Blood and Chaos: Russian Journalist Recounts 2003 Baghdad Bombings

Russian journalist Alexander Minakov in IraqInternationalIndiaAfricaDenis BolotskyAlexander Minakov was incredibly fortunate to survive the US invasion of Iraq. The Russian television reporter was in Baghdad on the morning of March 20, 2003. As American bombs began to pound the Iraqi capital, Minakov found himself at the center of the massive blitz.He sought to leave the […]

Joe Biden, the Ultimate American Snake-oil Salesman

US President Joe Biden laughs at White House Correspondents’ Association gala on April 30, 2022.InternationalIndiaAfricaScott RitterColumnistThe second Summit for Democracy kicks off in Washington, DC today, with President Joe Biden gathering representatives from around 120 countries vision of in hopes of breathing life into his vision “restoring” American leadership on the world stage after four […]

Soaring Energy Prices Force Pakistani Industrialists to Close Businesses

A laborer unload sacks of chickpeas at a market in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, July 14, 2022.InternationalIndiaAfricaAneela RashidPakistan has a young and growing entrepreneurial population, with English as the main language for business, but inflation, as well as the recent political turmoil and devastating floods, are making it difficult for industries to flourish.Tension among Pakistan’s business […]

Why Business Wants a Recession

Recession Economic CrisisInternationalIndiaAfricaTed RallGive Jerome Powell credit for candor: the Fed chairman admits that his policy of increasing interest rates to fight inflation might push the economy into a recession. “No one knows whether this process will lead to a recession or, if so, how significant that recession would be,” he recently told reporters.If it […]

Another ‘East India Company’ or ‘Transformational Paradigm’? What Does the Future Hold for the CPEC?

In this photograph taken on November 13, 2016, Pakistani personnel stand on a ship carrying containers at the Gwadar port, some 700 kms west of Karachi, during the opening ceremony of a pilot trade programme between Pakistan and ChinaInternationalIndiaAfricaAneela RashidCPEC is the main artery of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Pakistan, the official aim […]

Pakistan’s Leaked Tapes Scandal: ‘When Prize Is Power All Coincidences Align’

Supporters of Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party attend a rally, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.InternationalIndiaAfricaAneela RashidLast Sunday, dozens of recordings of private conversations in the house of the Pakistani Prime Minister were leaked online, raising questions about security inside the building. Sputnik contacted a political candidate, the representative of Mianwali district […]

‘Scale of Devastation Is Extreme’: Women & Children’s Survival at Stake in Pakistan’s Jacobabad

Women flood victims in Jacobabad district, Sindh, PakistanInternationalIndiaAfricaAneela RashidJacobabad is famous for having one of the world’s oldest camel racing competitions, held every February. But this year, devastating floods and extreme heat have made the area one of the least happy places in the country — and probably in the South Asia region.Jacobabad is the […]

From Pot to Jaywalking, Pay Compensation to Those Hurt by Repealed Laws

WalkingInternationalIndiaAfricaTed RallWhether it’s a soaring literary classic like Les Misérables or generic Hollywood product like The Butterfly Effect, I’m drawn to stories in which a minor event triggers a series of unforeseen dramatic events. As Springsteen wrote and Dave Edmunds sang, from small things big things one day come.A real-life example transpired three weeks after […]

Sometimes What a Van Gogh Needs Is a Splash of Tomato Soup

Eco-activists from the Just Stop Oil movement vandalized Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” painting at the National Gallery in London on October 14, 2022.InternationalIndiaAfricaTed RallFrom The Washington Post: “Just after 11 a.m. on Friday morning, two young climate protesters entered a room in the National Gallery in London containing one of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous paintings: […]