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Is Brexit stoppable?

After this week, I refuse to believe that Brexit is unstoppable The government’s Commons defeat opens up new and far-reaching possibilities – of a second referendum and of the leaving process coming off the rails. Appearances matter a lot in politics. But in the end, the numbers matter more. On Brexit as on everything else, Theresa May has always behaved …

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USA under Trump is heading towards towards isolation

Hans Blix: From an isolated Iran to an isolated US FRED & KONFLIKT. As Iran has been implementing its part of the international nuclear deal, endorsed by the UN Security Council, it is the United States that is isolated, argues Hans Blix, former Director General of the IAEA and former Swedish Foreign Minister. He joins an increasing number of commentators who …

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Is Saudi Arabia favoring Israel?

The Trump declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocating the U.S. embassy there is as historically significant to Israel’s control of Jerusalem as the Balfour Declaration was to recognizing the rights of the Jewish people in Palestine. But according to new revelations, the announcement could be part of a grander plan to help Israel wrest control of Jerusalem, as …

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India a failed secular state

India a failed secular state

RELIGIOUS bigotry has official sanction in the new India. It is fashionable in saffron circles and common among the middle class. The common refrain is that India is a Hindu country and finally the majority community need not be apologetic any more about it. Brazen bigotry is the zeitgeist of the ruling Hindu right-wing BJP, whose icons, such as Uttar …

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The weakening Modi

No, Prime Minister PM Narendra Modi’s Congress-Pakistan-Muslim rhetoric may win him votes but it undermines his office — and poisons India’s politics If politics in a mature constitutional democracy is also about the unwritten rules of the game, if it includes a reciprocal pact between players to acknowledge and uphold dignity, their own and their opponent’s, then this is a …

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What or who pushed Trump for the Jerusalem move

Prophecies and politics: How US evangelical Christians pushed for Jerusalem move Religious conservative groups have lobbied for policy relocating US embassy to Jerusalem from biblical standpoint God is not a real estate agent, the former bishop of Jerusalem said in response to US evangelical support for recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Evangelical advocacy for Israel is a political …

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How Modi has made India fall in USA’s feet over Jerusalem

How Modi has made India fall in USA's feet over Jerusalem

The cat is out of the bag – the Modi government will not condemn the US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The European Union, Russia, China and the entire Muslim world are aghast. But India ducks by claiming it has “independent and consistent… views and interests” that are “not determined by any third country.” …

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Role of Chinese investments in reshaping Pakistani politics

Role of Chinese investments in reshaping Pakistani politics

A Chinese decision to redevelop criteria for the funding of infrastructure projects that are part of the $50 billion plus China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key pillar of the People’s Republic’s Belt and Road Initiative, seemingly amounts to an effort to enhance the Pakistani military’s stake in the country’s economy at a time that the armed forces are flexing their political …

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India told by Pakistan: Don’t drag us into your local politics

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday claimed at an election rally that there was an attempt by Pakistan to interfere in the Gujarat polls. Pakistan on Monday said India’s politicians should not drag the country into its domestic politics during campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly polls. “India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on own strength …

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India’s failed secularism

On December 6th, the demolition of the Babri masjid would be 25 years old. Instead of making amends for what the Congress government did in 1992 with the connivance of then prime minister P V Narasimha Rao, the ruling BJP government is bent upon building a temple at the site where the masjid stood once. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has …

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