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by JE Menon
04 Oct 2018 14:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 697
Views: 90006

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

This is a situation which China created by itself, possibly by a combination of hubris and neglect. It failed to see that its mercantilist approach, combined with a relentless focus on one-sided exports, was not sustainable. And for all its vaunted long-sightedness, it failed to recognise that a bac...
by JE Menon
02 Oct 2018 23:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1607
Views: 134951

Re: Understanding the US - Again

>>So far, India has come out smelling of roses and her every move with regard to the CPEC fiasco has paid off.

Hameen!!!

And so far, not a peep from our gloriously objective media about this at all.
by JE Menon
01 Oct 2018 23:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4002
Views: 313572

Re: Internal Security Watch

>>The accused, Jorge Solis (43), the Mexican national, and Mohammed Sadiq (59) and Manu Gupta (45)

Hmmm... looks like we have a real Amar, Akbar, Antonio situation going here...

Guys should be lined up ind shot in the scrotum. Mind you, one can expect the names to evolve over time.
by JE Menon
22 Sep 2018 18:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 310431

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

A long interesting talk about the gypsies, by Dr. Ian Hancock (himself a gypsy I think) - and one of the foremost experts on the people. The Indian connection is extensive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTsqiP196Uw
by JE Menon
19 Sep 2018 13:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1882
Views: 234855

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^^This sharticle is by MK Bhadrakumar...

The only thing that surprises me is how he managed to weasel & slither his way into zerohedge.
by JE Menon
09 Sep 2018 11:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1607
Views: 134951

Re: Understanding the US- Again

^^^virtually identical to tactics employed in India by NGOs. I would be surprised if this fellow did not get some initiation back home. Over many decades since independence almost all forms of subversion are first tried in India, perfected in failure, and the process employed elsewhere in the hope o...
by JE Menon
31 Aug 2018 10:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 90
Views: 5667

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

>>The religious differences are exacerbating political tensions between Russia and Ukraine. (Like Orthodox Serbia and Catholic Croatia). And Germany is likely (attempting to) play a similar role to what it did leading to the Croatian-Serbian confrontation. Needless to say Ukraine itself was barely a...
by JE Menon
30 Aug 2018 18:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 90
Views: 5667

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

KLD thanks boss.

What is your twitter handle? And if you are not there, why not? Your acid wit and knowledge are deeply required on that warfront!!!

Mine is @jai_menon
by JE Menon
30 Aug 2018 14:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 90
Views: 5667

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

Rakesh, good to have you on this thread. >>The Christianity of Jesus and the Christianity of Paul are one and the same. It is the Roman Catholic Church (and other institutionalized churches) that has convoluted the message of Christianity. Indeed, that is what I meant to convey when I said Pauline C...
by JE Menon
29 Aug 2018 16:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 90
Views: 5667

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

>>this Pope may be the last one. Highly unlikely Philip. The Roman Catholic Church has proven to be highly durable, and very "temporal" as you mentioned. They have managed to survive this long precisely because of a willingness to do whatever it takes, not just to survive, but to thrive - ...
by JE Menon
29 Aug 2018 11:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 90
Views: 5667

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

>>What I had meant to say was that Deans, sorry if I had come across as objecting to your comments. I hadn't meant to. On the contrary, I'm broadly in agreement with your posts on this subject. I was merely elaborating a little. Not many people in India know of these intricate differences, and frank...
by JE Menon
28 Aug 2018 18:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 90
Views: 5667

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

As I said, every new revelation is scarier than the last: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/christinekenneally/orphanage-death-catholic-abuse-nuns-st-josephs This is in Vermont! "But for all these revelations — including this month’s Pennsylvania grand jury report on how the church hid the c...
by JE Menon
28 Aug 2018 17:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 90
Views: 5667

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

>>The Orthodox church was more tightly controlled by the state and was less of a `business' than the Catholic church. During the USSR period, the church was badly compromised by the Communists, The Orthodox church is much less "in your face" than the Catholic version. I have lived in the O...
by JE Menon
28 Aug 2018 13:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 90
Views: 5667

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

>>A common refrain I hear from friends who are Catholics is that, the rot started when the Catholic church moved from a religious body to a "business entity". This comment by people (a common one Sachin), in fact stems from ignorance rather than insight. The Roman Church was a commercially...
by JE Menon
27 Aug 2018 20:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 90
Views: 5667

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

>>We need to question whether Indian religions are any less exploitative.

Avarachan has started this thread with a very clear subject. I recommend participants stick to that explicitly.
by JE Menon
27 Aug 2018 18:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 90
Views: 5667

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

In my assessment, what is happening right now in the Catholic Church is a civil war of sorts, a vicious, quietly hidden and high stakes civil war - in which there are priests who are on different sides, taking up positions for and against the pope, and using everything from allegations of paedophila...
by JE Menon
25 Aug 2018 14:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 729
Views: 36668

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

^^Yup, I have probably lost a "friend" who was doing this and sent one to me as well (related to aid contribution by states). I responded, with facts etc... and this was dismissed as verbal diarrhoea on the part of yours truly. Naturally, this did not stop the diarrhoea until said gent was...
by JE Menon
15 Jul 2018 11:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 310431

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Consider this, we have been only properly open 30 years or so, and you find stuff like this in the most unexpected of places: ZkpbQeQDScs Supposedly an ancient Indian warfare training school in Florence, Italy - although it looks to me like some sort of ancient eastern warfare exhibition event. Neve...
by JE Menon
13 Jul 2018 13:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1607
Views: 134951

Re: Understanding the US- Again

The US will only talk about this vaunted "special relationship" if the British plead with them to do so. That is the precise nature of the special relationship.
by JE Menon
07 Jul 2018 17:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions
Replies: 1107
Views: 165182

