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Confused in Afghanistan: The Biden Administration’s Latest Trick

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark The Biden administration continues to engage in that favourite activity White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki can only describe as “circling back”.  And much circling is taking place in the context of Afghanistan.   The cupboard of calamities is well stocked, with the US facing an emboldened Taliban keen to hold Washington to its word in withdrawing the last troops by May 1.  In doing so, there is little chance that the US sponsored government in Kabul would survive.  But dithering past the date will also be an open invitation to resume hostilities in earnest. As things stand with...

Social Media, Language and Human Relationships

By Gita Viswanath My own fascination with social media goes back to a decade or so. Getting connected with long-lost school and college mates, cousins and ex-neighbours scattered in different parts of the world provided a high. Seeing their pictures on Facebook sent me into raptures of delight. With that, came the long trip down memory lane. Little details about everybody kickstarted a peep into my own past and consequently...

A refresher for the mind through depolarization of conversation

By Shireen Senadhira A  statement that justifes anarchy -  “People are going to make sacrifices. People will lose things; people are worried about their businesses, nobody should have to lose their livelihood, people are losing their life, actual human life... Do you know what an insurance check will pay for people’s businesses? One day you will be able to open and recover your businesses. These families are not together getting...

Influencing key influencers across the Commonwealth

“Influencing key influencers across the Commonwealth” webinar that organised by the Commonwealth Future will be held on March 11 at 5:00pm GMT 2021. Each year, March Commonwealth Future celebrates inspiring women role models during International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021.  This year’s event features three women guest speakers who are trail blazeer in instigating positive changes for a better future.   Throughout the pandemic, Commonwealth Future – a not-for-profit non-political organisation...

China, Papua New Guinea and Australia’s Backyard Blues

By Dr. Binoy Kampmarrk Clever diplomacy rarely involves total commitment or unqualified fidelity to any one state.  Treacherous waters require careful navigation, an understanding of shifty and shifting allegiances.  The goal for the prudent statesperson is the pursuit of self-interest without alienation.  In that regard, Papua New Guinea is proving increasingly interesting, finding itself between playground thugs with varying degrees of form.  It has refused to cold shoulder the People’s...

Morons, Vaccines and Tennis: Booing at the Australian Open

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark It was a fittingly poor conclusion to a tournament that risked being cancelled, run to ground, or even rendered stillborn.  The tennis world number one, Novak Djokovic, had captured his eighteenth grand slam against would be usurper Daniil Medvedev, whose winning streak of twenty matches was conclusively blotted.  The victory was achieved before a crowd filled with vocal Serbian supporters, flags fluttering, a number sporting the...

Not Knowing What You Stand For: Deborah Birx and Public Health

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark Pity the public health official tasked with convincing those beyond convincing that a pandemic crisis is worthy of serious consideration.  This is further complicated in instances where such officials feel the need to play court jester, appeaser or silent sufferer. When she was made coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, Deborah Birx was taking the position with a hefty resume, heavily credentialed by such achievements...