the question what the US president’s true objectives are and what options he

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  • All The King’s Men0

    As Trump comes under increasing pressure from House Democrats for what appear to be illegal acts, he is blindly defended by Republicans in Congress, writes William Milam by William Milam March 8, 2019 Two friends sent me last week a video from an Al Jazeera TV show called Head to Head, a similar to the

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  • Legal storm clouds gather over Diego Garcia0

    March 8, 2019 An aerial view of America’s leased Diego Garcia military base in the Indian Ocean. Photo: Facebook Legal storm clouds gather over Diego Garcia An International Court of Justice advisory could eventually upend America’s long-held lease on the strategic Indian Ocean military facility ByBertil Lintner, Chiang Mai Recent skirmishes between India and Pakistan

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  • Was Vijaykanth the villain who stole Modi’s thunder in TN?0

    If Vijaykanth and his party stole the media thunder, which lingered in the viewers’ mind even while watching Prime Minister Modi’s thunderous campaign speech, the latter suffered also owing to visible ‘disconnects’, says N Sathiya Moorthy. N Sathiya Moorthy 7 March 2019 Early in his film career, Tamil Nadu’s actor-politician Vijaykanth used to play ‘negative’, villainous

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  • A tool in the hands of Populists? The Role and Operation of Social Media by the BJP for Populism0

    Abstract This paper tries to analyse the role of social media in the rise of Modi and how it is closely intertwined with ideas of political populism. It analyses various themes that surface over social media and the strategies used for political campaigning. It scrutinised the operation, the effects and themes that frequently emerge online

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