Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Opinion

India’s appeasement policy toward China unravels

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “not in a good mood,” U.S. President Donald Trump recently declared, as he offered to mediate India’s resurgent border conflict with China. After years of bending over backward to appease China, Modi has received yet another Chinese encroachment on Indian territory. Will this be enough to ...

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George Floyd, whose death led to change, laid to rest

George Floyd, the 46 year-old black man whose fatal arrest prompted international protests and renewed calls for a major overhaul to the US criminal justice system, was eulogized Tuesday. Hundreds of mourners attended Floyd’s funeral at the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas, paying their final respects to the ...

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Human activity to blame for coronavirus spread

Diseases such as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe could become more common as human activity destroys habitats and forces disease-carrying wild animals into ever-closer proximity with us, a major study showed. Illegal poaching, mechanised farming and increasingly urbanised lifestyles have all led to mass biodiversity loss in recent decades, ...

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Growing unease over Jammu and Kashmir situation

European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs expressed serious concern over complete communications and media blackout in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, demanding that the Delhi government immediately lift the curfew. The committee also urged the European Parliament and the European Union to issue a “reactionary statement.” A day earlier, Vice President ...

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Why Boeing 737 Max-8 is in trouble

The March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash has spelt bad news for US aircraft manufacturer Boeing, with countries and airlines around the world opting to ground Boeing’s 737 Max 8 jets. The Ethiopian Airlines crash, in which all 157 onboard were killed, involved a Boeing 737 Max 8. This was the ...

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‘Nuclear exchange’ between Pakistan, India ‘most likely’

WASHINGTON: The New York Times claimed that “a nuclear exchange” between Pakistan and India was “most likely” and that it was “not North Korea”. In an opinion piece, the NYT’s editorial board emphasised that although the Indo-Pak tensions have diffused, for now, the two countries’ “nuclear arsenals mean unthinkable consequences are ...

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Tension between nuclear-armed neighbors in South Asia

The latest confrontation between India and Pakistan involving tit-for-tat air raids has heightened tensions in South Asia. To begin with, the suicide attack on a paramilitary convoy in Kashmir by Islamist extremist group Jaish-e-Mohammad killed more than 40 troopers on February 14. Tensions peaked when Indian Air Force launched airstrike ...

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Science Alone Won’t Save the Earth

Erle C Ellis – This planet is in crisis. The safe limits within which human societies can be sustained, the earth’s “planetary boundaries,” are being exceeded, a path leading inevitably toward collapse. The experts have spoken. Only if humanity heeds the science, reverses course and lives within earth’s natural limits ...

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International migration – winners and losers

We live in a time with major migration, indeed forced migration, with a record high 60 million refugees. Voluntary or semi-voluntary migration includes several hundred million. People smuggling and trafficking is a growing problem. In USA, there is constant discussion about how to keep illegal immigrants out, and the current ...

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Kartarpur corridor

The much heated relationship Pakistan shares with India has forever been the talk of time and continues to serve as a subject of disagreement for decades to go. Any move, break through or initiative taken to walk away from the shadows of jingoism are replaced with shades of nationalism as ...

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