• India, Bangladesh and three dying rivers0

    • Blog
    • October 22, 2018

    Dam building and pollution have turned these transboundary rivers into dirty sludge, unable to sustain life Fisherman Gurudayal Haldar says rampant pollution in the Atreyee River has cause a drastic fall in catch (All photos by Gurvinder Singh) Gurvinder Singh, October 19, 2018 Gurudayal Haldar, 62, has been a fisherman for the past five decades

  • Arms and influence in the Khashoggi affair0

    • Blog
    • October 20, 2018

    President Donald Trump shows a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Russell E. Lucas, Michigan State University President Donald Trump’s reaction to the disappearance and death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul reveals important details about the declining influence of U.S. in the Middle East. As a scholar who follows

  • Trump strikes a blow in US-China struggle with Build Act to contain Xi’s Belt and Road0

    • Blog
    • October 20, 2018

    Photo: AFP The just-passed US Build Act will create a new agency to lend to developing countries, particularly in Asia and Africa The legislation elevates the US into a potent player in global development financing, five years after Xi Jinping launched his… By Bhavan Jaipragas   20 Oct 2018 Democrats and Republicans in the United States


  • Sri Lanka: A RAW deal, yet again!0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 18 October 2018 Whether Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans can live without the northern neighbour India, they just cannot live without naming India’s external intelligence agency, ‘Research and Analysis Wing’, R&AW, popularly known as RAW, for most if not all their woes. This has been proved one more time this week with news


    by Aijaz Ahmad Turrey   16 October 2018 World Trade Organization (WTO): World Trade Organization (WTO) is an organization for opening trade relations among countries. WTO is a medium as well as a place for member governments to settle trade disputes and negotiate trade agreements. WTO came into existence as a result of negotiations operating under

  • Turkey plays Khashoggi crisis to its geopolitical advantage0

    By James M. Dorsey    16 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. With Turkish investigators asserting that they have found further evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed when he visited the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, Turkey appears to be leveraging

  • Military Modernization: Transforming Strategic Outlay of India0

    Image credit:   India has been engaged in an ongoing comprehensive process of military modernization. The primary purpose behind this military modernization has been to develop effective military capability in order to protect and promote Indian national interest abroad and at home while project military power in South Asia and Indian Ocean region for political

  • ‘Forever war’ in Afghanistan fading from Americans’ memory0

    Michael Kugelman October 10, 2018  Sunday marked the 17th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan. The conflict has dragged on for so long that, very soon, America’s youngest soldiers could be fighting in a war that began before they were born. Aside from a series of news articles, this 17-year milestone didn’t

  • Srilanka: Rajapaksas all the way 0

    Sathiya Moorthy 16 October 2018 There used to be times in the history of a Nation and a people that historians describe a given condition of theirs as being in the ‘crossroads.’ It is often related to cultural and civilisation-related aspects on the one hand, and economic policy and reforms on the other. Occasionally, situations appear

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