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31.05.2016

Let’s not burst our only balloon

Let’s not burst our only balloon

If you start pumping air into a balloon, you should expect that eventually it will burst. Each balloon has specific limits to absorb air. Our world is like a balloon. Surprisingly, we are pumping air into it but not expecting any incident of bursting. We are told that it will… »

31.05.2016

This time…?

This time…?

Why, while in India in the heartland of Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, in Shantiniketen, and beset on imbibing the wisdom, inspiration and creativity of that great mind would I also encounter the influence or spirit of Steve Jobs? Certainly, two great minds but surely diametrically opposed or unrelated by place… »

30.05.2016

Obama’s Hiroshima speech: a step towards reconciliation or shameless hypocrisy?

Obama’s Hiroshima speech: a step towards reconciliation or shameless hypocrisy?

President Obama last week became the first sitting US president to visit the site of the first nuclear bomb dropped on a defenceless civilian population.  Over 140,000 people were killed on the 6th of August 1945, or thereafter as a result of poisoning and cancers caused by radiation. The symbolism… »

29.05.2016

BJP’s rising in northeast India

BJP’s rising in northeast India

Anti-incumbency waves against the 15 year old Congress government at Dispur, roaring assurances over curbing in Bangladeshi (read Muslim) migrants and the fast-pace of developments and more were a few of the main reasons that influenced the electorate of Assam in northeast India to make the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)… »

28.05.2016

The importance of Obama’s visit to Hiroshima

The importance of Obama’s visit to Hiroshima

The President of the United States Barack Obama, was today, May 27, 2016, the protagonist of one of those special moments in history. It is very difficult to appreciate its magnitude and significance. He went to the scene, where one of the greatest crimes against humanity was committed, which inaugurated… »

28.05.2016

Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte bringing in a difference

Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte bringing in a difference

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte or, Duterte Harry to some, is early into his run-up to real power and the China Matters blog – chinamatters@prlee.org gives some highly detailed context to what’s coming next and why it’s most interesting, given local and Philippine’s history particularly in light of the nation’s relation to… »

28.05.2016

Obama in Hiroshima: A call to do things differently

Obama in Hiroshima: A call to do things differently

President Obama made an historic visit to Hiroshima today—the first sitting US president to do so since the US atomic bombing of that city on August 6, 1945, followed three days later by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. As he did in Prague, in 2009, President Obama gave a very… »

28.05.2016

United youth voice demands for peace in South Korea

United youth voice demands for peace in South Korea

In many cities besides Seoul, including Sydney, New York City, Manila, Shanghai, Cape Town and Oakland; youth, women, and citizens generally marched for peace on May 25, 2016, with the behest to replace the current culture of war with a culture of peace. The World Peace Gate in Seoul’s Olympic… »

22.05.2016

‘I respect the historic fact’ says Taiwan’s new President Tsai Ing-wen

‘I respect the historic fact’ says Taiwan’s new President Tsai Ing-wen

With that seemingly innocuous announcement the new president shows she is cautiously striking a balance between asserting the island’s independence and giving a bow to the Beijing government’s stand on the One China issue, which is, there is only one China! This was on day one of her presidential tenure,… »

20.05.2016

China reaches over the Rohingya to touch the Indian Ocean

China reaches over the Rohingya to touch the Indian Ocean

“China, of late, has been pitching to increase its influence in the Indian Ocean through Myanmar by building a deep-water port, which includes a special economic zone (SEZ) … The project is coming up at Kyaukphyu in the troubled southwestern Rakhine Province of Myanmar…”, says Joshy M. Paul, writing for… »

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