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Contributing Foreign Editor/Syndicated Foreign Affairs Columinist -
Sun Media Group
(Pakistan's leading English language Newspaper)
Gulf Times (Qatar)
Khaleej Times (Dubai)
Frequent Commentator on foreign affairs: CNN, CNN International, MSNBC, Fox News, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CTV (National Canadian TV).
Author of "War at the Top of the World - the Stuggle for Afghanistan and Asia" Routledge 2002
Winner of 1998 South Asian Journalist Assn. Award for writing on India
Articles on foreign affairs published in
NY Times, Wall Street Journal(s), American Conservative Magazine, Washington D.C., Houston Post, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles times, Toronto Globe & Mail, Gulf News, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Is This the Man with His Finger on the Button?
Trump likes to add military props and lots of flags to his orations and speak of "his generals," but, beyond that, military affairs are of no evident interest to our tough-talking president who likes to style himself a "war president."
SHARE Sunday, April 26, 2020 Trump's Kool-Aid
President Donald Trump has clearly gone off the rails with his crazy suggestion that the public might try injecting potent disinfectants to combat COVID-19. Where did the world's most powerful elected official who now threatens war against Iran and Venezuela get this loopy notion?
SHARE Sunday, April 19, 2020 Lies Won't Stop Covid-19
As the bodies of COVID-19 victims pile up from New York to New Zealand, politicians are waging a furious blame game over the pandemic. At first, President Donald Trump dismissed COVID-19 as a simple cold or flu and, in the best dictatorial tradition, scared into silence scientists and politicians who disagreed with him for over a month.
SHARE Sunday, March 29, 2020 A Foretaste of the Horror of Biological Warfare
The world is getting a grim foretaste of what biological warfare would be like. Those not cowering in terror in their homes would likely be amazed to learn that some of their governments are still churning out highly toxic chemical and biological agents in hidden factories.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 22, 2020 Payback By Mother Earth?
As the coronavirus spreads, our self-proclaimed "War Leader" has drawn his sword to defend endangered America. But Trump can't decide if he is waging war against a vicious virus or fear itself. For the first two weeks of the epidemic he dismissed it as a "hoax" spread by lefties.
SHARE Sunday, March 1, 2020 Trump Does The Taj
President Donald Trump's 36-hour whirlwind visit to India this past week was designed to show Americans just how adored abroad their president really is. Unluckily for Trump, his campaign stop at this behemoth nation of 1.3 or 1.4 billion proved a fiasco.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 15, 2020 The Man Who Would Be King
Last week, the Senate voted 55/45 for a new bipartisan War Powers Act to constrain military action against Iran. The Congress voted a similar act. Both are designed to start returning the right to make war to Congress, as the Constitution clearly intended. The president is not the Warlord-in-chief in spite of what he thinks.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 1, 2020 Grand Theft Property
Under Trump's "deal," Israel is to formally annex about 30% of the West Bank, the Arab area it conquered in the 1967 war. This will include all Jerusalem and an archipelago of Jewish settlements on the West Bank that were implanted to thwart any possible creation of a viable Palestinian state.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 26, 2020 The Plagues From China
A new plague threatens the West: the Wuhan Coronavirus.
Officially named 2019-nCoV, the new virus has so far infected over 800 people in China. This latest plague erupted in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, population 11 million, which is located on the Yangtze River and is an important hub for national communications.
SHARE Sunday, January 19, 2020 Ike Was Right
As General Eisenhower warned, military spending has engulfed the nation. A trillion annual military budget represents just about half the world's military expenditures. The Pentagon is bustling with activity as if the nation was on a permanent war footing.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 12, 2020 How the US Runs Iraq
Never in the past half-century have we seen the Arab states so pathetically feeble. Never have we seen Israel so strongly guiding US Mideast policy, including the murder of Gen. Soleimani.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 15, 2019 Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires
America's media, with a few small exceptions, has promoted the Pentagon's war against the Afghan people and totally covered up its atrocities and egregious lies. This war has become a giant, money devouring killing machine that boosts politicians and military contractors.
SHARE Saturday, December 7, 2019 Frenchmen. To Arms!
Trump does not know or care that France saved America from British mis-rule. He wants revenge because France which taxes nearly everything seeks to tax US IT firms like Google and Amazon. Trump considers this a personal affront.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 18, 2019 Plundering Iraq
Iraq remains a US-occupied nation. We hear nothing about the billions of dollars of Iraqi oil extracted by big US oil firms since 2003. For the US, Iraq was a treasure house of oil with 12% of world reserves. It was OPEC's 2nd largest producer.
SHARE Saturday, October 12, 2019 Turkey Beats The War Drums
Trump rightly calls the fracas in Syria "a stupid war." But many pro-war forces play on this tired, confused president who has gotten himself deep into the Syrian morass, a problem of largely American but also Turkish making.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 22, 2019 Who Launched That Mystery Attack?
Attacking Iran, even if just from the air, risks a much wider Mideast war just as the Trump administration which originally campaigned against "stupid" Mideast wars faces next year's elections. But the administration is under intense pressure from its pro-Israel base to go after Iran.
SHARE Monday, September 2, 2019 It's Time to Liberate Afghanistan
America faces historic defeat in Afghanistan. By not winning, it loses. How this loss would affect the rest of America's empire remains to be seen. But the sooner America ends this shameful colonial war the better.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 25, 2019 Burn the Amazon!
Cut down the trees. Kill the wild animals. Burn the bush. Pollute the rivers. Pave over the grass. Raise more beef, pigs and poultry in cages. That's the credo of the new right. Hatred of Nature is an integral part of its politics. President Donald Trump is the high priest of such environmental vandalism. In his narrow land-developer mind, Nature is a left-wing liberal conspiracy.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 18, 2019 Hong Kong: Don't Provoke the Dragon
This week, Hong Kong airport was besieged and shut down by thousands of young local demonstrators protesting China's attempt to impose a new extradition law on Hong Kong that would allow Beijing to arrest Hong Kong residents for "anti-state" activities.
SHARE Saturday, August 10, 2019 High-stakes Chicken in Kashmir
Two of the world's most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed.