Sri Lanka: The Island of Despair

Soldiers of the Sri Lankan army stand guard at a filling station in Colombo, March 22, 2022 (Photo: Reuters) SEVERAL SRI LANKAN families fleeing hunger and extreme economic distress have landed on the southern Indian coast of Tamil Nadu following perilous and illegal boat journeys. Elsewhere in the world, this is typically a last-ditch effort … Continue reading Sri Lanka: The Island of Despair

Western media’s coverage of Ukraine war has been disgraceful, says British scholar

A Ukrainian armoured personnel carrier west of Kyiv on March 3, 2022 (Photo: Getty Images) One of Britain’s foremost experts on Russian and European politics, Professor Richard Sakwa is also one of the most cited academics on post-Soviet era literature. Having penned books as stellar as The Putin Paradox; Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands; Russia Against the Rest; Deception: … Continue reading Western media’s coverage of Ukraine war has been disgraceful, says British scholar

Now in Paris, this Ukrainian entrepreneur worries for her family back home

Artist-entrepreneur Svitlana Martynjuk lashes out at the Kremlin and says she feels betrayed by the Americans Svitlana Martynjuk (Photo by Steven Glynn) Paris-based Ukraine-born artist and entrepreneur Svitlana Martynjuk is tense because she has a family back home. Her grandfather calls her to tell her she is her most favourite grandchild. His uncle sends her … Continue reading Now in Paris, this Ukrainian entrepreneur worries for her family back home

Diana Johnstone: ‘NATO not a defensive alliance, but global police taking orders from US’

Dr Diana Johnstone The world has often looked up to Dr Diana Johnstone, now 87, for the truth behind American and NATO strategies. Born and raised in Minnesota, US, the writer has lived across the world and tracked the motives of political elites and organisations that serve their interests. The outcome has been numerous incisive essays and gripping books that reveal untold … Continue reading Diana Johnstone: ‘NATO not a defensive alliance, but global police taking orders from US’

Covid proved to be a blessing in disguise for this Kharkiv medical student

Siddharth Nambiar (right) with friends in Kharkiv in this file photo. While he is now in Kerala, most others are trapped in the Ukrainian city Kochi-based Siddharth Nambiar had booked his flight tickets to Kyiv for February 25, a day after Russia launched its war on Ukraine. He is a sixth-year MBBS student at VN … Continue reading Covid proved to be a blessing in disguise for this Kharkiv medical student

Breathing dust, skipping meals, students in Eastern Ukraine face sleepless nights

  Malavika (third from left) and her friends at the Medical Institute of Sumy State University have released a video for immediate help from Indian authorities On multiple occasions since the Russian attack began on Ukraine on February 24, Malavika Manoj, a medical student based in Sumy in the eastern part of the country that is barely 40-odd … Continue reading Breathing dust, skipping meals, students in Eastern Ukraine face sleepless nights

Putin will find it tough to control & exit Ukraine: Edward Luttwak

The war on his western neighbour will result in the Russian leader’s fall, says the military historian Edward N Luttwak Noted military historian Edward N Luttwak, who has penned numerous volumes on the grand strategies of empires, including that of the former Soviet Union, says that the Ukraine war will result in the political demise … Continue reading Putin will find it tough to control & exit Ukraine: Edward Luttwak

M Damodaran: Only a thorough probe can establish the extent of fraud and the role of outsiders

M Damodaran, former chairman, SEBI, in conversation with Ullekh NP M Damodaran, former chairman, SEBI (Photo: Getty Images) MELEVEETIL DAMODARAN, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), is known for his brevity, wit and often tit-for-tat responses. He is also sceptical about certain journalistic preoccupations which, according to him, include confusing … Continue reading M Damodaran: Only a thorough probe can establish the extent of fraud and the role of outsiders