I came across this article Mushroom Rice by M.J. Akbar in Sunday (October 15th, 2006) issue of the newspaper Deccan Chronicle, under his famous editorial series Byline.
With the recent nuclear tests by North Korea and AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ire over IranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nuclear enrichment programme, the international scenario has reached a potential dew point. Fuelling this is the widespread outcry (in U.S and U.K.) against the Iraq war, the recent Israel Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Lebanon crisis, the statements about religious revolution in America (by Mr. Bush) and PopeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s accusations against Islam (for which he apologized later after the damage had already been done). So we have the superpowers riled up in the war act which has weakened them and various events which point to a further deterioration of world order.
But who stands to gain amidst all this? M.J. Akbar points to China. It is a new view to the world foreign-relations scenario for me. Interested? Read onÃ¢â‚¬Â¦