Weighing In on Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue 2017

Is it happening? by Maimuna Ashraf ( February 28, 2017, Islamabad, Sri Lanka Guardian) States usually conduct ‘strategic dialogues to conduct regular, high level, comprehensive and forward looking exchanges on wide ranges of issues’. Pakistan and United States last year recommenced the stalled series of extensive working groups, to revisit and manage the ties between two states at different levels, known as ministerial-level strategic dialogue. … Continue reading Weighing In on Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue 2017

Pakistan: Water Crisis and the Indus Water Treaty

by Dr. S.Chandrasekharan ( February 25, 2017, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) It is well known that Pakistan is one of the most “water stressed” countries of the world. Currently its per capita annual water capability is 1017 cubic metres- that is perilously close to a threshold of 1000 cubic metres. Back in 2009, it was 1500 cubic metres. Water is one source that cannot … Continue reading Pakistan: Water Crisis and the Indus Water Treaty

Kim Jong-nam: Latest Victim of VX nerve agent?

Malaysia says Kim Jong-nam was killed with a chemical weapon – here’s what you need to know by Emily Crawford and Ian Musgrave ( February 24, 2017, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian)  A preliminary report from Malaysian authorities has found that Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was killed by the banned nerve agent VX. He died on his way to hospital … Continue reading Kim Jong-nam: Latest Victim of VX nerve agent?

A Psychological Portrait of President Trump

Individuals with this disorder generally have no compunction in exploiting others in harmful ways for their own gain and pleasure. They frequently manipulate and deceive other people through a façade of wit and superficial charm, or even through intimidation and violence. by César Chelala ( February 24, 2017 , Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) Last October, before he was elected President of the U.S., I, among … Continue reading A Psychological Portrait of President Trump

China: What Did Deng Xiaoping Really Reform?

by Li Xuewen (February 22,2017, Beijing, Sri Lanka Guardian ) In the world of Chinese Communist Party propaganda, the image of Deng Xiaoping (邓小平) has been molded into that of the master architect of China’s reform and opening up. He’s said to have helped China through two major transformations: the reform and opening up following the Cultural Revolution, and then the development of a market … Continue reading China: What Did Deng Xiaoping Really Reform?

Why Do “Progressives” Like War?

Fleeing to Canada is no longer an option by Philip Giraldi ( February 22, 2017 , Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian ) Liberals are supposed to be antiwar, right? I went to college in the 1960s, when students nationwide were rising up in opposition to the Vietnam War. I was a Young Republican back then and supported the war through sheer ignorance and dislike of the … Continue reading Why Do “Progressives” Like War?

Was Thomas Jefferson a Rapist?

As Thomas Jefferson’s apologists retreat in their denials about Sally Hemings, the new defensive line is to assert that Jefferson’s sex with his slave girl was “a relationship,” not another r-word, writes Robert Parry. by Robert Parry Courtesy: consortiumnews.com ( February 21, 2017, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) On President’s Day, The Washington Post published a front-page article about Thomas Jefferson’s mansion, Monticello, finally restoring Sally … Continue reading Was Thomas Jefferson a Rapist?

The Empire Strikes Back

On the tracks of the anti-Russian hysteria, which becomes more and more present for almost a year, Flynn was accused, without any evidence, that for him “Putin comes first and only than the US”. Demands are being made, imperatively, to investigate all links between the general and Russia. by Tomislav Jakić ( February 21, 2017, Vienna, Sri Lanka Guardian) When a month ago Donald John … Continue reading The Empire Strikes Back

Orchestrating regime change: At what price?

Regime change, rooted in the nation’s psyche, is a constant in US foreign policy regardless of who holds office. by A G Noorani The writer is an author and lawyer based in Mumbai ( February 20, 2017, Mumbai, Sri Lanka Guardian) We have been busy in alienating the sympathies of free peoples… the rights of a power, the rights of a nation, ought not to … Continue reading Orchestrating regime change: At what price?

The Western Roots of “Middle-Eastern” Terrorism

We would like to invite the public to ponder the wisdom of a thinker who once said that in the past weapons were manufactured to wage wars, but today wars are manufactured to sell weapons. by Amir Nour ( February 18, 2017, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian)  Convinced that terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes, is unacceptable … Continue reading The Western Roots of “Middle-Eastern” Terrorism