World War III

The Russia - China Gas Deal (Part - I)

‘The Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation’, a strategic accord was signed between China and Russian for twenty-years in the year 2001. This treaty broadly outlines to serve as a basis for peaceful relations, economic cooperation, as well as diplomatic and geopolitical reliance between the two nations. It also can be seen as an implicit defence understanding pointing at increasing military cooperation, including the sharing of military technology between the

Middle East Situation – World at the Crossroads (Part II)

  [continued from Part I (dated: 5th October 2013)…] Both the US and Russia have significant vested interests in this region. Continuance of a favourable regime in Syria is of utmost importance to Russia. Russia maintains an extremely important military base in Syria at its port city of Tartus, in form of a naval installation which is their sole existing military facility outside the former Soviet Union. This is the very

Middle East Situation – World at the Crossroads (Part I)

  Just when the situation in the Middle East was reaching boiling point and waiting to explode in the form of an expected US-led attack on Syria, a piece of smart and shrewd diplomacy by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin undid it all for the US.  Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times, while questioning the US plan of attacking Syria, without seeking UN approval, saw this as an attack

Israeli attack on Syrian Naval Base of Latakia

Israel’s attack on the Syrian Naval base of Latakia on the 5th of July, 2013, supposedly launched from Turkish soil, in which Syria’s Yakhont P-800 missile depot was specifically targeted, has ever since been a topic of continuous discussion and debate. Yakhont are advanced anti-ship cruise missiles which were sold to Syria by Russia. Several blasts were heard after the reported Israeli strikes, at this critical Syrian naval base. The

Digital Fortress

Just a couple of weeks back, I finished reading an extremely interesting book titled Digital Fortress;a techno-thriller novel written by the renowned American author Dan Brown who has authored the international bestseller novel, The Da Vinci Code. I read the Marathi translation of the book which was wonderfully done by Ashok Padhye. Its great to see Mehta Publishing House making these quality novels available to Marathi readers.  Digital Fortress transports

European Economy

Just last week, the Secretary General of Red Cross, Bekele Geleta, warned that the ever increasing unemployment and poverty in some of the European countries is fuelling unrest and that these issues may result in a sudden uprising of the masses if proper measures are not taken to resolve them. Wolfgang Schaeuble, Finance Minister of Germany, while talking about the same issues, warned of disintegration of Europe if unemployment was

General Elections in Pakistan

  General Elections to elect the 14th Parliament of Pakistan have been announced. For a nation riddled by military takeovers and coups, this will be the first time in its history when a democratically elected central government will complete its full-term and handover governance to another democratically elected government. Voting will begin on 11th May 2013 in all parliamentary constituencies of Pakistan, to elect members to the National Assembly and

Post nuclear test by North Korea, neighbouring countries deploy forces on borders

(Courtesy: Dainik Pratyaksha) Japan and South Korea have started the build-up of their troops on their respective borders after North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, defying international pressure. A team of scientists from South Korea has also been deployed to investigate the nature of the nuclear test. South Korea has hinted at development of a long range ballistic missile, to give a befitting reply to North Korea. Although North Korea has not

Present Situation in Pakistan

 ll Hari Om ll We have been seeing what has been recently happening on the Line of Control between India and Pakistan in Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistan violated the ceasefire between the two countries which was in-force since 2003. Pakistani Army regulars crossed the Line of Control and beheaded 2 Indian Army soldiers in the most inhumane and barbaric manner. Further to this the violation of ceasefire has continued from

The World Today

ll Hari Om ll    UN Peace Envoy, Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi Yes indeed Syria paints a distressing picture on the canvas of the world. Is the Syrian conflict merely one that pitches the Syrian ruling powers against the Syrian commoners? Peculiarly, both sides have support and aid from outside the country. The allies of the Syrian government are obviously then opposed to those on the side of the rebels. And