Friday, January 20, 2017

Global Implications of Trump's Inaugural Speech

The speech given by Donald Trump at his presidential inauguration sets a new tone for America's relations with the rest of the world:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

a bunch of views on and from china: yeah, right, mustn't upset the hans

With their threats to China, Trump and Tillerson are making rookie blunders that will only hurt US credibility
Hugh White says their ill-considered words over the South China Sea and 'one China' policy, which underline how little they understand China, will most probably reveal themselves to be empty threats
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 January, 2017


Donald Trump right to question one-China policy, says ex-US national security adviser
Stephen Yates, who met with Taiwan's president last month, says incoming US government should rethink its policy towards the island, which Beijing says is a breakaway Chinese province
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 January, 2017,
Shi Jiangtao



Trump diplomacy: how will it affect China?
Experts advise patience in early days of new US administration
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 January, 2017
Catherine Wong


HOW REKINDLED SINO-INDIAN TENSIONS ARE RESHAPING ASIAN GEOPOLITICS
As New Delhi bridles at Beijing's refusal to take its security concerns seriously, its erstwhile ally Russia is showing interest in cosying up to Pakistan
BY HARSH V PANT
18 JAN 2017


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cyberwarfare

Cyber war has gone public, and that's bad
Just like conventional war and conventional spying, the cyber war needs recognizable rules of engagement
Leonid Bershidsky
Tue, Jan 17 2017

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the only high was when huma-hillary were defeated

Barack Obama leaves office: Highs and lows in India-US ties during his tenure
WORLD Updated: Jan 17, 2017 21:11 IST
Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times

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the new right

remarkable that a businessman is so clear that hindu ideas are key to the new right, and in the 'churchexpress' too

The new right
Belief in a strong state and leader, and market economy, with a stress on Hindu roots defines it
Rajiv Lall | Published:January 18, 2017 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Quick notes: Oracle's sin, Apple's demands...

  • Land of the pure: 12 per cent quota for Muslims in next budget session: KCR.


  • U.S. sues Oracle: Their sin? "Oracle was far more likely to hire Asian applicants - particularly Indian people - for product development and technical roles than black, white or Hispanic job seekers".


  • Apple's demands: Indian govt wants Apple, but not all officials are biting. "Apple is coming here because it sees a lucrative market, this is not a favor being done to India."


  • Can Indian-IT benefit from this? Blockchain could save investment banks up to $12 billion a year. 


  • Low-Cost Medical Diagnostics: Manu Prakash, who won a 2016 MacArthur "genius" award, is a leader in the so-called frugal science movement, which aims to devise low-cost solutions for complex technologies. Prakash is best known for developing the Foldscope, an origami-like paper microscope that costs about $1.50.


  • IIT Bombay study: Air pollution killed 81,000 in Delhi & Mumbai, cost Rs 70,000 crore in 2015.  Air pollution was also responsible for 23 million cases of restricted activity days — either less productive days or days off work for individuals — in the commercial capital in 2015.


  • Response to a climate-change-denier:



  • How NYTimes covers Human Pyramids

ISRO-JAXA Agreement Aims at India-Japan Space Cooperation

Cabinet has approved an agreement signed between India's ISRO and Japan's JAXA for peaceful cooperation on space exploration:

http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/cabinet-approves-isro-jaxa-mou-for-outer-space-research-117011801090_1.html


Also, the new CE-20 engine has successfully passed through its high-altitude acceptance test, the final evaluation required to certify it as flight-worthy. The engine will be used for the upper stage of the LVM3-D1 maiden developmental flight of the new-generation GSV-Mark-III launch vehicle.

http://www.isro.gov.in/high-altitude-flight-acceptance-test-of-ce20-engine-conducted-successfully

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

#deepstate goes to war with trump, as it does with modi

https://theintercept.com/2017/01/11/the-deep-state-goes-to-war-with-president-elect-using-unverified-claims-as-dems-cheer/

in the US, they are using the CIA.

in india, they are attacking the RBI to get at modi.

