April 24, 2017

Blogroll

Japan Courts Russia at Sochi Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Sochi. (Photo via video stream)

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to travel to Russia in spite of US warnings, and to propose a new level of economic cooperation, may prove to be an important step in pursuing a stronger long-term relationship with Russia. Read More »

Passage Through Divided America

Burning with anti-establishment rage and white identity politics, Republican base voters cheered when Trump toppled traditional politicians. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons License)

The hard-core Republican establishment is worried sick about a possible political disaster in November 2016. Could Trump possibly be a “Goldwater” moment for the Republican Party? Read More »

Coastal Flooding Threatens Cities Across World

Flood waters from swollen rivers in Kuakata in south eastern Bangladesh.  (Photo by  Joe Coyle, Creative Commons License)

According to projections for the year 2070, India’s Kolkata and Mumbai top the list of cities whose populations are most exposed to coastal flooding, with 14 million and 11.4 million respectively. The first seven cities on the list are from Asia, followed by Miami at number eight. Read More »

Afghan Peace Process Hostage to Haqqanis?

Head of Afghan High Peace Council Hekmat Khalil Karzai (3rd from left) at a meeting in Kabul. (Photo via hpc.org)

Regardless of what Afghan leaders say the India-factor remains imposing in Kabul’s governance and security structures. It drives apprehensions — however misplaced — in Islamabad. Alleviating those apprehensions in a credible way would probably be the key to turn a leaf in Pak-Afghan relations. Read More »

Political Ads: Dark Money Dominating Senate Contests

(Photo by Patrick McKay, Creative Commons License)

Dark money groups — 501(c) tax-exempt organizations — have been behind 28,551 ads in Senate races so far, compared with 16,102 paid for by super PACs. Read More »

Indian Air Pollution A ‘National Crisis’

Pollution in New Delhi has emerged as a major problem. (Photo by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier Follow, Creative Commons License)

India dominates list of world’s top polluted cities, new data from the WHO reveals, with cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh catching up fast. Read More »

What’s Behind Russia’s Rapprochement With Pakistan?

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (Photo via  Russian Presidential Press and Information Office)

What does the Kremlin’s emphasis on Pakistan say about the state of Russia-India ties? Read More »

India: State of Exclusion

Market in Aizawl. More than 2886 Chakma names were deleted from the electoral roll, published in 1995 and 1996, from Aizawl district alone. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Who are India's Chakma minority and why they continue to be victims of ethnic conflict in Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh states? Read More »

Failing Afghanistan and the World

Packaging pomegranates in Afghanistan. (Photo by Canada in Afghanistan, Creative Commons License)

It's not too late for the United States to help get Afghanistan back on its feet. Read More »

The Real Scandal Behind the Panama Papers

Panama City skyline. (Photo by Ali Eminov, Creative Commons License)

The Panama Papers revealed how financial system opacity enables crime, corruption, and terrorism. The United States has an opportunity to lead in the global effort against corruption—after getting its own house in order. Read More »