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No Fresh Start? Trump Lashes Out at Pakistan, Iran in His First 2018 Tweets

US President Donald Trump apparently decided not to start the New Year with a clean slate, opting to re-ignite old disputes instead. In his first 2018 tweets, the US leader hit out at Iran and Pakistan. Islamabad was the first to attract the anger of the US leader, as Trump accused it of giving the …

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Iran Protests: Western Salivation, Agitation & Desperation

I am on vacation and trying to stay away from politics to recharge my batteries, but a sane voice on Iranian politics in English is almost impossible to find, so…. Despite the Western media’s slobbering at the minor protests in Iran, there is no need to fear that Iranian democracy is about to “fall”. Allow …

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Under the Radar: Large-Scale War Looms in Africa to Involve Many Actors

Tensions between Cairo and Addis Ababa have risen recently to set alarm bells ringing. Ministers from Ethiopia and Egypt met on Dec.26 in an attempt to resolve a dispute over the Construction of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Once more the nations failed to reach an agreement on the burning problem. The issue of the Nile generated a …

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Will 2018 Bring Greater US Fire and Fury?

Only Cassandra was good at predicting future events. I dislike predictions, but here goes. Next year will likely be more dismal than this one. With most Russian forces out of Syria and Washington’s rage for endless war and regime change, conflict may escalate, not end, new hordes of terrorists brought in to replace eliminated ones. …

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In 2018 the Barbarous Wars in Iraq and Syria Will Come to an End

I spent most of the last year reporting two sieges, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, which finally ended with the decisive defeat of ISIS. This was the most important event in the Middle East in 2017, though people are already beginning to forget how dangerous the ISIS caliphate was at the height of …

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USA-DPRK: “Strategic Patience” and an Abrupt Stop in the Negotiation Process

Despite the fact that all of 2008 trends were generally positive, it was not possible to completely liquidate the nuclear issue by the end of the Bush presidency. “The devil is in the details,” and the process could not be worked out in time, at the very least due to technical reasons. Although, perhaps more …

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India’s Godmen: Human Trafficking, Murder, Rape, Riots All in One Garb

An Ashram (spiritual center) run by a self-styled Godman in New Delhi has come under the lens of the law after it was revealed that hundreds of women were confined in inhumane conditions. Police suspect 300 other centers run by the Godman could be hubs for human trafficking. The perils of Indian society are deeply entrenched …

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