Analysis articles

A war with Kurds will serve Erdogan’s enemies

The Turkish government has started shelling the city of Afrin, west of the Euphrates River deep in the Syrian heartland, ahead of an upcoming invasion, according to Defence Minister Nurettin Cankli. The move is largely in response to the newly-formed Kurdish army, announced last week by the United States-led Coalition, called the Syrian Border Forces […]

‘People’s Platform’ connects global knowledge economy

The Internet connects people, resources and activities. It facilitates the exchange of information and supports the cooperative work of writers, editors, lawyers, doctors, educators/ teachers, managers, analysts, engineers and others. The adoption of a system based on the decentralized knowledge discovery framework would have significant and positive social impacts. Consider the following aspects: improved collaboration, […]

Window to the West

WHEN in 1960 Mao Zedong sent off General Gengbiao, his second ambassador to Pakistan, he reportedly advised him: “Look after Pakistan; it is China’s window to the West”. Mao’s depiction may have been as much metaphorical as geographical. During the 1960s, Pakistan was China’s diplomatic window to the West, eventually brokering the normalisation of China-US […]

Addiction to drugs: Where are we heading?

Drug Habit: Where have we been?” Where are we? The country has become addicted to liquor. People are being exposed to the oppression of drug dealers and drug addicts. Police should be helpless. On January 6, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) said that he could not eliminate the drug and militants. Despite being role […]

While Germany slept, the world moved on

Few people outside Germany are familiar with the caricature of themselves that many Germans hold in their minds. Far from the aggressive bully of 20th-century war propaganda, the perfectionist engineer of Madison Avenue car advertisements, or the rule-following know-it-all of the silver screen, the German many picture today is a sleepy-headed character clad in nightgown […]

Developing a workforce for the future

The simple truth is this: Neither the disruptions are new nor are the fears about them, but as the time-gap between an invention and its commercial application gets smaller, more and more people adopt newer ways of consumption. So the awareness increases, which multiplies the fears and uncertainties about conventional jobs and vocations. It is […]

North Korea’s tricky balancing act

Ever since the UN Security Council imposed its third consecutive round of punitive sanctions against North Korea in 2017 over its controversial nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) programs, Pyongyang has embarked on a charm offensive toward its southern neighbor. Toward that end, the two Koreas this week announced an agreement to march under a […]

Ministers above law

When it comes to claiming exemption from accountability to the law, ‘holy men’ do not lag far behind ministers and celebrities. Yogi Adityanath feels entitled to double protection. Besides being head of the mutt (religious endowment) at Gorakhpur, which he represented in the Lok Sabha for five terms, he is the current chief minister of […]

The Red split

With the Soviet Union having broken up and China still going strong, it is time we examined – a century after the Russian revolution and more than a quarter century after the Soviet collapse – why the two communist giants went different ways and whether there were inherent differences between the two. To elucidate, can […]

Bombastic Trump blunders into the Middle Kingdom

Donald Trump is off to China this week and in typical style, he’s blundering his way into the country with all the grace of a bull in a china shop. While most guests bring flowers, the US president brings complaints – especially of the trade variety. He warmed up for the tour by calling the […]

This is not just about Catalonia. This is about democracy itself

Catalonia is right now the only territory in the European Union (EU) that has been denied the supreme law that its citizens have voted for; the parliament that its citizens elected; the president that this parliament elected; and the government that this president appointed in the exercise of his powers. Acting in an arbitrary, undemocratic, […]

Trump trip is an opportunity to ease US-China trade irritants

US President Donald Trump’s first state visit to China is supposed to be a historic opportunity for both countries to tackle problems that bedevil bilateral ties. The visit is also seen as a chance to deepen long-term trust and cooperation between the world’s two largest economies. In addition to security issues, trade and economic cooperation […]

The heartbreaking stupidity of America’s gun laws

Another year, another church. Another month, another mass killing. Another day, another political shrug about gun massacres across the United States. There is still some shock left in this uniquely American series of mass killings. And with that shock, maybe a small glimmer of hope that the silent majority of Americans might demand something more […]

