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United States of America

Was Kamala Harris an Anchor Baby?

Kamala Harris is the new pick of Democratic ticket as the VP nominee.  She is an interesting woman. Her mother was a Tamilian Hindu from India, while her father was a black Christian from Jamaica.  Her father, Donald Harris, did not really raise her.  It was her mother who raised

14 Aug 20 4 min read
India

Is democracy dead?

In the Annual predictions for 2018 [https://www.drishtikone.com/annual-predictions-for-india-pakistan-and-the-us-for-2018/], we had said that by the end of that year, credible voices will start asking if “Democracy is really relevant” anymore.  Given the spate of books that have come out recently by mainstream voices, the question that needs to

26 Jul 20 10 min read
News

Joe Biden warns of Russian Election Meddling

Biden warned that if Russia continued to interfere there would be «a real price to pay» if he wins the November election against Republican President Donald Trump. It is unclear when Biden began receiving the intelligence briefings, which are normal for major-party presidential nominees. Biden said at a June 30

18 Jul 20 1 min read
India

Joe Biden embraces Islamists to jeopardize ties with India

US presidential hopeful Joe Biden has wandered into a swamp where UK’s Labour Party leader and defeated prime ministerial candidate Jeremy Corbyn’s ankles got stuck and he could never recover. The Democrat nominee wants India to «restore the rights of Kashmiris», and is disappointed over the Citizenship Act

18 Jul 20 2 min read
Geo-Political

Soft Power: What is it and why is it important?

As Xi Jinping was getting ready to take over power from Hu Jintao, he was also bringing about another change [https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/chinas-big-bet-soft-power] to the entire geopolitical strategy that China was to follow.  The focus on soft power. The 17th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party

23 Jun 20 6 min read
Geo-Political

Libya war – US and Russia’s new battleground

The Libya war is raging as we speak.  The oil rich country is now in a big mess.  And, it is becoming the main war theater in the Middle-East along with Syria. The way the geopolitical chess is being played, this promises to be another Afghanistan.  Read Af-Pak historical account

31 May 20 3 min read
Corona

U.S. May Face 18 Months of Rolling Shutdowns

Corona Virus has locked down most of the countries in the world.  And everybody seems to have his/her own expert opinion – as was the case with Fareed Zakaria this week in GPS.  Now, Fed Minneapolis President, Neel Kashkari suggests that in absence of a real vaccine for the problem,

13 Apr 20 1 min read
Corona

COVID-19 US Update: Our Death Numbers may be completely wrong!

COVID-19 US deaths have reached almost 2000 yesterday.  As per our earlier post [https://www.drishtikone.com/dealing-with-corona-deaths-drive-through-funerals-rotting-dead-on-streets/] , this figure will go up to 3000s before it starts going down. The scary part is that even these numbers for the deaths due to Corona may not be correct.  In one

08 Apr 20 1 min read
Corona

The Terrible US Corona Nightmare – Scary Trends!

Corona or COVID-19/COVID19 is on a path to devastated the Western world in unprecedented ways.  John Burn-Murdoch of Financial Times shared some very insightful charts and inferences from them. Some high-level things: * While Italy and Spain have plateaued while France and Germany possibly seem like joining that trajectory as

04 Apr 20 2 min read
India

Tequeela Riyajal gets mad at India and vows to teach a lesson!

(Disclaimer – all the characters in this story are fictional.  Any resemblance to anyone real is just a coincidence) Tequeela Riyajal rushed into the makeshift office extremely angry. “Hey, what happened Ma’am?” asked the new intern Sue, a bit concerned. “How dare he!!” – she shouted. Sue was perplexed – “Who dared.

05 Feb 20 9 min read
United States of America

Top Iran General Qassem Soleimani killed by US Air-strike

On Tuesday thousands of Iran-backed militia [https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/iran-backed-militia-supporters-converge-on-us-embassy-in-baghdad-shouting-death-to-america/2019/12/31/93f050b2-2bb1-11ea-bffe-020c88b3f120_story.html?arc404=true] had stormed into the US embassy in Baghdad and laid siege on the embassy.  They were said to be supporters of Kataib Hezbollah militia. The siege ended on Wednesday after

02 Jan 20 2 min read
India

How dare USCIRF Blackmails Indian Parliament on CAB with threats?!

A summit was organized in 1996, sponsored by National Association of Evangelicals – which is an umbrella group of 42,000 Evangelical Churches.  The gathering was the handiwork of Nina Shea, the director at the right wing Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute.  The summit ended with the pledge

10 Dec 19 4 min read
India

US Congressional Hearing on Human Rights was a Hinduphobic Witch-hunt

The United States House Foreign Affairs Committee held a US Congressional hearing [https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/2019/10/human-rights-in-south-asia-views-from-the-state-department-and-the-region] – euphemism for ‘witch hunt’, a Hinduphobic witch hunt to be honest.  It was dishonestly termed as a hearing on “Human Rights in South Asia”. In a region, where one country has

26 Oct 19 9 min read
India

Is Moeed Yusuf a Pakistani Mole shaping American policies for Pak-Afghan region?

The blitzkrieg of media opinion pieces from Pakistan’s narrative in many publications and sites in US for Kashmir has been unprecedented.  While there are many who surely have joined hands with Pakistan to help their cause (including some may say, Congress Party [https://www.drishtikone.com/who-is-helping-pakistanis-in-the-anti-modi-and-anti-india-propaganda/] ), it is

08 Oct 19 6 min read
India

Howdy Modi event – US President Trump to join Modi in Houston

“Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures,” is the program being organized by Texas India Forum (TIF), a Houston-based non-profit body, at the NRG Stadium in Houston on September 22, 2019.  The event was fully sold out with 50,000 registered attendees, at least a month in advance with thousands in

16 Sep 19 3 min read
News

Where Russian ads targeted the American voters

There is no doubt now how Russia targeted the Americans with social media ads during the 2016 elections.  And this has come out during the Mueller investigations. > Democrats on the House intelligence committee have released more than 3,500 Facebook ads that were created or promoted by a Russian internet

09 Aug 19 1 min read
India

No US State Department, White House or India Foreign Ministry Official Records show Trump-Modi discussion on Kashmir!

This is as bizarre as it gets.  So remember how Donald Trump had declared in a press conference [https://www.drishtikone.com/when-two-ignorant-and-loud-mouth-playboys-want-to-decide-south-asias-fate/] with Pak PM Imran Khan that Indian PM Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate in Kashmir?  The only time that Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US

24 Jul 19 1 min read
Videos

U.S. Playing A Dangerous Game In Afghanistan

The U.S.’s continued insistence on talking directly to the Taliban without the involvement of the Afghan government, has worrying implications for the region and especially India. In conversation with Ashwin Ahmad, SNI Editor Surya Gangadharan and Associate Editor Amitabh Revi say that the suspicious motives of U.S.

23 Mar 19 1 min read
Annual and Year-end

Drishtikone’s Annual Predictions for 2019

Every year, we make predictions for the next year on Drishtikone.  These predictions relate to world at large but specifically to three countries – India, US and Pakistan.  The idea is to look at the socio-economic and political trajectory of these societies and see where it will lead them to. Drishtikone's

31 Dec 18 18 min read
China

Why Are China and the United States Fighting for Dominance over Pakistan?

In the last post we had discussed how Pakistan’s economy is headed for the doom. The reasons are many and the options limited. Here is one video from the Wall Street Journal [https://www.wsj.com/video/why-china-and-the-us-are-vying-for-dominance-in-pakistan/D97F5CE4-5ADB-4992-8960-65811E0B2283.html] which explains Pakistan’s dilemma from the perspective of

11 Sep 18 1 min read
Politics

Unwritten Norms Vs Written Law: How Societies Fall

Any society, specifically a democracy, is run by two sets of rules – written laws and unwritten norms.  When any ruler or ruling elite starts to play with the unwritten norms, although they do not break the law, they set into motion the downward trajectory of that society. Because what happens

09 Aug 18 1 min read
India

The Fight beyond Abuse, Mockery and Assault on Democracy

The whole performance of Rahul Gandhi after a disastrous call for the No-Confidence motion – ostensibly done to embarrass the Modi Government – and his lies will go down in the history of Indian governance as legendary.  Here is a party which was the only real national party for over 60 years

21 Jul 18 5 min read
India

Evangelicals: Colonization by American Church by Breaking India!

Evangelicals have decisively bent the American polity towards a regressive path of anti-reason, anti-science, anti-harmony.  But they are not satisfied just by their control in the US.  Their sights are across the world – to become the new Colonial power in the coming decades and centuries.  We will discuss the extent

08 Jan 18 15 min read
United States of America

May God Save the God Enslaved by Sexual Predators

On Monday, Bill O’Reilly, the Fox Anchor and the person who has done not one but several multi-million dollar sexual harrassment settlements lamented about how “God” is not protecting him enough [http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/23/media/bill-oreilly-misconduct-allegations/]. > “You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I’

24 Oct 17 4 min read
Africa

How can the Africans and Blacks Succeed?