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Fwd: : GUDIYA SAMBHRAMA ...the Temple Festival 2017 with web-cast links


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Vijayalakshmi Vijayakumar


Namaskara,

While the Gregorian calendar has changed from 2016 to 2017 so will our Indian calendar. With this change comes new beginnings, revival and rejuvenation.

Heritage a not-for-profit trust  organizes a celebration each year from the 3rd week January for about 6 to 7 consecutive week-ends. The 2017 festival starts on the 21st of January. Please join us in this celebration of our cultural and natural heritage in various haloed sacred spaces.

Flowers of every hue will be celebrated through dance, music, poetry and legends. Flower artists will be honoured and performing artists from across the country will share their art with us each week-end. On each Sunday we will provide you the opportunity to play traditional board games.

On the inaugural day,  flower artists will demonstrate and share the nuances of flower braiding with the audience from 5.15 pm onwards. We request you to come join us and share in honouring them with our attention and interest.

Given below are links to the live webcast of the event -
https://livestream.com/shaalelive/heritage
 www.live.shaale.com or shaalelive.com

If you would like to join us on this journey please do email us on gudiya.sambhrama@gmail.com

If you want to contribute funds , please email us and we will give you the necessary details. You will get an 80G tax exemption for your contribution.

We look forward to your presence and support, and we would be delighted to see more people each year, caring, connecting  and celebrating our cultural and natural heritage.Please do share this with all your friends.

 In case you have received this mail more than once please forgive us in our enthusiasm to invite you we may have sent it more than once, we have no intentions of overloading your in-box.

Season's Greetings,
Vijayalakshmi V & Supriya K

Secretary, Heritage,
Chinmaya Apts,
# 1, Puttanna Road,
Basavangudi,
Bangalore 560 004







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tibet

India's Diplomatic Moves on Tibet
As China ignores India's security concerns, Modi embraces the Dalai Lama.
By HARSH V. PANT
Jan. 16, 2017



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bye bye davos man

Does Trump's rise mark the end of Davos Man's influence?
Those calling for change should be careful what they wish for, writes Martin Wolf
15 hours ago


Davos elite needs to heed wrath of the 'left behind'
Almost all countries are failing to improve growth rates
4 HOURS AGO by: Chris Giles


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for our pak friends

esp now that it's apparent that ISI collaborated with UP friends to derail trains.

The limits to e-surveillance
PRAVIN SAWHNEY | Tue, 17 Jan 2017-08:10am , DNA
The best deterrence again terror attacks is not e-surveillance but taking the fight to the Pakistan Army

a few explosions with plausible deniability go a long way. kahuta, maybe?

China's 3Ts: Trade, terror, territory...
Abhijit Bhattacharyya
Jan 17, 2017
Why has China imposed restrictions on its border with Pakistan at Xinjiang?

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so obama was building up america to compete with china!

wow, so instead of being a wimp, obama was a genius. my mistake. 

Obama wasn't weak on foreign policy – he was just wise enough to realise that Asia, not America, is the future
When Donald Trump says Obama 'created Isis', he willfully ignores the reality of the Iraq war, as well as what was happening in the rest of the world
Andrew Moran, Associate Professor of International Relations at London Metropolitan University, and the co-author of the new book, 'The Obama Presidency and the Politics of Change'  
Sunday 15 January 2017

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US Left Hope Deep State Will Derail Trump

The American Left, still smarting from the sting of their electoral loss to Trump, are openly cheering on the US intelligence community in attacking Trump:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/13/glenn-greenwald-democrats-hoping-intelligence-agencies-will-undermine-and-subvert-trump-presidency.html


I'm sure Pakistani Generals will be grinning at how their own tactics are being emulated by American institutions. Is the CIA becoming like the ISI?


Monday, January 16, 2017

the end of davos man?

The defeat of Davos: Are the global elite in retreat?
By Joe Miller
BBC News, Davos
16 January 2017
Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the rise of populism have left the world's "liberal elites" reeling. Can Davos, their ideological habitat, survive?

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death of think tanks?

