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Chinese don’t fight Chinese, but they might invade your island On New Year’s Day, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文 Cài Yīngwén) gave a speech ( English ,  Chinese ) in which she describes “four musts” (四個必須 sìgè bìxū) for a “healthy and normal” relationship between Beijing and Taipei: I am calling on China that it must face the reality of the existence of the Republic of China (Taiwan); it must respect the commitment of the 23 million people of Taiwan to freedom and democracy; it must handle cross-strait differences peacefully, on a basis of equality; and it must be governments or government-authorized agencies that engage in negotiations. These "four musts" are the most basic and crucial foundations that will determine whether cross-strait relations develop in a positive direction. About 24 hours later, General Secretary Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 gave a speech to mark the “40th Anniversary of the Chinese Mainland's Message to Compatriots in Taiwan” ( Xinhua report , full text of  speech in Chinese ). The vision of Taiwa

Zafar Khan Ghazi Masjid at Tribeni was Ancient Vishnu Temple

Zafar Khan Ghazi Masjid at Tribeni in Bengal, India was built on a demolished ancient Vishnu Temple in 1298 CE. Tribeni is a town near Kolkata and was a meeting point of three rivers Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati. Inscription on Zafar Khan’s tomb was translated by british office H.Balochman, which read as “ Khan the lion of lions has appeared by conquering the towns of India in every expedition and by restoring the decayed religious institutions. And he has destroyed the obdurate among the infidels with his sword and spear and lavished the treasures of his wealth in helping miserable ”. The title  Ghazi  is given to an Islamic warrior who has slaughtered and destroyed the kaffirs (non-believers). One can notice hindu temple architecture on entrance doors, walls and pillars. Details regairding history of Vishnu Temple like who built it and when are still unknown. British officer D.Money of the Bengal civil services who had met with the Khadims(servents) of Ghazi Zafar Khan’s mueso

Subhrak, Horse which killed Qutbuddin Aibak

Subhhrak (शुभ्रक) is a less known loyal horse in Indian history. It was owned by Karna Singh, the King of Chittorgarh. Quṭb al-Dīn Aibak also spelt  Quṭb ud-Dīn Aibak  or  Qutub ud-Din Aybak  (1150–1210 CE), was the founder of the Mamluk dynasty and the first sultan of the Delhi Sultanate. He was born to Turkic parents in  Turkistan . In his childhood, Aibak was sold as a slave and raised at Nishapur, Persia, where he was purchased by the local Qazi. After death of his master, he was sold by his master’s son and eventually became a slave of Muhammad of Ghor who made him the  Amir-i-Akhur , the Master of Slaves. He was appointed to military command and became an able general of Muhammad of Ghor. Around 1170 CE, young princess Kurma Devi daughter of  Nayaki Devi  (Regent Queen of Gujarat) was wedded to Samar Singh Deva, the Rawal of Chittorgarh. Samar Singh was a Chauhan Rajput, a descendant of the legendary Bappa Rawal. Kurma Devi (misspelled as Kuramdevi or karma devi in histor

Horse and Qutubuddin Aibak's death: Truth

It's a written fact in history that the first ruler of Slave Dynasty in Delhi Sultanate Qutubuddin Aibak died due to falling off from a running horse. But is it really possible that an army general who first rode a horse in the age 11 and fought countless battles on riding horses can die from falling from a horse? *Not really!* When Qutubuddin Aibak looted the Rajputana, he killed the king of Mewar and imprisoned his Prince Karn Singh. And along with the looted wealth and prince, he also carried Prince's horse *Shubhrak* to Lahore. In Lahore, once Prince decided to run away and got caught in that process. Qutubuddin ordered to behead the Prince and to increase the disgrace, to play a Polo Match with the dead Prince's head. On the day of beheading, Qutubuddin arrived at the venue riding on the Shubhrak horse. Shubhrak instantly recognized his master Karn Singh and started crying/braying seeing him. Within a few seconds, Shubhrak became uncontrollable and threw Qutubud

Taliban crossing points in Balochistan

Source: Tweet by Col. Lawrence Sellin Taliban crossing points in Balochistan 1. Bahram Chah 2. Nushki 3. Shorawak 4. Badini. Pakistan permits Taliban bases with recruitment, training, logistics, R&R and medical treatment in Pakistani clinics. Pakistan’s military allows the Taliban free movement across the border.

