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Partnership and Its Discontents

India is now being asked to choose between a course of firm commitment to US geopolitical interests and a policy of multi-alignment that safeguards the country?s vital interests in diverse situations

L K Advani's Pakistan Yatra

Advani has, in the course of his momentous five days in Pakistan, departed too radically from his established political persona to convince those who would like to believe that he has acted in good faith. And for those who believed that he was a committed ideological ally, his utterances smack of little less than perfidy. There have been unexpected political dividends of course. Advani?s is the first high-profile political resignation (June 7) occasioned by conflicting readings of history. In this sense, it limits the potentiality of history being a quarry from which prejudices can be mined for political advantage.

American Exceptionalism and the Multilateral Pretence

John Bolton's nomination to the position of US envoy to the United Nations signals that for the US, multilateralism now means little else than the unquestioning acquiescence of the world to the demands of a military superpower that is heady with its own strength and accountable to none. The international community has ample reason to worry.

Syria and Lebanon

The simmering hostility between Syria and Israel that first arose from each country's need to carve out its own 'security zones' threatens to escalate with the recent assassination of a former prime minister. Tensions have further aggravated as the US, upbeat after the Iraq elections, has openly emerged as the region's powerbroker, albeit a partisan one.

Bhopal: Continuing Institutional Crisis

Twenty years on, the verdict on how the Indian state has responded to Bhopal should be unequivocal: not only did it neglect its responsibilities, it actively suppressed the rights of the victims. The state of public knowledge about the disaster and the best recourse available to the victims was summed up recently by a doctor who was on duty at a Bhopal hospital on the fateful night: "We still do not know what we could have done that day to save lives; we still are not aware of what we could have done in the months and years since".

Yasser Arafat

Arafat's refusal to sign on in 2000 to the Camp David accord, the climactic act in the sordid saga of the 'peace process', was perhaps his last statement of fidelity to the undying struggle for Palestine.

Israel: An Equal Partner in Occupation of Iraq

The US occupation of Iraq and Israel's continuing subjugation of the Palestinians have much in common. Two parallel military occupations, a striking symmetry in military tactics, a similar inattention to the plight of the victims, and an excessive solicitude towards the misfortunes of the aggressors. But then the two countries share an intimate strategic relationship going back so long, that it would be unusual if they did not learn and benefit from, and even emulate, each other.

Iraq : The Descent into Chaos

The US has a moral culpability for literally destroying an entire country. The international community now needs to make a loud and unambiguous case for war reparations to Iraq, to be borne entirely, or in most part, by the US. Without a bridle being put on such 'hit and run' tactics there is likely to be little assurance of security for any country today.

Brutal Wars and a Malevolent Peace

The cost of a botched peace in Iraq would be even higher than the price of a bloody war. The world community has to decide how best it can hold the US accountable for its crimes in Iraq. The alternative - acquiescence in the hit and run strategy that the US has raised to a fine art in the last few decades - would be an unaffordable luxury in the current state of international relations.

Food Subsidies IMF Prescriptions Could Spell Trouble

Food Subsidies: IMF Prescriptions Could Spell Trouble Sukumar Muralidharan The rising burden of food and fertiliser subsidies indicates that market forces have been taking the food supply system further out of joint, rather than bringing it closer to equilibrium. The IMF prescription of gradually eliminating the subsidies ignores the underlying causes of this structural disjunction in the economy.

Arab Identity versus Pax Anglo-Americana-Understanding the Vendetta against Iraq

Understanding the Vendetta against Iraq Sukumar Muralidharan While the need to safeguard oil sources is the stated agenda behind the assault on Iraq a more fundamental concern is the need to protect the West's pre-emptive claim on the financial surpluses of the Arab world which are vital for underwriting the political stability of industrially declining US and UK. This paper argues that the vendetta against Iraq for challenging the financial hegemony of the West must be located in the context of this dependence on the rentier incomes arising from these surpluses.

Saddam Hussein, Western Imperialism and Arab Identity

and Arab Identity Sukumar Muralidharan THE supposed identity 'Saddam = Hitler', has today acquired the status of a received truth in the Anglo-American political consciousness. The Iraqi president shows no great sign of perturbation over the invidious comparison. He surely remembers from the time he was a callow 19-year old that the identity 'Nasser = Hitler', had enjoyed a similar currency in 1956. The rules of transitive logic would then imply that 'Saddam = Nasser

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