The U.S.-Pakistan Relationship Is on Life Support

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 allegations—ones also made by many American leaders before him—that …

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Indian Posturing, Post-Doklam, Has a Tragi-Comic Feel

Why the standoff between India and China, near the Sikkim border, began at all, and how it ended, after 71 long and anxious days, on August 28, will likely never be fully known. The Indian foreign ministry maintains cryptically that “following diplomatic communications, expeditious disengagement of border personnel of India and China at the face-off site at Doklam,” …

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Teeth of the Dragon: China Conducts Missile Defense Test Next to Korean Border

China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) carried out large-scale defensive military exercises on Tuesday morning, mere miles from their border with North Korea. The Chinese military reported that the exercise, which seems to have come out of the blue, was itself a series of “rapid response” drills in case of “surprise attacks.” The exercises …

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Myanmar: Gasoline and Fire, Not Good vs. Evil

The unfolding crisis in Southeast Asia's state of Myanmar has confounded many geopolitical analysts due to its complex history and the intentionally deceptive and now contradictory coverage provided by the Western media. The current government of Myanmar is headed by Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD). It has ascended into power …

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Hezbollah Won, But “Israel” Won’t Stop

Expect “Israel” to try and obtain Russian diplomatic support for pressuring Iran to on Hezbollah’s post-war presence in Syria, but don’t necessarily assume that it’ll succeed. Hezbollah swiftly defeated Daesh in an effective anti-terrorist campaign coordinated with the Syrian Arab Army along the mountainous Syrian-Lebanese border. Observers were taken aback by how quickly victory was …

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‘Offensive to Muslims’: US Forces Apologize for Leaflet Depicting Koran Passage on Dog

A senior US military commander in Afghanistan has apologized for a "highly offensive" leaflet which showed a passage from the Koran superimposed onto the image of a dog - an animal which is considered unclean in Islam. The brochure showed a white dog with a section of the Taliban's flag – which contains a passage …

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International Law? The Americans Don’t Give A Damn

The United States of America has sunk to a new low in diplomacy and civilized relations between nation states with its demand that Russia close its consular missions in San Francisco, Washington and New York, quickly followed by its order that the consular staff leave the premises while the FBI conducted a search of the …

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Kurdistan Independence Referendum to Potentially Blow Mideast Apart

The creation of a sovereign Kurdish state in Iraq could result in the remapping of the Middle East and the collapse of the established status quo, Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin writes for RIA Novosti. Eskin notes that regardless of the potential repercussions the Iraqi Kurds are determined to hold an independence vote on September …

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