Re: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions

X-Posting from Internal Security Thread:

https://www.firstpost.com/india/narendr ... 32721.html

Modi's Development Offensive in Bastar Showing Results
by JE Menon
04 Jul 2018 06:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 310431

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Just an anecdote: I was in conversation yesterday in the Middle East with a couple of Syrians/Lebanese.... The Syrian guy as part of the conversation mentioned that in fact the Indians "were the teachers of the Arabs". He said it without embarrassment or any sense of resentment or negativi...
by JE Menon
01 Jul 2018 23:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 697
Views: 90006

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pehGk4obJ7w

Sergei Lavrov, Russian FM, on Channel 4. Forget the bullshit bait headline by Channel 4 - the interview is another study in how a country can be firm and flexible. Another great foreign minister out of Russia, this gent.

by JE Menon
01 Jul 2018 11:02
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2189
Views: 341328

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Swarajya's Interview with the PM. https://swarajyamag.com/economy/modi-to-gst-critics-can-we-have-milk-and-mercedes-at-the-same-rate Swarajya's interview with our PM - a media coup, and am proud to say that I write for them under my own name and one or two pseudonyms (don't recall)!!! Also, a couple...
by JE Menon
30 Jun 2018 18:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 310431

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Saw your response now... Thanks Nilesh. I'm getting a sense that it is going to be a new attack front. Nothing specific yet. So far my own (admittedly limited) research is suggesting it to be anywhere between 300 CE and 700 CE. But this is just stuff on the net. And somehow that seems incorrect to m...
by JE Menon
29 Jun 2018 15:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 310431

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Can someone here date the Markandeya Purana?
by JE Menon
27 Jun 2018 11:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4002
Views: 313572

Re: Internal Security Watch

Is there a link to the above article?
by JE Menon
23 Jun 2018 12:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 310431

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

BBC is soon coming out with "Legend of the Golden Man - Secret Warrior of the Steppes" or something very similar in name. They are getting in on the act, which means the pressure is beginning to tell. The reference is to Scythians. We need to keep an eye.
by JE Menon
19 Jun 2018 01:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1882
Views: 234855

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Above NYT story is not conclusive even according to them. "...appears to show" "nearly hit its target" , etc... In fact, considering the number of attacks, the death toll of one due to debris is remarkable. This is not to say we should go and buy Patriots. I've made my position o...
by JE Menon
18 Jun 2018 12:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1882
Views: 234855

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

>>Raytheon was claiming 100% success in SA/Yemen theater, not true for the March 2018 event. Could you elaborate? Why is it not true for the March 2018 event? If you are referring to the death of an Egyptian expatriate that was from debris crashing into a residential area. I think so far that has be...
by JE Menon
17 Jun 2018 21:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1882
Views: 234855

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

>>Those have been standard claims made about these missiles for years but as yet zero evidence they've hit anything. I am speaking specifically about SA. There is plenty of evidence on that. I'm not speaking about the accuracy, or how many Patriots need to be fired to take out one ballistic incoming...
by JE Menon
17 Jun 2018 13:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1882
Views: 234855

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^^I know for a fact that Patriots have been downing ballistic missiles from Yemen (provenance uncertain) over the last 12 months or so in Saudi Arabia. Not one of those Yemeni missiles have in fact hit the ground (except as debris) so far in the capital. I think one got through a roof in Jizan recen...
by JE Menon
17 Jun 2018 12:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 2288
Views: 366037

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

CRamS, They may have come to be viewed by the paymasters of their killers as agents of the state. It is not surprising that the killer charged in the Lankesh case are identified as "Shri Ram Sene" follower Parshuram Waghmore... as the Wikpedia page on them says: "The organisation was ...
by JE Menon
16 Jun 2018 20:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 2288
Views: 366037

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

I see the death of Lankesh and Bukhari in the same light. But I may be wrong.
by JE Menon
06 Jun 2018 12:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 310431

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

That sword, for 2000+ BC is something awesome. When it is cleaned up, it's going to be difficult for an untrained eye to say whether it was made in 2000 BC or 2000 AD... check out the handle. Wielded by a six-footer, as the skeleton apparently indicates, that chariot-borne warrior with his helmet, s...
by JE Menon
30 May 2018 11:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1882
Views: 234855

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Shelve the anti-missile purchase for now. Trump is impulsive and it won't be a good idea to cross him. More important issues like trade and access to markets are at stake so shelve the purchase for now. Buying the S-400 is part of trade and access to markets, as well as central to security. There i...
by JE Menon
28 May 2018 17:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4646
Views: 279726

Re: Deterrence

Shiv is here, but in other threads...
by JE Menon
27 May 2018 20:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5446
Views: 500727

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Russia is a friend. Old, tried and tested. Propaganda notwithstanding, the relationship remains solid. Both parties have to b cognizant of new realities on the ground, and it would appear that they are. Neither party will abandon each other. But the mechanics of the relationship are different now - ...
by JE Menon
26 May 2018 19:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1577
Views: 188047

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

>>Sir Europe need people and Central and Eastern Europe is solving that problem. It happening right now. Muslims have done great favour by revealing the cards. Mango European is tired of that. Sure, that is happening. But that does not mean that labour mobility from India to the UK cannot be improve...
by JE Menon
26 May 2018 17:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1577
Views: 188047

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

>>I don't understand some members wanting GoI to fight for Immigration rights for Indians who want to settle in outside India This is not about "immigration rights". I am not sure there is such a thing. I am only aware of the regulatory environment surrounding immigration, which starts at ...

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