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The Indian elite and the erosion of democracy

Instead of lamenting BJP’s electoral win, the Indian elite should examine its own role in undermining Indian democracy Al Jazeera Pragya Tiwari On May 23, the weeks-long elections of the world’s largest democracy delivered a stupendous victory for the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A …

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Far from quiet on the U.S vs Russia-China front

Asia Times PEPE ESCOBAR Let’s start in mid-May, when Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana, hosted the third Russia-Kazakhstan Expert Forum, jointly organized by premier think tank Valdai Club and the Kazakhstan Council on International Relations. The ongoing, laborious and crucial interconnection of the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative and …

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Is Trump now launching a currency war, too?

The US Treasury Department added Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam to its watchlist. China, Japan and South Korea are there too Asia Times WILLIAM PESEK As if Xi Jinping didn’t have enough to worry about, China’s president is now obsessing over currency speculators. Xi’s lead banking and insurance official Guo Shuqing …

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There Is No Check on Trump’s Rage Going Nuclear

FOREIGN AFFIARS ANNE HARRINGTON | CHERYL ROFER Donald Trump is taking the United States back to an earlier time – one most people thought had been left behind. His aggressive boorishness, entitlement, and belief that he can do whatever he wants are qualities from an age when men’s control was assumed, …

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A Path to War With Iran

How Washington’s Escalation Could Lead to Unintended Catastrophe Foreign Affairs Philip H. Gordon When President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal last May, many critics argued that he risked setting off a chain of events that could lead to war. The nuclear deal wasn’t …

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Bollywood and the politics of hate

The Indian film industry has displayed remarkable bias in favour of the ruling BJP ahead of this year’s elections Al Jazeera Rana Ayyub On April 23, just as India was commencing the third phase of its general elections, all major Indian TV channels aired an exclusive interview with Prime Minister …

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