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Trump is in no Rush to Jump into Saudi Defense

M K Bhadrakumar l The geopolitical fault-lines of the drone attack on the Saudi Aramco plants on Saturday are surfacing. These are early days but three broad trends have appeared. One, Saudi investigators have begun...
Indian

The Russo-Indian Oil Deal Is an ‘Unpleasant Surprise’ for Iran

Andrew Korybko | New RT columnist and former Indian naval intelligence officer Shishir Upadhyaya published an article over the weekend titled “Unpleasant surprise for Washington? US oil sanctions on Iran force India to look to Russia“,...
corruption

From control to corruption

Dr Farid A Malik | Control of the democratic process has resulted in massive political corruption that we have to deal with today. Controlled democracy does not work. It has been repeatedly tried but with poor...
Secular

Is Modi’s India Secular?

Saad Hafiz l Is Modi's India Secular? The friction between Hindus and Muslims is a permanent feature of India life, and periodic bouts of bloody rioting are common. But since the rise of Prime Minister Narendra...
Coronavirus

From War on Terror to Coronavirus

Asif Haroon Raja From War on Terror to Coronavirus: 2020 was expected to be a year of respite and tranquility after having gone through hell for over 18 years. The global war on terror was...
Prince Mohammed

The Most Powerful Arab Ruler

Opinion | Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the 29-year-old commander of the almost negligible air force of the United Arab Emirates, had come to Washington shopping for weapons.In 1991, in the months after Iraq’s invasion of...
imran

Imran Khan: The ‘Great Emancipator’

TIC Analysis l Pakistan stands vindicated at the 74th session of UNGA after an exuberating speech by Prime Minister Imran Khan in New York. The highlight of his more than 45-minute-long speech was intense criticism...
religions

Party vs Faith: China drafts restrictions for all religions

 James M. Dorsey | China intends to extend aspects of its crackdown on Islam in the north-western province of Xinjiang to all religions as is evident from the publication of proposed restrictive guidelines for online religious...
US

Russia-Iran ties surge under US pressure

M K Bhadrakumar | A commentary entitled Tehran, Moscow boosting strategic relations, appearing last week in the Iran Daily newspaper, which is close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – and subsequently circulated by IRNA –...
Salman

Saudi King Salman Looking to Remove Son Mohammad as Crown Prince: Report

News Analysis | The Saudi crown prince, for his involvement in controversial projects and issues, invited national and international criticism including, it seems, the loss of confidence of his father, the King. Saudi crown prince Mohammad...
Secular

Let there be a ‘Hindu Brahmin’ State

Farid A Malik | The Hindu savastika is a caste symbol of peace and happiness. Adolf Hitler used the same sign, slightly modified, to espouse the superiority of the Aryan race. Like the Hindu fundamentalist...
china

Making China Great Again

Oriental Review l France’s future emperor never saw China, but he was wise enough to understand its immense latent strength and future importance. Two centuries after making this prediction, China has proved the Corsican correct. Last...
watchdog

Global watchdog takes Saudi Arabia to task for lax anti-terrorism finance measures

James M. Dorsey | A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report criticizing Saudi Arabia’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance measures puts the kingdom on the spot 17 years after the 9/11 attacks and casts a shadow over...
Erdogan

Erdogan & the Question of Resurrection of Ottoman Empire

Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l What Tayyib Erdogan is poised to do after the expiration of treaty of laussane by 2023? Is he really endeavoring to resurrect ottoman caliphate? Almost every political discourse, nowadays, led...
Rise

Rise of the East in a New Clash of Civilizations

Saad Rasool l The rise of China, and the consequent loss of global American influence, has the potential to be a moment of tremendous significance in the global power structure. We seem to be living...
Prince

Prince Salman: An outlier in the conservative state

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The royal decree of June 21 by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman appointing his son Mohammed bin Salman as the Crown Prince and next in line to the throne is a watershed event in...
Kremlin

Growing Alliance between Islamabad and Kremlin

Sabah Aslam l New equations of the world order are being drawn and global orientations have been changing. It is time for Pakistan to step-up its diplomatic ties to extract the maximum for itself. In...
Libya

Great Game in Libya

M K Bhadrakumar l The great game in Libya has begun surging with the United States shedding its strategic ambivalence and resorting to a proactive role. Earlier this week, the Pentagon marked a dramatic escalation...
Middle East

The New Middle East

Jawad Falak l The 2003 US invasion of Iraq shook the fault lines upon which the post WWI Middle East rested upon. The removal of Saddam Hussain from power set a chain reaction which led...
Atlantic Powers

A world No Longer Shaped By Atlantic Powers

M K Bhadrakumar l  A world No Longer Shaped By Atlantic Powers: The annual Munich Security Conference last week (February 14-16) turned out to be an iconic event, drawing comparison with the one held in...
Arab Revolt

Another ‘Arab Revolt’?

M K Bhadrakumar l The Arab sheikhs who instigated the US-Iran standoff have heard the African proverb, ‘When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers’. But they chose to ignore it. The assumption in...
sudan

Sudan At The Cusp Of Revolution

Asif Haroon Raja l Sudan had remained a colony of the British for 56 years after which it gained independence on January 1, 1956. Located in northeastern Africa, it shares border with Egypt to the...
India

India, Russia and the post-American Century

M K Bhadrakumar l India’s impending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system has come to be the leitmotif of the “2+2” dialogue of the foreign and defence ministers of India and the United States...
Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia, Azerbaijan and Pakistan’s Relevance

Aneela Shahzad l After a lull of three years, escalations heightened again between Armenia and Azerbaijan on July 12. This time specific military targets and high-profile military personnel were hit. With both sides equipped with...
Islam

Pandemic and Faith

Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l Islam is the religion of all ages. It is the most adaptive, assimilative and accommodating religion of the world that provides its adherents an unparalleled blueprint to lead an exemplary...

China, Iran, Russia: Foreign Threats to 2020 US Elections

M K Bhadrakumar l The statement by the Director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center William Evanina on August 7 giving an “unclassified overview of foreign threats” to the 2020 US presidential election selectively...
Afghan war

Time To Liberate Afghanistan

Oriental Review l After 18 years of war in Afghanistan– America’s longest – US and Taliban negotiators are said to be close to an agreement that may see the withdrawal of many of the 14,000...
Iran

Of gains and losses: Iran, America & South Asia

Palwasha Khan l Iran and America have recently been at odds with no hope for de-escalation. Iranian authorities aiming to target global oil supply transiting through its Hormuz vantage and American decision makers eyeing on...
USA

PM Khan Brings Numerous Gains With UNGA Visit

TIC Analysis l  Prime Minister Imran Khan who returned after a 10-day visit to Saudi Arabia and the United States on Sunday reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue supporting the just struggle of the people of...
Bank

Modi’s Demonetization: Indian bank data negates Indian Govt claims

News Desk | In a new report that will possibly turn into a major disaster for the Indian government, the country's central bank has revealed that 99.30% of the currency demonetized in November 2016 is...

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