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AU demands apology from Trump for “shitholes”comment

The organisation representing African countries has demanded that US President Donald Trump apologise after he reportedly called nations on the continent “shitholes”. The group’s mission in Washington DC expressed its “shock, dismay and outrage” and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans. The US leader made the alleged remark in a Thursday meeting on immigration. But [...]

Stoning Of A Media Manufactured Idol

Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi are being pilloried by the Western World – their governments, leaders and media – as it usually happens when racial or religious riots break out in Third World country taking such nations back into the Stone Age. The conflict in the Rakhine state of Myanmar is pathetic and its [...]

Do Small States Need Nuclear Deterrents?

Pakistan’s motivation for nuclear weapons arose from a need to prevent nuclear blackmail by India. Had Iraq and Libya been nuclear powers they wouldn’t have been destroyed the way we have seen recently. If Pakistan had atomic capability before 1971 we Pakistanis would not have lost half of our country in a disgraceful defeat” Abdul [...]

Fury And Sabre Rattling In Himalayas

Declining Indo-China Relations: What’s behind the Indian and Chinese tantrums high up in the Himalayas over a road expansion by China at strategic point abutting China and Bhutan and on the ‘Chicken Neck’ shaped corridor connecting India with its northeastern provinces. There have been occasional flare-ups since the 1962 Sino-Indian border conflict but they have [...]

Modi Trots The Globe While Kashmir Fire Rages

Thirty years ago (July 1987) Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayewardene was forced to sign the Indo Lanka Agreement after the infamous violation of Sri Lankan airspace by the Indian Air Force and Indian warships docked into Trincomalee harbour unannounced carrying thousands of troops. Media pundits, liberal thinkers, so called intellectuals and the like went [...]

How Long Will Modi-Trump Hugs Last?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visits to the United States have been hyped to the scale of rock star visits by Indian expatriates in America and the Indian media. Last week’s visit of Modi to Washington however took the shape of a normal visiting head of state despite many Indians having surfaced in top [...]

Did Donald Trump Spark Off The ME Diplomatic Crisis?

Shortly after American President Donald Trump’s peroration against terrorism to around fifty heads of state comprising those of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council states and other Muslim states the region, a diplomatic crisis described as one of the biggest in recent times, erupted. The big four Sunni Arab states in the region: Saudi Arabia, [...]

Trump’s First Visit: Making Friends With Enemies And Enemies Of Friends

Donald Trump’s first foreign expedition had the trappings of war and peace. Visits to Saudi Arabia, the holiest land of the adherents of Islam and Jerusalem, the holy land of Jews, Islamists and Christians, had more to do with combating terrorism, arms sales and strategic planning than peace while visits to the new headquarters of [...]

XI Takes China To The Stars; Trump Heads America To Nowhere

American President Donald Trump, said to be the holder of the ‘world’s most powerful office’ and the leader of the only existing superpower, and Xi Jinping, President of China, the fastest growing economic and military power just behind America, provide two starkly different personalities heading in different directions.   Confucian calm and Trump ranting Xi [...]

South Asian Countries Open To India And China

No question of sell-outs Narendra Modi started with a bang on South Asian cooperation when he invited all heads of states of South Asia including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan for his inauguration as prime Minister of India. Thereafter it has been a lackluster performance, regionally.   Pakistan and Kashmir Modi can’t look away [...]


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