"I have not spoken to him in a while because I don't want to speak to him," President Trump told the Fox Business Network's Stuart Varney on October 15, referring to Xi Jinping , the Chinese ruler. Trump spoke as national security professionals have been urging him to enter into long-term discussions with China. Among them is the architect of modern American China policy. Washington and Beijing, Henry Kissinger said this month, must talk to each other to establish "the limits beyond which they will not push threats." "You can say this is totally impossible, but if it is, we will slide into a situation similar to World War I," he warned . From Kissinger to the secretary-general of the U.N . to the editorial board of the Financial Times , everyone is worried about descending into a "New Cold War" or worse. And just about everyone recommends dialogue. Dialogue may sound smart, but it is actually divorced from reality and therefore deeply misguided. The international … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Hot War With Ruthless China | Opinion
Events during the cold war
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan would involve itself in the then-raging Tajikistani Civil War, which eventually stalemated in 1997. Relations then collapsed over the sticking point of land ownership along the almost 1,000-mile border between the two nations. Uzbekistan lined much of the border with mines in the early 2000s, and several sections of it still remain under dispute. © Sputnik / Nikolay Hiznyak Joint Russian-Uzbek Drills Kick Off in Central Uzbekistan The situation was severe enough that anonymous Western analysts told the New York Times that the situation amounted to an "undeclared cold war" in mid-2008. But that has begun to change since Mirziyoyev took office. He replaced Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan's first post-independence president, who ruled the country with an iron hand from 1991 until his death in September 2016. Since taking power in Tashkent in December 2016, Mirziyoyev has positioned himself as a reformer — including … [Read more...] about Uzbek President to Visit Tajikistan, Thaw Decades-Long ‘Undeclared Cold War’
Russian military aircraft activity around Alaska is at its highest level since the end of the Soviet Union, and is stretching the U.S. units responding to them, a top U.S. military official has said. The comments by Air Force Lt. Gen. David Krumm, who serves as Commander, Alaskan Command, come amid heightened tensions between Russia and the U.S. as both countries engage in tit-for-tat aircraft escorts around each other's airspaces. "We have certainly seen an increase in Russian activity," Krumm told a virtual Air Force Association event on Wednesday, "we intercepted over 60 aircraft last year ... We monitor more than that." He said that "the highest activity we've had since the fall of the Soviet Union occurred last year," adding that "we've intercepted more airplanes in and around the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone than in a really, really long time." The zone covers 200 nautical miles in international airspace and the 60 intercepts is six times higher than the 10 … [Read more...] about Russia Testing U.S. As Military Flights by Alaska Reach Cold War Levels, Says Commander
'India has both the wherewithal and the will to fight the enemy, but is living in a make believe world of its own since it is yet to accept that it is indeed at war,' says military historian Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). An intense debate has begun amongst defence analysts after a recent Supreme Court judgment that directed the lodging of first information reports for 1,500 odd deaths of militants in Manipur over a decade. The court clearly sees the guerrilla war in Manipur as a 'law and order' issue and is keen to impose rules of law on rules of warfare. The many critics of AFSPA (the Armed Forces Special Powers Act) argue similarly and are against the immunity granted to the armed forces engaged in this conflict. One wonders what the response will be if the security forces also begin to lodge FIRs after every ambush or terror attack in which soldiers are killed? By this logic, after the Uri killing of soldiers, instead of the surgical strikes, the Indian Army should … [Read more...] about Make no mistake, we are at war!
by Roy Eidelson and Trudy Bond “The position of the American Psychological Association is clear and unequivocal: For more than 25 years, the association has absolutely condemned any psychologist participation in torture.” -- Statement by the APA, November 2013 “The American Psychological Association, the largest professional organization for psychologists, worked assiduously to protect the psychologists who did get involved in the torture program.” --James Risen, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War , October 2014 ******** New information may soon be revealed by the Senate Intelligence Committee’s yet-to-be-released report on the CIA’s post-9/11 abusive and torturous detention and interrogation operations. But what already has been clear for a long time – through reports from journalists , independent task forces , congressional investigations , and other documents – is that psychologists and other health professionals were directly involved in … [Read more...] about New Evidence Links CIA to APA’s “War on Terror” Ethics