Foreign Affairs

India’s failed attempt to convert to Hindi… again

India's failed attempt to convert to Hindi... again

It was then Home Minister Gulzarilal Nanda who brought the question of Hindi to the fore. This time, it is Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju who has done so. Many people in Tamil Nadu then immolated themselves alive to register their protest. Thank God it has not come to that stage yet. Nanda had advised the …

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Erdogan’s referendum, rigging evidence surfaces

Erdogan's referendum, rigging evidence surfaces

Even as Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims victory in the April 16 referendum on constitutional amendments to change the system of government in Turkey, more reports of fraud pour in. Some of the major ways in which Erdogan’s partisans allegedly committed fraud was to ballot stuffor distribute ballots in advance to the poor who would get paid only by …

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The connection in the French Election

Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron will take on far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the second-round runoff of France’s presidential election on May 7 after they finished as the top two candidates in Sunday’s first round, according to projections. France is the eurozone’s second-biggest economy as well as a global military and diplomatic heavyweight, with veto power as a permanent member …

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Trump’s inability to understand EU trade, Merkel repeats

President Trump did not understand that the US cannot negotiate a trade deal with Germany alone and must deal with the European Union as a bloc, a senior German official told The Times of London. “Ten times Trump asked [German chancellor Angela Merkel] if he could negotiate a trade deal with Germany. Every time she replied, ‘You can’t do a …

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Turkey’s rigged elections and Erdogan’s ascent to dictatorship

Turkey's rigged elections and Erdogan's ascent to dictatorship

In the wake of Turkey’s April 16  referendum that purported to approve constitutional amendments that changed Turkey’s system of government and eviscerated the independent judiciary, independent observers have concluded that the vote was neither free nor fair. Beyond simply arresting tens of thousands of opponents, it seems that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gamed the system in order to guarantee himself victory. …

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Pakistan – India Relations: A broken bridge

Pakistan - India Relations: A broken bridge

The most contentious relationship in all of South Asia, between India and Pakistan, is even today bound by its complicated history. Conflicting ideologies and domestic politics have fostered resentment between the two states. And the geopolitics of the region has sharpened existing differences overtime. The fact is both countries see the other as the enemy—and this has been so for …

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Turkey’s dangerous tango with religion and secularism

The referendum in Turkey on Sunday was about increasing the powers of the president. But on a deeper level, it was about the relationship between secular and religious segments of society. When Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded modern Turkey, his guide was European culture. That meant Turkey needed a secular political order. Creating one in a predominantly Muslim country was not …

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Moscow hosts Afghanistan peace conference

A new round of international talks, during the International Afghanistan Peace Conference being hosted in Russia, is set to start on Friday featuring a broader scope of regional players than before. The countries including Pakistan, China, India, Iran and the Central Asian States have been invited to be a part of the conference. Additional Foreign Secretary Tasneem Aslam will lead Pakistan’s delegation. This …

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UNSC: Russia vetoes West’s Syria resolution

Moscow has vetoed a US-backed resolution condemning the Khan Shaykun incident on April 4 as a chemical attack while demanding that Syria open up its military bases to inspections. Russia, which has veto power as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, was joined by Bolivia in voting down the resolution. China, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan abstained. …

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How has Syria missile strike imapcted Trump’s ratings

If history serves as a guide, after a president orders some sort of military action, they can typically expect a significant boost to their approval rating. But President Donald Trump’s approval rating has ticked up modestly, if not held steady, after ordering airstrikes last week on a Syrian air base. A CBS News poll released Monday found that 43 percent of the country …

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