In Anthony Bourdain’s Lagos related program [https://explorepartsunknown.com/destination/lagos/], there was a discussion with a local TV anchor – someone who also anchors the Presidential debates there.  She made a stunning comment that hit me hard.  She said – and I am paraphrasing – Blacks in Africa and the African-Americans

16 Oct 17 4 min read
Religion

When is Supremacism Acceptable?

Idea of Supremacy did not take birth with KKK or Hitler.  Nor was it reborn in Charlottesville.  It has been as old as the Old Testament.  It is ingrained in Quran and the larger Christian scriptures.  It wasn’t the “love of God” that took the White man to Africa,

21 Aug 17 5 min read
Islam

Trump’s 7 Countries Ban and Clash of Civilizations

Donald Trump banned the entry of citizens of 7 countries into the US by signing an executive order [http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/27/politics/donald-trump-refugees-executive-order/index.html] .  They have been barred from entering the US for at least the next 90 days.  The administration officials also said that

30 Jan 17 10 min read
United States of America

Trump Kids Selling Inauguration Packages And Access to Trump for a Million Dollars

A non-profit conveniently named Opening Day Foundation registered in Texas [https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3243182-BUSINESS-ORGANIZATIONS-INQUIRY-VIEW-ENTITY.html] with the two Trump sons as the Directors is selling a sort of inauguration package deal for a million dollars.  The money they say will go to charities involved in “conservation” but no

20 Dec 16 2 min read
Russia

How Tillerson and Exxon Stalled the Bill for Sanctions Against Russia

In an innocuously named – Stability and Democracy for Ukraine Act (or STAND for Ukraine Act [https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/5094/text]) bill – there are provisions that deter Russia from overstepping the line of aggression.  It intends to convert into law the Obama measures of sanctions against Russia

18 Dec 16 2 min read
Asia

Mind-Blowing Pictures of World War II Relics in Ocean and Jungles

The Guadacanal is an island in Solomon Islands, a small nation.  During World War II, a major battle was fought here called the Guadalcanal Campaign,  or theBattle of Guadalcanal.  It was code-named Operation Watchtower.  Solomon Islands is a country over 28,400 square kms with 6 major and 900 smaller

06 Dec 16 5 min read
United States of America

The Trump Global Nightmare

When I looked at what Arvind Kejriwal [http://twitter.com/arvindkejriwal] had to offer to Delhi [http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=28.61,77.23&spn=1.0,1.0&q=28.61,77.23 (Delhi)&t=h] with his so-called “revolutionary” ideas, I knew they didn’t make

09 Nov 16 6 min read
Economics

Evolution of the American Dream: What does it Cost?

In today’s political climate in the US, where divisions are so wide that one can often get confuse whether the two camps are citizens of the same country or representatives of two enemy countries!  USofA has been known as the beacon of hope and opportunity the world over for

25 Oct 16 3 min read
United States of America

The Fall of American Democracy

In the recent US Presidential town-hall debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the former very clearly and openly threatened his opponent with a special inquiry and prosecution to jail her.  If some non-American would have gotten confused whether s/he was watching a tinpot despot from a Banana Republic

11 Oct 16 4 min read
Geo-Political

5 Reasons Why Trump Is a Danger to US and the World

Trump is unraveling and the meltdown has begun to accelerate.Time magazine [http://time.com/4447985/inside-donald-trump-meltdown/] has covered this as the main story now. 5 Reasons Why Trump Is a Danger to US and the World #TrumpTrain #HillaryClinton [https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwp.me%

11 Aug 16 7 min read
Terrorism

A Mind Seeped in Islam is a Loaded Gun #OrlandoShooting

LGBT Muslim Girl @YxxngHippieA young Muslim girl – who is a Lesbian as well – shared some tweets which have become viral.  She introduces herself as “Muslim, Feminist, Desi, Bi+, Disabled, Trans* (they/them), Writer, Speaker, @NUS_LGBT+ officer-elect, Mum to Kitty“. Her tweets below show her confused state of mind and

14 Jun 16 6 min read
Politics

Toupee or Not Toupee

Most of the World’s leaders have some extremely complex issues to tackle with.  How to fight poverty, get the economy on track, hackers starting a national security crisis.  But there is one Presidential hopeful in the US – and if he can do what he has done, may be the

29 Aug 15 3 min read
Politics

Lessons from Indian Caste System and the US Presidential Race

Everyone has got India’s Caste System completely wrong.  Castes – the four:  Brahman (teacher/intellectual), Kshatriya (fighter/Law Enforcement), Vaishya (Businessman/Trader) and Shudra (Blue-collar worker) – have been prevalent in every society in all times.  Never has a society existed without these four predominant roles and people who fall in

07 Aug 15 4 min read
India

CNBC’s Joe Kernen engages in Racial slurs on Squawk Box

Joe Kernen mimicking the Indian AccentRecently – on Sept 20th – Reserve Bank of India (India’s Central Bank) raised the interest rates to combat rampant inflation in India.  That came up during the discussion on Currencies on CNBC’s Squawk Box. Co-hosts Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin started

29 Sep 13 3 min read
India

The month that was, while Drishtikone was in Transition

We have been off air on Drishtikone for the new transition to complete. In this time, a lot has happened – in India and the world. India: IPL Betting controversy:Led by the Indian Pacer Sreesanth, players and bookies have been caught cheating on teams and throwing matches to get pay

07 Jun 13 4 min read
Relationships

Is International Adoption by American parents over?

On Point Radio’s Tom Ashbrook looks into the Global profile of American adoption of kids. > Russia, Guatemala, and more are slamming the door on American adoptions. Is the great age of international adoption behind us? > Americans know international adoption well. Look around. There are families all over with adopted

10 Feb 13 1 min read
Politics

77% of the Growing Asian-American Community voted for Obama in 2012 Elections!

An interesting and one-of-a-kind study [http://aaldef.org/press-releases/press-release/new-findings-asian-american-vote-in-2012-varied-widely-by-ethnic-group-and-geographic-location.html] done on the involvement of the Asian-Americans in the elections throws up some interesting insights.  The study was done by Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).  It did a nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 9,096

06 Feb 13 3 min read
Religion

Does Bob Ingersoll’s Agnostic Message work today as well in America?

Robert Ingersoll, was an agnostic of the 1800s.  He was probably the greatest American Orator of that time.  Does his message resonate today?  An interesting discussion on On Point Radio [https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2013/01/17/robert-green-ingersoll-the-great-american-agnostic] with two guests: Susan Jacoby [http://www.susanjacoby.com/], author, “The

18 Jan 13 1 min read
United States of America

The Immigrant Advantage: What Rest of America can learn from the fresh Immigrants’ cultures for Longer and Happier lives

US is an immigrant nation.  Although lately there has been xenophobia towards Hispanics specifically from the religious and political right.  Here is an interesting conversation which takes a peek into the lives of immigrants and see what can be learnt from these cultures. Journalist Claudia Kolker has written a book

03 Jan 13 6 min read
Food

Barack Obama: I am great at cooking Keema Curry!

Vikas Khanna is an Indian chef, restaurateur, food writer, filmmaker, humanitarian and the host of the TV Show MasterChef India.  He has been in the People’s list of “Sexiest Man Alive” as well as been called the Hottest Chef in the world! In a dinner ceremony last year, he

02 Jan 13 1 min read
United States of America

Are American Retirees Headed for Poverty?

One piece of information in an article on the coming trends intrigued and concerned me.  As per a study [http://theweek.com/bullpen/column/237092/5-disturbing-trends-you-should-pay-attention-to-in-2013] , the Americans will be left with very less money at the end of their retirement.  This is pretty serious. Without a big enough retirement

01 Jan 13 3 min read
Religion

US-wide survey of religions gives interesting stats on Hindus

An new study – “2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study (RCMS) [http://rcms2010.org/]” by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) – looks at the congregations and the religious adherents across the US.  The statistics for Hindus are very interesting. (link [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/

30 Dec 12 3 min read
India

Ironically, Adam Lanza lived on “Yogananda Street”!

Paramahansa Yogananda once said: “Anger gives birth to jealousy, hatred, spite, revengefulness, destructive instinct, wild ideas, brain paralysis, and temporary insanity – any of which may lead to terrible crimes.” Ironically, Adam Lanza, the infamous shooter of the kids at Sandy Hook Elementary School, lived at 36, Yogananda Street. I am

18 Dec 12 1 min read
Terrorism

Map of the shootings in the US since 2005: an Epidemic?

