• Tamil Nadu, India: Stalin’s succession will be smooth, but challenges remain0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  August 07, 2018 19:30 IST Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin does not face any threat to his full-fledged succession as DMK chief, just now. If he were to face any threat, it would only be over his ‘non-performance’ as the party boss, reports N Sathiya Moorthy. The death of nonagenarian Muthuvel Karunanidhi has created a political vacuum in

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  • Pakistan: Plan of Action of the New PTI Government0

    Pakistan faces complex challenges, both external and internal, that needs bold actions by the new PTI government. Determined leadership and resolve by the new government can set the direction for the next five years. It is imperative to get it right the first time around. Much is expected from the PTI by the people of

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  • Withering Away? : US Foreign Policy in the Time of Trump0

      By Kimberley Anne Nazareth      7 August 2018 The world and most of America stood still in wonder when Donald Trump took the center stage and became the 45th President of the US. As the President approaches his midterm, an analysis of his leadership in foreign policy is important. PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP DOES IT EXIST?

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  • India and China Vying for Influence in South Asia0

    by Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra      7 August 2018 The author of the books ‘China’s India War: Collision Course on the Roof of the World’, and ‘The Costliest Pearl: China’s Struggle For Indian Ocean’, Bertil Lintner, a Swedish journalist known for his expertise on Southeast and South Asia, views the Chinese mega connectivity initiatives

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  • Are the Corporates Working towards our Common Future?0

    By Mrittika Nandy       7 August 2018 The neo-liberal development model essentially refers to liberalization, privatization, and globalization of the earth’s resources for the more significant benefit of the people. The emergence of big corporates and their ambition for the optimization of individual profits has not only divided the world between the rich and

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  • Recent Disturbing Events inside Bangladesh Demand Change0

    By Habib Siddiqui    7 August 2018 In the last few weeks, Bangladesh has seen a series of student protests in much of the country in which the high school going students became vocal about the reckless driving of bus drivers that continues to kill so many every day. The rallies were peaceful and drew

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  • Trouble in Sport Paradise: Can Qatar Overcome the Diplomatic Crisis?0

    by James M. Dorsey     7 August 2018 The crisis in the Gulf pitting a United Arab Emirates­-Saudi­-led alliance against Qatar is the least of the country’s problems as it prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Indeed, Gulf States, primarily the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have long sought to discredit Qatar as a host

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  • Sri Lanka: ‘Constitutional conspiracy’ or what0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  7 August 2018 Sad but true, the Constitution-making process has once again hit a road-block. All stake-holders, starting with the Sri Lankan people, whom it is supposed to serve, knew it would be so. Yet, the political class, or at least the ruling combine and their ‘non-committed, free-will’ TNA ally, seemed wanting to

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  • Sleeping with the Enemy: The Demise of Afghan War0

    By Adnan Qaiser   6 August 2018 Afghanistan has stayed less a homogenous state and more a montage of feuding ethnicities and warring tribes bound by strings of self-interest and foreign subservience. Having written nearly two dozen analyses on Afghanistan since 2010, I can give you two good and one not-so-good news today. First of all, the

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  • INDIA FORGING AHEAD UNDER MODI’S STEWARDSHIP IN SPITE OF CONSTRAINTS0

    by N.S. Venkataraman    5 August 2018 Last four years plus in India with Mr. Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister has been an eventful and exciting period. One of the senior members of Mr. Modi’s party described him as an event manager before Mr. Modi became the Prime Minister. While Mr. Modi proved this

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  • Afghan Quicksand Evading Consistency in American Strategy of War and Peace0

    by Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra    5 August 2018 Afghanistan appears to be a quagmire in the face of the American strategy of war and peace. While Obama Administration’s peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan shifted to a hardened stance towards the concluding phase of its term, Trump Administration’s coercive approach was quickly switched over

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  • The Curious Negation: Confluence and Conformity of Thoughts on Social Media0

    Image source: Digital Vidya by Mrittika Nandi      5 August 2018 Social Media is an innovative platform that offers diverse perspectives on the socio-political issue. It’s a camouflage of truth-falsity on any given situation with political or religious undertones. It’s a potential ground to shun other’s views through abusive or humorous trolling. But in

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  • Economic Crime & The P118 Of Sri Lanka0

    By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera    5 August 2018 “If the top beam is askew, the bottom beams will be crooked.” ~ Chinese proverb There is a plague in the streets of Sri Lanka. If this plague has not entered your door steps, your family will still pay an indirect price. Most of us were aware of

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  • Sri Lanka: For JVP’s ‘missing persons’…0

    Image credit: Sunday Observer N Sathiya Moorthy  5 Augusty 2018 News reports about Srimathi Chinthrangani Wijeweera, wife of JVP’s dreaded founder, Rohana Wijeweera, filing a habeas corpus petition in the Court of Appeal for the Sri Lankan State to produce her husband, comes up with possibilities. Coming as it does 500 days after the Tamils’ protest

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