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Pakistani politics risk aggravating problems and heightening regional tension

By James M. Dorsey Self-serving Pakistani politics threaten to aggravate the country’s myriad problems that have strained its relations with the United States and could heighten tension in the restless, key geo-strategic region of Balochistan, a vital node bordering Iran in China’s Belt and Road …

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Covert wars: Iran and Saudi Arabia revisit their strategies

By James M. Dorsey Expressions of support by US President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu have provided the grist for Iranian claims that anti-government protests were instigated by foreign powers. The largely baseless assertions offer nonetheless insight into the very different …

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Iranian protests raise tricky questions for US and Saudi policymakers

By James M. Dorsey If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s chequered foreign policy track record is anything to go by, Iran could tempt him to embark on yet another risky adventure inspired by widespread anti-government protests in Iran, the real focus of his multiple …

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The logic of illogic

By Dr Ghayur Ayub The internet is fast impelling us to think logically even if things do not fit in logic. Furthermore, it tends to bracket illogical happenings as chances or coincidences which might not be true. The modern mindset is becoming oblivious to the …

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Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem: Letting a genie out of the bottle

By James M. Dorsey US President Donald J. Trump has let a genie out of the bottle with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and intent to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In taking his decision, Mr. Trump was implementing …

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Transition in the Middle East: Transition to what?

By James M. Dorsey Transition is the name of the game in the Middle East and North Africa. The question is transition to what? Dominating the answer is an Arab autocratic push for a Saudi-led regional order that would be based on an upgraded 21st …

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The battle for control of Brussels’ Grand Mosque

By James M. Dorsey It’s hard to prove beyond doubt a direct causal link between militancy and Saudi-inspired ultra-conservative forms of Sunni Muslim Islam. That hasn’t stopped Belgium’s parliament from attempting to wrest control from Saudi Arabia of Brussel’s downtown Grand Mosque after three years …

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Saad Hariri’s return to Lebanon: A moment of truth

By James M. Dorsey The proof will be in the pudding when Prime Minister Saad Hariri returns home in the coming days to a country in which friend and foe have rallied around him and he clarifies whether he intends to follow through on his …

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The Middle East: It will only get worse

By James M. Dorsey As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s frontal assault on the kingdom’s elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy war is heating up. The arrests occurred as Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in what many saw as …

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Sir Aga Khan’s contribution in Pakistan Movement 1906-1947

By Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmad High Highness Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III GCSI GCMG GCIE GCVO PC was the 48th Imam of the Ismaili community. He was the first President of the All-India Muslim League. He was born in Karachi on 2 November …

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