China & India Play ‘Who Blinks First’ Over Tiny Strategic Area in Himalayas
Politics

China & India Play ‘Who Blinks First’ Over Tiny Strategic Area in Himalayas

Beijing and New Delhi are standing their ground, neither side yielding an inch in a dispute over a piece of Himalayan territory that flared up again a month ago. Could a war of words in an issue with former colonial fingerprints on it evolve into all-out war? In a statement on Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry…

Historic Shift in Geopolitical Alignments: India and Pakistan Join Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
Opinion

Historic Shift in Geopolitical Alignments: India and Pakistan Join Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

On June 9, both India and Pakistan became simultaneously members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a Eurasian economic, political and mutual security organization largely dominated by China and Russia.  While the SCO with headquarters in Beijing is not officially a “military alliance”, it nonetheless serves as a geopolitical and strategic “counterweight” to US-NATO and…

Vladimir Putin, at Wit’s End with Washington, Opts for Poker Over Chess
Opinion

Vladimir Putin, at Wit’s End with Washington, Opts for Poker Over Chess

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a calculated bet that the embattled Trump administration will interpret his expulsion of hundreds of US diplomats from Russia as more of a friendly warning than an overtly hostile act. As US lawmakers on the weekend sent to President Trump’s desk a bill that would make it virtually impossible…

Browder Affair: A Heady Upper-Class Jewish Cocktail of Money, Spies, Politicians and International Crime
Opinion

Browder Affair: A Heady Upper-Class Jewish Cocktail of Money, Spies, Politicians and International Crime

The Untouchable Mr. Browder? Chapeau, Mr Browder! Hats off for this incredible man. Last month, he succeeded in stopping a film screening in the European parliament and took off a few articles from American web sites. This week, he turned the only US screening of a film critical to his version of events into a…

China Raps India Over Doklam Standoff, But Dogs Are On Leash
Opinion

China Raps India Over Doklam Standoff, But Dogs Are On Leash

The Chinese Foreign Ministry released a position paper on Wednesday laying out the “facts” in relation to the six week-old standoff with India in the Sikkim border region. In a nutshell, the document – supported by maps and photographs – recounts that, on June 18, 270 Indian troops, driving two bulldozers, crossed the international border with…

Power to the People: Why Palestinian Victory in Jerusalem is a Pivotal Moment
Opinion

Power to the People: Why Palestinian Victory in Jerusalem is a Pivotal Moment

Neither Fatah nor Hamas have been of much relevance to the mass protests staged around Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Neither have American pressure, half-hearted European ‘concern about the situation’ or cliché Arab declarations made one iota of difference. United Nations officials warned of the grim scenarios of escalation, but their statements were mere words….