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In Afghanistan, Trump is already pushing genocidal policies

BY EMRAN FEROZ The US president may have just said he doesn’t want to kill ’10 million people’, but his policy in Afghanistan seems to say differently, Recently, US President Donald Trump courted outrage when he claimed that he could end the war in Afghanistan by wiping out the whole …

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India or Pakistan? Kashmir a test for Gulf diplomacy

By HASAN ALHASAN The unfolding situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where India’s Hindu nationalist government has abruptly ended the state’s autonomous status, puts the Arab Gulf states’ balancing act in South Asia to the test. By raising tensions with Pakistan and increasing the likelihood of a local insurgency breaking out, …

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India’s annexation of Kashmir is straight out of the Israeli playbook

By Azad Essa Over the past few years, Kashmiri scholars have been making the argument that India-administered Kashmir ought to be recognised as an occupied territory. With more than 700,000 Indian soldiers, paramilitary and police in the region, the most militarised region on earth, they argued that Kashmiris were living …

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Israel playing a big role in India’s escalating conflict with Pakistan

BY ROBERT FISK Robert Fisk is The Independent’s multi-award-winning Middle East correspondent, based in Beirut. He has lived in the Arab world for more than 40 years, covering the war in Syria and Lebanon, five Israeli invasions, the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Algerian civil war, Saddam …

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Saudi Arabia as the Arab media capital? What a joke

By Madawi al-Rasheed The personality cult of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman needs soft power as much as it needs repression. The latest initiative to consolidate state propaganda is the creation of the Saudi Media Forum, which aims to bolster the country’s reputation. In conjunction with the Saudi Journalists …

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The UAE steps back from the abyss with Iran

By Andreas Krieg We have seen quite a policy shift in Abu Dhabi towards Iran in recent weeks. While Abu Dhabi had been lobbying in Washington for a tougher stance on Tehran – against the interests of Dubai and other emirates, and in support of Riyadh’s radical anti-Iran policy – …

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Signs of tension reduction appearing in Persian Gulf

By Zahra Mirzafarjouyan After years of tensions between Iran and some Persian Gulf states particularly in recent months in the Strait of Hormuz, reports indicate the emergence of tensions reduction in this strategic region. For nearly four decades, the Persian Gulf has not been calm and occasionally is the stage …

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What Trump’s mediation on Kashmir means

By Sadiq Shaban US President Donald Trump’s bombshell that he would like to mediate the vexed Kashmir conflict has set the stage for a high profile diplomatic tug-of-war between India and Pakistan involving the world’s sole superpower. While Trump’s keenness to play the mediator in the frozen conflict between the …

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