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US, China and Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence or AI has emerged as the new battlefield between the United States, which is still leading in the core research, and China, which is threatening to overtake soon. The US department of defense is treating AI as its defining priority as China has reorganized its army, private sector and academia to end America’s predominance. A special report on Mayank Chhaya Reports soon.
What US troop withdrawal means for Afghanistan
Twenty years after it invaded Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 multiple terrorist attacks on America, the United States is set to withdraw all its troops by the 20th anniversary of those attacks this September 11. President Joe Biden is scheduled to formally announced the troop withdrawal this afternoon. With that America intends to end its longest war whose gains have at best been questionable and at worst a staggering failure with over 2300 US troops killed in Afghanistan and over 20,000 injured, not to mention hundreds of billions of dollars having been spent on the forever war. To understand what the troop withdrawal might mean for the future of Afghanistan MCR spoke to Anwar Iqbal, the Washington Correspondent of Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper and one of the most respected observers of Afghanistan who has extensively traveled and reported from that country. Here is Anwar Iqbal.
Does Nature have a Fifth Force?
Are we on the verge of witnessing a new, fifth force in Nature? In physics, historic breakthroughs can often feel underwhelming for those not familiar with physics. In fact, they may not even feel like breakthroughs sometimes given that they get mired in very complex and abstruse calculations and equations. What an experiment known as g minus 2 at the iconic Fermilab in Batavia near Chicago has produced can also fit that category. However, for those who practice physics the findings reached after firing a subatomic particle known as the Muon through 14-meter ring and then subjecting it to a magnetic field suggest that we could be witnessing the emergence of a new subatomic particle or, more thrilling, a new force—a fifth force. MCR has a special report.
Mayank Chhaya Reports
Somewhat pompously named, Mayank Chhaya Reports or MCR is the first of my tentative steps to offer substantive news stories on a fairly regular basis subject, of course, to the vagaries of independent journalism. As the Biden administration calibrates its China policy and, as a defining part of it, steps up the Quad dynamic between the United States, India, Australia and Japan, it is as good a time as any to start a new show. I open with an interview featuring John Bolton, a former National Security Advisor and US Ambassador to the United Nations, on the Biden administration's early foreign policy moves on China, the Quad, India-Pakistan, and Iran. He also offers his take on post-Donald Trump Republican Party as well as America generally.