India Is Using Its Pulwama Humiliation as a Pretext to Race China in Space
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India Is Using Its Pulwama Humiliation as a Pretext to Race China in Space

India’s anti-satellite muscle-flexing is being portrayed as a response to its recent humiliation by Pakistan, but the latest regional events are only being relied upon as a “plausible pretext” for thinly disguising the fact that India intends to race China in space at the behest of its new American ally. “Mission Shakti” Modi stunned the…

Trump’s Golan Green Light Paves Way to Israel’s Annexation of West Bank
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Trump’s Golan Green Light Paves Way to Israel’s Annexation of West Bank

When President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem last year, effectively sabotaging any hope of establishing a viable Palestinian state, he tore up the international rulebook. Last week, he trampled all over its remaining tattered pages. He did so, of course, via Twitter. Referring to a large piece of territory Israel seized…

Eight Years Ago, March 2011. The Day Before Daraa: How the War Broke Out in Syria
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Eight Years Ago, March 2011. The Day Before Daraa: How the War Broke Out in Syria

The day before September 11, 2001 was like any normal day in New York City. September 10, 2001 was unaware of the earthshaking events which would happen the next day. Similarly, one might think the day before the violence broke out in Daraa, Syria in March 2011 would have been an uneventful day, unaware of…

Apocalypse Now & Loving It!
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Apocalypse Now & Loving It!

Remember the madcap scene in ‘Apocalypse Now’, the 1979 film by Francis Ford Coppola about American genocidal rampaging in Vietnam? “I love the smell of napalm in the morning”, bellows the psychotic military commander as US choppers strafe and destroy a Vietnamese village. The same kind of unhinged death-wishing is reminiscent in the Trump administration. President Trump…

Now for Confrontation in Space
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Now for Confrontation in Space

There was much international news in mid-March, although little of it was encouraging for those who prefer peace to war, handshakes to sabre-rattling, and cooperation to confrontation. But there was one item of good cheer which showed that friendly cooperation between the US and Russia continues, albeit unobtrusively. It concerned the International Space Station, about…