Category Archives: Asia

Spy agencies seek new Afghan allies as US withdraws

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The move signals an acknowledgment by Western intelligence agencies that they are preparing for the likely collapse of the central government and a return to civil war By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Julian E. Barnes Western spy agencies are evaluating and

Smuggling of Indian Uranium & Western Silence

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By Imtiaz Gul Should the seizure of some 2.5 kilogrammes of unprocessed uranium from four Nepalese nationals and the arrest of Nepalese nationals in Kathmandu ring alarm internationally? Of course. Why? Because India is a major beneficiary of the Nuclear

Nuclear Power and Pakistan’s Energy Needs

What did 20 years of western intervention in Afghanistan achieve?

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Ruination Britain’s justifications for invading were having influence and deterring terror They are just neo-imperialist platitudes By Simon Jenkins The longest, most pointless and unsuccessful war that Britain has fought in the past 70 years its intervention in Afghanistan is

Afghanistan became the graveyard of American hubris

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By Ishaan Tharoor There’s power in cliches, even if they may not always be true. In recent years, myriad commentators have invoked the old saw about Afghanistan as a “graveyard of empires,” a land where the designs of mighty powers

Chronicle of the unavailing Afghan war

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By M. K. Bhadrakumar One missing part in US President Joe Biden’s remarks Wednesday announcing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan was that he didn’t order a commission of inquiry into the disastrous military invasion of 2001. It’s an intriguing lapse, as

Rampant corruption in India’s defense purchases

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Corruption has become a serious socio-political issue as politicians, bureaucracy and Armed Forces act in tandem to receive kickbacks By Amjed Jaaved Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India boasts his government of being corruption-free. But, his claim has become questionable

Power Games in the Indian Ocean

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‘Indian Navy will protect India’s interests’ By M K Bhadrakumar The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones sailing past the Lakshadweep islands April 7 has thrown India’s Sinophobes into confusion. One leading daily noted it as a ‘rare falling out

Will the DDG-53 FNOP get Delhi thinking again?

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By Bharat Karnad For thirty years now I have been writing about the reasons why India needs to have heavy healthy scepticism when tackling the US, and why Washington’s record has earned it a high level of distrust. Except four

US – Indian Ocean is not India’s ocean

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By M. K. Bhadrakumar The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones sailing past Lakshadweep Islands 7th April 2021 has thrown India’s Sinophobes into confusion. One leading daily noted it as a “rare falling out between the two partners in the