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June 25, 2017

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The Syrian war for Dummies

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If you wage a war long enough, no country can remain aloof to the sound of beating war drums. The crisis in Syria is no longer an internal conflict. It has consumed nations far and wide. With over 100,000 killed and more than a million displaced, the human cost is staggering and set to rise as western powers are getting ready for their piece of action. It all started in March 2011. Years of drought and burden of over a million Palestinian refugees had set the ideal grounds for a popular uprising. Arab spring ignited it. The ruling regime of …continue reading

The Snowden Affair

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India was the first country to reject Edward Snowden’s request for asylum, among a bunch of 21 countries that he applied to. The rejection came within hours of receiving the request at its foreign office mission in Moscow. Considering how the Indian bureaucracy works, this was surprising. With its inefficient administration and usually directionless policies, India takes excruciatingly long to take a decision on anything important, and here we were taking a quick decision on Snowden pretending to have thought it through. Snowden’s leaks revealed that India was fifth largest target of NSA’s electronic espionage. Given this, there was widespread …continue reading