July 28, 2017

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Europe: Lessons for the Left

A graffiti of British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. (Photo by duncan c, CC license)

The parties of the European Left have still to establish clear positions on the nativist vs internationalist debate that defines contemporary politics. Read More »

India-China War Circa 2017

(Image via Tube India video stream)

India-China standoff in Donglang plateau indicates that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that New Delhi’s interest will be better served in an aggressive American alliance rather than in a neighborly relationship with China. Read More »

India Hastens Hydropower Projects in Jammu and Kashmir

The Baglihar dam, also on the Chenab, in J&K. (image by: ICIMOD, via thethirdpole.net)

The government appears determined to utilize the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty to the full. Read More »

Senate GOP Opens Health Care Debate. Now What?

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnel is keeping the Republicans effort to repeal and replace Obamacare live. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, CC license)

Mitch McConnell gets a win, and the Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare will be debated in the Senate. Read More »

View from India: Dams Pakistan Will Build…

Tarbela Dam is Pakistan's largest water reservoir and world's largest earth-filled dam. (Photo by  Christine Osborne/CORBIS, US Embassy Pakistan)

It is a cause for concern that Pakistan has requested China to provide water security as a part of CPEC. This is strategic, given the worsening Pak-India ties. However, India needs to be watchful, writes one former General of Indian Army. Read More »

Afghanistan: A Gathering Storm

President Ashraf Ghani's growing intolerance of dissent has prompted his critics to join hands against his government.

Afghanistan’s Vice President Rashid Doctam’s wringing denunciation of the government, of which he is part and parcel, indicates the gathering political storm in Kabul. The looming crisis could pose a formidable challenge to Ashraf Ghani’s government whose constitutionality has come under a cloud. Read More »

US and Pakistan: Why Not Just Say No to CSF?

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It’s about time to act like a self-respecting and confident nation which is ready to correct its own course as well as being poised to address others’ concerns on issues such as terrorism, regional peace and cooperation, opines one Pakistani analyst. Read More »

Is the Future of Electoral Democracy Assured in Africa?

16% of Africa's land is arable, the largest share in the world. (Photo via Mo Ibrahim Foundation, CC license)

A closer look at Africa’s elected governments suggests that they are not different from autocratic regimes. The elected ruling elites rely on an intricate web of personal, family, clientelism and ethnic ties, and on the military and intelligence services to control state resources and oppress society. Read More »

How Will California Solve Its Public Health Crisis?

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While California has begun to deviate from the traditional coal-fired factories and power plants, managing methane emissions from rangelands and farms should gain a stronger focus. Read More »

Afghanistan’s Dostum Problem

Afghanistan warlord-turned politician Abdul Rashid Dostum is a controversial figure often accused of grave human rights violations. (Photo via video stream)

Whether Afghanistan's First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is convicted or not, there will be anger and accusations that the rule of law has been cheated. Read More »