The Italian iconic folk tune - "Bella Ciao" - featured in the popular Netflix series La Casa de Papel aka Money Heist has once again been resuscitated as new 21st Century "resistance" anthem.
Pandemics are not created in a vacuum. A whole mix of ingredients makes up the conundrum. When the coronavirus pandemic wanes, China should become a case study and warning to the rest against a government that suppresses people brutally, a thieving autocratic dictatorship indulging in excessive surveillance and propaganda, and of how all these create conditions that endanger not just one country, but all of humanity.
Irrespective of the intense competition amongst China’s powerful BBAT companies – ByteDance, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – the alarm in the strategic affairs circles in New Delhi is over the common intent of these Chinese firms – winning over the hearts and minds of India’s Gen Z and aligning them to Chinese values and foreign policy goals.
The Chinese investment strategy in India over the last five years has focused on grabbing significant chunks of technology enabled start-ups. Chinese venture funds are often routed to India through its entities located in Singapore, Hong Kong, Mauritius and so on.
The Covid19 crisis is severely testing the economic model of Italy because workers are pointing out their existing condition as "new-slavery." Already rebellion inside the warehouses have begun. Will this sustain and metamorphose into a bigger rebellion against the “Confindustria”?
This is probably just a mechanism to ensure that the elected political executive is not seen as lame duck and ineffective. However, the agreement clearly ensures that the reins of real power will be in hands of General Neto.
The present leader of the group, Maulana Saad Khandawi’s stupidities during the corona crisis, compounded by police and administrative negligence call for an independent inquiry. Baying for Muslim blood as some channels seem to suggest is rank bad taste.
It is heart breaking to receive messages of concern from friends and relatives overseas whenever Hindu-Muslim riots break out. Most painful by far is the query from relatives in Pakistan: “Bhaiyya, are all of you safe?”
For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.