Daily Beast has an interactive map of all the shootings they could lay their hands on from the news reports.  This is what the website says: > Through media reports, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit lobbying group, has compiled a list of 431 shootings with more than

15 Dec 12 1 min read
United States of America

US will be a nation of minorities by 2024

America is changing.  And it was obvious in this year’s election as the African [http://www.biography.com/people/groups/activists/african-american/] American and Hispanic [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_ethnicity_in_the_United_States_Census] vote beat the majority of White vote (70% of it) to

12 Dec 12 2 min read
Europe

Is Russia reconstructing Soviet Union again?

Interestingly, Hillary Clinton has recently hinted that it may be happening. > Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States was trying to prevent Russia and its allies from turning into something resembling the Soviet Union under the guise of economic integration. > “There is a move to re-Sovietise the region,

10 Dec 12 2 min read
History

Famous people who missed Titanic disaster narrowly

Guglielmo Marconi – the father of long distance radio transmission, developer of radio telegraph system and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics in 1909 was offered a free passage on Titanic which floated off on Wednesday 10 April 1912.  But he had something to finish and needed to have a stenographer

05 Dec 12 3 min read
Politics

Poetic Justice: Romney ends up with 47% vote.. EXACTLY.

It appears very likely that when all the votes are counted, Mitt Romney’s final take will be 47 percent to President Obama’s 51 percent. Post Opinion writer Greg Sargent calls it poetic justice: Romney will have won the 47 percent — just not the 47 percent of Americans whose

21 Nov 12 1 min read
Religion

Why I have no sympathy for Palestinians

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has again fired up in Middle East and the violence is ever the more terrible.  The “intellectual liberals” around the world are projecting the strikes by Israel as “terrorism” and parading the casualties in Palestine of the men, women and babies as cruelty.  Of course, these sections

21 Nov 12 7 min read
Politics

The Changing American Electorate and the “Establishment”

Mitt RomneyIn a very interesting and informative essay in The New Yorker [http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/11/19/121119fa_fact_lizza?currentPage=all] , there are two paragraphs which sum up the entire change that is coming in the American politics and the complete disbelief or lack of understanding

12 Nov 12 1 min read
Politics

Is Russia going back to its USSR days and Cold War with US?

While Cold War with USSR has long been over thanks to Gorbachev; but is it intelligent to wish all that will never come back?  Or is Russia, in a nostalgic flashback trying to get its colonies back [http://english.pravda.ru/russia/politics/09-11-2012/122751-russia_nato_asia-0/] ? > Russia agreed to

09 Nov 12 1 min read
Politics

Few Insights from Obama’s election victory for 2nd Term

Obama embraces Michelle after his VictoryBarack Obama’s election victory for the 2nd term is historic, at least that is obvious.  But there are many insights that one can get if one was to look at the election, the issues being fought for and the implications of the results. Making

08 Nov 12 3 min read
Politics

America has CHANGED!

President Barack Obama has won the US Presidency for the second time.  While some would argue about the campaigns and the “Ground games” and the ads brought out etc, my focus is on how the basic constituencies have changed for the country. This election was won by Obama because of

06 Nov 12 1 min read
Politics

Has NJ Gov Christie handed over Presidency to Obama?

In the final analysis, Obama may consider the coming of Superstorm Sandy as the greatest boon for his second term of Presidency.  These past few days, Obama has impressed a lot of people through his leadership.  But most importantly, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may have substantially turned the tide

03 Nov 12 1 min read
India

India mention in US Presidential Debate: Complete Silence?

Obama and Michelle dance with School kids in India during the President’s India visit in November 2010The last Presidential Debate in the US on Monday (10/22) was on Foreign Policy.  One wanted to know what the candidates thought of their countries ties and relationships with the main countries

23 Oct 12 2 min read
Politics

Obama and Romney’s 2nd Townhall Debate in Pictures

Yesterday, Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney sparred in the 2nd Debate, which was in Townhall format.  Candy Crowley of CNN anchored the debate and her one Fact Check of Mitt Romney’s rather offensive remarks on Obama’s assertion about what he said in the Rose Garden, the day after,

17 Oct 12 1 min read
India

Was Osama Operation a Payback by India for 26/11?

In a very influential online magazine, there is an interesting article on the Operation Neptune Spear – where the US Navy Seals killed Osama Bin Laden.  This is what the article says [http://www.redstate.com/2012/09/10/india-abbottabad-and-osama-bin-laden-did-new-delhi-assist-the-u-s-on-operation-neptune-spear/] : > The fourteenth page of images in No Easy Day contains a

11 Sep 12 2 min read
Sciences

Neil Armstrong, Once in a Blue Moon Adventurer

Neil Armstrong, First man to set foot on MoonAt 20:17:39 UTC on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, stepped on the Moon.  With his feet on the moon surface, he said –  “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”  First human feet had touched the surface of moon. Last

01 Sep 12 1 min read
Politics

Is US readying for a War against Iran in August?

US has already stationed three large aircraft carriers – USS Enterprise, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the USS Abraham Lincoln – in the Persian Gulf.  It is sending another one – USS John C Stennis – to join this fleet in August. Not just that, US is also sending a new kind of

13 Jul 12 1 min read
Business

Infosys Financial Results and its Future Contradictions

One is trying to understand Infosys and where it is going.  Honestly, I cannot make out the logic behind some of what is happening in there.  Read the following and contemplate: * Lost a major transmission client in Europe (portfolio worth $15 mn) * Pricing and Currency Fluctuations: Lost $13 mn on

12 Jul 12 2 min read
Pakistan

Is Pakistan Hurtling to its Ruin?

Where is Pakistan going?  Towards assured ruin I would suggest.  Consider the events: 1. A major terrorist attack happens on Indian soil – Mumbai in November 2008, perpetrated and organized by some senior Intelligence and Army officials – both retired and serving.  The world watches in horror.  Pakistan denies any link. 2.

12 Jun 12 4 min read
Politics

Obama makes an off-color joke on Michelle

The American President race is heating up and so is the fund raising as well as focus on every line that the two candidates – President Obama and Mitt Romney – utter in public. Well, Obama this week said something [http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Tabloid/Obama-makes-oral-sex-joke-about-Michelle/Article1-867741.aspx] that seemed off

08 Jun 12 1 min read
Pakistan

Pak PM Gilani’s interview to CNN and the larger malaise

Yousuf Raza Gilani during CNN InterviewRecently, there was an interview by CNN with Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani.  Two particular portions of that interview have become extremely insulting for  the Pakistanis. 1. “Look me in the eye”: In one part, the anchor asks the Pakistani PM “The states seem to

25 May 12 3 min read
Minorities

“Are my hair just like yours, Mr. President?”

It is a tradition in White House that a departing staff members get to have photographs taken of their family with the President. So, Carlton Philadelphia, a Marine and member of the National Security Council, brought his family to get photographed with President Obama. Carlton, Roseane, and sons, Jacob and

24 May 12 1 min read
Pakistan

Is Pakistan taking on US in a high stakes gamble?

Pakistan seems to be digging a greater hole for itself. It has played its hand way over its “pay grade” by going after US and snubbing them openly. First it was a snub to Obama – where the US President had given an invite to Pakistan’s Zardari at the last

23 May 12 3 min read
Africa

10 million Indians want to emigrate to US

Most people are not satisfied with where they are. They would like to move out of their present countries to “greener pastures”. It seems of all the destinations in the world, US of A is the most desired. 150 million of the world’s adults would like to move to

13 May 12 1 min read
Business

The Hacking Wars and the coming “March Storm”

The Anonymous HacktivistsUnbeknownst to many, there is a virtual war going on.  Hackers vs the US Government.   Recently, computer hacking group LulzSec has been brought down by the FBI, when they arrested some of the top guys in that group.  They did so by introducing a mole named Hector Xavier

08 Mar 12 2 min read
China

China’s Economic Model Unsustainable: World Bank

Was talking to a colleague who just joined the company and had just left Greece.  He was telling us about how the Greeks are lining up at the banks to withdraw their money and the cashier ladies were sitting with loads of cash giving out.  As he put it “Greek

02 Mar 12 2 min read
India

US Forces stationed in India: Should we be worried?

