“Only one nation is ‘god-bearing,’ that’s the Russian people, and… and…. and can you think me such a fool, Stavrogin, he yelled frantically all at once, that I can’t distinguish whether my words at this moment are the rotten old commonplaces that have been ground out in all the Slavophil mills in Moscow, or a perfectly new saying, the last word, the sole word of renewal and resurrection!”   -Shatov in Dostoevsky’s The Possessed

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amed journalist George F. Will has recently levelled a devastating critique of Trump’s intellectual abilities. He has charged that the current president cannot think or speak clearly and he has called this flaw not a mere disinclination due to intellectual sloth, but a veritable disability due to an untrained mind syntactically challenged and bereft of information coupled with a narcissistic self-confidence.

Published in Caligula Presidency

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oday Tamil Nadu, like in most of states, is undergoing serious crises. Communal flare-ups by the government and Hindutva parties is worst problem the nation is facing now.

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fter the sacking of FBI Director James Comey, given that the suspicion among many observers is that it was precipitated by the Trump-Russia connection, the question arises: what’s next for the troubled US-Russia relationship?

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ifty years since its founding, ASEAN is in transition, evolving gradually into a more open community, with young people driving change, business, government and civil society leaders from across the region said in a session on the “ASEAN Way” at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN.

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f course there is nothing wrong to do business with Russia sub-committee chair Sen. Lindsey Graham has declared at a hearing on May 8th. The problem is that Trump has always adamantly denied it. On January 11 2017 Trump tweeted that "Russia has never tried to use leverage over me, I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA — NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!"

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oon Jae-In is the new President of South Korea, elected with 41.4% of votes. The leader of the Democratic Party, who is the current president, had already been considered favoured in opinion polls, especially compared to Hong Yoon-Pyo, the leader of the Liberty Korea Party who, however, got 23.3% of votes.

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his week on Tuesday (May 9), the president fired FBI Director James Comey. The resulting news storm allowed much speculation ... for very good reasons. The U.S. Attorney General's department and officials, the FBI and its agents, are all sworn to uphold the law. They also serve the president and serve at his pleasure. What happens then when the president himself becomes the subject of an investigation?

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