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Goodbye, Barack - Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Hindu
“He is half-black,” Nadine Gordimer said in a conversation in Kolkata in the November of 2008. Barack Obama’s just-concluded election as U.S. President was the biggest thing in the air. Of course he is half-black, I told myself. Surely the Nobel laureate had a more original comment to make? And then came a typical Gordimer one-liner: “He is also half-white.”
One raw deal for Israel - Pioneer
By abstaining from voting, the United States, in the twilight of the Obama Administration, has allowed a stern United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution demanding that Israel halt settlements in Palestinian territory, be passed. Although the move shouldn't be surprising given the chill that had over the years developed between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, it is rare for the US to be complicit in embarrassing its long-time ally at the United Nations.
Impact of Trump's 'revised' Taiwan policy on Asia - Rajaram Panda, Pioneer
Since Donald Trump scored a surprise victory in the US presidential elections in November, his unorthodox statements on international issues have been creating ripples across the world. Though there are talks in certain quarters that the implications of such statements are already being seen in Europe, the impact of changes in the US policy under Trump administration is likely to be felt in Asia more intensely.
China’s Han worldview: Danger of another Great Wall? - Makhan Saikia, Pioneer
The country's rise as a great world power, accompanied by the gospel of ‘peaceful rise' as enunciated by its former President Hu Jintao, is redefining cultural ascendancy, not so much in terms of Maoism or Marxism, but of the Han race. The dominance of China’s major ethnic group, the Hans, seems to be all-pervading. It’s fully supported by the Government-backed policies and progarmmes which are resonated across the country.
The United States and the word - Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
Donald Trump’s (perhaps) unintended coining of a new word – “unpresidented” – is hardly unprecedented. Considering some of his predecessors have also added new words and expressions to the English language, philologists may have misunderestimated (to borrow George Bush’s felicitous contribution) the US President-elect. Or have they?
The world according to Trump - Shyam Saran, Hindu
It is now a month since the U.S. presidential elections and the surprise win of Donald Trump, a rank outsider. His political predilections were ambiguous and it was not clear whether, once coming into office, he would continue to adhere to the many apparently improbable and even outrageous campaign promises he had been making — such as building a wall to keep Mexican immigrants out, deporting illegal immigrants, penalising China for currency manipulation and unfair trade, and making U.S. allies pay more for their own defence.
The new Nixon-Kissinger? - Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, Economic Times
The overriding interests of the United States (and India) for most of the 20th century was to prevent any single country or grouping from monopolising the resources of Asia. Consequently, the Sino-Soviet axis emerged as the single-biggest threat to the US. Yet while common sense would have dictated that the axis needed to be broken up, US actions only drove a weak China further into the arms of the Soviet Union.
Taliban strikes again - Pioneer
The recent judgement by the Supreme Court to settle the decades-old fight between States of Punjab and Haryana over the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal is welcome. The apex court while striking down the Punjab Government’s law on SYL, said that it is unconstitutional for it to terminate a water-sharing agreement with other States.
Trump's Brexit - Surendra Kumar, Mail Today
On the eve of elections in India, political parties routinely accuse each other of politicising and polarising certain issues of public interest to gain political advantage. But in the US, polarisation and divisive factors seldom decisively tilt the result of the Presidential race.
The excesses of US elections - Mail Today
US presidential elections tend to be a spectacle, but the current one featuring Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton surpasses all previous elections as a political extravaganza. Anyone believing in the virtues of democracy as a political system would be assailed by doubts when observing the excesses of the Trump and Hillary show.
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