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RUSSIANS INTRODUCE “MOSCOW FORMAT” IN AFGHAN TALKS

TALIBAN GROUPS SHOW CONCILIATORY GESTURES
Author: Sankar Ray - Published 12-02-2019 08:43 GMT-0000
The spectre of Anastas Mikoyan, the renowned leader of Soviet era did haunt the incredible round of negotiations at the President Hotel in Moscow on 5 and 6 February on modalities of withdrawal of foreign (not just American) troops. Participants in the consultations included representatives from India, Iran, China and states of Central Asia.
UNITED STATES

GROWING ENQUIRER “SEXTORTION” SCANDAL COULD ADD TO TRUMP’S WOES

SAUDI CONNECTION POINTS TO PRESIDENT’S FAMILY
Author: John Wojcik - Published 11-02-2019 09:40 GMT-0000
Is it possible that the president of the United States could be involved in a scandal that includes threats by a notorious tabloid to release salacious photos of Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post? A question like that would itself long have been regarded the stuff of a scandal sheet but, unfortunately these days, it’s one that now needs to be asked.

MADURO SEEKS GLOBAL ASSISTANCE AGAINST INTERVENTION

GUAIDO WANTS U.S. OIL COMPANIES IN VENEZUELA
Author: Steve Sweeney - Published 06-02-2019 16:27 GMT-0000
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro ruled out new presidential elections as he called on the international community to prevent a US-instigated civil war from erupting in the country.
INDIA

PENTAGON IS RECONCILED TO TALIBAN RULE IN KABUL

AMERICAN DEFENCE FIRMS MAKE MEGABUCKS IN 16 YEAR WAR
Author: Sankar Ray - Published 06-02-2019 16:22 GMT-0000
None other than Gen. Austin Miller, the head of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, stated ingenuously that in Afghanistan “this is not going to be won militarily… This is going to a political solution”. He put it bluntly that the USA and its armed collaborators had failed to secure even their economic interests and instead murdered thousands of people. As a result, the mess that they created over 16 years or so, it will become extremely difficult for Afghanistan to come back to any kind of normalcy in near future. The option was to be out of Afghanistan. And as soon as possible.

TRUMP IS DOING FLIP-FLOP ON IRAN

ALLIES ARE CONFUSED ABOUT U.S. POLICY
Author: Conn Hallinan - Published 06-02-2019 15:30 GMT-0000
Keeping track of the Trump administration’s foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We’re pulling out of Syria (not right away). We’re leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn’t). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union, China, Turkey, North Korea—one day, friends, another day, foes. Even with a scorecard, it’s hard to tell who’s on first.

TRUMP STEPS UP NUCLEAR ARMS RACE AGAIN

WITHDRAWAL FROM DEAL WITH RUSSIA TO DESTABILISE WORLD PEACE
Author: John Wojcik - Published 04-02-2019 10:50 GMT-0000
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came to the Trump administration from the Tea Party wing of the Republicans, has announced that the president is suspending U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and is beginning the process of total U.S. withdrawal in six months.

MADURO GETS STRONG SUPPORT FROM CHINA, RUSSIA

GUAIDO DEFENDING ON TRUMP’S NEXT MOVES
Author: Paul Dobson - Published 02-02-2019 11:19 GMT-0000
Self-proclaimed “interim president” Juan Guaidó of Venezuela named a number of “diplomatic representatives” to those countries which have recognized him during the past week. The government of Nicolás Maduro, the actual president of Venezuela, along with its international allies are responding to new U.S. oil sanctions and preparing for possible military intervention.

TRUMP IS PAVING WAY FOR A BLOODY CIVIL WAR IN VENEZUELA

U.S. AND EU ASSISTING SELF DECLARED PRESIDENT GUAIDO
Author: Steve Sweeney - Published 30-01-2019 13:07 GMT-0000
Peace campaigners warned a foreign attack on Venezuela would prompt a “bloody civil war” as it appeared that the United States was preparing the ground for a military invasion with thousands of troops rumoured to be massing in neighbouring Colombia.
INDIA

INDIA’S GDP GROWTH COMPARISON WITH CHINA’S IS UNFAIR

INDIAN ECONOMY IS UNLIKELY TO EVER CATCH UP WITH CHINA
Author: Nantoo Banerjee - Published 28-01-2019 11:26 GMT-0000
Those comparing the People’s Republic of China’s economic slowdown in 2018 with India’s projected higher economic growth in the current financial year and beyond and suggesting that the country’s GDP will catch up with China in another 15 years or so are living in a fool’s paradise of false prosperity. China’s economy, which reportedly grew by 6.6 per cent in 2018, is worth $14 trillion. The size of India’s economy is worth only $2.6 trillion, or less than a fifth of China’s. The GDP of the United States of America, the world’s largest economy, at the end of 2018 was around $ 20.66 trillion. The US reported an economic growth of only about 3.5 per cent, less than 50 per cent of India’s seven-percent-plus. The economic base of both the US and China is too vast compared with that of India. The annual growth rate of the massively large economies of the US and China, the second largest, is bound to slow down as their overall sizes grow bigger and bigger. Compared to the sizes of these two economies, India’s economy, so-called the world’s sixth largest, is still very small in terms of its population. Even at eight percent GDP growth per annum, Indian economy is not going to get any closer to China’s in any foreseeable future. India’s economy may have outgrown China’s in 2018, but it is nowhere near China in technological strength and competence.

GOLD REGAINS STATUS AS SAFE HAVEN ASSET

PRICES TOUCH RECORD LEVELS AS DEMAND SPIKES
Author: Arjavi Indraneesh - Published 28-01-2019 10:49 GMT-0000
Gold is re-emerging as a safe haven, leading to record price levels amid the turmoil in other asset classes.