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Shamed Mourinho Has Unleashed a Beast

The article first appeared on The Huffington Post (UK) here Chelsea supporters could be forgiven for thinking that in hindsight, the embarrassment of that humiliating FA Cup Round 4 loss to Bradford could well be the most timely potion that destiny could have provided Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. For a coach who is not the biggest advocate of player rotation, slightly less tired legs of his chosen few could...

English Cricket is Losing the Plot

The article first appeared on The Huffington Post (UK) here It would have been okay if it were just about losing a test match to India at Lords Cricket Ground after 28 years. What should worry the mandarins of the game in its country of birth, however, is the complete lack of purpose and direction of the current team. Saddled with a captain who is trying to stay put on a slippery slope, the current English team...

The Tricky Business of Permanent Residency

[This article was first published here on The Huffington Post] The jury is still out on the cost of providing fast-track residency to affluent foreigners There are many ways in which modern societies are getting shaped across the world. Australia cast its vote recently in favour of crafting one by handpicking well heeled citizens from other countries. On May 25, Australia’s Immigration Minister Chris...

An Even Match

[This article was first published here on The Huffington Post] A November 2011 report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a US congressional advisory panel, urged the White House and US Congress to scrutinize China’s military expansion and pushed for a tougher stance against, what it dubbed as, anticompetitive Chinese trade policies. While China’s military, which benefited...

The Japan-US Alliance is Here to Stay

[This article was first published here on The Huffington Post] Japan’s ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) came to power in 2009 with the promise of “re-examining Japan’s ties with the United States” and framing a foreign policy with “greater emphasis on Asia.” Less than three years later, anxiety about the steady increase in China’s economic strength, military...

Old Ties Die Hard

[This article was first published here on The Huffington Post] More than 20 years after a vote in its Senate asked the United States to vacate large-scale military bases in the country and leave, the Philippines announced on 27 January that it was looking for more joint military exercises with the US, as well as having a greater number of US troops rotating through the country. While the Philippines’...

2011: South Asia’s Continuing Battle with Violence & its Legacy

[This article was first published here on The Huffington Post] South Asia is often described as the most dangerous place on earth and the most promising emerging market – both in the same breath. The year 2011 illustrated in ample measure the implausible irony. The biggest international story of the year, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of US editors and news directors, was the killing...