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Iraq tightens grip on autonomous Kurdish region

Iraq is using a period of relative stability to assert more control over the oil-rich autonomous Kurdistan region that has long had fraught relations with federal authorities, analysts and politicians…

Russia Enters The War

Russia enters the war

Russia’s military intervention in Syria, although further internationalising the conflict, does however present opportunities, as well as complications. There are no simple solutions to this terrible war which has destroyed…

Is Time Running Out For Iraq’s Maliki?

Is time running out for Iraq’s Maliki?

Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki, accused by domestic opponents and, increasingly, by once firm American allies of "sectarianism" that has fuelled a Sunni insurgent onslaught, is a political survivor whose time…

The morning after November 29

Welcome to November 22, 2022. There are now only seven short, autumnal days to go. Exactly one week from today, Pakistan will breathe a sigh of relief (or shudder with…

The horror of war [Part – II]

In his book ‘What Every Person Should Know About War’, the late Chris Hedges explains the phenomenon of defence employment, which witnessed ups and downs. Hedges asserts that the 2003…

Executive President Erdogan

Executive President Erdogan

If we believed the so-called liberal Western media, from the US mainstream corporate houses to their smaller European cousins, including the officially funded networks like the British government-funded BBC or…

Towards Self-determination

Towards self-determination

The right to self-determination is a fundamental principle in international law. The UN General Assembly in 1970 declared that the duty of all states was to refrain from committing acts…

Populist authoritarianism vs Bonapartism

Popular backlash against the July 15 half-baked putsch by a smaller military clique in Turkey has created enough space for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to move much beyond his dream…

The Turkish Model

The Turkish model

From a distance, Turkey seems like a country worth emulating, especially for Pakistanis who salivate at the combination of Muslim ‘culture’, fervent nationalism and a strong army that characterises the…

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