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Global Perspectives

By Dr Binoy Kampmark

Melbourne (Global Research) - It might have made a bit more than a whimper had the US political scene not found itself in yet another paroxysm of the drama known as the Trump White House.  Fifteen years before, governments aligning with the dogs of war decided, in defiance of millions of protestors globally, to invade a sovereign state. Papers cheered with blood lust; propagandists and public relations firms were hired to push the politics of regime change in a country that was already hemmed in by sanctions and surveillance.

The invasion of Iraq must, over time, be given its own specific criminal gravity.  It sundered the Middle East, it tore at the artificially imposed borders contrived by former colonial masters.  It emboldened new foes and generated further disagreements.  For generations, chaos will be guaranteed on the heaped folly of the 2003 decision. 

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By Tridivesh Singh Maini

New Delhi (Countercurrents) - While all eyes  in India have understandably been on a few important political developments in the past few days. First, the by election results of 3 Parliamentary Seats and 2 Legislative Seats, given the fact that BJP had to face a surprising rout in the strongholds (Gorakhpur, Phulpur) of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister, Keshav Prasad Maurya this was understood.

Second, there has been talk of other regional parties, joining hands and forming an Anti-Congress Front. Two days after the election results, the exit of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and its decision to pass a no confidence motion (which BJP is likely to win) has certainly made the fight for 2019 more interesting.

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By Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.*

WASHINGTON (Huffington Post) - On Tuesday, January 16, President Donald J. Trump (met) Nursultan Nazarbayev, the veteran President of Kazakhstan, at the White House. After a one-on-one meeting, the two leaders will be joined by their high level teams. This is the first full-scale working visit of a Central Asian leader to the Trump White House.

From Washington, Nazarbayev will proceed to New York, where he will officially open a session devoted to the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), over which his country is presiding this month.

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