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The secret of tripartite drills: US loses its influence in the region

By Maryam Khormaei Launching unprecedented drills alongside two world powers, Tehran has shown that it can overcome the efforts that aim to isolate Iran and push regional calculations into a new phase by resorting to the option of the coalition. Since Friday, tripartite naval drills are going on in the …

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A wasted year

By I.A. Rehman The  year 2019 is likely to go down in history as a wasted year in terms of democratic development. This is mainly because the government addressed the challenges of running a democratic dispensation by devaluing or diluting democratic principles, conventions and practices. The PTI acceded to power …

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2019: A disastrous year for Trump’s foreign policy

Twenty-nineteen could best be described as a year when Donald Trump’s foreign policy unraveled on so many fronts. It became ever more erratic, one-sided and personalized, changing with the US president’s mood swings. The crisis, as many would call it, has been a long time in the making, and the …

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Pakistan at a crossroads

By Nuno Lopes | Shahid Farooq With over 200 million inhabitants, Pakis­tan stands at a crossroads. Recovering from a devastating surge of terrorism, it is now in its third consecutive democratic government. In the run-up to elections, distinct voices advocated for accountability, good governance, urban sustainability — ie, quality of …

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‘Marine Security Belt’ drill in the eye of world media

By: Zahra Mirzafarjouyan The geographical and strategic location of Iran has made it the focus of international attention. The waters around Iran, especially the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf, have become the hotspot for saber-rattling for many countries, including the US and some of its allies to form …

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Indian Muslim men made to sign bonds in Uttar Pradesh villages

By Radhika Bordia The clampdown of the Uttar Pradesh police against the Muslim community has now extended to those who have not taken part in the ongoing protests. In three villages located less than 30km from Lucknow, at least 100 Muslim men have been made to furnish a bond of …

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Another Bhutto at the helm

By I. A. Rehman BENAZIR Bhutto occupies a unique place in the political history of Pakistan. Twice elected prime minister of the country and the first woman head of government in any Muslim-majority state, she inspired the hope that she could put democracy back on the rails. Inability to fulfil …

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Saudi Arabia is Creating a Living Nightmare for African Migrants in Yemen

By: Ahmed AbdulKareem Hoping for a better life, 32-year-old Hermala left Jimma, a poor farming district in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, and set out towards Saudi Arabia. He faced unspeakable dangers along the journey, including death at sea, torture, and abuse in chasing what would ultimately remain an unfulfilled dream. Over …

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Modi’s overreach

By Mahir Ali MORE than 80 years after he published An Autobiography, Jawaharlal Nehru’s querulous attitude towards “Muslim culture” sounds refreshingly naive. “I have tried hard to understand what this ‘Muslim culture’ is, but I confess that I have not succeeded,” he complains. He notes that the influence of “Persian …

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