Rahul needs to unite I.N.D.I.A bloc ahead of state elections

NEW DELHI: In Maharashtra, maintaining I.N.D.I Alliance...

Not many takers for MCD’s geotagging initiative

NEW DELHI: MCD’s geotagging project has not...

Women and Children-Centric changes under New Laws

NEW DELHI: What are the women and...

John Dobson

NATO at 75: Still Going Strong and Needed More Than Ever

LONDON: By authorising the atrocity on Okhmatdyt with its devastating results, Putin vividly illustrated the need for NATO to provide Ukraine with more air-defence...

China tightens its grip on rare earths and gives Africa an opportunity

LONDON: China tops the list of countries when measured by the volume of production of REMs, producing in 2023 more than two thirds of the...

How the Pro-Israeli Lobby Is Influencing U.S. Foreign Policy

LONDON: The US is home to 51 pro-Israeli lobbying organisations, both large and small. Many of them employ super-PACS. Money matters in American politics, especially at...

China’s Panda Diplomacy Is Alive And Well

Australia knew its strained relations with China were on the turn last week when visiting Chinese Premier Li Qiang offered to send a new...

HOW RUSSIA WILL BECOME A VASSAL STATE OF CHINA

LONDON: Last month, on the day Vladimir Putin was sworn in for his fifth term as president, a group of experts met in Berlin...

IS DONALD TRUMP DRIVING AMERICA TOWARDS CIVIL WAR?

LONDON: Imagine that in 5 months’ time Joe Biden wins the US presidential election by a narrow margin, the most likely outcome according to...

How the European elections could affect India

LONDON: Current polling suggests that the nationalist hard right and populist parties will make strong gains, and this could have significant consequences for European-level...

IN THE DOCK, THERE’S NO GOING BACK FOR ISRAEL

LONDON: Israel has entered a new era in its relations with its western allies, including its chief backer, the United States. There was uproar in...

IS THE BEAR GETTING ITS CLAWS INTO GEORGIA AGAIN?

LONDON: It was all so promising thirty years ago. The Soviet Union had collapsed and Georgia, formerly known as the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic,...

How North Korea is benefiting from the war in Ukraine

LONDON: Since the start of the war there has been a convergence of interests between Russia and North Korea. Put simply, Moscow has an...

Donald Trump tests the American legal system to the limit

LONDON: Trump, facing multiple legal battles, receives special treatment while openly undermining the rule of law, raising concerns about the justice system’s integrity. “I could stand...

QATAR’S ROLE AS MEDIATOR BETWEEN HAMAS AND ISRAEL IS CRUCIAL

LONDON: Acting as a back channel mediator for many US administrations has enabled Qatar to play a key role on the global stage. For such...

SHOULD FROZEN RUSSIAN ASSETS BE SEIZED TO HELP UKRAINE?

LONDON: While Washington has been urging the EU to seize the frozen Russian funds outright, the EU Commission favours a compromise, promoting a plan...

FOR ISRAEL’S SAKE, PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU MUST GO

Things could have been prevented had Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not been ‘asleep at the wheel’. ‘In the name of God, go”, screamed the Jerusalem...

ELECTION HUMILIATION FOR TURKEY’S PRESIDENT ERDOGAN

Voters lost patience not only with the cost of living crisis driven by 70% inflation, but also with Erdogan’s divisive political style. In a major...

WHY DID PUTIN REJECT U.S. WARNING OF AN ISIS ATTACK?

The reality is that ISIS-K in particular sees Russia as being complicit in activities that regularly oppress Muslims. Early this month, America’s intelligence services stumbled...

Rape and famine are rampant in Sudan, the world’s forgotten disaster zone

The United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, confirmed that rape as a weapon of war is widespread in Sudan. Millions are being...

Vladimir Putin’s Sham Election

The farce began last December when Artyom Zhoga, a highly decorated ‘colonel’ suddenly pleaded with Vladimir Putin in front of the TV cameras to...

IT’S BIDEN AGAINST TRUMP IN AMERICA’S STRANGE FORM OF DEMOCRACY

Two geriatric candidates are vying for the White House in an undemocratic system. Democracy in America? “Bah! Humbug!” Ebenezer Scrooge would say. This iconic fictional...

Unending: Can Russia afford to win the war in Ukraine?

Putin is trying to finance the war, maintain social spending and avoid soaring inflation all at once; ‘an impossible trilemma’, according to experts. Here’s an...

Why did the Kremlin order the death of Alexei Navalny?

Alexei Navalny has now joined the long list of Putin critics who have paid a high price for dissent. “Do you think Vladimir Putin is...

Two years on, stalemate in Russia’s war on Ukraine

Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine two years ago has been a disaster for both sides. OK I was wrong. Like almost every other commentator,...

Is Nuclear Kim preparing for War?

He has the capability to reach all of South Korea and virtually all of Japan with his missiles and potentially 50 or 60 nuclear...

Pakistan’s elections are being rigged by the military

Pakistan’s powerful military has adopted Putin’s playbook by keeping the popular former Prime Minister Imran Khan out of the elections for the foreseeable future. It’s...

