Eli Lake (for Info only, not official)

author

Eli Lake

We are collecting authors'profile. As soon as we get, we update it. Please note this is not official profile. The information including photo is collected from web.

| Contact |

| twitter |

| Linkedin |

    Media Object

    Short extract

    ...Its leaders have renounced terrorism. Their militias fight alongside US soldiers. While their neighbours built weapons of mass destruction, they built a parliament, universities and the infrastructure for an independent state. And they pursue independence through a recognized legal process, enshrined in their country’s constitution. I am, of course, talking about Iraq’s Kurds. On 25 September, they will vote in a referendum to endorse a state of their own. One might think the US government would see the Kurds as ideal candidates for statehood in a region where self-determination is often sought through violence. But the Trump administration has worked assiduously to dissuade the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq from giving its people the opportunity to vote for independence. The US arguments against the statehood referendum revolve mainly around timing, according to both US and Kurdish officials. Next year, Iraqis themselves are supposed to have elections. ...

    Live Mint on Sept. 14, 2017, 12:04 a.m.

    Media Object

    Short extract

    ...Despite doubling down on his rhetoric of “fire and fury” and deriding his predecessors for failed negotiations, Trump looks like he wants to eventually strike a deal with the nation’s tyrant, Kim Jong-un. Just look at what secretary of state Rex Tillerson is doing. Trump threatens war and Tillerson promises no regime change. Remember it was only a few months ago that Trump said he would be honoured to meet with Kim. The president’s recent bellicosity aims for deterrence and leverage. In substance, if not style, this is very similar to how past administrations have approached the hermit state: threaten, cajole and bargain. “This is Obama plus,” Michael Auslin, a Korea expert at the Hoover Institution, told me. “It’s the same path of enhanced sanctions with the potential carrot of direct negotiations and trying to reassure our allies. There is not much different here.” And it’s easy to understand why talks are better than war. ...

    Live Mint on Aug. 15, 2017, 2:44 a.m.

    Media Object

    Short extract

    ...Rouhani was a younger man in this speech, in his early 40s. The revolution was also young. And many Iranian leaders of that era have taken the journey from revolution to reform. The reason Rouhani’s speech though is so relevant to Iran today is because, in public at least, the president of Iran has changed his tune. During his campaign, he told voters that he would be a “lawyer” defending their rights. He criticized his main rival, Ebrahim Raisi, for his role in ordering the executions of political dissidents. He promised gender equality and a freer press. All of that sounds pretty good. Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe Rouhani will deliver on any of these promises. To start, Rouhani delivered the same line back in 2013 when he first won the presidency. We now know that human rights in Iran have further eroded during his tenure. ...

    Live Mint on May 22, 2017, 11:31 p.m.

    Media Object

    Short extract

    ...After weeks of wrangling inside his national security cabinet, top officials on Friday agreed on the broad outlines of a strategy to prosecute America’s longest war. The interventionists prevailed. According to administration officials familiar with the deliberations of the cabinet’s principals committee, the proposed Afghanistan strategy would tie the US to the success of President Ashraf Ghani’s ambitious plan to build an inclusive government and regain territory from the Taliban. While the strategy envisions eventually forging a peace deal with the Taliban, in the meantime it would increase the pace of strikes—to encourage the Taliban to negotiate. The new strategy, according to these officials, is not cheap. ...

    Live Mint on May 3, 2017, 1:37 a.m.

    Media Object

    Short extract

    ...That was before the president’s Saturday-morning tweet storm. Trump accused his predecessor of illegally wiretapping Trump Tower during the election. The freakout over this unproven allegation is going into its sixth day. Barack Obama is apparently furious. Many observers have already noted that Trump likes to tweet outrageous things to distract from damaging news stories. One explanation for Trump’s accusations about illegal wiretaps is that he was trying to change the subject from the Russia investigation. But that’s only part of it. Trump’s tweets, and his ignorance about how the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act works, have prompted Obama’s last director of national intelligence, James Clapper and others to publicly refute the stories about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Well what do you know? That’s exactly what Trump wanted the FBI to do last month. Let’s start with Clapper. ...

    Live Mint on March 10, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

    Media Object

    Short extract

    ...Kerry of course defends his record as America’s top diplomat. “I will leave office convinced that most global trends remain in our favour and that America’s leadership and engagement are as essential and effective today as ever,” he writes. Does Kerry really believe this? Most global trends right now are dangerous for the US national interest. During Kerry’s tenure at the state department, European states have been succumbing to right-wing populism fueled by a refugee crisis created by the war in Syria, which Obama allowed to burn (over the suggestions at times of Kerry, it should be said). That negative transformation has also been spurred by the West’s failure to check Russian aggression until after Vladimir Putin and his little green men annexed Crimea. ...

    Live Mint on Jan. 20, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

    Media Object

    Short extract

    ...Here is a man dedicated to radical transparency, yet he refuses to go to Sweden despite an arrest warrant in connection with allegations of sexual assault. His organization retweets the president-elect who once called for him to be put to death. He spreads the innuendo that Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer, was murdered this summer because he was the real source of the emails WikiLeaks published in the run-up to November’s election. And now he tells Fox News’ Sean Hannity that it’s the US media that is deeply dishonest. This is the proper context to evaluate Assange’s claim, repeated by Donald Trump and his supporters, that Russia was not the source for the emails of leading Democrats distributed by WikiLeaks. We all know that the US intelligence community is standing by its judgement that Russia hacked the Democrats’ emails and distributed them to influence the election. ...

    Live Mint on Jan. 11, 2017, 2:06 a.m.

    Media Object

    Short extract

    ...He was close friends with both Bush presidents and enjoyed warm ties with President Bill Clinton. He often dressed in traditional Saudi garb, but he loved America. He even had his private aircraft painted in the colors of his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys.He was also someone the FBI believed for a time had employed people connected to al-Qaida. This is an important detail in the new chapter of a long-forgotten 2003 congressional report declassified Friday by the U.S. government.The "28 pages," as this section of the 9/11 report has come to be known, provide no evidence that the Saudi government or Saudi senior officials had planned, financed or even knew ahead of time about 9/11. That remains the conclusion of the 9/11 commission, which examined the leads contained in the 28 pages.But the declassified chapter does show some connections between Bandar and al-Qaida. ...

    NDTV on July 18, 2016, midnight