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By Jonathan Power - Oct 12,2017
In the Cold War days, some of us used to say “better red than dead” to rebuff those who believed in nuclear deterrence as a way of political life that gave them security.Now those of us who are frightened that US President Donald Trump could start a nuclear war over Iran or North
By Jonathan Power - Oct 05,2017
Recent reports estimate that India’s annual economic growth rate is now down to 5.5 per cent.The government of Narendra Modi, which until recently seemed to be on a public opinion roll, could fall off its log, but that depends on the Indian electorate ending its self-deceit.Three
By Jonathan Power - Sep 28,2017
Out of the blue, the war in Vietnam is in the news. Yet it is not the 50th anniversary of America’s defeat in Vietnam, when North Vietnam caused it to flee.
By Jonathan Power - Sep 21,2017
“It’s not over until the fat lady sings”, goes the adage, referring to the often overweight soprano who sings the last aria in Wagner’s opera, Gotterdammerung.British Prime Minister Theresa May is convinced of her own righteousness over Brexit, although she herself voted “remain”
By Jonathan Power - Sep 14,2017
It is the most repeated maxim in all the reporting on Afghanistan: “The Americans have the watches, the Taliban have the time”.Dead right!This is America’s longest war ever: 16 years and counting.
By Jonathan Power - Sep 07,2017
The big mistake apparently about to be made by US President Donald Trump in undoing the nuclear agreement reached with Iran during President Barack Obama’s term is not just that he intends to go backwards, but that he does not intend to go forwards.
By Jonathan Power - Aug 24,2017
Everyone has their favourite sounds — a ball on a cricket bat on a summer afternoon, birds singing, waves breaking on the beach, the coffee pot on the stove, children playing scoobydoo.Mine are the quiet sounds of the English Lake District poet William Wordsworth: “A flock of she
By Jonathan Power - Aug 17,2017
Does President Donald Trump (aka Fire and Fury) know what a nuclear war would be like?
By Jonathan Power - Aug 10,2017
It’s not that many years ago that Warren Christopher, the US secretary of state, commenting on the outbreak of separatist ethnic strife in the 1990s in countries such as Somalia, Zaire, Rwanda, East Timor and ex-Yugoslavia, asked. “Where will it end?
By Jonathan Power - Aug 03,2017
A few recent words from Jack Matlock who was US ambassador to Moscow under presidents Reagan and Bush senior: “The Ukraine crisis is a product, in large part, of the policy of indefinite expansion of NATO to the east.

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