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In southern Syria, the US faces a Russia-Israel challenge

In southern Syria, the US faces a Russia-Israel challenge

The US is being pushed to take action on Syria's southern front.

By: Joe Macaron Dynamics in the southern front in Syria have reached a tipping point. Russian-Israeli coordination is taking precedence over the ceasefire agreement that US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached on the sidelines of the G20 summit last year. Iran and the United States are both facing increasing pressure in […]

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Spy Chronicles: Does It Really Convey Any Lessons for India-Pakistan Peace?

Spy Chronicles: Does It Really Convey Any Lessons for India-Pakistan Peace?

Valuable for being a first

By: VAPPALA BALACHANDRAN The book is the edited transcripts of “Intel-Dialogue” (Intelligence Dialogue) during 2016-2017 between former ISI Chief Gen.Asad Durrani (1990-92) and the then RAW Secretary A.S.Dulat (1999-2000) at different foreign locations. Senior journalist Aditya Sinha, who edited the manuscript, has also substantially contributed to the conversation. A leading think tank in New Delhi […]

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No one in Kashmir is mourning the demise of the PDP-BJP coalition government

No one in Kashmir is mourning the demise of the PDP-BJP coalition government

For the large numbers demanding Azadi, there is little difference between an elected state government and a government imposed by the Centre. 

By: Ipsita Chakravarty It was a political experiment that failed. The so-called soft-separatist People’s Democratic Party tying up with the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, bringing the latter to power for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir. It was meant to be a reconciliation of political extremes, the welding together of two very different […]

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The post-West order

The post-West order

By: Hussain H Zaidi During the recent G7 summit, the president of the European Council – a subsidiary of the EU – sent out the warning that Donald Trump’s trade and diplomatic initiatives may end up bolstering attempts to put in place a ‘post-West’ international order. Do such apprehensions hold water? Some recent developments have […]

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Analysis: why the PDP-BJP alliance ended

Analysis: why the PDP-BJP alliance ended

By: Nistula Hebbar The alliance, which was put together with much careful crafting, could not, in the end, carry the weight of the hugely contradictory ideological positions. The end of the BJP-People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government in Jammu and Kashmir has two dates attached to it. For detractors of the alliance within the BJP, it […]

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Thinking About a Trade War

Thinking About a Trade War

By: Paul Krugman Until fairly recently, I didn’t really think we were going to have a trade war. What I thought would happen, instead, was a bit of kabuki: America’s major trading partners would make cosmetic concessions – perhaps with some lucrative payoffs to Trump businesses on the side – that would let Trump proclaim […]

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Democracy’s great fall

Democracy’s great fall

By:  Farrukh Khan Pitafi Now you see elections. Now you don’t. Listen to key stakeholders, the caretakers, chief election commissioner, chief justice, even the army chief and you come across the assurances that the elections will be held on time. Switch on your television and listen to televangelist-turned-political pundits and you come across 1,001 reasons […]

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Elderly abuse a growing problem

Elderly abuse a growing problem

SPECIAL: UNITED NATIONS WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY : 15TH JUNE

By: Kavita Suri A few days back, Geeta Kapoor breathed her last in the SRV Hospital in Mumbai. She spent the last days of her life waiting for her only son Raja who had left her in a hospital last year and never returned to pick her up. Our own Ashoke Pandit, well known producer-director […]

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Terms of forgiveness

Terms of forgiveness

Individuals like Mariam Khatoon, Yashpal Saxena and Imam Rashidi show the way to a more humane society

By: Harsh Mander Amidst the clamour for retribution, we must listen carefully to the gentle voices that talk of forgiveness and compassion. These alone light the way to locate, deep within ourselves, our own capacities for goodness. When spoken by those who have suffered most grievously from hate, by people who have lost their loved […]

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Israel has three options in Gaza

Israel has three options in Gaza

Israel might either reoccupy Gaza, launch another massive military assault or lift the siege.

By: Adnan Abu Amer When Palestinians launched the Great March of Return on March 30, Israel sensed an opportunity for confrontation. It started sniping down one unarmed protester after the other, while blasting propaganda about how these Palestinians constituted a “threat” to its security and how it had the “right to defend itself”. To date, […]

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