A “win-win” for US, Turkey in Hindu Kush

11 April 2021 — Indian Punchline

Turkey is a pillar of NATO mission to Afghanistan (File photo)

The zeal with which Washington is soliciting Turkey’s services to plot the pathway leading to the mainstreaming of Taliban in Afghanistan raises some troubling questions. Acting on Washington’s request, Turkey will be hosting high-level talks on the Afghanistan peace process (likely April 16) to bring together the Afghan government and the Taliban. Turkey has appointed a special envoy to assume the mediation role.

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Media Concern Trolling About Afghanistan Withdrawal Again

11 April 2021 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

Concerns mount that US withdrawal from Afghanistan could risk progress on women’s rights,” blares a new headline from CNN.

“Concerns are mounting from bipartisan US lawmakers and Afghan women’s rights activists that the hard-won gains for women and civil society in Afghanistan could be lost if the United States makes a precipitous withdrawal from the country,” CNN tells us.

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What is the UK’s “Grey Eminence”, Charles Garrett, Doing in Kyrgyzstan?

7 April 2021 — Origin: New Eastern Outlook

Vladimir Platov


It has long been noticed that the candidates appointed as US and UK diplomatic ambassadors all have impressive experience of military or intelligence service, which in a way shows that the tasks these countries assign to their foreign representative offices are rather of military and strategic nature, than simply a diplomatic mission.

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The State Strikes Back

10 April 2021 — theplanningmotivedotcom


Just a few years ago, at the height of globalisation, International Trade Treaties that were being negotiated included laws binding on participating countries with enforcement devolved to offshore havens. Failure to comply would entail facing unavoidable financial penalties set offshore. This was the ultimate goal of neo-liberalism, to strip national governments of their tax and legal powers rendering them supplicants to the multi-nationals and international finance.

Brian Green, 9  April 2021.

US: Indian Ocean is not India’s ocean

10 April 10, 2021 — Indian Punchline

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones prepares to pull alongside aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (File photo)

The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones sailing past Lakshadweep Islands April 7 has thrown India’s Sinophobes into confusion. One leading daily noted it as a “rare falling out between the two partners in the Quad grouping.” An anti-China analyst tweeted that it’s just a “botched PR exercise” on the part of Americans.

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