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. 

Smart politicians kiss babies with a smile and are polite to old ladies. No one wants to appear a bully or a boor. That is unless you are Donald Trump, for it is exactly what he has been doing this week to his cost ... at least temporarily.

One of the most memorable lines on George W. Bush is due to Ann Richards, a former Texas governor, who passed away in 2006. "Poor George," she said, "he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth!" -- an apt description also of the newly crowned standard bearer of the Republican party.

It was the lull between conventions and then a bomb was dropped by Wikileaks. Who would have known the first day of the Democratic gathering would be the scene of such chaos? The 20,000-odd leaked emails between Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials made a mockery of their pretense of neutrality, and confirmed what Bernie Sanders had been saying for months. Worse, the DNC members were not just actively supporting Hillary Clinton's campaign but were devising ways of destroying the Sanders campaign, including how to capitalize on Sanders' atheism.

The festival of demagoguery, jingoism and cult of personality is over, and seldom has the public been deluged with such a combination. Is it any wonder then that the GOP establishment is hiding in embarrassment. Should the Democrats be relieved? They probably are, though they could have wished for it to run longer as continuing proof of Trump incompetence.

The crux of the Kashmir problem is very simple (although often carefully elided in many essays on the subject): The Kashmiris want a voice in their future. Since 1947, when it was occupied by India, many generations of Kashmiris have delivered the same message.

What stands out in the British Iraq Inquiry (Chilcot) report is the sidestepping of the war crime issue. But then it was carefully placed outside its scope. This omission aside, the indictments remain, damning and morally appalling. Thus it confirms the war was launched on a false pretext. Major General Michael Laurie made plain in his testimony that Tony Blair's notorious "dossier" was designed to persuade Members of Parliament to vote for the war: "We knew at the time that the purpose of the dossier was precisely to make a case for war rather than setting out the available evidence." In this, he echoes CIA Director George Tenet's notorious "slam dunk case."

In 1952, a group of army officers mounted a successful revolution in Egypt. King Farouk was sent into exile and his son Fuad put under house arrest. His was the first Arab monarchy to fall, others would follow later. Soon a General Muhammad Neguib appeared as the face and ostensible leader of the revolution. It was only a couple of years later that the true architect and mastermind, Gamel Abdel Nasser, came to the fore.

A belief in the paradigmatic nature of mature Western democracies is notoriously widespread. Nothing could be further from the truth. We, here in the U.S., have an ongoing election for president. Ongoing because the process whereby the two major parties first select a nominee, through primary elections in individual states, is a dog and pony show that runs for about six months starting in Iowa.

Sadvi Prachi is the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council). In Roorkee, where there has been a communal clash injuring 32 people, over the forcible evacuation of a scrap dealer's shop, Ms. Pradi was not trying to reduce tensions when she stated "... it is time to make India Muslim-free." Her VHP's extreme views against Hindu Muslim marriages, Christian conversion and cow slaughter are well known. The latter fanning the flames of communal violence and resulting in the lynching of a Mohammad Akhlaq at Dadri on September 28, 2015.

Why is the US so enamored of regime change? From coups (too many to count) in Latin America, to destroying democracy in 1950s Iran, to now and the present chaos in the Middle East. For anyone with basic knowledge of this history, the shameless hypocrisy accompanying the familiar trope of bringing 'freedom and democracy' appears callous and outrageous in light of all the human suffering and lives lost.

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