Israel, Russia and the Iranian Nuclear Program

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Pyotr Goncharov) - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's visit to Moscow may not be the easiest for the Russian side because of Iran.


How myopic politicians see the Bharat Ratna

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS

The unseemly clamour by politicians for securing the Bharat Ratna for their heroes - alive or dead - has revealed how segmented the Indian polity has become. Virtually the entire political class is seeing the award through the tunnel vision of caste or community or party, demonstrating that partisan considerations alone matter to it even when recommending a supposed stalwart of national stature.

Let Sania shine

By Kashif-ul-Huda,

Sania Mirza is the highest ranked tennis player from India. India has stood on the sidelines of international tennis for a long time. Even now, the highest ranked Indian in the male ranking is an American, Prakash Amritraj, at 278. Rohan Bopanna is at 292 and there is no other Indian on the ranking list till we move down to the 400s.

Pragmatic China countervails US through India partnership

By K. Subrahmanyam, IANS

The Chinese, as Henry Kissinger pointed out in 1971, are eminently pragmatic people. They became communists when they felt that it would help to accelerate their development. They gave up communism and allied themselves with US capitalism when they concluded that it was a better strategy for their purpose. They treated India with contempt when it was economically, militarily and technologically weak.

2007: Communal riots

By Asghar Ali Engineer

Deadly asteroid may hit Mars soon

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti commentator Tatiana Sinitsyna) - Astronomers are closely watching a 50-meter wide asteroid that could be on a collision course with Mars.

The asteroid, known simply as 2007 WD5, was discovered in the constellation Taurus on November 20, 19 days after passing near the Earth at an apparent magnitude of +20. That is about 400,000 times fainter than most people can see with the naked eye on a dark night.


Bush and Ahmadinejad fighting for time

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Pyotr Goncharov) - Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and U.S. President George W. Bush visited the Middle East almost simultaneously.

Bush went there to whip up support for an anti-Iranian coalition, while ElBaradei was in Tehran for a meeting with Iran's senior officials. The IAEA and Tehran agreed to broaden cooperation and step up efforts to resolve outstanding ambiguities in Iran's nuclear program.

Reviving a Tradition: Muslim Women as Religious Authorities

By Yoginder Sikand

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.