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No escape : Even as India urbanises, caste discrimination remains rife

The Economist  No escape :  Even as India urbanises, caste discrimination remains rife Cities are segregated, and inter-caste marriages are vanishingly rare Asia Jul 23rd 2020 edition Jul 23rd 2020 DELHI A nkit pal  and Tushar Singh have a few things in common. They are 19 and 18 years old respectively and live within a couple of hours’ drive of Delhi, albeit in opposite directions. They both happen to be Dalits, from the bottom ranks of India’s voluminous caste register. And they have also both been in the news lately, though for very different reasons. In mid-July the smiling, bespectacled Mr Singh won brief fame by scoring a flawless 100 out of 100 in each of five subjects in school-leaving exams—the best marks in the country. He wants to study history, he told interviewers, and enter the Indian Administrative Service, the top echelon of the bureaucracy. Mr Pal, in contrast, appeared wearing a pink shirt and grey trousers in a viral video last year in which two young men from the la

The Art of War: Examining Picasso’s Guernica as a Tool for Leader Professional Development

The Art of War: Examining Picasso’s Guernica as a Tool for Leader Professional Development Nicole E. Dean     July 13, 2020 Suffering is an enduring theme in art, and the tradition of painting violence, pain, victims, and oppressors has long been a source of expression for artists experiencing conflict. Fransisco de Goya’s Disasters of War is a shockingly graphic eye-witness depiction of the victims of guerrilla warfare in Napoleon’s Peninsular Campaigns. George Grosz’s 1917 faintly-cubist Explosion portrayed the destructive bombing of Berlin in the Great War.[1] Images of victims and oppressors evoke emotions in spectators, stoking societal anger with an intent toward political change. Guernica , Pablo Picasso’s 1937 oil-on-canvas masterpiece of the Spanish Civil War, is believed by some to be the single greatest war painting of all time.[2] Beyond being a massive allegorical depiction of the horrors of war, it can be argued Picasso’s painting purposefully served to mold spectators

New Kosovo Indictment Is a Reminder of Bill Clinton’s Serbian War Atrocities

LEA ESTO EN ESPAÑOL 07/18/2020 James Bovard President Bill Clinton’s favorite freedom fighter just got indicted for mass murder, torture, kidnapping, and other crimes against humanity. In 1999, the Clinton administration launched a 78-day bombing campaign that killed up to fifteen hundred civilians in Serbia and Kosovo in what the American media proudly portrayed as a crusade against ethnic bias. That war, like most of the pretenses of US foreign policy, was always a sham. Kosovo president Hashim Thaci was charged with ten counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity by an international tribunal in The Hague, in the Netherlands. It charged Thaci and nine other men with “war crimes, including murder, enforced disappearance of persons, persecution, and torture.” Thaci and the other charged suspects were accused of being “criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders” and the indictment involved “hundreds of known victims of Kosovo Albanian, Serb, Roma, and other ethnicities and inclu

Baloch militancy trends

Tariq Parvez 25 Jul 2020 ON June 29, 2020, at 10.02 am, four terrorists of the Majeed Brigade, a faction of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in Karachi with weapons and grenades. They had with them dried ration packs, indicating they intended to take over the place and hold people hostage before killing them. But by 10.12 am, within 10 minutes, before they could enter the premises all four were killed by three well-trained police commandos. Two pointers here. One, the civilian police exhibited the capability to neutralise desperate, well-armed terrorists, on their own, efficiently and effectively. Two, the Baloch sub-nationalist terrorists demonstrated a greater degree of commitment and sophistication in attacks than before. These two dimensions have an important bearing on understanding the latest trends in Baloch sub-nationalist militancy and the state’s response. The most noticeable trend is that there has been a consistent, significa

Singapore man admits being Chinese spy in US

see url:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/wor ld-us-canada-53534941 I wonder how many American Spies there are in China...There seems to be lots of Chinese Spies in America...That's the trouble with spies...they breed like rabbits...wherever there is disinformation and deception...there is always sure to be a spy of some kind behind it.  The trouble is that there is so much of it about, and one can't really tell who they are or where they are from these days, they all look so different...;-)....... Anonymous Quote<<< A Singaporean man has pleaded guilty in the US to working as an agent of China, the latest incident in a growing stand-off between Washington and Beijing. Jun Wei Yeo was charged with using his political consultancy in America as a front to collect information for Chinese intelligence, US officials say. Separately, the US said a Chinese researcher accused of hiding her ties to China's military was detained. China earlier ordered the closure of the US consul

