North Korea: Bluff, Show-Biz Or Both?

North Korea: Bluff, Show-Biz Or Both?

Trump’s powerful “armada” ordered to the North Korean coast seems to have splintered. On April 19th, it was reported that part of the fleet had veered off in the opposite direction towards the Indian Ocean, another towards Australia. The Press was aghast. It expected a mini Armageddon Continue reading “North Korea: Bluff, Show-Biz Or Both?”

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The Village Building


The Village Building

Once upon a time, there was a rural village that lay beside a beautiful serene lake. The villagers were envious of the city dwellers, and wishing to emulate their perception of civilization and modernity, decided to build a multi-story building that houses a supermarket, offices, and apartments Continue reading “The Village Building”

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New Sparta

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New Sparta

The past few decades saw the birth of a new entity in in the world. Its name has not yet been revealed, but rumor has it to be “New Sparta”.

The original Sparta was a smallish ancient Greek city state that was renowned for its military prowess, aggressiveness and viciousness. And, Continue reading “New Sparta”

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TIMBUKTU ELEPHANTS

TIMBUKTU ELEPHANTS

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The august, International Criminal Court at The Hague, recently began the trial of a leader of the Islamist Militants (Ansaru Din), who took over Timbuktu, Mali in 2012. The Islamist ruled the city for ten months and installed strict Sharia law and, in the process, killed residents and destroyed some old buildings and ancient manuscripts.

It was an open and shut case, as the leader on trial, who is also an Islamic scholar, immediately admitted to the charges, said he was really sorry and asked for forgiveness! That was pretty Catholic of him, and probably, was a shrewd defense strategy, with the cards well stacked against him. Continue reading “TIMBUKTU ELEPHANTS”

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The Middle East Chess Game – Part Two

The Middle East Chess Game – Part Two

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The US, Turkey and their friends set out, five years ago, to topple Assad of Syria. They encouraged and armed a hodgepodge mixture of Arab and non-Arab militants to the job. A good part of these militants turned out to be terrorists with an agenda of their own.

This medley group almost succeeded in ousting Assad, but the Russian cavalry appeared, at the last minute, and began routing the militants. Turkey, in a reflex action, struck back directly at Russia, which triggered a snowball that began rolling from the top of the mountain. Continue reading “The Middle East Chess Game – Part Two”

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IT IS THE GULF OF MEXICO, STUPID!

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It Is The Gulf Of Mexico, Stupid!

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CNN and the other unbiased media, reported the unprofessional and unsafe actions of the Iranians, who, last week, sent their small patrol boats to harass two US naval ships, a destroyer and a missile carrier. The puny boats got as close as quarter of a kilometer, before the ships fired warning shots to ward them off.

The Pentagon was indignant that the Iranians were so brash, to flaunt the Freedom of the Seas Law, and bother innocent ships routinely transiting the Gulf, and in international waters. Continue reading “IT IS THE GULF OF MEXICO, STUPID!”

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