• Iran thanks Saudi Arabia for not harming its Hajj pilgrims! A new reconciliation effort?0

    • Blog
    • September 9, 2017

     -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal 09/09/2017 Artificial dichotomy  Saudi Arabia is a Sunni Islamic kingdom with a tradition of close ties with the USA, the UK and France. Iran is a Shia Islamic Republic founded in an anti-Western revolution with close ties to Russia and China. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran are seen to have aspirations

  • The U.S.-Pakistan Relationship Is on Life Support0

    There is genuine anger and apprehension. Michael Kugelman   In the days since President Trump came down hard on Pakistan in his speech outlining America’s new Afghanistan strategy, the reaction in Islamabad—and elsewhere across the country—has been predictably angry and defiant. Pakistan’s National Security Committee, a group of top government and military officials, rejected Trump’s

  • A champion of Pakistan’s minorities0

    • Blog
    • September 6, 2017

    It was General Zia’s period in which madrassas proliferated and blasphemy laws and Sharia courts were instituted. And Pakistan, according to Farahnaz, lurched towards extremism by Akbar Ahmed On Easter Sunday last year a Taliban suicide bomber detonated ten kilograms of explosives and metal ball bearings in a park full of Pakistani Christian families in

  • India needs to take a humane view of Rohingya issue0

    By Bawa Singh Given its rich mineral resources, historical and civilizational ties and strategic location, sharing maritime and land borders, Myanmar holds a pivotal position in India’s Act East Policy. However, Rohingya refugees (from Myanmar) have become a serious security concern not only for Myanmar, India and Bangladesh but for the entire region. Indian Prime


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