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Strengthening extremists

By Nicholas D. Kristof, CGNews,

The yearlong siege of Gaza may soon end with the new ceasefire there, marking the eclipse of one more American-backed Israeli policy that backfired by strengthening extremists.

A ceasefire is no small thing

By MJ Rosenberg, CGNews,

The ceasefire is still in effect, which is something of a surprise. After all, this is a ceasefire few like—especially in Israel. Some of the same government officials who secured it, wasted little time in saying that they did not expect it to last and that, when it did collapse, Israel would launch its long-deferred invasion of Gaza.

Israel's peace offensive

By Alon Ben-Meir , CGNews,

Nuclear deal standoff exposes myopia of Indian political class

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS,

The stalemate over the India-US nuclear deal is the result of a standoff between an ideologically driven Left and an ideologically confused Congress party, whose uncertainties have been boosted by its minority status. The Congress' dependence on the Left's support in parliament has prevented it from moving ahead on the deal although Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has set his heart on it.

'Hindu terrorists' and call for suicide squads

By Ram Puniyani,

Nuclear deal standoff exposes myopia of Indian political class (Commentary)

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS,

The stalemate over the India-US nuclear deal is the result of a standoff between an ideologically driven Left and an ideologically confused Congress party, whose uncertainties have been boosted by its minority status. The Congress' dependence on the Left's support in parliament has prevented it from moving ahead on the deal although Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has set his heart on it.

One of the best planned transitions in corporate history

By Prasanto K. Roy, IANS,

It's finally happened. Thursday was Bill Gates' last day as full-time Microsoft employee. It is not, of course, a shock. It is possibly the best planned - and definitely the best publicised - transition in recent corporate history.

In 1998, Gates' long-time business partner Steve Ballmer became acting president of Microsoft. In January 2000, Gates handed over the chief executive reins to Ballmer, becoming its chief software architect.

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Curbing inflation - too little, too late!

By Sushma Ramachandran, IANS,

With inflation touching a 14-year high of 11.42 percent, the big question being asked now is: Did the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government do too little too late? Or was there just no way to avert the price crisis, given the impact of global crude oil prices?

While Finance Minister P. Chidambaram insists there was no policy failure on the part of the government, there is a growing feeling that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government could have taken more steps and at an earlier stage to curb the runaway inflation now afflicting the economy.

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Teesta on communalism, minority rights and politics

By Md. Ali, TwoCircles.net

No one term can describe her activism. Her area of work is vast and very risky also. Initially a full time journalist attached with newspapers including The Indian Express, she took the road of activism after being appalled by the horrors of the Bombay riots. She is Teesta Setalvad, a relentless campaigner for the rights and privileges of minorities- Dalits, Muslims and women.

Creativity as resistance, an interview with Rafa Al-Nasiri

By Martina Sabra, CGNews,

Rafa Al-Nasiri is one of the best-known contemporary Iraqi artists on the international stage. His work is deeply influenced by the culture of Arabic script, and also by his intensive encounters with artists in China and Europe. Martina Sabra interviewed the artist at his home in Amman, Jordan.

Arabic script occupies an outstanding position in contemporary Arabic art, and also in your own work. Does calligraphy play a similar role in Chinese art?

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