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU IS ISRAEL’S BIGGEST PROBLEM

He obstructs a two-state solution to the Palestinian problem, and by attempting to reduce the powers of the judiciary he scorns international law. On Friday,...

Who are the Houthis and why are they such a threat?

Houthi attacks are having a major effect on global supply chains which today are highly orchestrated. Nine weeks ago today, the crew of the Bahamas...

Angry Israel rejects accusations of genocide

Israel rejected the case as ‘baseless’, insisting that its forces are operating in Gaza according to law. To accuse any country of genocide is a...

HOW IRAN IS USING ITS PROXIES TO AVOID A WAR WITH ISRAEL

The war in Gaza has given Iran the opportunity to showcase the capacity of its newly restructured network of allied militias, or proxies, which...

KEY ELECTIONS TO WATCH IN A MOMENTOUS 2024

At a time when the globe faces perhaps its most tumultuous geopolitical year, the results will help determine who controls and directs the world...

WILL 2024 BE THE YEAR RUSSIA WINS?

What a difference a year makes. The dawn of 2023 saw a confident Ukraine, having against all odds fought back against Russia’s illegal invasion....

IS ISRAEL ATTEMPTING TO ETHNICALLY CLEANSE PALESTINIANS FROM GAZA?

It’s difficult not to be emotionally overwhelmed when you visit a Nazi extermination camp. I’ve visited two: Auschwitz and Majdanek, both in Poland. Along...

ARGENTINA SNUBS BRICS AS ITS FIREBRAND POPULIST LEADER TAKES POWER

Milei has already begun to backtrack on some of the key proposals of complete dollarisation and shutting down Argentina’s central bank, arguing that it...

WHY POPULISTS ARE CHEERING AROUND EUROPE

The prime driver for radical-right parties in Europe is immigration, legal and illegal. If current trends persist, Europe will receive more than a million...

AS HOSTAGES ARE RELEASED, IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF ISRAEL’S WAR WITH HAMAS?

Some hope surfaced when a limited hostage deal was announced that would involve a four-day pause in fighting, the first cessation since Israel launched...

THE HAMAS SHEIKH WHO FOOLED ISRAEL

Instead of trying to curb Gaza’s Islamists from the outset, Israel for years tolerated, and in some cases encouraged them as a counterweight to...

Gaza, largest prison on Earth but key to Israel’s future

Imagine living with 2.3 million people on a patch of land just 26 miles long and 8 miles wide, surrounded by an impenetrable fence...

DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA ON THE BRINK

Both inside and outside America, neutral observers find it hard to understand how such a person as Donald Trump, who still refuses to accept...

DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA ON THE BRINK

Both inside and outside America, neutral observers find it hard to understand how such a person as Donald Trump, who still refuses to accept...

RUMBLINGS OF ANOTHER WAR IN THE BALKANS?

There is an old proverb that goes “Bad things come in threes”—if an unfortunate event has already occurred twice, a third one is likely...

POLAND’S ELECTION RESULTS ARE PUTTING A SMILE ON THE EU’S FACE

Since 2015, an ongoing dispute between the EU and the Polish government over its lack of respect for democratic values raised questions over whether...

POLAND’S ELECTION RESULTS ARE PUTTING A SMILE ON THE EU’S FACE

LONDON While wars in Ukraine and Israel are grabbing headlines, something of huge importance for the future of the European Union (EU) has occurred in...

CATASTROPHIC FAILURE OF ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE GIFT FOR HAMAS AND IRAN

Israel’s security services failed to put together an accurate picture from the limited intelligence they were receiving, based on what was a misconception surrounding...

VLADIMIR PUTIN’S PLAN IS NOT WORKING AND COULD DESTROY RUSSIA

Putin’s crass error in invading Ukraine has already led to NATO uniting as never before, an event which doubled NATO’s border with Russia. LONDON If you...

ABANDONED BY RUSSIA, ARMENIANS AGAIN FACE ETHNIC CLEANSING OR EVEN GENOCIDE

In the past week the world has unquestionably witnessed the vast ethnic cleansing of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh. LONDON You have to feel for the Armenians....

Heroic Hungarians fighting fortheir country: Ukraine

There are currently approximately 400 Hungarians on the Ukranian front line and to date 31 have died for their country. LONDON Think of ethnic minorities in...

Three years on: Abraham Accords progress, Saudi membership elusive

London Three years ago, something extraordinary happened. On 15 September 2020, a small group of people gathered on the South Lawn of the White House...

TENSIONS RISING IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC BETWEEN JAPAN AND RUSSIA

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has resulted in Japan’s security environment becoming as severe as it has ever been since the end of WWII. Tokyo...

‘My enemies tend to die’ is the scary message from Prigozhin’s ‘accident’

“Putin never forgets”, said British-American businessman Bill Browder, “Prigozhin made Putin look weak and for Putin, that’s the ultimate sin.” LONDON “Does one need to be...

BUILDING BRICS BIGGER

Several developing countries view BRICS as an alternative to global bodies dominated by the West and hope that membership will unlock benefits such as...

Xi’s policies hobbling China’s economy

London “China’s economy is a ticking time bomb,” said President Joe Biden last week at a political fundraising event in the American state of Utah....

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