China objecting to US President-elect Donald Trump's telephone conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen should be rejected with contempt, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.
Of all the nominations that the US president-elect Donald Trump has announced for his potential cabinet, none has received as broad acclaim—nationally and globally —as his decision to appoint Nikki Haley, the first female governor of South Carolina and the daughter of Sikh immigrants, to the cabinet-rank position of US ambassador to the United Nations.
Since Donald Trump’s shock victory last month, the Democratic Party and its supporters have plunged into a cantankerous inquest. The search for answers has lingered on voters in the “Rust Belt” states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, areas of the country that haemorrhaged manufacturing jobs in recent decades.
The star-spangled dust of the American Presidential election has settled — but wails over it still rise. Hillary Clinton’s camp has joined demands for a vote recount. What a scam, snarls Donald Trump, who promised exactly such a negation of the system if he lost.
It took a trip to Cuba to knock Castro off the pedestal in my mind. It was the summer of 2009, Castro was about to turn 83, and had been out of office slightly less than a year, having handed the reins to his brother Raúl. Castro had ruled the country since 1959, when he toppled the repressive dictator Fulgencio Batista. Given the duration of his reign—and the sheer ubiquity of it—there could be no doubt that the Cuba I saw was entirely the expression of his will, his vision for what his country should be.
India held a special place in the heart of the revolutionary icon, with a succession of Prime Ministers experiencing the warmth of his friendship.
I was born in America. At least now aggrieved, frustrated young Indians won’t give me unsolicited advice, repeatedly suggesting I relinquish my Indian citizenship for an American one.
Just eight-and-a-half months ago, Donald Trump, then simply a contender for the Republican nomination to contest for president of the United States, tweeted a rant, as is his wont: “The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!”
Donald Trump’s election as US President was a glimpse of the accumulated insecurities of the white American men. The Republican candidate successfully tapped into the deep distress and resentment among millions of white working and middle-class Americans, writes Simi Mehta writing for South Asia Monitor.
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