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‘Industrialization under CPEC’: What’s so special in SEZs?

Industrial Revolution had initiated in the 18th century but the world had to wait till 1959 to witness the establishment of first modern Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Shannon, Ireland. As of 2006, International Labor Organization’s (ILO) database reported 3,500 zones in 130 countries and …

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Kashmir: An Inconvenient Truth

By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai Kashmir is internationally recognized as a disputed territory whose final status is yet to be determined by the people. Both India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons and have fought three wars during the past half-century. This is a matter that …

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Unholy Alliance

By U.K. Dar With Indian Prime Minister Mr Modi’s recent visit to USA and Israel, the proverbial cat is out of the bag. The unholy alliance that was in the making for many decades is now out in the open. The two interesting things that …

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“Burhan Wani Day”

8th of July marked the first death anniversary of the an iconic figure of the Kashmir freedom movement, Burhan Wani who was martyred by Indian occupying forces in the Kashmir Valley last year. Since then the Indian Occupied Kashmir has witnessed an unprecedented protest rallies …

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Extremism report puts KSA,UK on spot : strengthens Qatar in Gulf Crisis

By James M. Dorsey A report charging Saudi Arabia with funding extremism in Britain puts both the kingdom and Prime Minister Teresa May on the spot. The report also potentially strengthens Qatar’s insistence that support of extremism should be tackled regionally and that demands by …

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Prince Muhammad: It is Time for Reflection

By R Ahmad While courtiers must be suggesting Prince Muhammad Bin Salman to celebrate, his ascent to virtual throne of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), there will be little or no appetite for any saner voice calling for caution or prudence. However, one would hope …

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Qatar: Role of small states in international relations

By James M. Dorsey A Qatari refusal to bow to the dictate of its larger neighbours is a case study of the place of small states in international relations that is unfolding as a Saudi-UAE-led alliance prepares to tighten the noose around the Gulf state’s …

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Gulf crisis set to escalate

By James M. Dorsey The Gulf crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar is set to escalate with Doha certain to ignore Monday’s deadline that it complies with demands that would undermine Qatari sovereignty and humiliate Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al …

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Is US Ditched Pakistan – Again?

By U.K. Dar History teaches us a lesson that the USA always ditched Pakistan. They have done it again. To appease Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi, USA has designated Hizbul Mujahideen chief Mr. Syed Salah-ud-Din, the freedom fighter for Kashmiri people, a Specially Designated Global …

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Gulf crisis ties global soccer governance into knots

By James M. Dorsey International soccer governance is tying itself up in knots with football associations grappling with the fallout of the Gulf dispute between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Qatar that lays bare the contradictions embedded in their insistence that sports and politics …

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