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Cracks in Saudi-led alliance days after wooing Trump

By James M. Dorsey Cracks have appeared in a Saudi-led, US-backed anti-terrorist political and military alliance days after US President Donald J. Trump ended a historic visit to Saudi Arabia. The cracks stem from Qatar’s long-standing fundamental policy differences with Saudi Arabia and the United …

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A fresh approach to understand theology

By Dr Ghayur Ayub Every religion revolves around theology as it is the main component of its format. The other two ingredients are philosophy and spirituality. Theology as the main pillar, deals with notions of godhead, spirit and soul. Godhead being the prime mover in …

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Two conferences spotlight Muslim world’s struggle to counter militancy

By James M. Dorsey Two conferences this week spotlight the Muslim world’s struggle to come to grips with extremism and militancy. The conferences, the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh and a gathering in East Java of youth leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim …

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CPEC and Resolution of Kashmir Dispute

By U. K. Dar Bilateral relations between Pakistan and India revolve around geopolitics of Kashmir and history has taught us that geopolitics is a zero sum game. Kashmir issue is no exception; it has been simmering around for nearly seventy years with no resolution in …

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Rising Iranian-Pakistani tensions render

By James M. Dorsey An Iranian warning that it may attack militant bases in the troubled province of Balochistan threatens to bring Pakistan’s house of cards crashing down. Pakistan’s tenuous house is built on a torturous effort to balance relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran …

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India’s illegitimate stance on Kashmir

By U.K. Dar People of Indian Occupied Kashmir are being humiliated, tortured, injured and even killed with impunity by the brutal Indian occupying forces. What crime have they committed? Is asking for the promises to be fulfilled a crime? The promise of right of self …

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Science and Quran on creation of life

By Dr Ghayur Ayub Part -2 So far, we have looked at the Quranic knowledge about evolutionary path of life on earth which led to the creation of plants, animals and humans. Keeping that knowledge in mind, from here on, we will concentrate on human …

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Pope in Egypt: Tiptoeing through a minefield

By James M. Dorsey Billed as a bid to stimulate inter-faith dialogue, Pope Francis, on a visit to Egypt, is tiptoeing through a religious and geopolitical minefield. Designed to improve the fragile position of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, North Africa and …

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Science and Quran on creation of life

By Dr Ghayur Ayub Living in a modern world of science, how could one balance Islam with science as the two seemingly run on a collision course. At least that’s what our traditionalist religious custodians tell us. For example, take the creation of life on …

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Iranian-Saudi rivalry fuels potential nuclear race

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia is developing nuclear energy and potentially a nuclear weapons capability. The Saudi focus on nuclear serves various of the kingdom’s goals: diversification of its economy, reduction of its dependence on fossil fuels, countering a potential future Iranian nuclear capability, …

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