Author: SWARAAJ CHAUHAN, International Columnist

Ukraine: America’s monopoly ends…Russia a new superpower?

It had to happen sooner than later. The US now seems to be realising that foreign affairs and international relations are best managed through discussion and dialogue rather than twisting people’s arms and invading other nations, a la Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries. An indication to this effect came when the US President Barack Obama urged Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, in a one-hour phone call Thursday, to “pursue a diplomatic solution to his military incursion into Crimea, including direct talks between Russia and Ukraine with outside observers.” “President Obama indicated that there is a way to resolve the situation...

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US ends boycott of India’s Prime Minister-aspirant Narendra Modi

After humiliating and bycotting Narendra Modi, India’s powerful leader beloging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the US administration has finally woken up from its Rip Van Winkle sleep after almost a decade. The US ambassador to India, Nancy Powell will meet Narendra Modi on Thursday in Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat, India’s western state that has elected Modi as the Chief Minister three times. The present meeting comes just months ahead of the Lok Sabha (the lower house of India’s Parliament) elections where Modi is a front-runner for the post of Prime Minister, which is currently occupied...

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Live music in Adelaide’s old cinema hall

One of the fascinating things I find Down Under is the dedicated participation of volunteers in all spheres of life – cultural, educational, economic and social. It is because of the involvement of the volunteers that Capri Theatre, one of the oldest cinema Halls in Adelaide (the capital city of South Australia), has become a rallying point for those passionate about movies, live theatre, music or comedy. This is heartening because in the world’s big cities the old and historic cinema halls are being replaced by multiplex cinema complexes. Built in 1941, the Capri Theatre reflects the elegance of...

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India angry with US for arresting diplomat & retaliates

New Delhi not only summoned the US ambassador to register its protest against the arrest of a senior Indian diplomat in America but also initiated a series of steps to strip US diplomats and their families of privileges, including withdrawing all airport passes and stopping import clearances for the embassy. Asking all American consulate personnel and their families to turn in their ID cards immediately, the Indian government has also sought key information such as salaries paid to all Indian staff employed at the American consulates and by consulate officers and families including as domestic helps. The Indian diplomat...

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Who should conduct US foreign policy – CIA/Pentagon or Diplomats?

During the past decade, the world has somehow come to believe that the US State Department has just become a sidekick of the Pentagon and the CIA in formulating the American foreign policy. In other words, the US has given up the traditional and time-honoured style of conducting diplomacy through dialogue, discussion and consensus in dealing with contentious issues relating to foreign countries. This public hunch has been more than confirmed by the top US foreign service officers. American diplomats and the US State Department seem fed up of the White House and the Congress pampering the Pentagon and...

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