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by A_Gupta
20 Oct 2018 19:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Thomas Friedman: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/opinion/jamal-khashoggi-saudi-mohammed-bin-salman.html And I believe that the roots of 9/11 came from two terrible bargains. One was that bargain between the Saudi ruling family and the kingdom’s religious establishment, where each blessed the othe...
by A_Gupta
19 Oct 2018 17:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Non-Western Worldview
Replies: 1003
Views: 77114

Re: Non-Western Worldview

https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/the-constitution-dharma-intention-to-protect-religious-freedoms-of-groups-no-matter-how-small-is-unarguable/ More troubling is the short shrift given to the letter and spirit of the Constitution in the concurring opinion of Justice Chandrachud....
by A_Gupta
19 Oct 2018 17:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1136
Views: 109056

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ate-buying
China's Late Stock Rally Has All the Hallmarks of State Buying
by A_Gupta
18 Oct 2018 17:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

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December 5, 2016 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-donald-trump-journalist-banned-for-criticising-us-president-elect-a7456956.html?fbclid=IwAR2Tr6ekZNEZ2CToCMlT5gl1zI_ElX-J40Eionkxc4iu0m9wAlUwXKmr15s Saudi Arabia bans journalist for criticising Donald Trump One should...
by A_Gupta
18 Oct 2018 01:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 235868

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^^in this conversation my question may be slightly OT, but does anyone know of the origins of soft proscription of sea travel in hinduism. There are many mainstream stories, e.g., about ramanujam and vivekanad talk about it. I have always countered it using 1. Ramayan stories of sea travel of shrir...
by A_Gupta
18 Oct 2018 00:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US - Again

The American deep state, such as it is, is owned by the Saudis. http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/10/httpswwwwashingtonpostcomopinionsglobal-opinionsare-we-willing-to-sacrifice-our-moral-standing-for-this20181012ba.html When I arrived in SA many years ago to be the military att...
by A_Gupta
16 Oct 2018 20:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US - Again

American brass-knuckle politics. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/was-gary-hart-set-up/570802/ Was Gary Hart Set Up? What are we to make of the deathbed confession of the political operative Lee Atwater, newly revealed, that he staged the events that brought down the Democratic c...
by A_Gupta
15 Oct 2018 21:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US - Again

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/ar ... me/570832/
Newt Gingrich turned partisan battles into bloodsport, wrecked Congress, and paved the way for Trump's rise. Now he's reveling in his achievements.
by A_Gupta
13 Oct 2018 07:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2192
Views: 342614

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Industrial Production growth YoY Aug 4.3%
Manufacturing Production growth YoY Aug 4.6%

tradingeconomics.com, or e.g.,
https://www.business-standard.com/artic ... 871_1.html
by A_Gupta
09 Oct 2018 19:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US - Again

It’s like a switch is thrown at D+8 that causes actual Democratic seat gain to go from behind their popular-vote gain pace to well ahead of it. So what happens at D+8? Republicans’ structural advantage in how districts are drawn (gerrymandering, as well as the phenomenon of self-sorting, whereby De...
by A_Gupta
08 Oct 2018 17:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

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https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/tom-nichols-why-im-leaving-republican-party/572419/?utm_term=2018-10-07T18%3A00%3A33&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_medium=social "Why I’m Leaving the Republican Party" The Republican...
by A_Gupta
06 Oct 2018 18:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - July 27, 2018
Replies: 2848
Views: 151708

Re: Terroristan - July 27, 2018

Since we have made fun of first cousin marriage in Pakistan. https://forums.bharat-rakshak.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5355&p=2298672#p2298672 Since you brought this up, can you also compare that with toiletistan's stats? There appears to be no recent study, in line with Pakistan's generally di...
by A_Gupta
06 Oct 2018 17:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - July 27, 2018
Replies: 2848
Views: 151708

Re: Terroristan - July 27, 2018

Since we have made fun of first cousin marriage in Pakistan.
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5355&p=2298672#p2298672
by A_Gupta
06 Oct 2018 17:38
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Know Your India
Replies: 502
Views: 47366

Re: Know Your India

by A_Gupta
06 Oct 2018 16:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Re: what Rudradev wrote:
https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index ... /traister/

“In her new book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger, Traister details how female rage has long been the country’s political fuel.“
by A_Gupta
04 Oct 2018 16:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2298
Views: 283019