Nine cyberattacks that will remind you of your ex

MON, JUL 20, 2020 New Atlanticist   by   Safa Shahwan Edwards A FireEye information analyst works in front of a screen showing a near real-time map tracking cyber threats at the FireEye office in Milpitas, California, December 29, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach Has your ex tried to reconnect in the past few months? If so, you’re not alone. As governments around the world imposed lockdowns and social distancing measures in the first half of 2020, humans suddenly came face to face with  “unprecedented levels of boredom and loneliness.”  All this newfound free time and limited avenues for social interactions has forced many to turn to  social media and messaging  in order to remain connected with friends and family: including reconnecting with past partners. New research by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University demonstrates that about  one in five people  have reached out to an ex while in quarantine. With a possible  vaccine  for the novel coronavirus still months away, we should bra

A strategic concept for countering Russian and Chinese hybrid threats

In-Depth Research & Reports   by   Lauren Speranza Tackling hybrid threats, particularly from state actors such as Russia and China, remains one of the greatest challenges for the transatlantic community. Hybrid threats have gained more traction among policymakers and publics across Europe and the United States, especially in a world with COVID-19. Over the last five years, Euro-Atlantic nations and institutions, such as NATO and the European Union (EU), have taken important steps to respond to hybrid issues. But, as hybrid threats become more prominent in the future, policymakers must move toward a more coherent, effective, and proactive strategy for countering Russian and Chinese hybrid threats. To develop such a transatlantic counter-hybrid strategy for Russia and China, this paper argues that two major things need to happen. First, transatlantic policymakers have to build a common strategic concept to guide collective thinking on hybrid threats. Second, transatlantic policymake

US-China cold war is plausible but not imminent

Source: Oxford Analytica Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Rapidly deteriorating bilateral relations have led some to conclude that a ‘China-US Cold War’ is underway Source: Oxford Analytica Outlook A true ‘Cold War’ between China and the United States would be far costlier, more destructive and more dangerous than the rivalry between them today, and would also do more collateral damage. Third countries, and constituencies within them, would be put under great pressure to choose sides. Inducements and threats would both be greater. How to respond would become a permanently top-tier point of political conflict. The world would be less stable. The direct and indirect economic costs would potentially be ruinous. Policies that once seemed unthinkable could rapidly become reality. Impacts China largely lacks a ‘missionary’ impulse; attempts to exports its ideology are defensive. Beijing believes that Washington actively tries to undermine China, but there is far more that Washington could do on this f

U.S will do whatever it can to exclude Chinese nationals from US universities and tech companies

In the same vein, the US administration has identified students from China as a collective national security threat and is determined to keep US intellectual property out of Chinese hands. However, as we  noted  this week, there are strong countervailing forces: the value of higher education as a services export, the economic benefits that international students generate in every state, and the US tech sector's need to source scarce world-class talent.  The United States is the world's leading host to international students, accounting for 1.1 million of the 4.6 million enrolled worldwide in the 2018-19 academic year. They attended 8,700 US universities and colleges and comprised 5.5% of the US higher education population.  Elite universities believe that attracting the best students from around the world keeps them globally competitive in teaching and research, and enhances their alumni networks.  International graduate students also provide faculties with a ready supply of as

Jihadist gyrations

Oxford Analytica Although al-Qaida’s influence inside Syria has diminished significantly in recent years, a constellation of al-Qaida-linked jihadist groups persists, as illustrated in our  Chart of the Week  this week, some of which recently formed the ‘Be Steadfast’ coalition linked to a series of attacks against government forces in northern Syria. Meanwhile, the dominant rebel force in the north, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which has moved away from its al-Qaida roots, is seeking to prevent the new alliance from conducting independent military operations. HTS will step up efforts to restrain activities by the Be Steadfast coalition in Idlib and surrounding areas. However, its control will likely be imperfect, and ongoing attacks may provide a pretext for the next full-blown Syrian government offensive to retake more of Idlib, backed by Russian air power.

Story of the 'Surrender of the Natore Grn' taken by 6 ASSAM under the comd ofBrig VS Bajwa, VSM (Retd)

This is the story of the 'Surrender of the Natore Grn' taken by 6 ASSAM under the comd of Brig VS Bajwa,  VSM (Retd) “What can you say about the CO of an infantry battalion, who, with a group of 3 soldiers, after marching the whole day and a better part of the night, drenched to the skin, walking walked into the enemy HQ and telling told them that their General has to surrender? A rather strange and ‘one of its kind adventures’, of the Indo – Pakistan War in Bangladesh of 1971 (Erstwhile East Pakistan), that I have lived to tell the tale.”  6 ASSAM, deployed at Balurghat bulge, was part of 165 Infantry Brigade under 20 Mountain Division. By mid December 1971, it was quite clear that the Pakistan Army in East Pakistan had no chance and that the only way to prevent further bloodshed was for them to surrender to the Indian Army. However, orders for the surrender had not come through and many Pakistani positions, big and small, were holding on and fighting back. Besides, the realit