South Asia

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

E-Commerce at WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11) is effort to hijack basic internet governance issues

November 27, 2017

By Chakravarthi Raghavan / SUNS www.sunsonline.org As issues relating to the monopolistic/oligopolistic control over information and data by the Silicon Valley technology giants and their platforms are beginning to attract adverse public and political attention around the world, these technology platforms (Google, Facebook, Twitter) are attempting to hijack the issue of internet governance and democracy…

The Revolution Party and the Russian Revolution

November 26, 2017

By Leo Panitch / Global Research. A fresh and compelling new account of the Russian revolution to mark its centenary concludes by paying tribute to the Bolsheviks for acting as history’s switchmen, a term derived from the small booths that dotted the railway tracks across the Russian empire, where local revolutionaries had long gathered for…

Rohingya

November 26, 2017
Amnesty International released a report in which it calls Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya minority ‘apartheid’ because they are being targeted as an ethnic group. Tun Khin of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK and Shir Hever of TRNN discuss what this means

Commercial terms call into question China’s win-win Belt and Road initiative

November 23, 2017

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. In a rare challenging of Chinese commercial terms that underlie the country’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, Pakistan and Nepal have withdrawn from two dam-building deals. The withdrawal coincides with mounting questions in Pakistan, a crown jewel in Chinese geo-strategic ambition, about what some see as a neo-colonial…

Transition in the Middle East: Transition to what?

November 20, 2017

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Transition is the name of the game in the Middle East and North Africa. The question is transition to what? Dominating the answer is an Arab autocratic push for a Saudi-led regional order that would be based on an upgraded 21st century version of autocracy designed to fortify…