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Syria-Battle Lines Create Tough Questions In Geopolitics: Lessons Not To Be Missed
By Farooque Chowdhury
The entire Middle East is in a volatile situation as coming days may find wider confrontation, and a few more actors are in the wings. New battle lines are being drawn almost everyday in the Kurdistan-Iraq-Syria-Turkey (KIST) region. Whatever news is coming from the region bears elements of uncertainty and increased tension with far-reaching implications in geopolitics. Many of the major geopolitical-players in the region are finding it difficult to estimate the total account
US, Allies Blast Russia For Attacking Al Qaeda In Syria
By Bill Van Auken
In a joint statement Friday, Washington and its allies in the war for regime change in Syria issued a condemnation of Russia's recent airstrikes in that country, demanding that Moscow confine any military action to attacks on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets. "These military actions constitute a further escalation and will only fuel more extremism and radicalization," the statement warned.In reality, the forces on the ground that the US and its allies are defending and which they are demanding that Russia stop bombing are dominated by the Al-Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate
Confronting 'Looting To Order' And 'Cultural Racketeering' In Syria
By Franklin Lamb
Damascus: One of the many gut-wrenching dimensions of the soon to be five-year Syrian crisis is that whenever one surveys the conflict on the ground and concludes that the maelstrom can't possibly get any worse, it plummets deeper into the abyss. The condition of people in Syria has never been worse in modern times
Hillary Offers Syria A Libyan-Iraqi-Style Paradise
By David Swanson
The criminal acts of overthrowing the governments of Iraq and Libya resulted in millions of people being killed, injured, traumatized, and turned into refugees, and the creation of not only worse governments but deadly chaos in those nations and spilling out into the rest of the region. This cannot be a model for what to do to Syria
Obama's Presidential 'Legacy' Heads To Failure
By Eric Zuesse
Europe is being overrun by refugees from American bombing campaigns in Libya and Syria, which created a failed state in Libya, and which threaten to do the same in Syria. Europe is thus being forced to separate itself from endorsing the U.S. bombing campaign that focuses against the Syrian government forces of the secular Shiite Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, instead of against his fundamentalist Sunni Islamic opponents, the jihadist groups (all of which are Sunni), such as ISIS, and Al Qaeda in Syria (al-Nusra)
Poets' Talk: Pope Francis, Masilo, Marc Beaudin, et. al.
By Gary Corseri and Charles Orloski
A talk between two poets depicting a composite view of where we are at this moment--politically, spiritually, artistically--in the whirling Zeitgeist!
Pope Francis vs The Cardinals
By David Anderson
The visit of Pope Francis to the United States was a very powerful one, but with two serious flaws; the Sainthood of Californian Junípero Serra, reopening wounds of Colonialism (insensitivity to American Indigenous Peoples) and as now being reported; the meeting with the Kentuckian anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis. These flaws were all the more tragic as they obscured his great achievement, the 'Laudato Si' Encyclical laying out a moral case for addressing climate change
Who's Trying To Silence Cindy Sheehan?
By Mickey Z.
I last interviewed Cindy in 2010 and was planning to do so again soon. When I recently learned she was being targeted by a new disinformation campaign, I knew the time was right
The Color Of Human Flesh!
By Prof. Shah Alam Khan
How many of you know the color of human flesh? It is lilac colored. Believe me it is and I know because I am a surgeon and I see raw human flesh every day! So you think it's useless to know the color of human flesh? No, not in today's India
Beneath The Surface: Racism In India
By Dr. Alana Golmei
With retired parents and younger siblings still studying, she had been the breadwinner of the family, a huge responsibility to carry along with the burden and torture of being discriminated against. She talked about the many other women from Northeast Indiain similar situations, who work and earn for their families but are still underestimated in a lot of spaces in their lives and are deemed inferior
The Changing Face Of 'Publicity' – 'Digital Diplomacy'
By Priyanka Dass Saharia
The 'Digital Drive' driving the dream of a 'Digital India' clearly isn't only hinging on economic or political motives, as many would tell but also cultural ones, the larger purpose of striking chords with the local communities and diasporas by extending the hand of the land to enhance the sense of 'belongingness'. Thus, it calls for a deeper and sensitive understanding of the dynamics of digital diplomacy as a social phenomenon, which uses 'publicity' as a method for change management and a re-evaluation of the conventional understandings of 'public', 'public sphere' and the process of 'publicity'
Let Me Speak Human!My Heart Pierced but I may not sing like a nightingale!
Diwali Dhamaka: Strategic Sale of PSUs may Kickstart Soon