The rejuvenation of jihadi forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan, its traditional backers in the Pakistani Army and the changed emphasis of the US vis-a-vis these forces, points to the failure of the Indian reliance on the "Am-Pak" strategy - using US leverage to take on terror directed at India, from within Pakistan.
As I write this, 7 unruly members of parliament belonging to errant political parties - the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal in particular, have been suspended for their pathetic conduct yesterday in the Rajya Sabha. These legislators were doing their worst to prevent the Women's Reservation Bill, which now enjoys a great degree of majority support in both Houses of the Indian Parliament. This post quickly brings out some facets about the idea of quota-based representation in legislatures all across the world.
An Article on the Occasion of Women's Day
Israel is possibly the only unapologetic state in the world that believes in assassination of opponents as a state policy. Ironically, that this nation does "hit jobs" through its notorious spy agency - the Mossad, actually gives it an "aura" of professionalism - as much as the Mumbai underworld looked "cool" in the eyes of many during its heydays.
A critical take on Hisila Yami's article in the Kathmandu Post on Indo-Nepal relations.
Global Times, a Chinese newspaper published under the official People's Daily, says in an editorial apropos the Google issue: "China, as seen in the past 60 years, will move forward at its own pace toward safeguarding the public's right to know and building an open and harmonious society." Couldn't have guessed that one could move too fast in safeguarding rights.
US president Barack Obama was prompt in responding to the devastation caused by the massive earth quake in Haiti, which has reportedly taken more than hundred thousand lives and caused immense damage to the capital city,leaving more than 30 lakhs of people homeless. In his statement Obama has called for an "all out relief push" and the US marines has started to arrive in Haiti for relief work. What Obama failed to see is that the quake is an insult by nature on the injury inflicted by imperialism in Haitian soil.
Rather than considering a progressive alternative to the two presidential candidates, incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa and ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka, the major minority parties and their representatives have thrown their lot with either of the two candidates for short sighted reasons in upcoming presidential elections.
My post on the same in the Newsclick website.
Vijay Prashad provides a succinct exposition of the role of "Guerilla warfare" in Latin America today, in the context of the success of the Bolivarian project in the continent. Article courtesy Counterpunch and Students' Struggle.