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Shujaat Bukhari   Kashmir was wrestling with the scars of 2016 unrest that left nearly 100 people dead, thousands injured and many losing eye sights due to pellet guns. Economy and education was badly hit. The shadow of unprecedented public uprising against the Indian state continues...

Kurdish Referendum in Iraq

Iraqi Kurds voted in a very controversial non-binding referendum to split from Baghdad on 25 September. 72 percent out of the 8.4 million strong Kurdish population partook in the referendum and 92.7 percent voted ‘yes’. Iraqi central government under Haider al-Abadi has refused to...

The Syrian war is ending – and Assad is the victor

Courtesy Independent- A message came through from Syria on my mobile phone last week. “General Khadour kept his promise,” it read. I knew what it meant. Five years ago, I met Mohamed Khadour, who was commanding a few Syrian soldiers in a small suburb of Aleppo,...

White House ‘pressuring’ intelligence officials to find Iran in violation of nuclear deal

Courtesy The Guardian- US intelligence officials are under pressure from the White House to produce a justification to declare Iran in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement, in an echo of the politicisation of intelligence that led up to the Iraq invasion, according to former...

Nuclear industry scrambles to avoid Euratom cliff edge

Britain’s nuclear industry is scrambling to understand the full consequences of leaving Europe’s nuclear regulation group Euratom amid growing fears that Britain may be heading towards a Brexit cliff edge. The withdrawal from Euratom, as part of the Brexit process, threatens to leave British firms...

Reviewing State of Pakistani Economy

Muhammad Faran Balance of Payments – 2M FY18 CAD at US$ 2.6bn As per latest data released, current account deficit clocked in at US$550mn in Aug’17 (Jul’17-Revised: S$2,051mn). For 2MFY18, the current account deficit level stood at US$2,601mn (up 102% YoY).Trade deficit for goods witnessed notable...

Why Kim Jong-Un wouldn’t be irrational to use a nuclear bomb first

Courtesy The Washington Post-  North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is advancing quickly. This year, it has tested a suite of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles that can hit neighbors and American bases in East Asia, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, two intercontinental-range ballistic missiles and a purported thermonuclear...

US-Turkey row escalates with tit-for-tat travel and visa restrictions

The US and Turkey have imposed travel restrictions on each other’s citizens in an escalating diplomatic spat that highlights worsening relations between Ankara and its western allies. Washington said late on Sunday it was suspending the processing of all non-immigrant visas in Turkey due to “recent events”...

AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, AND THE LIMITS OF U.S. INFLUENCE

Courtesy War On The Rocks- President Donald Trump has announced the results of his “comprehensive review” of U.S. strategic options in Afghanistan and South Asia and – as many have already noted – they are uninspiring. Sixteen years of war leads to bouts of soul-searching,...

KRG referendum to lead region to war: Former Iraqi MP

Courtesy Yeni Safak- The non-binding referendum of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on whether to declare independence from Baghdad slated for Sept. 25 carries great significance for millions of Arabs, Turkmens and Kurds in Iraq and Syria. A former Iraqi Member of Parliament, Feyha Bayatlı, told...
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