South Asia

Trump’s SOTU Calls for More Spending on Nuclear Weapons and Galvanizes Extremism

January 31, 2018

Max Blumenthal, Phyllis Bennis, and Norman Solomon discuss President Trump’s State of the Union. Rather than deliver a serious address, they say Trump offered a simplistic narrative designed to galvanize extremism

Korean Olympic Unity Gives US War Plans a ‘Bloody Nose’

January 20, 2018

North and South Korea will march together at the upcoming Winter Olympics, raising hopes of de-escalation. This, amid talk of a new U.S. strategy dubbed “Bloody Nose” and a U.S.-led summit promoting other aggressive steps. Christine Ahn, who organized a counter-summit of women peace activists, explains

Public or Private Ownership of Banks: Which is More Efficient?

January 16, 2018

Devika Dutt of PERI explains the gap between common economic thinking, which favors private ownership of banks, and the data

Why is US Cutting Aid to Pakistan?

January 8, 2018

President Trump began the year with a tweet denouncing Pakistan, and followed up by announcing a new reduction of U.S. aid. Junaid Ahmad, director of the Center for Global Dialogue, explains the significance of Trump’s decision

North and South Korea Talk, but Is Trump in the Way?

January 5, 2018

Following more belligerence from President Trump’s Twitter account, North and South Korea have announced their first direct talks in years. It’s a big step towards rapprochement, says journalist Tim Shorrock, but the U.S. could be a major obstacle

India’s Capital of Delhi Has the World’s Worst Air Pollution – Why?

December 26, 2017

Fossil fuels, especially coal, are the main culprit, but despite the public health emergency, the government isn’t acting on the issue, says PERI research fellow Shouvik Chakraborty

If Tillerson’s Out, is Iran War In?

December 1, 2017

The Trump administration will reportedly oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and install CIA Director Mike Pompeo in his place, with Republican Sen. Tom Cotton replacing Pompeo. Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council says that’s a recipe for a US war on Iran

Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon gamble may pay off

November 29, 2017

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Time will tell, but Saudi Arabia’s gamble to pressure Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed, Lebanese Shiite militia, by forcing Saad Hariri, the country’s prime minister, to resign, may be paying off despite widespread perceptions that the manoeuvre backfired. Broad international support for Mr. Hariri following his announcement from Riyadh in…

Gulf Crisis Creates Opportunity for Asian Nations

November 29, 2017

By James M Dorsey / Pragati. The rift between the Gulf countries and Qatar has created a space for Asian countries to step in to engage with the small peninsular state. There’s a silver lining for Asian countries in the six-month old crisis in the Gulf that pits a UAE-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar. That is…

Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson

November 28, 2017
“We’ll Keep a Military Force for 50 Years Next to China and Pakistan,” say Wilkerson. Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 9