The Neighbourhood/World
US election: For the cynical, of the cynical - Ashok Malik, Pioneer
Every leap year, the United States presidential election becomes the most watched such event in the world. The quantum of coverage only grows with each successive election, as media and social media capacities expand worldwide. Yet, this year the election has acquired a special significance due to a mix of factors.
North Korea challenges world again - Harsh V Pant, Mail Today
Last week, North Korea conducted its fifth underground nuclear test - and second this year - shrugging off threats of deeper sanctions from the United States and the United Nations in the process.
Colombo's quest for peace after long war - Ashok K Mehta, Pioneer
A shift in focus from the use of hard power to soft power on global issues, is a feather in the cap of the Sri Lanka Army. The Lankan country is fast moving towards peace and stability, and is without an enemy.
US-Russia deal gives hope, but obstacles remain - Pioneer
With the United States of America and Russia joining hands to contain violence in Syria, the chances for the war-ravaged nation to have peace, have brightened. The new agreement, if it comes into effect under which a joint military operation has been planned, will help prevent the deadly offensives of the Islamic State and other rebel groups that have paralysed civilian life for the last five years, since civil strife broke out.
New dynamic in the north west - C Raja Mohan, Indian Express
Two years ago, when he became the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani accorded special emphasis on normalising relations with Pakistan. As he went out of the way to seek reconciliation with the Pakistan army, there was much anguish in Delhi’s strategic community.
North Korea's N-race triggers instability in Asia - Pioneer
The fifth and biggest nuclear test conducted by North Korea on Friday has once again threatened peace and tranquility in Asia. The 68th founding anniversary of North Korea which was celebrated with the blast of a nuclear weapon more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima demonstrates the reclusive communist regime's claim to bolster its fire power in the restive region.
Strategic thrust to Vietnam ties - KV Kesavan, Pioneer
The two-day visit made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Vietnam marks yet another significant milestone in the growing trajectory of the bilateral partnership. It saw both countries upgrade their Strategic Partnership to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
Pakistan's self-defeating policy - Vinay Kaura, Pioneer
Despite Islamabad's proclamations that it no longer distinguishes between ‘good' and ‘bad' terrorists, the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network have been spared by the Pakistan military. The international community must ask Islamabad to clarify its policy on terrorism.
Brexit: Revolt of the poor and marginalised - Sandhya Jain, Pioneer
Much of the early commentary following Britain’s sensational vote to quit the European Union (EU) was conspicuous by an aversion to admit that Brexit represents a revolt of the poor, marginalised working and middle classes that have long been at the mercy of a dehumanising system of mobile capital aggravated by cheap mobile labour. The fact that some racist attacks followed the June 23 referendum does not mean that the vote was principally motivated by racism, as some have insinuated.
Curious twists to jehad in Dhaka - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
The attack on a posh restaurant in the Gulshan area of Dhaka and the explosions at an Eid gathering in Kishoreganj may have occurred in neighbouring Bangladesh, but they have sent shock waves in India. Coupled with the arrest of members of a suspected ISIS cell in Hyderabad, the news that a clutch of people from Kerala have left the country to fight in Syria-Iraq and the invocation by the ISIS to Indian adherents to stage ‘lone wolf’ attacks, the incidents in Bangladesh have raised the possibility of similar attacks happening in India.
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