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A case for enhanced Finnish understanding of nuclear issues

Facing new realities: A case for enhanced Finnish understanding of nuclear issues PUBLISHED 11/28/2017BRIEFING PAPER 228 INFO   READING MODE SUMMARY INTRODUCTION NUCLEAR RISKS: THE NEW REALITIES IMPLICATIONS FOR FINLAND A CASE FOR ENHANCED FINNISH UNDERSTANDING ENDNOTES SUMMARY After a decades-long hiatus, nuclear weapon issues have returned to the forefront of international security concerns. In recent months, North Korea has made significant progress in its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes; President Donald Trump threatened to end US participation in the agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear activities; and over 40 countries signed the world’s first legally-binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, Russian military developments and perceived “sabre rattling” are prompting NATO to focus more attention on nuclear issues. The US, UK and French nuclear modernization programmes are not simply a response to Russia, but Moscow will likely portray them as such.

AAPI Launches Healthcare Clinic in Kolkata during Global Healthcare Summit 2017

AAPI Launches Healthcare Clinic in Kolkata during Global Healthcare Summit 2017 GHS packed with CMEs, award ceremony, gala, fashion and cultural shows   (Kolkata, WB, India: December 30 th , 2017) The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Madhyamgram Metropolitan lunched a healthcare clinic offering medical care to the much need people of the region at the Prajapati Bhavan, Basunagar, Madhyamgram in the outskirts of Kolkata on December 29 th , 2017, during the 11 th  annual Global Healthcare Summit which is underway at the historic City of Joy, Kolkata in West Bengal, India from December 28th to 31 st . Over 30 physicians of Indian origin, who are attending the GHS at the JW Marriott in Kolkata, led by Dr. Gautam Samadder, President of AAPI and Dr. Madhu Aggarwal, Chairwoman of the AAPI Charitable Foundation attended the free one day healthcare clinic at the suburban center, and treated over 200 patients during the day

‘There isn’t going to be a war between India and China today’, says Bertil Lintner

‘There isn’t going to be a war between India and China today’, says Bertil Lintner The Hindu Suhasini Haidar DECEMBER 27, 2017 00:02 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 27, 2017 08:09 IST MORE-IN interview The scholar of India-China relations on the contours of the ‘new Cold War’ in Asia, and Beijing’s vision for the Indian Ocean Swedish journalist and strategic analyst  Bertil Lintner  has spent most of his career in Asia, writing about India and China and mapping the increasingly contested region the two countries share. His book, ‘China’s India War: Collision Course on the Roof of the World’, has just been published. Here he speaks about the challenge to India from China in South Asia, his research on the 1962 war, and why he thinks there will not be another India-China war, even as India firms its counter-alliance in the Indo-Pacific. Excerpts Your latest book on the 1962 war challenges the idea that India triggered it, and its title “China’s India War” counters Neville Maxwell’s acc

‘There isn’t going to be a war between India and China today’, says Bertil Lintner

‘There isn’t going to be a war between India and China today’, says Bertil Lintner The Hindu Suhasini Haidar DECEMBER 27, 2017 00:02 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 27, 2017 08:09 IST MORE-IN interview The scholar of India-China relations on the contours of the ‘new Cold War’ in Asia, and Beijing’s vision for the Indian Ocean Swedish journalist and strategic analyst  Bertil Lintner  has spent most of his career in Asia, writing about India and China and mapping the increasingly contested region the two countries share. His book, ‘China’s India War: Collision Course on the Roof of the World’, has just been published. Here he speaks about the challenge to India from China in South Asia, his research on the 1962 war, and why he thinks there will not be another India-China war, even as India firms its counter-alliance in the Indo-Pacific. Excerpts Your latest book on the 1962 war challenges the idea that India triggered it, and its title “China’s India War” counters Neville Maxwell’s acc

One million people need to read this article & read it again

~ Maria Wirth One million people need to read this article & read it again : Though I have lived in India for a long time, there are still issues here that I find hard to understand. For example, why do so many educated Indians become agitated when India is referred to as a Hindu country? The majority of Indians are Hindus. India is special because of its ancient Hindu tradition. Westerners are drawn to India because of Hinduism. Why then is there this resistance by many Indians to acknowledge the Hindu roots of their country? Why do some people even give the impression that an India which valued those roots would be dangerous? Don’t they know better? This attitude is strange for two reasons. First, those educated Indians seem to have a problem only with “Hindu” India, but not with “Muslim” or “Christian” countries. Germany, for example, is a secular country, and only 59 percent of the population are registered with the two big Christian churches (Protestant and Catholic). Neve

One million people need to read this article & read it again

~ Maria Wirth One million people need to read this article & read it again : Though I have lived in India for a long time, there are still issues here that I find hard to understand. For example, why do so many educated Indians become agitated when India is referred to as a Hindu country? The majority of Indians are Hindus. India is special because of its ancient Hindu tradition. Westerners are drawn to India because of Hinduism. Why then is there this resistance by many Indians to acknowledge the Hindu roots of their country? Why do some people even give the impression that an India which valued those roots would be dangerous? Don’t they know better? This attitude is strange for two reasons. First, those educated Indians seem to have a problem only with “Hindu” India, but not with “Muslim” or “Christian” countries. Germany, for example, is a secular country, and only 59 percent of the population are registered with the two big Christian churches (Protestant and Catholic). Neve

The Chinese road to dusty debt

http://m.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/the-chinese-road-to-dusty-debt/article10003542.ece Updated: December 27, 2017 19:24 IST | G Parthasarathy Hambantota port: Too big a burden to bear | RK Radhakrishnan While Sri Lanka and Pakistan are in over their heads, Myanmar and Indonesia offer some resistance to ‘aid’ from Beijing China’s much touted ‘silk roads’ and ‘maritime silk routes’ trace their origin to its trade across Central Asia and the Indian Ocean. Interestingly, silk constituted a relatively small portion of Chinese trade, though it gave an exotic content to what was primarily commercial activity in which China was the principal beneficiary. The maritime silk route across the Indian Ocean was first set during the course of seven expeditions between 1404 and 1433 by a Chinese naval fleet headed by Admiral Zheng He, a Mongolian Muslim eunuch appointed by Ming emperor Yongle. During the course of expeditions to Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Calicut, Zheng brought ba

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Ten Basic Facts about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Ten Basic Facts about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict HuffPost   and  Times of Israel By David Harris, AJC CEO December 25, 2017 In all the discussion about this decades-long conflict and the quest for a solution, some basic facts are too often missing, neglected, downplayed, or skewed. Not only does this do a disservice to history, but it also contributes to prolonging the conflict by perpetuating false assumptions and mistaken notions. Consider: Fact #1: There could have been a two-state solution as early as 1947. That’s precisely what the UN Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) proposed, recognizing the presence of two peoples – and two nationalisms – in a territory governed temporarily by the United Kingdom. And the UN General Assembly decisively endorsed the UNSCOP proposal. The Jewish side pragmatically accepted the plan, but the Arab world categorically rejected it. Fact #2: When Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, it extended the hand of friendship to its