Admiral Robert WillardThe  US Pacific Commander Admiral Robert Willard spoke in a Congressional hearing on March 1, that India and US teams were working together to get a handle on the Lashkar-e-Taiba for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Along with that, he also said that US teams were stationed in India

02 Mar 12 2 min read
India

Indian Users Trump US Smartphone Users in Net Access

Interesting finding from a survey conducted by IPSOS and Google about the smartphone usage by customers in US and India.  It seems that when it comes to using the Smartphones to access the internet, more in India are using it and more frequently, than those in the US. 94% Indian

28 Feb 12 1 min read
News

Americans Holding onto their cars longer now

Impact of a bad economy and job market is seen everywhere. Americans are keeping their vehicles longer and postponing their buying.  Which means that new car sales will be impacted in the coming months. > Americans are holding onto their new vehicles for about six years — 27 percent longer than before

21 Feb 12 1 min read
Asia

How Western Classical Music is being kept alive by Far East

Cindy Tien-Cin WuThe American Classical music scene is a strange and interesting game of musical chairs when it comes to the audiences.  The White American audience, which predominated the classical music halls is dispropotionately older (45-54 yrs).  And as this older generation moves out due to death, disease to non-attendance

08 Feb 12 2 min read
Religion

The Business of Death: Cremation vs Embalming

The Dead in a pot – Cremated.Unbeknownst to many who don’t live in the US, Death is a very lucrative industry. And if the Indians think that the Haridwar-based Sati-Ghat side Panda (pandit) is asking for too much when he demands Rs 2000 (~$40), then one has to look

27 Jan 12 3 min read
India

Local Congressman remembers 26/11 massacres

As the Americans take off for the Thanksgiving, I just got an email from Congressman Pete Olson (Pete Olson’s website [http://www.olson.house.gov/index.html]), who represents the Sugarland district in Texas (Houston area).  He has been becoming part of the Indian community occassions and celebrations more

22 Nov 11 2 min read
China

India is China’s #2 target

George Bush was in Mumbai to meet the business tycoons.  And he had some interesting information [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Chinas-No-1-target-is-the-US-next-is-India-Bush/articleshow/10664570.cms] to share.  Three interesting observations were: * China’s #1 target is US.  #2 is India. * If the US had not befriended Pak, Pak would have

09 Nov 11 1 min read
Pakistan

Are Pakistani Nukes in danger of going to Jehadis?

It is a common whine by many so-called “Political and Defense analysts” of Pakistan that US is after their Nukes. And, for that – actually in order to facilitate such an eventuality, US has been trying to suggest that Pakistan’s Nukes are vulnerable and will be using that as a

06 Nov 11 3 min read
Terrorism

As I remember it: The day of 9-11 by Anindita

I was a new immigrant to America, just barely two years old, trying to assimilate into the culture, still trying to comprehend the significance of my skin color and my place in society, but still fully conscious that I was indeed a ‘resident alien’ – that this was not just my

15 Sep 11 3 min read
Economics

Jharkhandis lead the march to Downgrades

People from Jharkhand are on rampage to downgrade everything they represent.  While MS Dhoni’s – the guy from Jharkhand – not so stellar captaincy has led to big losses in the current series in England, another man from Jharkhand is behind the very controversial and stunning downgrade of US Credit Rating

09 Aug 11 1 min read
Pakistan

Whither Goes Pakistan?

In the past one week or so – after the operation to eliminate Osama Bin Laden – a strange response, belligerant and one removed from reality has come forth from Pakistani analysts and the estbalishment.  DItto from most common people as well. The response is a combination of denial of Osama’s

16 May 11 3 min read
China

China and its War Ambitions and Options for India

China’s Defense Minister said recently that his country is preparing for conflict “in every direction” [http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/12/china_preparing_for_war_in_eve.html] .  As per him, “our military will push forward preparations for military conflict in every strategic direction.” Why because: “We may

07 Mar 11 3 min read
Business

NASDAQ Attack by Hackers – Reason for Worry?

Recently hackers went into NASDAQ’s system and put in some suspicious files which were later found by a team of forensic experts including FBI team members.  The markets in North America, Europe and in many countries of Asia – including India – are electronic.  If hackers could get in to probably

08 Feb 11 2 min read
India

Review of 2010 and Predictions for 2011

As has been a tradition on Drishtikone, we review the past year and make predictions for the coming year – not astrologically, but logically – based on how the world is and what it can be given the alignments.  We did it last year [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/blog/review-2009-and-predictions-2010]

02 Jan 11 5 min read
Environment

Oil munching bacteria BP's best mates

Man is a wretched animal.  It can mess nature up for his own benefit.  Nature is still bountiful.  It just gives.  Recently, in probably the worst Oil disaster in history, millions of gallons of oil spilled all over the Gulf of Mexico from the BP oil leak. With such a

27 Aug 10 2 min read
United States of America

Where is the US of A going??

This at present is a million dollar question.  And the beauty is that everyone seems to have an answer, yet nobody knows what’s happening, including the ‘gurus’ – the economists and the Feds. Sample this – an extract from the statement (paraphrased) from the latest meeting (on August 10) of the

17 Aug 10 4 min read
United States of America

Judge who struck Obama drilling ban has Conflict of Interest

Very interesting… the judge who struck down the Obama administration ban [https://www.drishtikone.com/judges-deepwater-drilling-strike-down-informed-decision] reportedly has extensive investments [http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2010/06/23/news/doc4c2217bd3ef84765891485.txt] in the Oil and Gas companies.  Does that count for conflict of interest?? > The Louisiana judge who struck down

23 Jun 10 1 min read
Business

Ethics and US Corporate Executives

I saw this quote on the facebook wall of my friend.  Worth quoting here: > “If (BP CEO) Hayward gets kicked out, he’ll walk away with a generous pension entitlement of nearly $900,000 a year.To jaded American eyes, these figures may not seem that large. But that’s

22 Jun 10 1 min read
United States of America

China and Turkey to buy up Iraqi Oil Field

Close on the heels of the Iranian Nuke coup [https://www.drishtikone.com/irans-brilliant-coup-brazil-and-turkey-us-looks] with Turkey and Brazil, comes the news of the Chinese and Turkish coup in Iraq’s Oil fields…. both right under the very noses of the US and West. Interestingly, an article in a Beijing site

19 May 10 1 min read
Politics

Iran's Brilliant Coup with Brazil and Turkey as US looks on

Something has gone horribly wrong with the Nuke World.  While all the way from 1970s to 90s, US literally handheld and shielded Pakistan so they got their Nuke technology and later weaponize it with support from China and Missiles from North Korea (also of Chinese vintage); the Governments have turned

19 May 10 2 min read
Pakistan

Pakistani connection to the Times Square Failed Bomb Attack

In the recent case of NY failed bomb attack, a Pakistani Muslim – Shahzad Faizal – was caught.  He was trying to leave the country on Monday night from JFK airport when the Customs and Border Protection agents arrested him.  As per the reports [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36892505/ns/

04 May 10 1 min read
Economics

Oracles, their Parables and the future of American "Basicland"

Charles Munger is the Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, the legendary company led by the "Oracle of Omaha", Warren Buffett.  Both Munger and Buffett are perhaps two of the greatest investors that the world has known and are renowned for their discipline.  They are also fiercely patriotic Americans.  I have read

31 Mar 10 3 min read
Religion

Obama invited to Islam

You can fault these guys for anything, but for having nerves and being blatant. These guys are standing right in front of the White House and mouthing all sorts of stuff against US and Obama. And then they proceed to invite Obama into Islam because that will “save” him. It

31 Mar 10 1 min read
Politics

Sarah Palin and her notes

This is Sarah Palin addressing attendees at the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010.  She is preparing for her Presidential bid in 2012.  Given her past record in 2008 race, one would have thought that she would work very hard at getting her information right and

08 Feb 10 1 min read
United States of America

Another fine Republican moment

(written by PRC) Yet a little more “insight” as to why I stopped “supporting” the Republican Party years ago. It’s a long list…but this mentality says much about GOP standards in general. For the past 6 months I’ve been one of those “stray dogs” , an American dependent

30 Jan 10 1 min read
United States of America

PETA ruffles Turkey feathers on Thanksgiving

This is an especially incredible ad this thanksgiving.  PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) have come out with this ad where the little girl who says the Grace at the family dinner at Thanksgiving recounts the maltreatment to the Turkey – like many others – that they are about to devour.

26 Nov 09 1 min read
United States of America

Diversity is a Self Destructing Value

Today I was listening to the toast from Dr. Singh and Barack Obama.  Both of them emphasized on the quality of diversity and the Universal rights.  Both, Dr. Singh and Obama stand where they are because of the rights of the minorities that their societies afforded them. Diversity and equal

25 Nov 09 1 min read
Terrorism

US Army Carnage and troubling questions

In one of the worst shooting in Army history today in the US, a US soldier – psychiatrist – shot 12 of his colleagues and injured over 30, some seriously at Fort Hood in Texas. His name was Nidal Malik Hasan and he was, according to his local Masjid’s imam “a

06 Nov 09 2 min read
United States of America

Obama, the Fly Ninja!

