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INDIA BEGINS A NEW INNINGS May 27, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in South Asia.
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Narenda Modi has now being sworn in as the new Prime Minister of India leading a new party, the first time since the independence struggle  that the country has had a non-Congress Party government. This is a historical moment, and not just for Indians and the sub continent. Significantly, Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan attended the occasion.

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UTTARAKHAND FLOODING June 25, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Global Warming (climate change), South Asia.
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As was the case last year, a portion of of the Himilayas has been subject to flooding, and it seems many of the same factors were in play.
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INDIAN MISSILE LAUNCH April 20, 2012

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By all accounts India has successfully launched along range nuclear missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. So India joins the select groups of countries, that includes Israel, with that capacity, while similarly not a member of IAEA, or the nuclear non-proliferation agreements.
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KARACHI ABUZZ December 27, 2011

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The crowds in Karachi and previously in Lahore were larger than those attending any cricket match. It seems clear that Imran Khan must now be judged as a major political figure in Pakistan.
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THE US-PAKISTAN RELATIONSHIP June 16, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in South Asia, US Politics.
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Juan Cole seems to have got the critical points on this relationship right it seems to me. Relationships do not work without insight and respect.
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NONVIOLENCE AS THEATRE? June 6, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in Peace, South Asia.
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Stephen Moss interviews Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy for The Guardian. There is very little reported on the tribal resistance to the Indian Government.
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DEATH SQUADS STALKING AFGHANISTAN November 1, 2010

Posted by wmmbb in South Asia.
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In the noble humanitarian war in Afghanistan, military death squads are turning the population against the Occupation and the Invaders. Wow, what a surprise!
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ATTACK ON SUFI SHRINES October 31, 2010

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In Karachi and other places in Pakistan, Sufi shrines have been attacked including by suicide bombers.
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PAKISTAN BREAKDOWN October 11, 2010

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Pakistan is a Muslim country of 170 million people faced with the impact and devastation of the Indus Flooding that displaced millions of people, increased pressure from drone attacks in the North West Frontier, and a fundamental problem with government.
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OBAMA : THE CIA CONNECTION? May 8, 2010

Posted by wmmbb in South Asia, US Politics.
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Who knew that President Barack Obama, former Chicago community organizer, had possible connections with the CIA?
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WHAT A SURPRISE? January 7, 2010

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, South Asia.
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Sometimes what is euphemistically called “spin” does not work. In truth, in such cases the spin may be better described as delusion.
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SOLAR ECLIPSE July 23, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in East Asia, South Asia.
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The sun came back and people cheered. A very sensible thing to do. Where would we be without the energy and light from the sun?
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MERCURIAL MONSOON July 13, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Natural Environment, South Asia.
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Two-thirds of the earth’s population depend on the Asian Monsoon to supply water for agriculture and drinking. In India there is alarm that the rains have not arrived, and the implicit question of whether the delay is an effect of global warming.
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CHINA THE NEW GREEN June 10, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in East Asia, Natural Environment, South Asia.
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Somebody should tell the coal exporters that China may not want the stuff in the future. Maybe they get global warming.
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CIVILIAN WAR DEATHS May 25, 2009

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Modern wars inevitably create their toll of innocent civilian casualties.
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CIVIL WAR ENDS IN SRI LANKA? May 19, 2009

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I suspect that military victory without reconciliation is a recipe for further violence. How will the Tamil minority now be treated in Sri Lanka, and will they be fully and equally integrated into a multi-ethnic society?
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INDIAN ELECTIONS May 18, 2009

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The governing party has been returned in results from the Indian Election. Such a vote of confidence might not have been expected given the effects of the global financial crisis and Mumbai terrorist attacks.
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INDIAN ELECTIONS April 17, 2009

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The campaign for Indian Independence was a long drawn out affair in which patience and democracy won in the end, although the costs cannot be ignored. Similarly the election of the Lok Sahba has begun and will proceed in stages.
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WALKING TO ISLAMABAD March 19, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in South Asia.
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The Boston Globe editorialized that the Pakistan state is tottering, a position that, for example, Juan Cole disputes. 
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ACCESS JOURNALISM March 13, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, South Asia, US Politics.
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One of the functions any watchdog of democracy is to keep open the range of political discussion.
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