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The risks of backing Donald Trump - Tabish Khair, Mail Today
The Republicans have given up. He is not Humpty Dumpty, and it is unlikely that he is going to have a great fall. Well, at least not within Republican circles. Donald Trump is set to become the Republican candidate for the American presidency, and even Republicans opposed to him seem to be falling in line behind him.
Sirajuddin Haqqani could succeed Mullah Akhtar Mansour as Taliban leader - Hindu
Afghan guerrilla commander Sirajuddin Haqqani, a possible successor to Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, would likely prove an even more implacable foe of beleaguered Afghan government forces and their U.S. allies.
India, US and an eastward tilt - Manoj Joshi, Indian Express
On an ordinary globe, India and the United States cannot be seen together, so far apart are they that when it’s daylight here it is night there. Yet, preachy, noisy democracies have a strange pull for each other. They now say that they are in the process of establishing a strategic relationship, which the cheerleaders declare will be the defining partnership of the 21st century.
Trump card in race to White House - Hiranmay Karlekar, Pioneer
Now that, barring the proverbially unexpected, Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for the United States presidency, the talk is about what brought him so far and the chances of his making it to the White House. As to the first, a very large number of Americans believe that they have had enough of the way their country is run. Perhaps the most important reason is economic.
Dragon appeasement pointless - Pravin Sawhney, Pioneer
China’s increasing military build-up along the border, its forces’ interoperability measures alongside the Pakistani Army, and its hostility on matters that are strategically crucial to India, should make our policymakers sit up and respond sensibly and firmly.
Rude China’ is driven by sense of power - Claude Arpi, Pioneer
While speaking at a garden party at Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth said that certain Chinese officials had been ‘very rude’ during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s State visit to the UK in October 2015; it was supposed to herald a ‘Golden Era’ in the bilateral relations.
Pointless blaming India for F-16 sale fiasco - Pioneer
Instead of harping on India's role in seeking to block the sale (by the United States) of F-16 fighter aircraft to his country, Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, must study the reasons for the opposition to the deal across the political spectrum in the US.
Missing wood for trees in China - Pioneer
Instead of splitting hairs over fine details of the Line of Actual Control or blocked UN sanctions against Pakistan-sponsored terrorists, India, in its discussions with the leadership in Beijing, should focus on understanding the large-scale military reforms underway in China.
Cracks in GOP as Laura Bush backs Hillary Clinton - Chidanand Rajghatta, ToI
Rumors about the demise of the Republican Party are not exaggerated. The party of Lincoln and Grant, Reagan and Bush, is in the throes of such a deep crisis that it has inspired a raft of funereal op-eds, from the New Republic's 'The Case for Shutting Down the Republican Party' to Huffington Post's 'The End of GOP'.
Bill heckled by protesters, forced to defend his regime - Times of India
Eyes flashing and finger wagging, former President Bill Clinton sprang to the defence of his administration, his wife Hillary's political track record, and the Democratic Party in general at a campaign rally where black protesters challenged the perception that Clinton Democrats had a stranglehold on the African-American vote.
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