Obama is not only deliberate as his speech represents, but is a quick draw and very fast in the air as well.  How do we know that?  Well, look at how he swats a fly sitting on his hand during an interview with CNBC in White House.  Great shot, eh!

17 Jun 09 1 min read
United States of America

Out of Many, One: E pluribus unum

It is telling and indeed intriguing that three religions, coming from the same root have such deep-seated animosities.  Even though all the three religions acknowledge half a dozen protagonists as their founding fathers, still Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have developed such deep rooted enmity.  In fact, every strain of these

05 Jun 09 3 min read
United States of America

Wordcloud of Obama's Cairo speech

Today we heard Obama’s speech in Cairo to the Muslims of the world.  Here is a wordcloud of all the words used.  It is interesting that the word which was mentioned the most was the word “People”.  How emphatic he was on things can be viewed from the use

04 Jun 09 1 min read
United States of America

Obama's Speech to Muslims in Cairo

This is the speech that Obama gave in Cairo today.  Without doubt, Obama is THE most effective communicator of modern times.  I have rarely seen anyone who can articulate extremely complex concepts, diametrically opposite viewpoints and address differences and similarities as effectively as he can.  Here is speaks fearlessly about

04 Jun 09 1 min read
United States of America

Discrimination in US against Muslims

How are Muslims perceived and treated in the US?  An interesting experiment and discussion by ABC news.  Not that it would decide how Americans or even other cultures behave with Muslims, but I would be curious if someone in say, Saudi Arabia or even Pakistan ever gives thought or does

21 May 09 1 min read
United States of America

The Pink Chaddi Soldier

Here is an interesting scene – a Pink Chaddi Soldier!   The guy’s name is Zachary Boyd.  He woke up to a Taliban assault on his platoon and only had time to grab his weapon, helmet and body armor before he could rush out to fight.. in his pink boxers and

18 May 09 1 min read
Pakistan

9-11, Pakistan ISI, and the Cover up by US Government

We have reported time and again, with the ONLY report links available in the media, on this revelation – i.e; that Lt Gen Mahmood had directed Sayeed Sheikh to wire $100,000 to Mohd. Atta.[Report #1 [https://drishtikone.com/?q=content/how-pakistani-government-promotes-terrorism-and-us-state-department-looks-other-way] ].  The tremendous effort that went in to

12 May 09 1 min read
United States of America

Have Chinese undermined US Defense?

Chinese are smart and have made the US play into their hands – from the economy to manufatcuring to defense.  And for some reason, the Americans have played happily along. Over the years, the Chinese have penetrated US’s cyber networks and also pushed counterfeit equipment parts so deep that they

18 Apr 09 1 min read
China

Hillary's Asia Visit and the lessons for India

HIllary Clinton’s visit somehow has gone un-noticed in the large Desi press, which is surprising.  For, this visit revealed more than all the eloquence of Obama did. It fundamentally underscores that the geo-political and economic considerations of post-Bush era may be pushing the Indo-US relationship on the back-burner.  The

16 Mar 09 5 min read
United States of America

Homeless kids in the US

Here is a stunning statistic: One in 50 American children in the course of a year are Homeless! Southern states are the worst affected. But to be fair the following are included in this list: * When the young parents move in with their parents (doubling up) – their kids are also

10 Mar 09 1 min read
Economics

Stimulus Bill signed. Wall Street not Amused.

The 780 Billion Stimulus plan has been signed into history.  In Denver.  The person used as an example of what this would do was the CEO of Namaste Inc. – a company that provides Solar panel energy solutions.  He is now in the hiring mode.  So, hopefully things will change.  Let

17 Feb 09 1 min read
United States of America

Did a UFO attend Obama's Inauguration?

In Hindu mythology, often the annointing of a new king – if he was benevolent  and good – was joined in by the people of “other worlds”.  Now, that was mostly, logicallly speaking, a figure of speech with perhaps wide poetic license. But it seems that in the case of Barack Obama,

27 Jan 09 1 min read
Pakistan

Changing US-Pak relationship

Pakistanis in the US are worried about the Indian “influence” and so they want to counter it.  They think that Obama’s thinking and actions on Pakistan are based on what Indian Americans tell him.  Strange for a guy who has lived in Pakistan and not in India! The newly

27 Jan 09 1 min read
Minorities

Attacks on Sikh Family in CA and SALDEF

Going further on the racist attacks on the Sikhs [https://drishtikone.com/?q=blog/sikh-called-terrorist-ups], here is how the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund [http://saldef.org/content.aspx?&a=3638] (SALDEF) helped prosecute 4 youth assailants who attacked a Sikh family. [sent by Ms S. Sahni] > In

31 Dec 08 1 min read
Religion

Sikh called a "Terrorist" by UPS

An old Sikh man in California was waiting for his second package to be delivered, when he accidentally looked at the first package’s receipt on UPS website.  And what he saw was shocking!  Instead of his name in the “Signed By” section, he saw the UPS driver had entered

30 Dec 08 1 min read
Business

Save Detroit and jobs and dump top 3 car makers

There is a lot of discussion of failure and bailout or otherwise of the US Auto industry.  Here is a video as well with Peter Schiff [http://www.europac.net] discussing this thing.  I agree with a lot of what he says. It can’t be denied that lot of

21 Nov 08 1 min read
United States of America

Obama's cabinet

When Hillary Clinton’s name was being thrown in as the Vice President for Obama ticket – I strongly felt that she would be downright STUPID to become a VP!!  If I know her mind even a wee bit as an observer I would think that she would like to be

14 Nov 08 1 min read
United States of America

Obama broke the news to her

A 71 year old Detroit grandmother Leola Brock-Reese came to Chicago with her best friend Freddie a 77 year old.  They went all over the city and in the evening they went to Grant Park hoping to catch Barack Obama’s speech.  They sat on the steps in the Park

10 Nov 08 1 min read
Politics

Behind the Scenes Tidbits from US Presidential Campaign

Some behind the scenes stuff that had not come out during the long Presidential campaign between Obama and McCain. — Sarah Palin didn’t know which countries were in NAFTA, and she “didn’t understand that Africa was a continent, rather than a series, a country just in itself.” — Sarah Palin

06 Nov 08 3 min read
Politics

McCain's Concession Speech

This is McCain’s speech that he gave last night after he realized that Barack Obama had won.  I think it is by far one of the best concession speech’s I have heard.. and certainly the best speech that I have heard from McCain.  Pity that it was his

05 Nov 08 1 min read
United States of America

Obama is the US President

It took long years and fights of values and unfailing spirit, but today the United States of America finally caught up with its Humanity. Aspirations are wishes that cannot be seen or even contemplated.  Commitments are promises that one makes with ones spirit.  Meeting one’s commitments are important for

05 Nov 08 2 min read
Politics

A Different Viewpoint on US elections

A friend has sent this message, so I could share with all.  I think the link for the Galbraith interview is very informative, although I do not necessarily agree with his decision.  Reason:  A vote is not a policy statement but a decision on who will be the choice for

30 Oct 08 1 min read
Politics

Ms. Palin: US Vice President is "In-charge of the Senate"!

Ok.. Let’s continue with our love with Sarah Palin.  Here in an answer to a kid’s question as to what is the job of a US Vice-President [http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jvdMZgcE6Zu0Gff9sLV_K_6PLtoQD93VJAVO0], she tells Brandon (the kid) that the VP is “Incharge of the Senate”

27 Oct 08 1 min read
Humour

Is McCain hungry?

One thing for sure.. our guy McCain seems real hungry.  I won’t get into his culinary indulgences on this blog though.. but it doesn’t sound very appetizing!  Any comments? PS: in all fairness – seriously speaking – this was taken after the third debate.  McCain had “strayed” on Obama’s

27 Oct 08 1 min read
Politics

Sarah Palin's $40 billion Pipeline is full of corruption

Sarah Palin has achieved very little in her Government service.  One of her biggest achievements seems to be the $40 billion pipeline in Alaska to Lower 48 (states) – the 1715 mile pipeline. Now, it turns out that the bidding process for granting that $40 billion project was actually tampered and

26 Oct 08 2 min read
United States of America

Wolf hater Palin and her "tough" image

Ostensibly this kind of logic doesn’t sicken many in the world today but I feel this kind of thinking [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/core/Content/displayPrintable.jhtml;jsessionid=NISTA4RELCBGHQFIQMGSFFWAVCBQWIV0?xml=/earth/2008/10/20/eapalin120.xml&site=30&page=0] is completely nauseating! > In March, under Palin, the

21 Oct 08 1 min read
Politics

Do the fanatic Republicans want Obama dead?

