China, Russia, Pakistan and Iran Join Forces Against Terrorism at Historic Islamabad Conference

On the 10th of July, a private meeting in Islamabad took place between the intelligence heads of China, Russia, Pakistan and Iran. The meeting has been described as an opportunity for each power to discuss a more coordinated and united strategy in tackling international terrorism with a particular emphasis on the Takfiri groups Daesh (ISIS). …

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Pakistan’s “Greylisting” as a Terror Sponsor Should be a Catalyst for Intensified Relations with China, Russia and Iran

Pakistan’s war on terrorism: A misunderstood history  At an international level, Pakistan’s role in fighting terrorism continues to be not only misunderstood but totally misrepresented. As a perennial victim of both terrorist spillover from the instability of neighbouring Afghanistan and provocations on its soil orchestrated by foreign intelligence agencies including India’s RAW, Pakistan has been …

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Shooting Oneself in One’s Own Foot: Pakistan’s Failed Effort to Evade Terrorism Finance Listing

The Pakistani government’s removal of a virulently anti-Shiite militant from its terrorism list at the very moment that an international money laundering and terrorism finance watchdog was deciding to put the country on a watchlist highlights Pakistan’s struggle to come to grips with militancy. The decision by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that was …

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South Korean firefighters take part in an anti-terror drill as a part of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in Seoul, South Korea, August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The Terrorism Label

A recent op-ed from Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) calls for officially designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. Gardner offers a long indictment—a “moral case”, as he calls it—against Russia that mostly involves activities other than terrorism, such as invasions of Georgia and Ukraine and information warfare against Western democracies. Such a designation would have …

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Is the U.S. Government Evil? You Tell Me

Is the U.S. government evil? You tell me. This is a government that treats its citizens like faceless statistics and economic units to be bought, sold, bartered, traded, tracked, tortured, and eventually eliminated once they’ve outgrown their usefulness. This is a government that treats human beings like lab rats to be caged, branded, experimented upon, …

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US National Security Advisor John Bolton Backs Terrorists

Talk surrounding US President Donald Trump’s move to appoint John Bolton as his new National Security Advisor has focused on Bolton’s role in promoting the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and the profound contrast his appointment signifies in light of President Trump’s 2016 campaign promises to “drain the swamp.” However, Bolton’s appointment carries with it …

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Baloch Separatist Defector Exposes Europe’s Double Standards to Terrorism

Dr. Jumma Khan Marri defected from the Baloch separatists earlier this year and has since then been exposing the double-dealing treachery of these groups and their foreign supporters. The Pakistani Embassy in Moscow hosted a Pakistan Day celebration on 23 March which saw the participation of Dr. Jumma Khan Marri for the first time since …

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Sri Lanka’s Religious Violence and the US Pivot to Asia

Recent inter-communal riots in Sri Lanka have highlighted the problem of religious extremism, particularly among Asia’s Buddhist population. But the Buddhist nationalist point of view has been largely ignored in favour of a discourse which demonises Buddhists as aggressors and portrays Muslims as innocent victims. The reality is far more complex. Part I A state …

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A New “Left” Appeal for Imperialist Intervention in Syria

On February 27, the New York Review of Books published an open letter signed by some 200 people, many of them identifying themselves as activists, academics, journalists, writers and journalists. Originally titled “Stop pretending that you can’t do anything to save Syrians,” the headline was subsequently changed to “The World Must Act Now on Syria.” The letter …

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