The tragedy in Jammu & Kashmir will continue unless we confront jihadism in whatever theological configuration, geopolitical scenario or instrumental form it assumes. The 2014 elections in Jammu & Kashmir led to inconclusive results, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, the BJP, obtaining results successful enough to force its entry in government but not high enough to avoid coalitions. Since the provisional results were declared in December 23, an agreement for a government has […]
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Indian Jammu & Kashmir lies close to areas of most strife in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and East Turkestan in China. SAINT QUENTIN — It became one of the most symbolic sentences in the campaign: “While a finger on the trigger of an AK-rifle takes a life, the one pressing a button on the EVM changes the destiny of a nation.” In other part of the speech, the Indian Prime Minister used the same finger comparison to […]
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s economic recovery plan corresponds to zero commitments of new public expenditure. BRUSSELS — The welcome gift handled to the new head of the European Commission by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists could not be more poisonous: a report on the tax favors he conceded from 2002 to 2010 (he was then both prime minister and minister of finance of Luxembourg) to hundreds of multinationals through an international consultancy. Luxembourg […]
Will the lessons brought by the latest Kashmiri floods be understood? CHIANG MAI, Thailand — September 2014 will be remembered in the greater Kashmir area for the worst floods in more than a century, with one million people displaced, hundreds of confirmed victims and incommensurable material destruction. As a United Nations special report released on September 17 revealed, natural disasters displace four times more people now than they did back in 1970, South Asia being […]
Will the new European Central Bank policy of forcing the banks to use money lent to them by ECB in sensible growth and jobs promotion ways work? An awkward message popped up on my mobile phone today: Instead of the usual airplane or ferry delay announcements it was a press release from the European Central Bank declaring a smoke emission from its prospective new headquarters in Frankfurt A.M.. One could wonder whether the ECB was […]
Paulo Casaca, board member of the European Iraqi Freedom Association, shares three tips on how the West should respond to unrest in Iraq. BRUSSELS, Belgium — As events are unfolding I advance here three points for Western decision makers to consider. 1. Why did Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s troops withdraw? Maliki claimed 800 rebels could have not put 30,000 military running out of Mosul. He accused a conspiracy supported by foreign powers for the […]
The world is beginning to understand that democracy is under siege in a country vital to global interests. It is time for world powers to fully back the democratic government of Bangladesh and support its fight against domestic terror. BRUSSELS, Belgium — There is a struggle underway for the soul of Bangladesh. On one side is the democratically elected government and millions of other Bangladeshis who supports a multi-party system, religious tolerance and women’s rights. On […]