Imran Khan Wins Pakistan’s Election: Prospects for Moscow-Islamabad Relations

Given that it is the fifth most populous country in the world and the 33rd largest country geographically, Pakistan, which is also a nuclear power, is exceptionally important. With its two large seaports, Chabahar and Gwadar, and five rivers, the country is a gateway of trade for many nations, including China, which is pursuing its global …

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U.S. Negotiates Retreat from Afghanistan

The United States seems ready to give up on Afghanistan. After the World Trade Center came down the U.S. accused al-Qaeda, parts of which were hosted in Afghanistan. The Taliban government offered the U.S. to extradite al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden to an Islamic country to be judged under Islamic law. The U.S. rejected that …

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Did Iran Sponsor a Terrorist Attack in Tajikistan?

Probably not, but it apparently had some prior relationship to the ringleader who carried it out, and this could be exploited by Saudi Arabia to drive an even deeper wedge between Russia and Iran. The Tajik authorities arrested the ringleader behind the recent car-ramming terrorist attack against four foreign cyclists in the landlocked Central Asian …

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Imperialists’ Fear and Loathing. . . of Being Colonized

Introduction For decades and longer, the United States and Europe lectured and encouraged countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia to welcome and accept foreign investment as the virtuous path to modernization, growth and prosperity. With few notable exceptions western leaders and academics promoted unlimited flows of capital (and the outflows of profits). No section …

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American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts

Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a "post-truth era" and putting out "alternative facts" long before those phrases entered the language. For the last decade they have been spreading provable falsehoods through their well-organized network of publications and websites. A major theme of those falsehoods is telling the U.S. public that Islam …

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People Aren’t Having Intelligent Conversations Anymore, They’re Just Yelling at Each Other

More and more people are becoming aware of and concerned about the level of political dialogue going on right now. We’ve gotten to a point where I’m seeing almost no intelligent debate about any serious issue. Russiagate now consumes such a massive amount of our collective energy, it feels we’ve become nearly incapable of discussing …

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Huawei Overtakes Apple as Created in China Overtakes Made in China

Most of the world’s industrial products contain parts that are made in China, while many others are fully assembled in China. Now though, as part of a countrywide drive to re-focus the Chinese economy on innovation, creation and technological research and development, Chinese brands are becoming increasingly abundant even in markets where they were previously …

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