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Drones turning favourite future warfare arsenal

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The emergence of drones can be regarded as a paradigm shift in the modern warfare. They have unleashed a new pattern of horror on the already devastating battles, particularly between nations and non-state actors. The continued support of power, status and money have emboldened America — which first started the...

Meteoric rise of omnipotent Xi Jinping

Saturday, 17 Mar 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Chinese President Xi Jinping has formally amended the country’s Constitution to continue in office as long as he wants. His audacious decision is on the expected lines. It was only a matter of time that he had to announce the move through the country’s rubber stamp Parliament known as ‘National...

Congo in peril: Kleptocracy continues

Saturday, 10 Mar 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is at the point of no return as it is stuck in bloody battle among Government forces, rebels and Opposition groups. The local media apprehends if the volatile situation is not contained sooner, Congo may slip into major chaos leading to more deaths...

Goodbye Zuma! S Africa heading for new dawn?

Saturday, 24 Feb 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, who ruled South Africa since 2009, has literally pushed the country to doom and despair. It is near certain that he has truly lived up to his middle name ‘Gedleyihlekisa’, which in Zulu means ‘I laugh at you, as I destroy you’. When he took over the...

Rojava: Road to Kurdish motherland

Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The long struggle of over 14.5 million Kurds for an independent homeland has reached a turning point as the ISIS’ diabolical empire is on the verge of extinction in West Asia and “Rojava” or “the land where the sun sets”, an autonomous region in the Northern Turkey, is emerging as...

Clampdown on digital hatemongers: Whose freedom at risk in Germany?

Saturday, 03 Feb 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Increasing hate speech cases in Germany is bringing home harsh realities of its post-refugee crisis against the backdrop of German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcoming millions of immigrants, particularly from West Asia. Though the influx of imimigrants and their embrace by the German Government is being read as a sign of new...

Protests in Iran: What is in store for the regime?

Saturday, 20 Jan 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The recent protests in Iran — starting on December 28 in the city of Mashhad in which 20 people died — are heralding a disturbing signal for the current regime of Hassan Rouhani. What has exactly caused more disturbances in the power corridors of Tehran is the nature of slogans...

No end in sight to Yemen’s suffering

Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The crisis in Yemen is getting bloodier. This month, the civil war in Yemen will complete 1,000 days. As of now, more than 10,000 people have lost their lives and around three-fourths of its 28 million population urgently need help. The conflict has brought the worst cholera outbreak to Yemen,...

Bali erupts: What next?

Saturday, 09 Dec 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The recent volcanic eruption in the Indonesian Island of Bali is once again creating fear across the region. Interestingly, the volcano in Mount Agung is recorded as just one of the 127 active volcanoes in this island nation. Indonesia is known as the most volcano-pocked country in the world. What the...

Mugabe: A byword for misrule

Saturday, 25 Nov 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

After Zimbabwe Army ousted Robert Mugabe from power, the moot point is: will this be a permanent respite for the millions of poor Zimbabweans who have suffered for almost four decades? Surely not, as the successor, Mnangagwa, is a thug. He was very much part of the grubby system...


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