Republicans are basically sick minded these days.  But this was something that even took me by surprise!! Al Austin – a former Finance Chairman for the National Republican Party sent out an email [http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/oct/16/na-obama-slaying-joke-sent/news-politics/] – which he now calls a “joke” – where in

20 Oct 08 1 min read
Politics

Obama uses humor to roast McCain at charity dinner

People have said that Barack Obama is a very humor loving and funny guy although that does not come out in his appearances and speeches.  Finally, in the “Alfred E Smith Charity Dinner” he came out in his own and in the act also simply beat the heck out of

17 Oct 08 1 min read
Politics

Tonight's McCain-Obama 3rd debate

Thoughts on tonight’s US Presidential debate: – Strange, but both Obama and McCain are left handed.  So, they BOTH are leaning to “left” whether they like it or not! 😉 – McCain suggested that the Defense officers should come back and teach in schools – without certification!  I hope these troops don’t

16 Oct 08 1 min read
Politics

3rd and last US Presidential Debate today

Today is the last of the three debates between the Presidential hopefuls in the US.  Obama is already way ahead in the lead and many indicators say that he is all set to get to the White House.  McCain is trying hard now… and in the last few days has

15 Oct 08 1 min read
Economics

Capitalism vs Democracy or Capitalist Democracy?

The current financial crisis has created a very interesting situation where not only the government and quasi-government institutions have underperformed, but more importantly, the different founding principles of a modern western state have been at odds with each other. Lack of regulation enforcement While the businesses were doing what they

10 Oct 08 6 min read
India

IMHO, for McCain – Its Game Over.

I saw the Obama-McCain debate tonight.  IMHO – Its GAME OVER … for McCain. Unless something totally untowards happens, McCain is History as far as his Presidential ambitions are concerned.  He might as well quit rather than go into attacks that he will regret when he looking back at his life after

08 Oct 08 1 min read
Politics

Sarah Palin and the "Cow" essay

Since I have been picking on the VP-babe Sarah Palin, lets see how she did when she was questioned on laws of the land – specifically the Supreme Court decision – which is incidently the favorite fodder of the conservatives of the land. I would have expected a very passionate answer from

02 Oct 08 1 min read
Politics

Palin is plain scary

Sarah Palin will have a debate with Biden in a couple of days.  So far she has been shielded from interviews and interactions from the media.. because she needed “help”!  Quite obviously she does seem very scary. As Fareed Zakaria says – it is very irresponsible of McCain to choose her

30 Sep 08 5 min read
United States of America

Sarah Palin: the swimsuit babe

Here is Sarah Palin in a swimsuit competition for Miss Alaska.  When you can’t take out other countries’ “WMDs” – unleash yours!  I am sure Sarah Palin would be a great distraction for most world leaders as our friendly neighborhood President Asif Ali Zardari [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/

28 Sep 08 1 min read
Politics

McCain's Debate Suspension

Here is a cartoon on the debate suspension. Just a reality check – the debate is ONLY 90 minutes long! And anyone who knows even an IOTA about the financial crisis… knows that it has been brewing and happening for last several years!  If the ENTIRE Government machinery could NOT do

25 Sep 08 1 min read
Economics

Perils of Financial Abyss and Political Jokers

[http://commons.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:US-FederalReserveBoard-Seal.svg] Image via Wikipedia [http://commons.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:US-FederalReserveBoard-Seal.svg] In between a lot of work, I had the CNN on.  And Wolf Blitzer was discussing the current financial crisis.  It seems that the Federal Reserve is coming up with a

19 Sep 08 3 min read
Economics

AIG is NATIONALISED – the Soviets have won!

Ok, just a little news-flash: American Capitalism quietly passes into history. Federal Reserve [http://www.forbes.com/home/2008/09/16/aig-fed-bailout-markets-equity-cx_mm_0916markets50.html] is bailing out AIG – and American International Group … well is now true to its name!  It is owned by the Government of US and has

17 Sep 08 1 min read
Business

What does failure of Freddie and Fannie mean?

US Government has bailed out Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae – the two main organizations for mortgages.  Their debt and useless mortgages had reached an unsustainable level.  This has put the future of finance industry to question.  As far as effect of this action is concerned, the following are some macro

10 Sep 08 1 min read
Politics

Jon Stewart on Sarah Palin

Here is an interesting video on how Sarah Palin’s “executive experience” is being touted around by the Republicans.  She was a mayor of a town of 9000 people.  And THAT also, it seems, gave her enough foreign policy experience! As many Americans will soon find out, that world has

04 Sep 08 1 min read
India

Is Nuclear Deal a smokescreen?

All that horse trading was ultimately for useless gains in the Nuclear deal. It was just a smokescreen from the US afterall. So it now seems. The chief negotiator [http://ia.rediff.com/news/2008/jul/31ndeal2.htm] of the India-United States nuclear deal Nicholas Burns has categorically said: “No

31 Jul 08 1 min read
Minorities

Truth of American Justice system

[http://commons.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Prisoner_population_rate_UN_HDR_2007_2008.PNG] Image via Wikipedia [http://commons.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Prisoner_population_rate_UN_HDR_2007_2008.PNG] A lot is said of the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo and shame is expressed at the human rights

26 Jul 08 3 min read
Health & Medicine

Tony Snow dies of cancer

Today another person went down to cancer – colon cancer. Tony Snow [http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/12/obit.snow/index.html] was the press secretary in Bush’s White House and was fighting cancer for last year or so. Today he died. He was also at Fox Channel.

12 Jul 08 1 min read
Politics

Killing Iranians is a joke for McCain

This is as shocking a comment [http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN0832180920080709] as can be from a US presidential candidate. John McCain is known to shoot from his hip… but this is nonsensical. What he is implying is that he will be happy to see Iranians killed or dead!

09 Jul 08 1 min read
Asia

Iran test fires 9 missiles

The entire Persian belt (Iran and Iraq) is a big mess! Iran had been getting its nuke technology from AQ Khan and the North Korea (well to be precise – from CHINA).. while the US and others in the West had ostensibly no freaking idea. And then when Bush came in

09 Jul 08 2 min read
Humour

Strange US laws of birds and bees

US is supposed to be very liberal in men and women relations. But if one were to go strictly by the letter of law then a lot of laws will make you amazed! Its not just about homosexual relations that the conservatives in the US are touchy about. These laws

08 Jul 08 1 min read
Politics

Obama and Clinton: Changing one's fate

Last night Obama won North Carolina (56/42%) and lost Indiana (51/49%).  He leads in the Super Delegates tally and the delegates.  Now, he looks like the favorite to win.  Even if Hillary won all the remaining states by 65-35% (something that she has never been able to do)

07 May 08 1 min read
China

The Next Great Clash: Interview with Michael Levin

I very rarely find a book that I cannot keep down, specially when it comes to politics.  This book by Michael Levin is a revelation.  Not many analysts really do serious research before writing.  Levin is different.  He is a serious analyst who has had long stints in Soviet Union/

06 May 08 6 min read
United States of America

Americans eat more per capita than all others

Here is an article [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/An_American_eats_5_times_more_than_an_Indian/articleshow/3008449.cms] which gives some extremely interesting stats that I wanted to record on drishtikone for future.  This clearly shows that Americans eat more PER CAPITA than people of any other nationality!

04 May 08 2 min read
Humour

The "N'er-do-well son"

Got this link and picture from a facebook contact.  Thought it was interesting enough to share. Beneath the photo from the REAGAN DIARIES is an actual quote that Reagan wrote about George “W” in his diaries, recently edited by author Doug Brinkley and published by Harper Collins “A moment I’

22 Apr 08 1 min read
Economics

US Mortgage crisis: a slum comes up near Los Angeles

Dharavi [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dharavi], in Bombay, is the second largest slum in Asia (after Orangi Township in Karachi).  It has a million people in there.  Slums are a common problem in poor countries.  People, who cannot make it in a big city but cannot leave that city

31 Mar 08 2 min read
Politics

In This Political Season, Health Care Reform is a Business Issue

Here is another guest article for Drishtikone.  John Hammergren is CEO of McKesson Corporation, the Fortune 18 health care services leader. McKesson serves customers at every point of health care and is helping transform the industry into a modern, efficient, and quality-driven system. McKesson has seen industry-leading performance under Hammergren’

20 Mar 08 5 min read
Issues

Spitzer, Law-enforcers, Human failing and a 10,000 years pretense!

> A first-term Democrat, built his political reputation on rooting out government corruption, and made a name for himself as attorney general as crusader against shady practices and overly generous compensation. He also cracked down on prostitution. > He was known as the “Sheriff of Wall Street.” Time magazine named him “Crusader

12 Mar 08 3 min read
Issues

Pakistani Democracy and American farce!

What is wrong with the US?  First it tells everybody and his brother to go democratic and when they have the elections, which do not go along the person US is backing – then it starts all sorts of bullying and lobbying!  It is as if US had no idea of

24 Feb 08 2 min read
Economics

Inflating its way to Recession?

