• Crisis in the Gulf: Escalation or negotiation?0

    By James M. Dorsey Turkey’s parliament is this week fast tracking the dispatch of up to 3,000 troops to Qatar, home to the country’s military base in the Middle East. Certain to stiffen Qatar’s resolve to resist Saudi and UAE-led pressure to force it to change policies, the Turkish move comes amid hints that the

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  • Bridges and roads in north-east India may drive small tribes away from development0

    The Eze or Deopani river, near Roing. Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman, Author provided Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Kherepe Meme gestures with her hand animatedly. She vividly remembers and describes the Great Assam Earthquake of 1950. The epicentre of this 8.6 magnitude earthquake was in eastern Tibet along the Sino-Indian border, a few

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  • Human Rights Must Factor into Dialogue During Li Keqiang Visit to Berlin & Brussels0

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker must substantively raise serious human rights concerns during the upcoming visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium from May 31 to June 2. In recent months, the Chinese government extended its

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  • Indian strategy to defame freedom struggle! (A Sovereign Kashmir: Random Thoughts-304)0

    6 June 2017 Dr. Abdul Ruff Of course, colonial powers follow similar patterns of repressive techniques and India is no different from the UK and Zionist Israel.  All these are nuclear powers with vast arsenals of terror goods in their depots. Interestingly, UN has no serious objections. The months’ long non-stop demonstrations in Kashmir as

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  • China’s New Silk Road project: Focus on South Asia!0

    June 2017 -Dr. Abdul Ruff Part -1: Rising Chinese power China, the only right of veto country of Asia and dominant global power, is seen trying to take a larger role in world affairs by promoting its economic ventures across continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe by joint efforts. Apparently, besides making joint ventures with

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  • Indian politics: Is ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu is a party of frauds?0

    June 2017 -Dr. Abdul Ruff Yes, the ruling party tells lies and tries to fool the public and the O. Panneerselvam’s faction. OPS was the acting CM and Treasurer of the party during the lifetime of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa. Whatever the Sasikala faction said before has been proven false now. Public views the party as

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  • Sri Lanka: Nation At Cross Roads, All-Round0

    Sathiya Moorthy 4 June 2017 Coupled with the May 19 commemoration of the conclusion of the ethnic/anti-terror war, the subsequent reshuffle of the Cabinet may have put the nation at the cross-roads, all-round than anything else. It may be good in ways, not-so-good in other ways. In the absence of the alternatives, this is the

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  • Giving Afghanistan a Fighting “Last Chance”0

    Anthony H. Cordesman June 5, 2017 For the moment, the key fight for Afghanistan has shifted to Washington and is centered in the White House. It is a struggle over whether President Trump should grant the request of General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) and the Resolute Support Mission for 3,000 to 5,000 more

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  • The woes of Bengalis, Burmese and Iranians of Karachi0

    Saher Baloch | Bilal Karim Mughal 1 Even on a Sunday morning, Ibrahim Hyderi is abuzz with activity. Bazaars are brimming with motorcycles, cars, autorickshaws. Buyers and sellers are trading all kinds of household goods and fishing equipment. Khairuddin, a middle-aged man with dishevelled hair and a thin moustache, is sitting outside a tea shop

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  • Gulf crisis: Surrender or dig in for the long haul0

    By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, by breaking off not only diplomatic but also economic relations with Qatar, is likely to make it this time round far more difficult for the Gulf state to resist pressure to change its controversial policies. The stakes are far higher than when Saudi Arabia,

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  • Saudi-UAE campaign to isolate Qatar and Iran puts Muslim nations in a bind1

    By James M. Dorsey A Saudi and UAE-driven campaign to isolate Qatar and by extension Iran puts non-Muslim Arab states in a bind and tests the degree of Saudi soft power garnered in decades of massive spending on the propagation of anti-Iranian, anti-Shiite Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism. The Saudi-UAE campaign, building on an increasingly vicious cyber

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  • THE CHALLENGE FOR MR. MODI IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS2

    Ever since Mr. Narendra Modi assumed office as India’s Prime Minister three years back, he has been stressing almost every day about the need for rapid economic and industrial development of the country. He has also laid emphasis on several other issues of great importance such as promoting Yoga culture, cleanliness in public places, etc. 

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  • US takes step towards embrace of Gulf plan to destabilize Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey The Trump administration this week appeared to take a potential step closer to backing efforts plotted by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to destabilize Iran; possibly topple its Islamic government; and force Qatar to fall into line with Gulf policies that target Iran, political Islam, and militants; with the appointment of

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  • Beef Up! It’s about our home0

    Shall we recollect the story of the goose that laid golden eggs! a fable that has survived over 2000 odd years. It’s fascinating because it has a resonance. Like in the fable, we prefer to manipulate and destroy our environment rather than be content with one gold egg a day. Kinship with nature is as

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