With US pullout, Afghanistan faces messy free-for-all for influence
Washington (AFP) - In announcing thousands of troops would be pulled out of Afghanistan, President Donald Trump was meeting the mood of the United States but also opening the door to growing, if still limited, influence by US adversaries, experts say.Iran, China, Russia, Pakistan and India all have complex and often competing interests in Afghanistan, where the United States, backed by Western allies, has been the undisputed top foreign power in the nearly 20 years since its invasion.What could emerge is less a "Great Game," as the 19th-century battle for influence in Central Asia was known, b...
How California's history was shaped by Larry Itliong and other Filipino Americans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Larry Itliong was one of the most important Filipino American activists and a founding figure in the California labor movement. Yet his influence on the Central Valley is one that often gets lost in popular retellings of California history.“Honestly, people didn’t want to learn about him,” said Marie Mallare-Jimenez, professor of ethnic studies at California State University, Sacramento.Many know who Cesar Chavez is and have heard of the United Farm Workers union that he headed. What many are less familiar with is that it was actually Itliong who reached out to Chavez to c...
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What We Are Reading Today: The Fabric of Civilization by Virginia Postrel
Assiduously researched and deftly narrated, The Fabric of Civilization tells the story of the world’s most influential commodity.The Fabric of Civilization is a history about the far-reaching influence that textiles have had on the world.Author Virginia Postrel “synthesizes groundbreaking research from archaeology, economics, and science to reveal a surprising history,” said a review in goodreads.com. “Both extensive historical research and master storytelling makes this book a hidden art.”An award-winning journalist, an opinion columnist for Bloomberg and the author of three previous books, i...
Security Council secretary: Azerbaijan not only defeats Armenia, but also neutralizes influence of those who support it
By TrendAzerbaijan today is so powerful that it not only defeats Armenia but also neutralizes the influence of those who support it, Secretary of the Azerbaijani Security Council, Colonel General Ramil Usubov said, Trend reports on Nov. 4.“Thousands of Azerbaijani citizens, together with employees of the internal affairs bodies, fought and became martyrs in battles for the Motherland, for the people, for the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the 1990s,” Usubov said.“We remember well the mood and fighting spirit of not only our armed forces but also our people,” the secretary added. “What has changed ...
Will the US judicial right-wing swerve influence Israel’s Supreme Court?
With the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett swinging the US Supreme Court to a clear 6-3 right-leaning direction, one question is: will this move Israel’s Supreme Court, thought of as more liberal, in that direction as well?Although there is no parallel timeline, there have been many cases where judicial trends in the US eventually have an impact in Israel, too – but often with a lag of about a decade, so the same could be true of the new Coney Barrett era.The first case of this was with chief justice Shimon Agranat, who was president of the Supreme Court between 1965 and 1976. He grew up in the...
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Hyping China influence in India-Myanmar submarine deal attempts to provoke: experts
The guided-missile frigate Yulin (Hull 569) attached to a destroyer flotilla with the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command fires its main-gun against mock ashore targets during a maritime training exercise in waters of the South China Sea in late March, 2020. The guided-missile frigates Xuchang (536) and Yulin (Hull 569) jointly execute maritime tasks on subjects including formation maneuver, live-fire operation, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operation, joint salvage, etc.Photo:China MilitaryIndia has delivered a submarine to Myanmar for the latter to train soldiers, but this has been hy...
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Thursday, said the growing influence of armed bandits in the North West of Nigeria is now a major concern and challenge to the federal government.According to a statement by Mohammed Manga, the Director (Press & Public Relations) in the ministry, Aregbesola said this at a town hall meeting with stakeholders on matters of internal security and conflict resolution in Katsina, Katsina State on Thursday.Security officials visit Kaduna communities after bandits’attackTroops kill bandits in KatsinaThe Minister, who reiterated that the President an...
AC Milan fullback Theo Hernandez hails Pioli influence
AC Milan fullback Theo Hernandez is enjoying his football under coach Stefano Pioli.Pioli took over a year ago from sacked Marco Giampaolo, but only really started to mould this Milan side after the lockdown in March.Theo said, “He's been so clear since he arrived, which was during a very difficult time. When the news emerged he could be leaving, I didn't understand why, as he was doing so well. Fortunately, he stayed, as he is an incredible coach.“We feel much stronger, now playing for Milan is wonderful and enjoyable. I think we can get into the Champions League this time."If we do, I pledge...
The limits of Russian influence
It has been almost 30 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union — an event Russian President Vladimir Putin once described as “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”Putin has never given up on the idea that Russia has a special status among the countries that were once part of the USSR. Since coming to power in 1999, he has tried to maximize its influence in the nations that were formerly members of that union.To do so, Moscow has relied on key bilateral relationships and generous patronage. In addition, Russian-backed multilateral organizations were created to interconnect ...
Guardiola praises influence of 'incredible' De Bruyne on patched-up Manchester City
Pep Guardiola hailed Kevin De Bruyne's influence upon an injury-ravaged Manchester City squad after he starred in Monday's 3-1 win over Wolves .Guardiola headed to Molineux with seven senior players unavailable but his team turned in a sparkling display against opponents who beat them twice last season.De Bruyne was City's star man, winning and converting a 20th-minute penalty before having a hand in goals for Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus."Since we came back after the games for the national teams, every training session he has incredible commitment," Guardiola, who saw Raul Jimenez briefly red...