Oriental Review

2019 Dec 9 - 12:48pm
The scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the recent weeks by two prominent writers in the US — the Washington Post’s Max Boot (here) and the New Yorker magazine’s Dexter Filkins (here) — is the latest indicator underscoring that the tide of American liberal opinion regarding India’s political […]
Tags: 'The Others' Alliances, India, United States, donald trump, Houston, Narendra Modi
2019 Dec 8 - 7:35pm
The ideas that constitute “modernity” center around life as management. Modernity assumes that life can be managed, and that human beings are well-suited for the job. It’s greatest successes have come in the careful application of technology towards various problems with a resulting rise in wealth. The well-being that comes […]
Tags: Sunday reading
2019 Dec 7 - 8:22pm
Summit anniversaries are not usually this abysmally interesting. While those paying visits to Watford, England on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are supposedly signatories to the same agreement, a casual glance would have suggested otherwise. This was a show of some bickering. France, […]
Tags: Canada, Cold War 2.0, Europe, France, Germany, turkey
2019 Dec 7 - 3:21pm
The decision to “downgrade” the NATO’s historic summit meeting in London on the 70th anniversary of the alliance to a mere “Leaders’ Meeting” implied that no joint declaration or communique would need to be issued after the event. That was smart thinking. The apprehension was that the sharp differences amongst […]
Tags: Canada, Cold War 2.0, Europe, France, Germany, turkey
2019 Dec 6 - 12:49pm
Sri Lanka is a role model for the dictum of diplomacy being the extension of a country’s national policies. Sri Lanka’s performance must be commended since it also grapples with an unresolved nationality question in which its big neighbour India has historically staked claim as stakeholder, a claim that Colombo […]
Tags: 'The Others' Alliances, India, South Asia, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka
2019 Dec 5 - 8:32pm
Part I, Part II, Part III The Croatian (Illyrian) Revival Movement until a victory of the national (South Slavic) language (1847) The Austrian Emperor, Ferdinand V (1835–1848), on January 11th, 1843 issued the order of prohibition of the use of the Illyrian name and the Illyrian coat of arms. The […]
Tags: Balkans, Europe, Austrian Empire, Croatia, Croats, Habsburg Monarchy
2019 Dec 5 - 12:55pm
Leaders currently in office rarely make an appearance before either the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court.  International law remains affixed to the notion that heads-of-state are, at least for the duration of their time in office, safe from prosecution.  Matters change once the time in office […]
Tags: Anti-Human Rights, South East Asia, aung san suu kyi, China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, genocide, International Court of Justice
2019 Dec 4 - 9:24pm
We are continuing the publication of Thierry Meyssan’s book, Before Our Very Eyes, Fake Wars and Big Lies. We start the second part on French politics with, in this episode, the appearance of Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy. Gradually, small gifts will transform Paris’ foreign policy from serving France to personal arrangements between friends.
Tags: Chaosistan, Europe, France, Hybrid Wars, Middle East, Syria
2019 Dec 4 - 12:49pm
Judge José de la Mata of Spain’s High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, had been facing a good deal of stonewalling on the part of his British colleagues.  He is overseeing an investigation into the surveillance activities of a Spanish security firm aimed at WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, during his stay […]
Tags: Anti-Human Rights, Europe, Global Surveillance, Information Warfare, United Kingdom, United States
2019 Dec 3 - 9:19pm
The growing economic, social, linguistic and political gap between Wallonia and Flanders led Belgium during the last decades into instability and segregation of the society along the ethnic lines. It is visible and from the political scene of the country as new regional parties were formed by the Flemish and Walloon sections of the Christian Democrats, the Socialists, and the Liberals.
Tags: Europe, regions, Belgium, Brussels, Dutch, federalism
2019 Dec 3 - 12:51pm
Surveillance activities and the law are often at loggerheads.  The former specialises in destroying privacy; the latter, in so far as it might be adequate, sometimes furnishes a means of preserving it.  When it comes to exposing overly-eager surveillance activity, obstacles arise.  Ironically, the privacy of agents, and the sacrosanct […]
Tags: Anglosphere, Global Surveillance, United States, New Zealand
2019 Dec 2 - 8:31pm
The United States has alleged that Russia’s presence in Libya is having an “incredibly destabilising” impact. Washington is stepping out of the shade and making way to the centre stage of the Libyan conflict. David Schenker, the State Department’s assistant secretary for near eastern affairs said Tuesday in Washington, “The […]
Tags: Chaosistan, Cold War 2.0, Russia, United States, CIA, Haftar