John Dobson

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Why I miss the stability of the Cold War

Now we have uncertainty, with the risk of nuclear escalation in Asia and the Middle East. NATO is at its...

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Got some dirty money? Why not use the Laundromat?

There has been the suspicion that the vast percentage of wealth came from dirty money, which was cleaned en route...

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China is developing a maritime noose around India

I wonder how many Indian politicians in Lutyens Zone go to bed each night worrying about China. If they don’t,...

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The post-truth world of Trump

LONDON: Let’s get one thing clear: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will never give up his nuclear weapons unilaterally. Perhaps...

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On your Marx: 200 years old, but still not history

With growing inequality in Russia, it’s not surprising that Marx’s theories are resurfacing. In his installation speech last week, President...

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Fasten your safety belts, Middle East could explode

The world will soon witness two events, personally contrived by President Donald Trump, that could lead to bloodshed, one possibly...

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Storm clouds gather in Trumposphere

“A weak and untruthful slime ball…” tweeted President Donald Trump on 13 April, illustrating his elegant command of the English...

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Time for India to sit at UN’s top table

Member states should pressurise the P5 to voluntarily suspend their veto during voting for the expansion of the UNSC.  ...

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Why John Bolton terrifies me

Bolton is so well known in the political circuit that there is no shortage of descriptions available: ‘the neocon of...

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How to win elections, Cambridge Analytica-way

It is the undecided voter that politicians wish to influence.   LONDON: “Half the money I spend on advertising is...

We may be witnessing the start of a new Cold War

Have you heard of Novichok? Until a few days ago very few people had, but now it is on the...

Russia’s sharp power is penetrating the US

So now we know. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference last week, President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, H.R. McMaster...

Immigration will destroy the EU

“A social bomb ready to explode in Italy” claimed octogenarian former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi during a TV interview...

Will Trump drive Pakistan into China’s hands?

“They have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to...

The Perfidious West: Why Putin’s suspicion is justified

LONDON: “The strong do what they want and the weak suffer what they must”, so said Thucydides in the Melian...

Life on Planet Trump: Should we be worried or merely terrified?

LONDON: “God bless the United Shhtates”, said President Donald Trump at the end of a slurred speech on his new...

Indian workers in Gulf are important for India’s economy

DUBAI: “I like it here”, said my taxi driver Arjun as he whisked me from the Dubai International Airport to...

All hail Emperor Xi: The ruler Trump can never be

LONDON: All Hail the Emperor! Standing next to the most powerful man on the planet, US President Donald Trump cut...

Can President Trump survive until 2020?

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”, said Mark Twain in 1897 when told of his obituary published in...

Merkel will win, but who will form next German government?

LONDON: Why should you bother with the German Federal elections next week? Here’s one good reason: Germany runs Europe and...

Should US stop wasting money on Pak?

“We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let’s get out”,...

India needs to avoid the demographic time-bomb

London: How many people do you think are currently living on this planet? Rounding up the latest figures, there are...

The end of globalisation, or just a pause?

How is it possible that such a benign and beneficial economic system, which has raised the living standards of hundreds...

Will Thucydides’ Trap lead to World War 3?

LONDON: Where do you think World War 3 (WW3) will start? Probably not in Europe, even though there are tensions...