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Global Pulse: A not-so-brave new world

The US may never go back to what it was. The Saudi kingdom has little semblance with even its recent past.  Is the political landscape across the globe changing in indelible ways?
Mohammad bin Salman

Global Pulse: Mohammad bin Salman is deliberately dismantling traditional governance in Saudi Arabia

From Saudi Arabia and the US to Spain and Japan, the current world mood seems to be in favour of strongmen and political crackdowns on dissenters.
Mueller's investigation

Global Pulse: Why were the Russians so keen on Trump?

America’s democracy has received another blow, even as its president insists all is okay. Russia, which is silently watching, has many questions to answer: Why were the Russians so keen on Trump to begin with? And Xi Jinping could end up looking very “unpowerful” after amassing all the power that he has. Does the world need to acknowledge that our politics simply can’t be fixed by political means? Why were the Russians so keen on Trump? The indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for money-laundering and tax fraud is, as the Financial Times argues, “enough to frighten any friend of America”. “If they are true, Donald Trump’s campaign manager from March to August 2016 -- a period encompassing his nomination by the Republican party -- was a criminal. Not a criminal in some abstract or technical sense: Mr Manafort is accused of laundering millions of dollars, evading taxes, and...
Xi Jinping at the China Communist Party conference

Engaging the dragon: Xi Jinping’s China wants to be respected without being respectful

China’s strategic momentum is truly startling, and it is only a matter of time before the US draws a ‘new normal’ to define its relationship with it.
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

Global Pulse: China’s 21st Century Mao; Russia’s 21st Century Stalin

When a leader amasses unbridled power, the question arises: does it make the leader more powerful or more vulnerable.
Chinese President Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping’s second term in China: What it could mean for India and the world

The 19th Party Congress has brought in some sweeping changes, but important questions remain over the economic and foreign policies of China.
Chinese Premier Xi Jinping could be the most powerful leader in the world.

Global Pulse: China’s a step closer to one-man rule; the faults in the European project

China just edged a step closer to one-man rule after Xi Jinping did not include a clear successor while unveiling the new line-up to the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee.
Sen. Jeff Flake said he won't stand for reelection and called on Republicans to stand up to Trump

Global Pulse: Enough of Trump says Republican Senator, al Qaeda goes ‘moderate’ to survive

Also there's no successor in sight to Xi Jinping, and Singapore has said no new cars will be added to its streets.
View of the facility

China takes the dive, puts thrust on building nuclear submarines

Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’ gave boost to its Blue Water navy ambitions and funds were made available for the expansion of the nuclear submarine programme.
Chinese Premier Xi Jinping could be the most powerful leader in the world.

19th Party Congress in China: Xi Jinping is on the road to immortality

President Xi Jinping has amassed power comparable to Mao Zedong in the last five years, and is set to be immortalised in the constitution.

On Camera

File photo of Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on 24 October

Protect bankers, act against miscreants with full force of law: Finance ministry tells states

In a letter to all state chief secretaries, the finance ministry sought proactive and preventive measures amid rising incidents of violence against bankers on bank premises.

Defence

Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

Armed forces to limit flying Cheetah choppers as Covid hits spares production at HAL

HAL has reduced spare production for the ageing Cheetahs, and it has been communicated to the forces that the shortage is expected to last around 3 months.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.