Turkey will not launch war against Kurds

MOSCOW. (Georgy Mirsky for RIA Novosti) - Turkey invaded North Iraq, the domain of the Kurdistan Workers Party, several times. Five years ago, I was in the area where fighting is now taking place. At that time, small Turkish groups used to cross the border to deliver strikes on Kurdish positions.

What has changed since then?


Arabs have no appetite for Bush-style democracy

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Maria Appakova) - Iran and al-Qaeda are the main obstacles in the way of the Middle East's movement towards democracy and freedom. They sponsor terrorism worldwide and threaten regional stability. This is the main message of George Bush's speech given during his visit to Abu-Dhabi.

The speech, delivered at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, is undoubtedly the highlight of Bush's Middle East tour designed to drum up Arab support for America's anti-Iranian policy.

India salutes NRIs at annual conference

By Kul Bhushan, IANS

If you were visiting India in early January, you had the chance to attend a number of major NRI events. You could listen to and probably meet top Indian leaders and rub shoulders with fellow NRIs who are leaders in their own countries or achievers in their professions and businesses. It was a great chance to hobnob with fellow overseas Indians and to make new contacts, especially if you are in business.


Struggling Against The Odds: A One-Man Mission

Riazuddin Ahmed lost his parents and a sister in the ghastly Nellie Massacre. But he has fought against all odds to revive the spirit to live. He has set up COMTI, a one man mission to compile biographies of Indian Muslim personalities whose contributions need to be remembered by the society.

Nothing Urdu about the 'Urdu Day' in Bihar

By Mumtaz Falahi and Tarique Anwar

Not much wrong are those who say that Urdu lovers, particularly Muslims who know Urdu, are themselves to blame for the slow death of one of the sweetest languages on Earth. If not sure, take a look at the recently held Urdu Day program in Patna, Bihar.

The program was organized at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall to mark the first official and 82nd birthday of former state cabinet minister Dr. Ghulam Sarwar.

Hillary, Tenzing's Everest feat wasn't for personal glory

By K. Datta, IANS

"It was not glory we sought," Col. John Hunt, British leader of the 1953 Everest expedition, wrote of his team, "unless it be the common glory of man's triumph over nature - and over his own limitations."

Neither Edmund Hillary nor Tenzing Norgay, the first men to climb Mount Everest, had come to the world's highest mountain in 1953 expecting personal fame. But because they were the first to set foot on its summit after ten failed attempts, fame had to come to them whether they expected it or not.


CPI-M's formula: market > Marx

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS

Notwithstanding Prakash Karat's laboured explanation that the endorsement of capitalism by his two Bengali comrades - Jyoti Basu and Buddhadeb Bhattacharya - is only a temporary tactical line, the last word may not have been said on this heresy of Marxists conceding the market's superiority.


Israel and Palestine - Bush's cowboy ways

MOSCOW. (Political commentator Maria Appakova) - After the talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah, George W. Bush said that a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis would be reached by the end of the year.

He was less optimistic on the settlement within Palestine - he is not sure that the head of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Mahmoud Abbas will be able to resolve this problem in the foreseeable future.

A technological revolution for $2,500

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Dmitry Kosyrev) - The news that India is starting the production of a $2,500 car is now told around the world in the fashion as the story of a fakir (also from India) who put ten cobra snakes in his bosom and stayed alive.

Actually, the story should line up with the risks and benefits for the world economy in 2008 and into the future. The story of such a car is an example of a revolution, not so much technological as consumerist, and revolutions are unpredictable.


Helping Indian diaspora trace their roots

By Shubha Singh, IANS

Migration from India to other erstwhile British colonies began in the middle of the 19th century, when thousands of Indians were taken to work on the sugar plantations in Mauritius, Fiji, South Africa and the Caribbean while many went to East Africa and other countries.

It is the descendants of these Indian migrants - persons of Indian origin (PIOs) - who are keen to connect with the places where their ancestors lived in India.