Pakistan is at War But Its Political, Financial and Media Elite are Asleep
Opinion

Pakistan is at War But Its Political, Financial and Media Elite are Asleep

When western currency speculators began exerting calculated pressure against the lira throughout 2018, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quick to say that the west was waging “economic war” against Turkey. Erdoğan is equally straight forward when discussing the serious threats from non-state terror groups and state backed terror groups which aim to endanger Turkish…

‘Clash of Civilizations’ or Crisis of Civilization?
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‘Clash of Civilizations’ or Crisis of Civilization?

Talk about a graphic display of soft power: Beijing this week hosted the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations.  Organized under the direct supervision of President Xi Jinping it took place amid an “Asian Culture Carnival.” Sure, there were dubious, kitschy and syrupy overtones, but what really mattered was what Xi himself had to say to…

It’s So Symbolic That a BJP Candidate Just Called Gandhi’s Killer a “Patriot”
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It’s So Symbolic That a BJP Candidate Just Called Gandhi’s Killer a “Patriot”

The fact that BJP candidate and accused terrorist Pragya Singh Thakur claimed that Gandhi’s killer was a “patriot” is extremely symbolic since it drew attention to the unsavory figures that the ruling party associates itself with and also encapsulates the essence of the historic crossroad that this election represents. India is at an historic crossroad…

After a Fruitless First Round Against Iran, the US has Nothing to Negotiate
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After a Fruitless First Round Against Iran, the US has Nothing to Negotiate

When US president Donald Trump says he doesn’t want war with Iran, he expresses a position similar to that of Iranian Leader of the Revolution Sayyed Ali Khamenei, who has announced that Iran doesn’t “want to go to war nor to talk” with the US.  That brings the bras-de fer between the US and Iran back to…