The Neighbourhood/World
The isolationists win - Pioneer
During the late 1930’s, in the aftermath of the great depression and World War I, barely a generation old, there was the rise of an isolationist and non-intervention movement in the US. People who backed such causes, which included celebrities such as aviator Charles Lindbergh and political patriarch Joseph Kennedy, were of the belief that Europe's problems were not US’ problems and while the World War I left the US as a superpower, even President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one of the greatest globalists, found himself bound to accede to the non-intervention movement.
Hillary Clinton, ‘what happens’ next? - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
Never mind her big electoral defeat, there have been people who have criticised her and those who are still positive about Hillary Clinton. But being an ambitious woman, she has no intention of disappearing from the public gaze so easily despite the ‘Hillary go away’ slogans.
Towards war’s end in Syria - Vijay Prashad, Hindu
News comes daily of the Syrian Army’s advance through one village after another towards the besieged eastern city of Deir ez-Zor. Since the summer of 2014, the Islamic State (IS) has surrounded the city and starved its people. An official of the World Food Programme told me last month that if the siege continued, there would be a certain outbreak of cholera.
Why China will NOT abandon Pakistan - Manoj Joshi, Mail Today
After hitting Islamabad on the head with the BRICS declaration that named two outfits based in Pakistan for fomenting violence in the region, Beijing is now applying soothing balm on its 'good brother and ironclad friend' by saying that it has fought the good fight against terrorism.
Blowback as Trump goes ballistic - G Parthasarathy, Business Line
After waiting anxiously for six months to learn how the Trump administration would deal with Afghanistan, Pakistan was rudely shaken when President Donald Trump virtually read out the riot act to the generals in Rawalpindi and the politicians in Islamabad.
S Korea continues military drills after N. Korean nuke test - Hindu
S. Korea has been seeking to obtain more powerful missiles while it pursues a so-called “kill chain” pre-emptive strike capability to cope with N. Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat.
Reining in Kim Jong-un - Pioneer
A few days after the North Koreans lobbed a missile over Japan, US President Donald Trump tweeted that America would not give in to North Korean blackmail. The North Korean regime has even said that they will attack the US Pacific island territory of Guam.
What Donald Trump did not say is more critical - Ashok K Mehta, Pioneer
Donald Trump's U-turn on Afghanistan and termination of the long and tortuous policy-making process are welcome. But two key elements not indicated are the length of the mission and force augmentation numbers.
Can the world live with a nuclear North Korea? - Jonathan Marcus, BBC
Launching a rocket over Japanese territory - with at least the possibility that it could break up and deposit debris on Japanese soil - shows that Pyongyang is intent on maintaining its brinkmanship - this was only the third missile test to over-fly Japan within the past two decades. However, this may perhaps be brinkmanship only to a point.
Why demise of IS is exaggerated - Kabir Taneja, Pioneer
The war against IS is not over as it moves from the military front to the ideological one. How to combat the ideas of the IS is a critical phase of tackling the threat — one that does not have simple answers.
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