The EU Defense Industry: Background

Geopolitical Monitor BACKGROUNDERS  - December 24, 2018 By  Geopolitical Monitor SUMMARY The idea of collective EU defense has been around since the abortive European Defense Community of 1952. Yet over 50 years later, the continent still lacks the shared vision and organizational structures required to turn its oft-cited goal of ‘strategic autonomy’ into a reality. The challenge is compounded by the state of the European defense industry, which is fractured, organized along national lines, riddled with inefficiencies, and largely unable to maintain the extensive manufacturing base necessary to compete with global arms sales giants in the United States and Russia. Yet the geopolitical shocks of the Ukraine crisis and the Trump presidency have shattered old paradigms, breathing new life into History on a continent that has been happy to ignore security matters since the end of the Cold War. Now the EU has its vision, but can Brussels push through integration in the ever-sensitive

Zhores Medvedev's Life: A Chilling Reminder of How the Soviets Weaponized Psychiatry against Dissidents

Zhores Medvedev's Life: A Chilling Reminder of How the Soviets Weaponized Psychiatry against Dissidents The practice of categorizing one’s enemies as “insane” became a ready tool of suppression in the Soviet state founded by Lenin and developed under Stalin. Sunday, December 23, 2018 Image credit: Unsplash   Mark Hendrickson Politics   Soviet Union   Communism   Stalin Dissent   Torture The  New York Times obituary  opened with a simple recitation of facts: “Zhores A. Medvedev, the Soviet biologist, writer and dissident who was declared insane, confined to a mental institution and stripped of his citizenship in the 1970s after attacking a Stalinist pseudoscience, died … in London.” Zhores Medvedev, his twin brother Roy (still alive at 93), the physicist Andrei Sakharov, and the Nobel Prize-winning novelist  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn  were leading dissidents. They courageously put their lives on the line to smuggle manuscripts out of the Soviet Union. They wanted the wider wo

Israel, Greece, and Cyprus Join Hands in Beersheba

By Dr. George N. Tzogopoulos December 28, 2018 Benjamin Netanyahu, Nicos Anastasiades, and Alexis Tsipras at Beersheva Summit; screenshot of video from Facebook page of the Prime Minister of Israel BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,049, December 28, 2018 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are building a democratic bloc in the eastern Mediterranean. The Beersheba trilateral summit highlighted the strong momentum of this initiative, as well as American institutional support for it. Jerusalem, Athens, and Nicosia are expanding their collaboration in fields including defense, cyberspace, energy, and education. The potential construction of an East Med pipeline could be a flagship project contributing to security and prosperity in Europe and the Middle East. Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are steadily strengthening their partnership in the eastern Mediterranean, with institutional dialogue organized in the form of tripartite summits. Five such meetings have already taken pl

Africa’s Economic Development Is Impeded by Corruption and Populism Despite continued support, African governments have been very obstinate in their generally misguided development policies. Sunday, December 30, 2018 Image Credit: Max Pixel   Jorge C. Carrasco In March 1957,  Kwame Nkrumah proclaimed the independence of the British Gold Coast, changing its name to Ghana. Nkrumah was a peculiar person. Trained at British and American universities, he was convinced of two things. The first was that only independence would allow African peoples to overcome their secular backwardness. The second was that in order to achieve it, the ideal vehicle was a sort of African socialism that he called  consciencism . As soon as he came to power, he adopted the title of "Osagyefo" (the redeemer), changed the name of the country to Ghana, which in Akan means "warrior king," and secured absolute power. Nkrumah was a charlatan devoured by narcissism. Although he did not sympathize with even half of his fellow citizens, who spoke diale