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The death of the charismatic Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez was received with massive outpouring of grief on the streets of Caracas and elsewhere and with cautious responses from governments of the Western world. That Chavez polarised public opinion one way or the other would be an understatement, for Chavez came to define the new equalising world order in many ways. From his staunch socialist leanings to his outspoken style of operating on the world stage, one could disagree with Chavez but certainly not ignore him. His larger than life persona as the Commadante for his people and the larger Communist-friendly societies and countries was pitchforked against a more Western characterisation that portrayed a man out of tune with the economic realities of his country. But in many ways, Chavez was a brilliant strategist, both on the national and international stage, which came at a time when the world...Read more...
US President Barack Obama fresh from his decisive election victory in November had tasks other than the looming "fiscal cliff" crisis to handle as he entered the New Year. His cabinet looked increasingly thin and weary with the departure of high profile appointees like CIA Director David Petraeus, retiring Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other such redundancies like the appointment of a new US Ambassador to the United Nations. After careful deliberations, the Obama team decided to field veteran Senators John Kerry and Chuck Hagel for the position of State and Defense, while settling for an old CIA hand and national counter-terrorism expert John Brennan for the CIA.
The Obama administration timed the appointments and the selective leaks on the nominees to the press to perfection. Allowing just enough time for broad views to be elicited from...Read more...
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Dr Karan Thakur is a dentist by training and a healthcare manager by profession. Other than healthcare and health policy, his interests include politics and current affairs, non-fiction reading, art, Western Classical Music and squash. A budding writer, Karan hopes to publish a book of non-fiction someday.
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