If an IRGC man becomes the President of Iran in 2021, the US and the West are most likely to face a militarily aggressive Iran, in which case the US pursuit of peace with Iran, which has already suffered massive setbacks on account of Trump’s ill-advised actions together with the recent assassinations on Iranian soil, may slide well beyond reasonable expectations for the foreseeable future.
The central government failed to build a nationwide consensus before enacting a national law with far-reaching ramifications, and thus failed to lead, and Parliament failed to enact a law consistent with the Constitutional norms of long standing.
Trump’s presidency has exposed the weakness of the legal checks and balances meant to keep the president accountable, for many of them are simply norms with little legal force behind them.
It would be naive to overlook or underplay the pull Trump has with several sections of Americans, and that is where the problem lies.U
The Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict is hardly new, the degree of the current escalation certainly is. Turkey’s active involvement in the conflict — in consonance with its aggressive foreign policy — is fueling the fire, making the expansion of the conflict beyond Nagorno-Karabakh more and more likely.
Trump is neither the only nor the worst that African-Americans are up against in the US. He is just one of the heftier cards in a deck heavily loaded against the people of color.
In pushing the bills through, the Deputy Chairman Harivansh was acting not only in contravention of the settled rules of procedure, but also against the very raison d’etre of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. And thus against the very fundamentals of constitutional democracy in India.
If the Bikru massacre brought the criminal-politician-nexus into sharp focus, what followed revealed either a lawless pursuit of vengeance by the UP Police, or its complete lack of competence. A closer look at the purported crackdown on the Dubey gang, also called the “Bullet Gang”, and the disturbing scenario emerges in no time. In the second part of this three-part series we look at the disturbing development.
For as scary and dark a tale as this, it has a generous dash of humour, mostly the kind that might make one smile and cringe at the same time as the real-life ramifications of what went down sink in, unless of course, one is naive enough place their faith in the deadly brand of police-administered selective justice.
From the Indian perspective, the Chinese intruded deep into the Indian side of the LAC and have now receded to some extent, which still leaves quite a bit of Indian territory beneath their feet. The position would get frozen and become the new LAC, if total disengagement is not immediately followed by a complete reversion to status quo ante. But to get China to agree to that would be far more difficult for India than bringing about a de-escalation.