BORIS TEARS APART BRITAIN’S POST COLONIAL FOREIGN POLICY

Boris Johnson’s reprimand to Saudi Arabia and Iran has exposed British Foreign Policy to public debate and criticism more than put the two regional powers to shame. Britain is in a crises mode on several fronts. It is still in Brexit shock. The internecine war within the Conservative party undermines Government effectiveness of which Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary is one consequence. And Britain is finding that the world outside EU is not queuing up at its shores for trade. Johnson is busy adding to those woes by irritating countries that Britain was counting on as partners post Brexit. More…

ISN’T IT TIME TO COMMEMORATE GURU TEG BAHADUR, ‘DHARAM KI CHADAR’

4th December was commemorated across Gurdwaras around the world as ‘shaheedi’ (martyrdom) day of the 9th Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur ji. It is one of the most profound turning points in the history of Bharat. Yet even 70 years after decolonisation, India has failed to officially recognise Guru Teg Bahadur’s importance in the State calendar. Perhaps it says more about conventional emotional and ethical quagmire of India than the relevance of Guru Teg Bahadur’s shaheedi. More…

THE ICON DIES, THE REVOLUTION LIVES ON

Fidel Castro, legend, revolutionary, icon died on Saturday 26th November 2016. Even his fiercest enemies have had to admit that he was larger than life, a man who inspired millions and who dared and stood against imperialism to his dying day when all others around him in the world were falling one by one. He was the last man standing who kept the flame and the hope alive for millions of socialists around the world, people who saw socialism swept away by neo cons, Thatcherism and globalisation. But by the time of his death he has seen socialism waking up again in countries like the United Kingdom, South America and even in the heart of western capitalism, the United States in the form of support for Sanders. More…

HAS OBAMA HANDED MERKEL THE BATON OF LIBERALISM?

By irony a one time maligned nation that carried the guilt of gassing 6 million Jews, now finds itself in the role of being the leader of liberal democracy and human rights based political system. As the rest of the western world powerhouses of liberalism such as USA, UK and France fall apart under neurosis and racist nationalism, it is Germany that now looks to be the baton holder of values and ideas that have defined much of the twentieth century western civilisation and visionary idealism. No less than the visit by Obama to Germany has symbolised hope for the last man standing. More…

THE WORLD ON 11/9 OR THE DAY AFTER US ELECTIONS

It would be 9/11 if it was in most parts of the wold but in United States they put the month before the date. The result of this 11/8 US election when the world wakes up on 11/9 is likely to have bigger influence on both world events and American domestic life. Obama has generally pursued a low key approach to balance of power politics, maintaining status quo rather than precipitate tectonic shifts. But the next four years are likely to see dramatic and challenging upheavals involving both Russia and China, depending on who walks into the White House. More…

THE FALLOUT FROM MOSUL MAY REACH INDIA

With over 90000 troops advancing towards Mosul under American air power giving strategic support, it is a matter of not ‘will it fall’ but ‘when will it fall’. In Mosul there are around 6000 ISIS jihadis holed up with extensive defence arrangements. Part of this defence is the human shield. Around 800000 civilians live in Mosul.

ISIS is known for its barbarity and inhuman cruelty. Fears mount that it will deploy civilians in strategic places around ISIS fighters to weaken the moral resolve of the attacking army. The invading forces include Kurdish Peshmerga, Turkish forces, Iraqi Army, Iran backed Shia militia and US military advisors. Adversaries, some with century of hate and war against each other have come together to defeat ISIS. It is a ‘regional’ international force brought together by deft diplomacy and hard work by the Americans. More…

CO-CO POP WAR

On Thursday morning leading newspapers in India carried pictures of fighter jets with captions ‘surgical strikes’. By Thursday evening Pakistani newspapers were laughing off the ‘surgical’ strike as publicity farce dismissing them as routine retaliatory ground skirmish. By afternoon the jets had gone out of pictures and replaced by Indian Jawans with guns. By early Friday morning, newspapers on both sides were reporting that 1 Indian soldier had been captured, some 8 Indian soldiers had died and about 2 Pakistani soldiers killed. By Friday afternoon opinion articles in India were concentrating on diplomatic victory but also asking for return of ‘our soldier’! More…

UK’s IRAQ WAR: CHILCOT FAILS TO ASK WHY ARE THE BRITISH ALWAYS AT WAR.

‘What Chilcot should have asked is, ‘Why are the British always engaged in a war?’ 500 years and more, year in year out. There is a need for another enquiry, ‘ How can Britain be content without perpetual war?. James sadly says, ‘Which may be why the British find it hard to come to terms with their present position in the world or fail to respond to crises in a cool, competent and determined manner.’ More…

THE IRAQ WAR REPORT

Chilcot: The UK military role in Iraq ended a very long way from success.

The Iraq war has been one of the most criticised wars of our times which gave rise to more wars still raging in the world. It destabilised the Middle East. It gave an open space for organisations such as Al Qaeda to find new turfs to recruit and train new units and expand their operations worldwide. In Iraq they started to operate openly. The vacuum gave birth to new Islamist organisations, the most dangerous of them is the Islamic State which has encroached into South Asia even threatening to come to the India. More…