Is US inflating its way into Recession? Lowering interest rates > Lower Dollar > Inelastic demand for foreign goods > Sticky (Real) Deficit > Ballooning nominal Deficit > Run away Inflation. Makes sense?  Here is a sampler [http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2008/02/inflating-our-w.html]: -Gold soared $26 -Platinum exploded $91 –Iron-Ore Prices Up

21 Feb 08 1 min read
Religion

Is US of today where Persia was yesterday?

Like I said earlier in the post, Religion colors everyone’s logic and rationale.  Whatever one could see through easily, is lost to him when the extra layer of religion comes through. I had discussed in this post (Two Millenia of India’s Economic Journey [https://drishtikone.com/?q=content/

19 Feb 08 2 min read
Terrorism

Prisons, US, Human Rights and Hypocrisy.

> Another prisoner has a broken ankle. He can’t crawl fast enough so a guard jabs a stun gun onto his buttocks. The jolt of electricity zaps through his naked flesh and genitals. For hours afterwards his whole body shakes. Where do you think this scene [http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/

16 Feb 08 1 min read
Business

Option ARMs, Bind Insurers, and the Mortgage mess

Here is an interesting scenario: A person buys a house for $185,000 in 2006 and keeps paying his mortgage month after month.  Now, in early 2008, he owes the bank – $192,000! What’s wrong with this picture?  Well he did a payment-option adjustable rate mortgage.  He owes $1300

12 Feb 08 3 min read
Politics

Bush Legacy

Interesting, self explanatory chart. Source [http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/rchart4.gif]

24 Jan 08 1 min read
Politics

Bush pardons himself from war crimes

Someone once said to me that you should have successful friends – because your salary is an average of the combined salaries of your friends.  I guess the same works for Intelligence and Integrity Quotient – or your “IIQ” (new term!).  For a guy who finds Pakistani Prez Musharraf to be a

23 Jan 08 1 min read
Politics

Bush Administration made hundreds of false statements after 2001

A study by two non-profit journalism organizations now shows that Bush administration issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from 2001 to 2003.  The statements, 935 in all, were made with an intention presumably to convey a risk that did not exist.  For example, the study [http:

23 Jan 08 1 min read
Politics

How US has changed in the last 150 years!

Over the years, US has changed.. right?  The Civil War.  The Civil Rights.  The rights to women.  The end of Cold War. Many things right?  Well guess what, the minds still remain as they were.  In the roughly 150 years since the Civil War, the distribution of minds seems to

22 Jan 08 1 min read
Politics

Obama in his Historic speech: "I have a Hope"

There are election speeches and then there are HISTORIC SPEECHES.  Speeches that come out from the heart and reach the heart.  Speeches that have a purpose and a vision.  Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” was one such speech.  These days such speeches are hard to come by.

21 Jan 08 1 min read
Corruption

NY Cops laugh away as man dies on roadside

A few policemen in New York city saw a homeless Guatemalan immigrant dying on the roadside.  What do you think they did? (i) take him to hospital emergency (ii) stood around joking about him and laughing away while he was dying? Well, it was the second!  They were taped chuckling

21 Jan 08 1 min read
Education

Two Indian Doctoral students found killed!

Two Indian Doctoral students at the Louisiana State University (LSU) were found dead – shot and strangled in their apartment complex.    The deaths was found by the pregnant wife of one of them: > The two slain students, Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, were found at Edward Gay apartment complex,

15 Dec 07 1 min read
Education

Two Indian Doctoral students found killed!

Two Indian Doctoral students at the Louisiana State University (LSU) were found dead – shot and strangled in their apartment complex.    The deaths was found by the pregnant wife of one of them: > The two slain students, Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, were found at Edward Gay apartment complex,

15 Dec 07 1 min read
Religion

Selling his soul this Christmas

This Christmas this guy is going to sell his “soul” to bidders with bids starting at $1 million [http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1296961,00.html?f=rss].  Well thats fairly silly and useless aint it?  What is someone discovers that there is no such thing as a

14 Dec 07 1 min read
Religion

Selling his soul this Christmas

This Christmas this guy is going to sell his “soul” to bidders with bids starting at $1 million [http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1296961,00.html?f=rss].  Well thats fairly silly and useless aint it?  What is someone discovers that there is no such thing as a

14 Dec 07 1 min read
Economics

Last Days of US Dollar?

Here is this guy predicting the end of US Dollar.  He thinks that there is a big mess out there in the financial markets and it will only get worse and worse… resulting finally in an implosion.  What do you think? > The great debate among those of us on the

06 Dec 07 1 min read
Economics

Last Days of US Dollar?

Here is this guy predicting the end of US Dollar.  He thinks that there is a big mess out there in the financial markets and it will only get worse and worse… resulting finally in an implosion.  What do you think? > The great debate among those of us on the

06 Dec 07 1 min read
Politics

Barrack Obama Breaks US National Anthem law

See this picture of Barrack Obama standing with his hands down during his National Anthem?  Well, it seems he broke the US Law.. and he is running for the President of the country! 🙂 > According to U.S. law, a civilian like Obama is supposed to stand up when the anthem

16 Nov 07 1 min read
Politics

Barrack Obama Breaks US National Anthem law

See this picture of Barrack Obama standing with his hands down during his National Anthem?  Well, it seems he broke the US Law.. and he is running for the President of the country! 🙂 > According to U.S. law, a civilian like Obama is supposed to stand up when the anthem

16 Nov 07 1 min read
Politics

Harry Truman and his Unlikely Victory in 1948

Sometimes history is made and even the underdog shines. It does not happen too often in politics – where power rules. In the 1948 Presidential elections in the US, Harry Truman [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_S._Truman] was that underdog. Thomas E. Dewey was the frontrunner. And a big

02 Nov 07 2 min read
Politics

Harry Truman and his Unlikely Victory in 1948

Sometimes history is made and even the underdog shines. It does not happen too often in politics – where power rules. In the 1948 Presidential elections in the US, Harry Truman [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_S._Truman] was that underdog. Thomas E. Dewey was the frontrunner. And a big

02 Nov 07 2 min read
Europe

EU to bring out a "Blue Card" to compete with US green card

The competition for talent is heating up around the world. Now, EU is starting a scheme that mimics US’ green card (permanent residence card) scheme that gives permission to people skilled in areas of high demand. The EU says it needs 20m skilled workers over the next two decades, and

24 Oct 07 1 min read
Politics

There's nothing to be happy about Bobby Jindal!

I was thinking of saying this myself .. but when I read this at Eternalsoul’s site I finally came to the point of writing about it! Every one in the Indian media is gloating over the victory of Bobby Jindal [http://hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=e6d9fcc0-bbf3-4179-99b4-9b35f7a0b5dd&&Headline=Arise%

22 Oct 07 3 min read
Economics

Lowest ever Dollar and Highest Ever Oil!

So the Oil in US hit a new high this morning as it went beyond $90 a barrel (it fell later though [http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/071019/oil_prices.html]). Dollar hit a new low against the Euro at 1.425 $/Euro. On the one hand the clout of

19 Oct 07 1 min read
Politics

French gave birth to the current American feud!

Ok, this is got to be the most amazing political story! French, who are the eye sore for many conservative Americans are responsible for yet another political battle in the US. One of their guys gave birth to a family tree that was ultimately responsible for two characters – totally different

17 Oct 07 1 min read
Humour

When you wish becomes your nightmare!

What if your closest friends run your country – whom you feel are the best suited to do so…. and they screw like no other team ever before?  Well that is an interesting scenario.Here [http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1925961a-67e4-11dc-8906-0000779fd2ac.html] is a guy who actually happened to

06 Oct 07 1 min read
Economics

US Economy, the risks and its resilience

One of my friends, let’s call him "V", had written this analysis in an email to me in reaction to my question to my friends on the danger to the US economy.  I thought he had done a good analysis and wanted to share with every one else.  Read

30 Sep 07 3 min read
Creative

Airport Security: Photo of the month!

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Morning in America [http://www.flickr.com/photos/cjd/1418632004/], originally uploaded by cjdavis [http://www.flickr.com/people/cjd/]. What a picture!  I would have called it “When the robes collide”! One

23 Sep 07 1 min read
News

Strange Illness strikes teachers/custodians in a Houston School!

There is still things that happen in the US that people of science cannot possibly explain. In a Houston middle school – Francis Scott Key School [http://cbs11tv.com/health/local_story_260161638.html], teachers are custodians have been falling sick.  So much that they have to be taken to the

20 Sep 07 1 min read
Economics

Crashing Dollar: Is US becoming Canada's Mexico??

