The US-led war in Afghanistan looks to be ending, and not a day too soon. America’s father, Benjamin Franklin, wisely wrote: ‘No good war; no bad peace.’ Yet for 20 years, the United States waged all-out war against this small, remote, impoverished state whose only weapons were old AK47 rifles […]
The auguries are not good for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Resignations have filled the ledger, including Japanese composer Keigo Oyamada, organising committee president Yoshiro Mori and the creative director Hiroshi Sasaki. Then there is the lamentable behaviour of the authoritarian International Olympic Committee and the obsequious conduct of the Suga […]
The so-called Pegasus Project, which hit media headlines, has highlighted India in a clutch of countries where snooping of the telephones of citizens is widely practised as state policy. The Washington Post, which spearheaded the Pegasus Project, proposes to monitor the responses from these 10 select countries. Presumably, these are early […]
Three people in the picture are Zalmay Khalilzad, Sher Muhammad Abbas and Ashraf Ghani. In 1957 they were given American scholarship. Today one of them is the ambassador of the U.S. in Afghanistan, other is the Taliban head and the third is the president of Afghanistan. What a coincidence. The […]
Members of the G7 regularly try to impose their rules and standards on other countries, rules and standards that limit sovereignty and infringe on national interests. Transnational corporations are also involved in this geopolitical game. Billionaires from Bill Gates to George Soros are using the environment for their own gain, […]
They keep insisting they don’t do it. But companies such as the Israeli NSO Group are global vendors for regimes, whatever stripe or colour, for surveillance tools to spy on those they deem of interest. The 2013 revelations by Edward Snowden that exposed the warrantless world of mass surveillance by […]
Everyone agrees to put an end to legal discriminations. However, some Europeans accuse others of wanting on the contrary to create some. This is the case of Brussels against Hungary. But on closer inspection, this argument is dishonest and hides unavowable interests.
When the whole world is lamenting that the US is quitting Afghanistan in ignominy, the Biden Administration is snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. What an audacity of hope! The agreement reached in principle in Tashkent on Friday between the representatives of the United States, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan […]
The reputable Russian business newspaper Kommersant cited unnamed Kremlin sources over the weekend to report that President Putin offered his American counterpart access to his country’s bases in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan during last month’s summit in Geneva for the purpose of obtaining drone-derived anti-terrorist intelligence about Afghanistan, which if true would strongly suggest that the Russian leader is serious about reaching a so-called “non-aggression pact” with the US.
“After years of IT experts telling us that we ‘can’t break the internet’ by pressing the wrong button, it turns out we can do it by updating our settings.” Phil Coughlin, The Guardian, Jun 11, 2021 On June 8, an internet blackout was precipitated by one customer updating their settings […]
I have often used the example of riding a bicycle as an image of knowing God. There’s no difficulty learning how to ride if you don’t mind falling off for a while. But no matter how many years you have ridden, you cannot describe for someone else how you know […]
The ‘official working visit’ by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House on July 15 has been most conspicuous for its subdued tone regarding the most fateful topic of her discussion with President Joe Biden — China. Merkel’s guarded remarks about China at the joint press conference with […]