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Major Chinese hardware hack https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ ...
by A_Gupta
04 Oct 2018 03:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Turns out what a man has to do to avoid being falsely accused of rape is exactly what a woman has to do to avoid being molested in the first place. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/10/3/1801231/-Being-falsely-accused-can-ruin-your-life?utm_campaign=trending First few examples: :1. If you go to ...
by A_Gupta
03 Oct 2018 07:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2298
Views: 283019

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

China’s infiltration of Australia and New Zealand https://www.npr.org/2018/10/02/627249909/australia-and-new-zealand-are-ground-zero-for-chinese-influence Hamilton says China's Communist Party has infiltrated Chinese-Australian associations devoted to students and scholars, writers and religious act...
by A_Gupta
03 Oct 2018 07:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Remarkable essay from a Kavanaugh character witness:
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archi ... gh/571936/
by A_Gupta
02 Oct 2018 17:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Kavanaugh might have already known of the Ramirez allegations (second accuser) published by the New Yorker in September and was already planning his defense in July. But then he lied to the Senate Committee when he said the first he ever heard of it was from the New Yorker. So much for "partisa...
by A_Gupta
01 Oct 2018 22:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Trump Is Winning on Trade The world might protest, but ultimately countries have to deal with the U.S. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/10/trump-nafta-canada/571795/ President Trump hailed Monday a last-minute agreement with Canada that would in effect rebrand the North America...
by A_Gupta
01 Oct 2018 17:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Till then, this is just a meaningless circus to distract from the realities of life. ^^^ Important observation. Reminded me of the following. If US (and OECD) economic potential has greatly declined, this will certainly be something that the elites want to do, i.e., distract the plebeians from revo...
by A_Gupta
01 Oct 2018 17:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2192
Views: 342614

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Fearing Tough Action Under Modi Government’s Insolvency Code, Companies Pay Up Rs 1.1 Lakh Crore
https://swarajyamag.com/insta/fearing-t ... lakh-crore
by A_Gupta
01 Oct 2018 17:15
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2192
Views: 342614

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

India September factory growth picks up pace
Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 52.2 in September from 51.7 in August
https://www.livemint.com/Politics/sTb12 ... -pace.html
by A_Gupta
28 Sep 2018 03:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US- Again

Avenatti is a byproduct of Trump and Trump's actions. Avenatti is not a Democrat; nor do the Democrats want him or his plan to run for President in 2020.

PS: the cost of speaking up:
https://www.aclu.org/blog/privacy-techn ... -say-metoo
by A_Gupta
28 Sep 2018 02:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US- Again

I have not got an answer to the question I asked before: What was a 15-year-old girl doing at a frat party with obvious drinking going on, with men older than herself getting themselves smashed. I know one answer but it is not PC. Instead I heard some deflection about "No is a No" etc. Bu...
by A_Gupta
27 Sep 2018 17:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US- Again

I don't see how the analogy applies. With #MeToo those targeted are almost always members of the elite, not the equivalent of adivasis. The Democratic party is providing political cover for various resist activities (note harassment of government officials in public) and the #MeToo movement - which...
by A_Gupta
27 Sep 2018 17:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US- Again

Rudradev wrote:It hasn't. Under criminal law there is still a statute of limitations on sexual misconduct, and probably everything else except murder.


Actually, the state in which Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford lived, Maryland, there is no statute of limitation on sexual misconduct.
by A_Gupta
27 Sep 2018 07:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US- Again

^^^ Left isn't doing this. And a Supreme Court nomination is a unique event.
by A_Gupta
27 Sep 2018 04:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US- Again

^^^ Excellent essay, but: It may not be exactly fair to Kavanaugh (after all, there were probably thousands like him who behaved the same way or worse towards women at the time) Only one of those thousands is attempting to be elevated to the Supreme Court. PS: Of course, you do point out that "...
by A_Gupta
27 Sep 2018 04:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US- Again

The fourth allegation: NBC news reports (no URL yet) An anonymous letter came to Senator Cory Gardner (Republican) of Colorado, on September 22, from a mother who described an incident from 1998. Supposedly Senate Republicans have been investigating it. Info about it leaked this afternoon. PS: here'...
by A_Gupta
26 Sep 2018 22:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1627
Views: 136792

Re: Understanding the US- Again

The Kavanaugh pile-on continues:
https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/ ... ang-rapes/

New Witness Accuses Brett Kavanaugh of Setting Up “Gang Rapes”
by A_Gupta
26 Sep 2018 21:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2192
Views: 342614

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

^^^ How big is the Indian "junk bonds" industry? Perhaps risky financing is coming from banks when it ought to come from the market?

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