America’s wars are spreading more chaos in Africa

The Indonesian military killed as many as one million suspected Communists in the mid-1960s, paving the path for a dictator, Suharto, who ruled the country for more than three decades. Newly declassified documents from the United States embassy in Jakarta reveal an extraordinary degree of American complicity in what remains one of the Cold War’s […]

Renewed Asia alliance works to curb China’s regional ambitions

US President Donald Trump is touring Asia at a moment when the region’s security situation is practically white-hot. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, recognizing that the world’s “center of gravity is shifting to the heart of the Indo-Pacific,” called on the region’s democratic powers to pursue “greater engagement and cooperation.” They – including Trump’s […]

Race heats up for zones of influence in Syria

As the anti-Daesh fight nears an end, the race for zones of influence is flaring up among the big foreign stakeholders, Russia, Iran, the US and Turkey. The rivalry between the US and Russia is translated into action by racing to re-take the oil-rich provinces from Daesh. The Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), equipped and […]

Military alliance looks to the Far East

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato), outlined the alliance’s policy toward the Asia-Pacific region during a five-day trip to Japan and South Korea that concluded last Thursday. The main task of Nato is the protection of allied territories. However, according to Stoltenberg, the “geography of danger has shifted.” Global […]

Negligent Western diplomacy encourages Putin to expand and prosper

Donald Trump rose to power upon promises of abandoning foreign entanglements and putting “America First.” One state in particular is aggressively capitalizing on introverted Western nations becoming less focused on events beyond their borders. That state is Vladimir Putin’s Russia – using oil wealth to flex its diplomatic and military muscles. Opportunistic Russian diplomacy played […]

Considering better options in the energy policy

According to a press report, the government of Bangladesh (GOB) is drafting a new energy policy. The Adviser in charge of Energy, Power and Mineral Resources, told a workshop meeting on energy reporting that the government is now engaged in completing at the earliest a comprehensive energy policy for the country. This is, no doubt, […]

Europe celebrates ‘oppressed’ cultures but demonises Catalonians

There are two wildly contradictory conceptions of Europe that manage to co-exist in current political fashion. The first, of which we hear much, is of the continent’s quite recent incarnation as an enlightened over-arching organisation: a liberal confederation of member states which transcends the old evils of nationalism and enmity, and actively repudiates its imperial […]

Uzbekistan paves way for Central Asia business reforms

The 15th edition of the World Bank’s “Doing Business” report, which surveys tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, lawyers and accountants for on-the-ground insight into commercial and regulatory conditions across a dozen categories, showed Uzbekistan as one of the top 10 reformers over the past year among the 190 countries tracked. The favorable publicity for Uzbekistan […]

Saudi crown prince is a force for moderation, unlike Tehran

This week, Iran’s state-owned media hailed the regime for supposedly being a constructive player in the region and creating hope for the younger generation. Tehran claims that President Hassan Rouhani, with the blessing of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – who has long seen himself as leader of the Muslim world – is the force of […]

Mueller probe and the heart of darkness

While the biggest news of the day is the indictments [United States Justice Department special counsel] Robert Mueller has handed down against US President Donald Trump’s former aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, he has also released a plea bargain with a minor figure in the Russia scandal by the name of George Papadopoulos. And […]

America is divided and (surprise!) it’s not all Trump’s fault

Polling data from the Pew Research Center this month confirmed what many Americans already believed; the political divides between them are widening and intensifying. On 10 political values issues that Pew has surveyed since 1994 – including views on immigration, racial discrimination and the role of government in helping those in need – the most […]

Amid fuss over Diwali fireworks ban, air pollution plagues India

Social media lit up like a fireworks display soon after the Indian Supreme Court on October 9 temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Delhi-National Capital Region. The ruling led to ambiguity and confusion. Intriguingly, a few celebrities opined that bursting firecrackers on the eve of Diwali […]