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Borderlands: Hungary Maneuvers

Geopolitical Weekly Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 03:10 Print Text Size Stratfor By George Friedman I am writing this from Budapest, the city in which I was born. I went to the United States so young that all my memories of Hungary were acquired later in life or through my family, whose memories bridged both world wars and the Cold War, all with their attendant horrors. My own deepest memory of Hungary comes from my parents' living room in the Bronx. My older sister was married in November 1956. There was an uprising against the Soviets at the same time, and many of our family members were still there. After the wedding, we returned home and saw the early newspapers and reports on television. My parents discovered that some of the heaviest fighting between the revolutionaries and Soviets had taken place on the street where my aunts lived. A joyous marriage, followed by another catastrophe -- the contrast between America and Hungary. That night, my father asked no one in particular, &quo

China: Biggest Loser In India's 'Modislide' Election

 http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonchang/2014/05/18/china-biggest-loser-in-indias-modislide-election/ Gordon G. Chang , On Friday, India’s Election Commission announced that the Bharatiya Janata Party had swept the five-week election for the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament.  The BJP exceeded already high expectations by winning an absolute majority, capturing 282 of 543 seats.  With coalition partners, the party will control 337 seats. The Indian National Congress, which has dominated the world’s most populous democracy since independence in 1947, suffered its worst electoral defeat ever.  Congress took just 44 seats.  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resigned on Saturday. In the Indian political context, the biggest loser was Rahul Gandhi, who would have replaced Singh had Congress been successful at the polls.  His heart obviously wasn’t in continuing his family’s hold on power, however.  Gandhi’s campaigning was lackluster and a confirmation of the notion that four gen

Assessing India's future

New from McKinsey & Company   At a momentous time for the world’s largest democracy, we present perspectives on India’s future from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and our recent series Reimagining India . India’s path from poverty to empowerment A February MGI report finds that while India has reduced its official poverty rate, more than half a billion people still lack the means to meet their basic needs. Policy makers need a better way to measure the gaps and allocate resources.  more The rediscovery of India Is diversity an excuse for disunity? CNN’s Fareed Zakaria says Indians must embrace their common ambitions if the nation is to fulfill its tremendous potential.  more Toward a uniquely Indian growth model India can’t afford to emulate China. Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra says the country must instead develop its own path to sustainable prosperity. more A conversation with Naveen Tewari The founder and chief executiv

Balochistan - Denials and Silences

By ANI | ANI – 7 hours ago New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): There is now a library in a girls' Islamic school in Islamabad that has been named after Osama bin Laden. Elsewhere in Islamabad, a mosque has been named after Mumtaz Qadri, who shot and killed Punjab Governor Salman Taseer three years ago. Taseer's son remains in captivity of terrorists for two years now. Authorities in Khyber Pakhtoon Khwa have removed chapters on Bacha Khan (Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan) the noted Pakhtoon leader and his poet son, Ghani Khan from the history syllabus in schools. Ghaffar Khan, an associate of Mahatma Gandhi and known as the Frontier Gandhi for his beliefs in non violence and his poet-philosopher son were presumably targets of radical elements. Rashid Rehman Khan, a lawyer and human rights' activist, was shot dead in Multan on May 7 because he supported those accused of blasphemy while the mother of a young polio victim was gunned down by the Taliban in Karachi. One of Pakistan'

Visa ban pushed Modi towards China, Japan

Kapil Dave & Harit Mehta,TNN | May 18, 2014, 04.05 AM IST http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/Visa-ban-pushed-Modi-towards-China-Japan/articleshow/35276859.cms AHMEDABAD: A joke being circulated by BJP supporters: 2014 elections have proved one thing — a Gujarati can do anything to get a US visa. A direct reference obviously to the US government's decision to revoke Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's visa in March 2005 on the grounds that he violated religious freedom during the post-Godhra riots.  UK and rest of the European Union immediately followed suit. Rattled only for a moment by the Western double-standards, Modi wasted no time in looking east, making friends and forging alliances with China, Japan and many other countries, including some Islamic ones, spread across Asia and Africa. Of late, Wikileaks have captured the anxiety of western missions in the build-up to his becoming the prime minister. One leaked cable cal