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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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Saudi engagement in Iraq: The exception that confirms the rule?

By James M. Dorsey Stepped up Saudi efforts to forge close diplomatic, economic and cultural ties to Shia-majority Iraq in a bid to counter significant Iranian influence in the country appear to be paying off. The Saudi initiative demonstrates the kingdom’s ability to engage rather …

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Navigating the Afghan challenge

BY CH AMANAT ALI Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s recent day-long trip to Kabul represented a serious and well-thought-out effort to reach out to the Afghan leadership with an aim to stop relations between both the countries from further deteriorating. The talks he held with …

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Khaksars : Bloodbaths that Ignited the Freedom Movement

By Nasim Yousaf The cold-blooded massacre of Khaksars in Lahore and the Jallianwala Bagh incident in Amritsar took place on March 19, 1940 and April 13, 1919 respectively. The two tragedies occurred in cities in Punjab that are only 31 miles (50 km) apart. The …

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Smoking and drinking: Churchill sets an example today’s Western leaders can learn from

By James M. Dorsey To understand that Western emphasis on human rights is at best a fig leaf to do business with autocrats whose rule is based on repression, contrast Winston Churchill’s encounter with Mohammed bin Salman’s grandfather, King Abdulaziz, with British prime minister Theresa …

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New Cold War: Pakistan’s critical role in global,regional affairs

BY M. K. Bhadrakumar Afghanistan, no doubt, was what brought Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to Moscow on a ‘working visit’ on February 20. This was Asif’s second meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the past 5-month period. They last met in New York …

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Kashmiris will never abandon the demand of Aazaadi

By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai Once again, Kashmir is living proof that it is not going to compromise, far less abandon, its demand for Aazaadi (freedom) which is its birthright and for which it has paid a price in blood and suffering which has not …

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Asia’s dark underbelly: Conflicts threaten long-term stability and development

By James M. Dorsey A host of conflicts, stretching across the Asian landmass from the Middle East to Southeast Asia and northwest China, are likely to spark violence, complicate economic development, and dash hopes for sustainable stability. The conflicts and tensions range from ethnic strife …

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Double-edged sword: Opinion poll shows Trump’s Iran policy risks

By James M. Dorsey US President Donald J. Trump’s inclination to withdraw from a three-year old international agreement that curbs Iran’s nuclear program is likely to strengthen the country’s hardliners even if the withdrawal would put responsibility for mounting economic and social discontent squarely on …

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