Asia

Political Terrorism and the US Imperial Project

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Achin Vanaik, Achin Vanaik and Craig Murray

ACHIN VANAIK is a TNI Fellow and Professor of International Relations and Global Politics (South Campus) at the Political Science Department of Delhi University, India. Vanaik is an independent journalist writing regularly for various national newspapers and was formerly the assistant editor of the Times in India. He was a visiting professor of Political Science at the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi. He is also a nuclear specialist and has written extensively on India's nuclear policy. In 1998, in the wake of the India-Pakistan nuclear tests, Vanaik co-founded the Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament (MIND), and South Asians Against Nukes. He is a co-recipient, with Praful Bidwai, of the International Peace Bureau's Sean McBride International Peace Prize for 2000. His latest publication is New Nukes: India, Pakistan and Global Nuclear Disarmament, co-written with Praful Bidwai. CRAIG MURRAY was the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Uzbekistan until he was removed from his post in October 2004 after exposing appalling human rights abuses by the US-funded regime of President Islam Karimov. He was born in 1958. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1984 and served in Nigeria, Poland and Ghana, before being appointed Ambassador to Uzbekistan in 2002. He retired from the Civil Service in 2005. He now lives in London, where he works as a writer and broadcaster. He is the author of Murder in Samarkand: A British Ambassador's Controversial Defiance of Tyranny in the War on Terror The lecture takes place at: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street; Edinburgh, EH6 8RG, Scotland, United Kingdom 11th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair listen to Achin
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Thursday, December 28, 2006
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China and Southeast Asia: Emerging Problems in an Economic Relationship

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China’s rapid growth is often presented as the engine driving Southeast Asian economies but, as the example of the Thailand-China “early harvest” free trade agreement shows, complete trade liberalisation can be a path to economic ruin, writes Bello.... Read more

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Indo-US Nuclear Deal Done; Pleases Few

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Nuclear weapons
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India’s mainstream parties welcome the Indo-US nuclear deal just approved by the US Congress, but the deal will impede, not promote, nuclear disarmament, argues Bidwai.... Read more

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Business Lobbies Push Indo-US Nuke Deal

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Nuclear weapons
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The recently passed bill in the US Senate “lame duck” session enables further steps to facilitating the US – India nuclear deal, writes Bidwai.... Read more

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Nepal shows the way

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Democratisation
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November 21, 2006 will go down as a red-letter day in South Asia's history. On that day, a guerrilla movement did something unusual: it signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement with the government of Nepal and pledged to disarm itself and join the democratic mainstream-or rather, to decisively redefine it. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) is now all set to participate in an interim all... Read more

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North Korea Wins Nuclear Poker Round

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Nuclear weapons
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By announcing that it would return to the negotiation table and address the major powers’ concerns about its nuclear programme, North Korea may have scored an unlikely but impressive diplomatic victory, writes Bidwai.... Read more

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The new Japan

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The election of Shinzo Abe as the new Japanese Prime Minister symbolises the new Japan that has been in the making in the last few years. Its aggressive and militarised foreign policy plays well into the hands of the US, which sees Japan and India as major allies in the containment of China, writes Vanaik.... Read more

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