Trump might cause 'the death of think tanks as we know them'
By Josh Rogin

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chinese chips

US concerns grow over Chinese chip expansion
Trump has threatened new tariffs as semiconductor sector receives large subsidies11 HOURS AGO by: Louise Lucas in Hong Kong


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demonetization effect on #redterror

The red river runs dry
With the rebels desperate to launder their stocks of cash, the police close in on the different groups.
Amitabh Srivastava
January 12, 2017


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bangladesh 2.0/direct action day not far off

A rong too many: Mamata is turning Bengali into medium of destruction
Now her government is dropping the word Ram from textbooks.
15-01-2017
Abhijit Majumder


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timid potus

Obama's legacy lacked military adventurism
S Nihal Singh
Jan 16, 2017
In the most extensive record of the Obama Doctrine after seven years in office, Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic magazine has come to the conclusion that Mr Obama's Cairo rhetoric was lost in the hopes stirred by the Arab Spring, quickly to be dashed by the traditional form of dictatorial rule. In the Palestinians' case, he gave up because of the power of the Jewish lobby in the US administrative and legislative spheres. Mr Goldberg believes Mr Obama became "steadily more fatalistic about America's ability to direct global events".

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get that rajya sabha majority, sri modi!

Aiming for a decisive victory in UP
ROHIT GANDHI | Mon, 16 Jan 2017-08:05am , DNA
UP with 31 Rajya Sabha seats is critical for bringing the BJP closer to a simple majority in the Upper House

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china and russia

Geopolitical flux in Asia
Harsh V Pant, Jan 16, 2017
Much to India's discomfiture, Beijing has found a new ally in Russia, which is keen to side with China, to scuttle western interests.
Relations between Asia's two rising powers, China and India, are in trouble with Beijing refusing to take Indian security concerns seriously and New Delhi deciding to take the challenge posed by China head-on.

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#minorityrights

Haj subsidy: State should not foot the bill for a pilgrim's progress
EDITORIALS Updated: Jan 15, 2017 


PLIGHT OF BANGLADESH'S HINDUS
Monday, 16 January 2017 | Shantanu Mukharji 
The Hindus in the neighbouring country reel under a sense of fear and insecurity. Their plight calls for urgent redressal involving political wisdom and mature judgement. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina must ensure their safety and security sooner than later

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India's Rogue Bench

India's Supreme Court has been destroying its credibility through radical rulings and judicial overreach:

https://www.ft.com/content/2ec1fe30-d311-11e6-9341-7393bb2e1b51

http://www.aei.org/publication/overreach-undermines-the-credibility-of-indias-supreme-court/

This rogue activist bench has yet to learn the wisdom of judicial restraint.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Trump Upsets China & Deep State

As you know, US President-elect Donald Trump has been publicly questioning the One China policy, saying that the idea isn't sacred, and particularly making gestures of closeness to Taiwan. China in return is warning Trump of serious consequences:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-usa-trump-idUSKBN15001X

Rather than take too much glee from this, India had better take steps to boost its defenses, in case Beijing decides to lash out randomly and make an example out of one of its neighbors in order to demonstrate strength to people at home or those abroad. If China decides to move quickly against us, we might not be in a position to handle them quickly enough. Better safe, than sorry.

Trump is used to brinksmanship, and may well decide to keep pushing the dragon, in order to gain leverage on trade. India should be alert to China's likely responses.

Meanwhile, Trump is on the receiving end of numerous challenges and warnings from the US intelligence and security establishment:

http://www.dw.com/en/cia-boss-says-trump-should-watch-russia-not-twitter/a-37140878

Thursday, January 12, 2017

France & India to Jointly Study Future Rocket Designs

As part of the recent Indo-French agreement, both countries will work together on development of future rocket designs, including reusable rocket technology:

https://www.spaceintelreport.com/france-india-to-study-future-rocket-designs

Incidentally, ISRO will be launching a record 103 satellites on the PSLV next month.

Zeihan Forecast - Global & US

Strategic analyst & consultant Peter Zeihan gives his forecast for US and global pictures:



(He generally speaks to US audiences, and so he's mainly bullish on the US)