What Explains Russia & China’s Differing Stances Towards Kashmir?
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What Explains Russia & China’s Differing Stances Towards Kashmir?

Russia and China, two of the most important Great Powers that are jointly working to accelerate the emergence of the Multipolar World Order, are on totally opposite sides when it comes to Kashmir, with their differing stances being explained by the existential stakes that they each see in supporting their South Asian partner of choice….

Unlike Fake News Directed Against China, India’s Suffocation of Islam is Real
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Unlike Fake News Directed Against China, India’s Suffocation of Islam is Real

From a diverse history to a sectarian crisis  The modern borders of India do not precisely correspond to those of any one of the many sovereign entities that arose in south Asia over the millennia. Instead, today’s India in terms of its political geography was shaped by the modern Partition of British India which began…

Iran’s Dangerous Deterrence Policy: Trading Tankers- and Another partial Withdrawal from the JCPOA
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Iran’s Dangerous Deterrence Policy: Trading Tankers- and Another partial Withdrawal from the JCPOA

The UK acknowledged its first defeat by Iran when it released the Iranian super tanker “Grace 1” captured by 30 Royal Navy commandos in the first week of July in response to a US request, as the Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell revealed. In response, Iran will release the British-flagged tanker “Stena Impero”, captured by the…

Trump Dangles Trade Deal for Britain’s Tougher Line on Iran & China
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Trump Dangles Trade Deal for Britain’s Tougher Line on Iran & China

It’s more than coincidence that on the first day of US National Security Advisor John Bolton’s visit to London this week, Britain announced the dispatch of another warship to the Persian Gulf. Since Boris Johnson became British prime minister nearly three weeks ago, President Donald Trump’s administration has been pushing London to take a harder…

US Axis of Aggression in Gulf
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US Axis of Aggression in Gulf

When Washington announced a few weeks ago the formation of a maritime “international coalition” to “protect shipping” in the Persian Gulf, many observers were skeptical. Now skepticism has rightly turned to alarm, as the proposed US-led “coalition” transpires to comprise a grand total of just three nations: the US, Britain and Israel. The term “coalition”…

American Crimes Against Venezuela Amount to Economic Terrorism
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American Crimes Against Venezuela Amount to Economic Terrorism

It was an internationally significant event worthy of widespread coverage but my hunch is few, if any, of you reading this column will have heard of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit which took place in Caracas, Venezuela, on July 20/21st. The weekend ministerial meeting brought together 120 member nations as well as seven observer countries,…