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Can the PM help? THERE has been a sudden and orchestrated..

  0 comments   |     by Ashraf Jehangir Qazi

THERE has been a sudden and orchestrated de-escalation of the Middle East crisis. Allegedly, ‘better sense’ has prevailed in Tehran and discretion is now the better part of valour!  If so, this would be a massive win for Trump and the US, and a severe setback for the Islamic Republic of Iran, rendering it more vulnerable to domestic anti-government pr

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The March to War: Iran and the Strategic Encirclement of Syria

  0 comments   |     by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

The encirclement of Syria and Lebanon has long been in the works. Since 2001, Washington and NATO have started the process of cordoning off Lebanon and Syria. The permanent NATO presence in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Syrian Accountability Act are part of this initiative. It appears that this roadmap is based on a 1996 Israeli document aimed at controlling Syria. The document’s name

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The UN: An Instrument of Western Aggression

  0 comments   |     by Ghali Hassan

On 19 March the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) succumbed to the usual threats and coercions by the U.S. and voted to impose a “no-fly” zone and declare war on Libya on the pretext to “protect Libyan civilians” from violence. History shows that the UN does not have a record of protecting civilians, but a record of legitimising Western

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Asian Water Crises in the Shadow of Nuclear War

  0 comments   |     by Tayyab Baloch

The Indian government’s declaration to scrap the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) of 1960 unilaterally shocked Pakistan as it failed to build dams on rivers at the lower riparian.  This unexpected Indian action came after the Uri attack on Indian soldiers in Kashmir. In fact, Modi’s government in New Delhi is taking every step to isolate and terrorize Pakista

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China Can Help Accelerate Stalled Iran-Pakistan Pipeline

  0 comments   |     by Adam Garrie

Iranian officials have expressed their concern over the fact that the construction of a bilateral Iran-Pakistan pipeline has stalled from the Pakistani side. While the Iranian side is nearly complete, Iran’s Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh has stated that if Pakistan refuses to re

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Pakistan-Iran Sensibilities

  0 comments   |     by Asif Haroon

Iran is a brotherly Muslim country with which Pakistan has enjoyed geographical, cultural, religious and historical ties. Both had best of ties during the rule of Reza Shah Pehlavi. Iran supported us during the 1965 and 1971 wars with India and provided helicopters in 1974 to defeat Baloch insurgency. Pakistan also has extended all sorts of help. The biggest was

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Pipeline from Iran

  0 comments   |     by admin

While previously relying on relatively mild signalling and posturing in trying to lure Pakistan away from the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, the United States has now come right out and said it: it wants Pakistan to drop the project altogether.  Pakistan also needs to draw a very clear distinction between UN sanctions and those imposed by the US. Pakistan is

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Afghanistan: Peace at hand?

  0 comments   |     by Conn Hallinan

The news that the Americans recently held face-to-face talks with the Taliban suggests that longest war in US history may have reached a turning point, although the road to such a peace is long, rocky and plagued with as many improvised explosive devices as the highway from Kandahar to Kabul. That the 17-year old war has reached a tipping point seems clear. The Taliba

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Attack in Iran raises spectre of a potentially far larger

  0 comments   |     by Dr James M Dorsey

An attack on a military parade in the southern Iranian city of Ahwaz is likely to prompt Iranian retaliation against opposition groups at home and abroad. It also deepens Iranian fears that the United States. Saudi Arabia and others may seek to destabilize the country by instigating unrest among its ethnic minorities. With competing claims of responsibility by the Islamic State and the Ahvaz Natio

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After Key China-Russia-Iran-Pakistan Meeting

  0 comments   |     by Mapping the Taliban

Last week saw a historic meeting in Islamabad between the intelligence chiefs of China, Russia, Pakistan and Iran. While the details of the meeting were not disclosed beyond statements implying that counter-terrorism was a dominating theme, it is a safe assumption that the war in Afghanistan was a major topic of discussion. Today, following on from the intelligence shared between national partners

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