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The Pacific Pivot and the West

The past year witnessed a number of dramatic signs that the United States is shifting its strategic focus toward Asia. This shift, accompanied by a continued draw down of U.S. forces and diplomatic presence in Europe and a slight increase of a presence in Australia, is combined with U.S. concerns over the continued decline of European defense spending, accelerated by the serious debt crisis confronting Europe. It also reflects a U.S. preoccupation with China. In Europe there are also signs of a Pacific pivot. The West is facing a major turning point in terms of its sense of itself and of its role in a world that seems to be heading toward a post-Western disorder. This is clearly the time for the West to rediscover and revitalize itself by uniting rather than engaging in a race to the Eastern exits.   READ MORE

The India-China Rivalry by Robert D. Kaplan

  April 25, 2012 | 0857 GMT   By Robert D. Kaplan As the world moves into the second decade of the 21st century, a new power rivalry is taking shape between India and China, Asia's two behemoths in terms of territory, population and richness of civilization. India's recent successful launch of a long-range missile able to hit Beijing and Shanghai with nuclear weapons is the latest sign of this development. This is a rivalry borne completely of high-tech geopolitics, creating a core dichotomy between two powers whose own geographical expansion patterns throughout history have rarely overlapped or interacted with each other. Despite the limited war fought between the two countries on their Himalayan border 50 years ago, this competition has relatively little long-standing historical or ethnic animosity behind it. The signal geographical fact about Indians and Chinese is that the impassable wall of the Himalayas separates them. Buddhism spread in varying forms

India's Worst Journalists - 2012 The previous edition of India’s Worst Journalist in 2010 on this site still remains one of the most popular posts and also a very widely reproduced one. Over the last decade or so our journalists have come to be held in the same contempt that is usually reserved for politicians. Many of them have simply forgotten the art and science of the profession and this is a serious tragedy for aspiring journalists. How they came to such a pass is a long story. The most prominent ones are not even journalists anymore; they are ‘ Editorialists ’ whose main job is to swing public opinion one way or another. Add to this the epidemic of ‘ paidnews ’ and some of our news channels and newspapers would be nothing more than Bollywood or Commercials. After all, didn’t the late Christopher Hitchens say: “ I became a journalist because one didn’t have to specialise ”. Some prominent faces from the

Abductions in Balochistan: Police remain clueless about Hindu kidnapping, 2 months on

By Shehzad Baloch Published: April 18, 2012 Kidnappers demanding Rs20m ransom for Rajesh Kumar, son of an HRCP activist. QUETTA: In spite of a lapse of two months, law enforcement agencies remain clueless about the whereabouts of Dr Rajish Kumar, a member of the Hindu community kidnapped in broad daylight from Quetta on February 13. Dr Kumar is the son of Dr Nand Lal, a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)’s Quetta chapter as well as of the Pak-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy. Sources close to the relatives of Kumar said the kidnappers have established contact with the family and demanded Rs20 million in ransom for his release. Meanwhile, police appear to have made no progress on the case and remain unwilling to talk about it. In spite of several attempts made by The Express Tribune, senior police officials remained unavailable for comment. “The DIG Operations is busy and I will ask him if he is willing to comment on this issue