Russia and Pakistan

Extensive interview on Russian-Pakistani relations that Andrew Korybko gave exclusively to Mr. Muhammad Taimur Khan of the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) and which was published in the July 2017 edition of The Diplomatic Insight. 1. A great shift has been witnessed in Pakistan-Russia relations lately. In your opinion, what are the reasons behind …

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Over 90% of Iraqi Kurds Vote for Independence

Some 91.83 percent of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan supported the idea of independence from Baghdad, as 3.4 million ballots were counted, the referendum commission said on Tuesday. It was earlier reported that a total of 3.4 million people voted in the referendum that was held on Monday. The commission noted that highest level of "yes" answers was recorded …

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Washington Has Initiated Military Conflict with Russia

Russia has provided evidence that Washington is collaborating with ISIS in attacks on Russian forces. http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/breaking-russia-presents-satellite-proof-us-troops-collaborating-isis-syria/ri21030 In one Washington-directed attack, ISIS tried to capture 29 Russian military policemen. However, Russian special forces entered the fray, and the result was spectular losses for ISIS. http://russia-insider.com/en/military/us-secret-services-tried-nab-29-russian-troops-syria-and-got-their-butts-kicked-russian In another attack Washington-directed attack, Russian General Valery Asapov and two …

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Clamping Oil Artery: How Turkey May Checkmate Iraqi Kurdistan in One Move

Iraqi Kurdistan's independence vote may lead to an economic blockade from regional players and ethnic instability, analyst Hasan Abdullah told Radio Sputnik, adding that Turkey, Iran and Baghdad's determination to thwart the Kurdish strive for sovereignty may convince Erbil to back off, while Israel's support won't help. The Kurdish independence referendum is likely to trigger a …

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Trump Fails to Understand North Korea Existential Fears

Donald Trump’s bombastic rhetoric aimed at North Korea is evidence that neither he nor his administration grasp the historic paranoia of the North Korean government. The fear in Pyongyang that North Korea will become a ceded territory in a big power agreement has been a factor since the days of North Korean founder Kim Il …

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Analysis by Analogy: Myanmar is Not Syria

Many geopolitical analysts and commentators have noted many worthwhile similarities between the Syrian crisis and the one now unfolding in the Southeast Asian state of Myanmar. However, what is different about these two crises is just as important as what is the same. The Similarities  Particular focus has been placed on evidence emerging that US-ally …

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US First Lady Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France, July 14, 2017 © Christophe Archambault / Reuters

Trump’s Parade Dreams Expose Deep Schism in US Over Military Affairs

Many in the US like to see their country as a peaceful, munificent global arbiter which will only take up arms when roused beyond reasonable restraint. The facts, however, contradict this. The US is the foremost military power on earth. Every method of calculating military strength shows the 'Land of the Free' coming out on …

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Good Blacks, Bad Blacks: From Washington and DuBois to Morgan Freeman and Colin Kaepernick

White America, for the most part, makes a critical distinction between “good” and “bad” Black Americans – and a related distinction between “good” and “bad” Black behavior. It goes way back. During the 1960s, for example, Muhammad Ali was a “good Negro” when he seemed to be just a happy-go-lucky wise-cracking Olympic Gold Medal winner …

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