Corey mentions [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=is_us_economy_going_to_collapse#comment-4336] in his comment that he has been wondering on the situation of falling dollar looking at it from Canada.  A friend of mine, Raj, from Canada also had a similar view.  He was ecstatic

20 Sep 07 1 min read
Economics

Is US economy going to collapse?

My friend, Sanjay Goel, has been warning about the falling dollar!  He rightly says that while the Americans are busy about Iraq and Religious nonsense, it is the falling dollar that they are un-aware of.. when THAT is exactly what they should be looking at!  Tonight I tuned into Glenn

19 Sep 07 1 min read
Religion

Religious sentimentalism in the US!

Something is going terribly wrong with the religious sensibilities in the US.  And its not just the right-wingers, but the so called liberal media as well!  Humor and critique is not as free as it used to be in the US not long ago. Kathy Griffin [http://news.yahoo.com/

11 Sep 07 1 min read
China

Is the Great decline of US Dollar on the Horizon?

Not many people realize that the economic relationship between China and US is a quid pro quo that is just meant to prop up the feeling of wealth.  Despite the fact that I am nowhere near to as economic-savvy as most of the world economic gurus, I do believe it

09 Sep 07 2 min read
Issues

America's new sex fetish: Sex in Toilet!

The harmless toilet seems to be emerging as the number one spot for celebrities for sex in the US! First it was Larry "I am not Gay" Craig senator of Ohio [http://www.nypost.com/seven/08282007/news/nationalnews/senator_busted_in_toilet.htm] , who was soliciting sex from a

30 Aug 07 1 min read
Religion

A Ball that cannot be kicked!

My friend, Vish [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6964564.stm] sent in: The American troops in a friendly gesture decided to distribute Soccer balls to Afghan people.  In the Spirit of the International presence in Afghanistan, (unlike Iraq, there is NATO presence there) the Soccer balls

26 Aug 07 1 min read
Politics

How politicians change!! Is this really Dick Cheney?

Look at this video – how Dick is arguing against invading Iraq.  All the reasons he gave then…. came out to be TRUE… and I wonder why or how he changed his mind to fight an unnecessary war?  There is a saying in Hindi: “Vinash-kalya Vipreet budhhi” (when one’s time

19 Aug 07 1 min read
Politics

Vatican and CIA make changes to Wikipedia secretly

Sometimes state and God – both need an extra hand.Vatican and CIA are busy trying to do their bit to put some color into the information available around the world via Wikipedia [http://www.Wikipedia.com]. > A US hacker’s homemade program to pinpoint origins of Wikipedia edits indicates that

19 Aug 07 1 min read
Business

US: The Debtor Nation!

US consumption – US production = Brazil’s annual output. And Brazil is the 10th largest economy on planet earth!  So, the Americans [http://www.harvardmagazine.com/2007/07/debtor-nation.html] take on a debt that is close to the entire annual output of Brazil!!  Is that a cause for concern?  Well,

17 Aug 07 1 min read
Business

Toy recalls and question about trade with China!

These days, when everything seems to be made in China… well at least everything that we buy in the US really comes from China – it does come as a jolt when something like toys are recalled en mass by the largest toy manufacturer!!  First Mattel did a massive recall [http:

14 Aug 07 1 min read
Economics

Is America the New Roman Empire?

This is an interesting question [http://reason.com/news/show/121274.html] that a lot of people are asking.  The burden of being at the top also brings skepticism and vulnerability!  Iraq war and its failure is bringing out that vulnerability and exposing things about America that no one could

01 Aug 07 1 min read
Technology

Drunk Space Drivers – getting "high" to go Higher!

Hmm.. it takes a lot to get up there in space these days!  So, we some going up after getting a little tipsy [http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/27/nasas_hard_drinking_explorers/]. > "Interviews with both flight surgeons and astronauts identified some episodes of heavy use of alcohol

28 Jul 07 1 min read
Technology

The Beach of the Future!

This is a new one!  I have seen many thoughts on future.. but this New Jersey town [http://www.physorg.com/news104562985.html] (Ocean City) is taking the current technology to a .. well .. new frontier!  Here is how the "Beach of the Future" will look like: > At the beach of

25 Jul 07 1 min read
Politics

Sin, Prostitution and Republican party's Pet God

Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana has a wife and four children.  His phone number was found in the diaries of the "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey.  Just read his "apology [http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/07/09/dc.madam.ap/index.html]".  These republicans have made a mockery of

10 Jul 07 1 min read
Politics

Long term Implications of Lal Masjid Siege in Pakistan

Like I discussed [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=rebellion_in_pakistan] on my blog this week that things in Pakistan are not looking too great as the Lal Masjid students had fought with the Pakistani Army right there in the capital itself. Now the things are getting worse.

06 Jul 07 2 min read
Politics

Bush and Hitler

Here is yet another comment [http://www.intentblog.com/archives/2007/07/libby.html#comment-153229] on Intentblog – which I thought was pretty telling! > While in Germany my wife started to take a picture of a sculptor. An artist we met said "No, do not photograph this one. It was in

04 Jul 07 1 min read
Corruption

The Rotting American political system!

Har Shaakh par uloo baitha hai; anjaam-e-gulistaan kya hoga. Barbaad-e-gulistaan karne ko; bas ek hi uloo kaafi hai. (There is an owl on every branch; wonder what is the future of such a garden. For to destroy a garden completely; Only ONE owl will suffice!) Yesterday US President George Bush

03 Jul 07 2 min read
Corruption

How CIA used Congress to attack the Communists in Kerala

Congress has led and governed the country in a very questionable fashion since our independence.  Even now.  If this story [http://www.ibnlive.com/news/cia-helped-in-toppling-communist-govt-in-kerala/top/43293-3.html?xml&news=How%20CIA%20ousted%20Left%20govt%20in%20Kerala&pubDate=Thu%2C+21+Jun+2007+03%3A29%3A14++0100&keyword=ibn_

21 Jun 07 1 min read
Politics

US cutting a deal with the Taliban!

I have got to blog this!  US is at it again!  It just doesnt want to do anything worthwhile where the problem is…. but goes around killing innocent civilians and then howling that those poor folks with no power are not taking "charge" of their country!! US earlier helped the

20 Jun 07 1 min read
Environment

Loss of a main weather satellite and politics of US!

There is this weather satellite called QuickScat launched in 1999 and past its lifetime.  Now it could go away anytime.  US though does not have any thoughts of replacing it.  Loss of QuickScat diminishes the ability to predict hurricanes in the US by ~16%.  When the Director of National Hurricane

17 Jun 07 1 min read
India

Terrible Scenarios in Pakistan that could become reality!

In this very interesting analysis [http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/jun/14guest.htm], Col. Athale now talks about the scenarios that can unfold pretty soon given the tense situation in Pakistan.  With Musharraf in jeopardy, Osama still at large, and religionists still pushing… chips could fall in any direction!

15 Jun 07 1 min read
Business

Astronomical Price Tag of a NY City Cab License!!

People in India complain about the cost they have to pay to the Engineering college to become Engineers!  In NY, you and I cannot even THINK of getting a license to DRIVE A CAB!!  Guess how much it costs? > The price of a licence to operate a New York taxi

03 Jun 07 1 min read
China

The Inescapable Ditch for the World sponsored by the US

“We need to keep the terrorists from entering our borders and deal with them where they are…” Bush and his coterie kept saying something to this effect time and after time for last so many years!  Did they? Instead, if you were to carefully look – the villain of middle east

15 Nov 06 2 min read
Europe

When Millions Should be Killed to Mourn a Few Thousands!

It has become so fashionable to talk of peace these days and blaming the World.. yes.. actually the West and the others in the world for all the mess in the Islamic world and the direct connection between Poverty and Terrorism that it nauseates me no end!! This argument of:

16 Aug 06 1 min read
India

How Derivative Perceptions Affect our Success

“We need to be treated as special kids in special schools” Shonya (name changed) said to the Cultural Diversity Manager.  The Cultural Diversity Group (CDG) had been set in this Big Four Consulting firm and the Manager was in Texas to kickstart one chapter here.  We had come together from

02 Jul 06 3 min read
India

Torturing of Soldiers by Islamic Jehadis!

The remains of the two American soldiers [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5498870] have been found in Iraq.  Apparently, they were tortured before they were killed.  It is not quite apparent what kind of torture they underwent.. but it would have been fairly brutal. > The military

21 Jun 06 2 min read
India

The Silver Platter Theory and the Victim Mentality

I have seen and met a lot of folks from all countries and a lot from India who keep talking about how BAD the other person is! I have been following a discussion going on a topic called “Asian Nationalism [http://www.intentblog.com/archives/2005/11/asian_nationali.html]

22 Nov 05 2 min read

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