Dr. Arshad M. Khan

Dr. Arshad M. Khan

Dr. Arshad M. Khan is a former Professor based in the US.  Educated at King's College London, OSU and The University of Chicago, he has a multidisciplinary background that has frequently informed his research.  Thus he headed the analysis of an innovation survey of Norway, and his work on SMEs published in major journals has been widely cited.  He has for several decades also written for the press:  These articles and occasional comments have appeared in print media such as The Dallas Morning News, Dawn (Pakistan), The Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Monitor, The Wall Street Journal and others.  On the internet, he has written for Antiwar.com, Asia Times, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Countercurrents, Dissident Voice, Eurasia Review and Modern Diplomacy among many.  His work has been quoted in the U.S. Congress and published in its Congressional Record. 

It has been a week of barking out military options, a week of 'everything is on the table',  a week of threats no longer veiled.  Not an example of 'cool as a cucumber', rather a red-face turning to purple with the intensity of the phrasing.

The high level individuals leaving the Trump administration must be a record.  Eleven since the end of January averaging out to almost two per month.  The latest Mr. Anthony Scaramucci now holds a record of sorts as the shortest serving White House communications director in history.  He was in office exactly ten days when the White House Chief of Staff, General John Kelly --  himself a new hire -- fired him on Monday.

The Venezuelans go to the polls on Sunday (July 30) to elect delegates who will rewrite Venezuela's constitution. In Latin America generally, society is broadly divided into three groups:  whites, mixed race mestizos and the original native peoples.

There are two kinds of people:  those with, and without, grace.  President Trump can decide on which side he falls, although Mrs. Abe the Japanese Prime Minister's wife has clearly made up her mind.  Anyone who can read a whole speech in English knows enough to say, 'Excuse me, I do not speak English well'.  So, to not respond at all to the U.S. president sitting beside her, who turns to converse, conveys a distinct meaning.

Today, July 14, is Bastille Day.  It is the day when the common people of France, despairing their grievances would never be addressed, stormed the Bastille  It was a turning point for the French Revolution, and is celebrated annually with parades, fireworks and general festivity.

About a hundred miles north of Bangalore, India, in the village of Thimmamma Marrimanu grows an eponymous banyan tree. There are all kinds of records for trees: the tallest, the stoutest, the oldest, and so on, but the record for the largest canopy, at an astounding five acres, is held by this banyan. And it also holds the key to the Korean enigma.

The North Koreans sent the U.S. a gift on its July 4th Independence Day.  In the morning, -- their time, it was still July 3rd evening in Washington -- they launched a missile.  It reached a height of 1741 miles (2802 Km) which was 400 miles higher than the earlier May 14 launch.  Calling it the Hwasong-14, they have claimed it has a range of 10,000 km and can reach anywhere in the world.

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he well-known journalist, Seymour Hersch, has published an article in the German newspaper Die Welt refuting President Trump's assertions blaming the Syrians for the chemical incident at Khan Shaykhun on April 4th.  Worse, it accuses him of ignoring the intelligence that supported the Syrian and Russian version of events.  Mr. Hersch's source(s)?  Senior U.S. intelligence operatives.

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here is a disturbing, discordant dissonance in the world. It is an uncomfortable feeling that something really bad is about to happen. Events unfold almost daily each of which would have been cause for shock and alarm once upon a time.

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rnold Turling is a very angry and unhappy man -- vindicated but at what cost. Three years ago, he advised the All Party Parliamentary Rescue Group that cheap flammable insulation filler inside the new waterproof cladding and lack of a sprinkler system made buildings like Grenfell Tower a disaster waiting to happen.

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