The United States and India – United Against Islam, United in Open Defecation
Opinion

The United States and India – United Against Islam, United in Open Defecation

In spite of government efforts to alleviate the crisis, India’s hygiene problems continue to grow. The problem’s most visible manifestation is the prevalence of so-called open deification, a term used to connote the human evacuation of faeces outside of a normal sanitary toilet facility – aka public defecation. This process has turned many of India’s…

India to Build Major Overseas Military Base Off Africa to Combat China
Military

India to Build Major Overseas Military Base Off Africa to Combat China

India is preparing to construct a significant overseas military base on an island in Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean. Last month, Seychelles and India signed a twenty-year agreement, permitting the Indian military to build an airbase and naval…

US Foreign Policy for Dummies: ‘Do as We Say, Not as We Do’
Opinion

US Foreign Policy for Dummies: ‘Do as We Say, Not as We Do’

As Russiagate comes to totally dominate the US political landscape, the question of America’s long history of foreign meddling has surfaced, warts and all. But that’s a totally different matter, respond the US Russia-baiters. In yet another variation on the theme of ‘Russia hacking America’s brain,’ a gaggle of American pundits appeared on Tuesday on…

Dancing to US Tune: NATO Creates Military Schengen and Launches Iraq Mission
Opinion

Dancing to US Tune: NATO Creates Military Schengen and Launches Iraq Mission

The NATO defense chiefs’ meeting on February 14-15 was mainly devoted to sharing the defense burden and other issues routinely discussed at any event. As usual, there were turgid speeches with opaque meaning to leave one guessing what’s really behind those nice words. In fact, the alliance took two far-going decisions proving a clue to its plans…

Trump’s National Defense Strategy: Buttering Up the Pentagon
Opinion

Trump’s National Defense Strategy: Buttering Up the Pentagon

Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats to feed that defense machine? Back in 2008, some of us placed our faith, naively enough, in the…

Without Changing a Stripe, ISIS Morphs from US’s Deadly Enemy to Useful Weapon to Perfect Target
Opinion

Without Changing a Stripe, ISIS Morphs from US’s Deadly Enemy to Useful Weapon to Perfect Target

While President Trump has recently hailed the defeat of ISIS, the group has been able to stave-off a complete defeat by retreating to a few, small remaining pockets in Syria. One of these pockets, located east of the Euphrates along Syria’s border with Iraq, is surrounded by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a grouping of…