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Saudi Twitter spies: In the kingdom of silence, even silence is not allowed

By Madawi al-Rasheed The US government has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia, after they allegedly infiltrated the personal data of more than 6,000 Twitter accounts, including that of a prominent dissident who later became close to journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The employees were allegedly recruited by …

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Democrats take a gamble on Trump’s impeachment

By: Javad Heirannia The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday to launch an impeachment inquiry into Trump, thereby making formal investigations against him possible. The resolution was approved by a vote of 232 to 196. Accordingly, the House of Intelligence Committee carries out the investigations into the impeachment …

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The march and its consequences

By M Haroon Aslam Islamabad is playing host to a gathering of agitators who have camped on the Kashmir Highway for the last few days. The city has seen such affairs earlier as well, but this one is distinctive in many ways. Firstly, the crowd comprises right-wing agitators under the …

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US sanctions on Iran killing innocent people

  By Vijay Prashad In late October, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a short report with a sharp title: “Maximum Pressure: US Economic Sanctions Harm Iranians’ Right to Health.” In November 2018, the US renewed its unilateral sanctions against Iran, and included “secondary sanctions” on non-US entities. These secondary sanctions …

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Security mosaic

By Mohammad Ali Babakhel INTERNAL security is an essential element of national security. The Quaid said, a government is responsible for maintaining order and protecting life and property, and religious belief. Provincialism, sectarianism and ethnic divisions have led to different phases of violence but a well-articulated internal security policy couldn’t …

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Saudi media’s effort to derail Astana process

By: Zahra Mirzafarjouyan Iran and Turkey are two neighbors with extensive political, economic and cultural ties that have strengthened Tehran-Ankara relations. Sometimes, though, the policies of the two countries differ on a particular issue. It is natural that a government official or the media of the two countries criticize the …

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Why does Trump beg mediators?

By Ehsan Baqeri According to a Pakistani source, Prime Minister Imran Khan will travel to Iran and Saudi Arabia to mediate between Tehran and Riyadh. Also during their meeting on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York in late September, Khan accepted Trump’s request for mediation between Tehran …

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How an Iqbal poem got a Muslim headmaster suspended in India

By Sanjay Kumar It no longer shocks us in India. Prejudice and bigotry have become such a part of our existence that it no longer pricks our conscience when a lynching takes place, when a Muslim is humiliated for their way of life, when an overwhelming majority of television stations …

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Middle East to be safer without US

By: Ali Shamkhani 1. Three clear remarks by senior US officials in the past two months reveal some truths which the country’s governing body previously lacked the courage to accept and express. 2. After Yemeni Ansarullah’s drone attack on Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and in response to Saudi …

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Turkey Syria offensive: Trump’s week of confusion over US policy

By Anthony Zurcher During a television interview this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US did not give a “green light” for Turkey to launch strikes against Kurdish forces in northern Syria. The mixed messages from President Donald Trump over the course of this week, however, tell a …

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