INTERNATIONAL

Putin’s Russia

The resignation of the Russian Cabinet has paved the way for his plans to stay on in power beyond 2024 Vladimir Putin has now become the longest serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin. No matter what opinion one may have of

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Lessons for China

Tsai’s presidential poll win and the Hong Kong local elections last year show the weakness of the Chinese regime, which remains dependent on propaganda and influence to bully its neighbours The just-concluded presidential and legislative elections in Taiwan might remain

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Collateral damage of political paranoia

All these shoot-downs of civilian jets by trigger-happy militaries around the world are fundamentally a political phenomenon, not a technical malfunction or mere human error One of the main causes of death of airline passengers in recent decades is being

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Iran is not playing a tit-for-tat game

In just one careless stroke by the US, Iran has had two big diplomatic wins thanks to Soleimani’s assassination. The Iranians will probably just chug along as before, cultivating their allies in the Arab world and waiting for Trump to

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Trump trumped?

While US troops will remain on tenterhooks globally, Trump has provided ammunition to his Democratic opponents for a very interesting election campaign at home 2020 is an election year in the USA. President Donald Trump is trying for a second term. The

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Pak’s doublespeak

The siege of Nankana Sahib exposed Imran Khan’s motivated championship of the Sikh cause Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has to give up his blunderous ways if he wants to convince the world of his credibility. While “championing the cause” of minorities

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We didn’t start the fire

As tension between the US and Iran is bound to escalate, India and the world must be prepared to be singed by it The drone strike in Baghdad that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force variously

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Burning down under

The Australian PM jetting off on a holiday reflects why the nation stalled a major climate pact in Madrid The biggest hit of Australian rock band Midnight Oil was a song called Beds Are Burning. The band, which was leading

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English turkeys vote for Christmas

The United Kingdom will be called that for several years but this election has sounded its death knell. It was the votes of English nationalists that gave Johnson his victory and they don’t care if the UK survives or not.

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Putin’s new play

The Russian President wants to effect changes in statutes to retain his role for life With a global tilt towards authoritarian regimes, their leaders, be it in China, Turkey and Russia, demonstrate similar political logic of absolutism and are challenging

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