There has been a peaceful transfer of power from Congress led coalition to BJP (which has a clear majority) led coalition in India. The newly minted PM Narendra Modi made a very forceful and quite inclusive down to earth speech on India’s Independence Day highlighting some very crucial social and political issues.
by Nasir Khan
The man-made disasters in the Middle Eastern region are bringing only death, destruction, pain and suffering to millions. Now more and more people are being devoured by the senseless violence and carnage in the name of some religion (Islam), sect (Shia, Sunni, etc.), some superior 'chosen people' or territorial expansion (Israel).
Nearly a century ago, after four bloody years of World War I, British colonialists created the state of Iraq, complete with their hand-picked monarch. Britain and France were authorized — or, more precisely, authorized themselves — to create states in the Arab world, despite the prior British promise of independence in return for the Arabs’ revolt against the Ottoman Turks, which helped the Allied powers defeat the Central powers. And so European countries drew lines in the sand without much regard for the societies they were constructing from disparate sectarian, tribal, and ethnic populations.
Israel wages genocidal wars without mercy. Even doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and other health workers are targeted.
Civilians are as vulnerable as combatants. It's longstanding Israeli policy.
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|William A. Cook|