CORBYN’S OFFER ON BREXIT DEAL RAISES INTEREST IN EU
Published 12-02-2019 08:46 GMT-0000
With each movement of the little hand, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s self-imposed deadline to deliver a renegotiated Brexit deal before Parliament seems less likely—the UK government doesn’t even expect any EU concessions by the deadline. And the palpable fear of a no-deal withdrawal grows with each passing day.
INDIA NOW NEEDS TO WEAN AWAY NEPAL FROM BEIJING
Published 26-12-2018 15:04 GMT-0000
China has suffered two major diplomatic setbacks in Asia within the span of one month. The first was its failure to get its protégé Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The second was the defeat of its friend Abdulla Yameen in the presidential election of Maldives at the hands of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a close friend of India.
SOCIALISTS MUST WORK FOR PRO-PEOPLE ECONOMY
Published 20-12-2018 10:22 GMT-0000
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told some uncomfortable truths to Europe’s social democratic parties in Lisbon last week. He urged the congress of the Party of European Socialists to “work together to help build a real social Europe, a people’s Europe, a Europe that will strengthen solidarity across borders, resist the race to the bottom in rights and protections, and work together to extend them for all workers, consumers, and our environment.”
OPPOSITION TO EU’S NEO-LIBERALISM IS IMPERATIVE
Published 11-12-2018 19:17 GMT-0000
It’s my deal or no deal is the unwelcome message that Theresa May’s little helpers have been carrying to the far corners of Torydom over this weekend. Gin and tonic-fuelled discussions in the bars of Conservative clubs up and down the shires is perhaps not the most accurate measure of Britain’s mood. But these ministerial missions to this least representative loci of public opinion are more about framing a consensus — any kind of consensus — among the warring tribes of Tory MPs than any more ambitious political project.
REASONS FOR NEW DELHI TO BE WORRIED
Published 12-11-2018 10:12 GMT-0000
The constitutional coup – his critics say highly unconstitutional – that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena sought to carry off by sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place has landed him in a soup. Not only did Wickremesinghe challenge the President by telling him that under the constitution he was still the Prime Minister and would not vacate his official residence Temple Tree, Sirisena found to his dismay that his action had invited criticism of the U.S. and other Western countries.
INDIA, JAPAN, CHINA IN A NEW DEVELOPMENTAL AXIS
Published 01-11-2018 10:51 GMT-0000
Gone are the days when the US sneezes, Japan gets a cold. Today, Japan can say ‘No’ to US. Despite USA’s grave concern over the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, the recent visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to China shows Japanese willingness to justify Chinese President Xi Jinping’s initiative. This will make a turning point in the Sino-Japan bilateral relations, which were shackled by age-long political hostility. The volte-face of Japan is viewed a silent negation to Trump’s protectionism. To this end, Modi’s visit to Japan, on the close heels of Abe’s visit to China, showcases a new pattern of trilateral relationship between the three leaders in Asia.
TALKS BETWEEN BRITAIN, EU MAKING NO REAL PROGRESS
Published 01-01-2018 11:29 GMT-0000
With British Prime Minister Theresa May unable to handle effectively the Brexit issue and the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn emerging as the most favoured candidate for the top job, a section of the Labour leaders opposed to Corbyn’s entry into the office of the prime minister have launched a sinister campaign against him.
CLAMOUR FOR GREATER DEMOCRATISATION
Published 19-12-2017 10:32 GMT-0000
African National Congress’s five day national conference, currently underway, will end on December 20 with the nomination of the next head of ANC replacing Zuma. The conference attains much importance for the simple reason that whoever gets elected will be the nominee in the 2019 presidential elections, the most important general elections in post-apartheid South Africa.
RULING NATIONAL LIBERATION MOVEMENTS HAVE TO REINVENT THEM
Published 05-12-2017 10:10 GMT-0000
The resignation of Robert Mugabe last month from the Presidentship of Zimbabwe after ruling the country uninterrupted for 37 years since the liberation from the Britishers, has many lessons for the ruling national liberation movements in other parts of Africa. Mugabe was one of the tallest leaders of the African liberation movements against apartheid and colonialism and he played an important role in voicing the aspirations of the newly liberated African nations in the initial stages after coming to power. But when he was forced to resign by the Zimbabwe army leaders with full support from his Party ZANU-PF, he was a pale shadow of the fiery revolutionary that he was during the liberation struggle. He was alienated from the progressives in his Party and he was surrounded by a coterie led by his wife Grace whose actions angered both the ruling Party and the army leadership. At 93, Mugabe was not in full control of his mental faculty also and he was persuaded to take many measures which led to rampant corruption in the country.
BREXIT DIVORCE DRAMA SEALS PM’S FATE
Published 14-11-2017 12:43 GMT-0000
As the clock ticks down on Britain’s exit from the European Union, one could not go far wrong casting British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as the hopeful Miranda in Shakespeare’s Tempest: “How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in’t.” And Conservative Party Prime Minister Theresa May as Lady Macbeth: “Out damned spot, out, I say!”