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Whither Wahhabism?

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could well dash expectations that he is gunning for a break with Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism rather than a shaving off of the rough edges of Wahhabi ideology that has been woven into the kingdom’s fabric …

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Pak-Turkish role in global politics

By Dr Ghayur Ayub This is the story of two Muslim states – Turkey and Pakistan. Both Sunni Muslims. Turkish follow spiritual Islam and Pakistanis traditionalist Islam. Also, Turkish people have free mindset as their ancestors ruled the world for centuries. Pakistanis have slave mentality …

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Kashmir – A smoldering paradise

By Mushtaq Ahmed Khan UN role  is very important to resolve the long standing issue of  in Kashmir. The Kashmir issue has four main actors at present, Pakistan, India, China and United Nations Organization (UNO). Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir is based on many principals. . …

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Battle for Iran: Policy or regime change?

By James M. Dorsey Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border. The clash, shrouded in …

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Saudi religious diplomacy targets Jerusalem

By James M. Dorsey A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim …

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India and its colonial and antidemocratic ways in Kashmir

By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai This is an opportunity to explore a vexing but significant topic in the field of human rights: the Right of Self-determination. The right of self-determination has been celebrated for ages. It is a basic principle of the United Nation Charter …

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UN Report on Kashmir: Reassuring Development

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNHCHR) has issued its “Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir.” The report contains graphic documentation of human rights violations being committed by the Indian military and paramilitary forces in Indian …

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Mahathir’s reforms could put Saudi Arabia,UAE on the spot

By James M. Dorsey Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Mahathir is adopting policies that could reshape the Southeast nation’s relations with powerful Gulf states. A series of anti-corruption measures as well as statements by Mr. Mahathir and his defense minister, Mohamad (Mat) Sabu, since …

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Trump’s abrogation of Iran deal may put his America First policy to test

By James M. Dorsey President Donald J. Trump’s abrogation of the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran is likely to put his America First policy to the test. Mr. Trump’s decision to walk away from the agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear program risks fuelling a …

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Playing US sanctions: China walks a fine line in Iran

By James M. Dorsey Chinese businessman Sheng Kuan Li didn’t worry about sanctions when he decided in 2010 to invest $200 million in a steel mill in Iran that started producing ingots and billet within months of the lifting of punitive measures against the Islamic …

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