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Hyper-nationalism in India & Indo-Pak Relations

The second consecutive victory of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the general election of 2019 was a successful culmination of a decades-long campaign to leverage Hindu nationalism in contemporary Indian political discourse. The democratic process has been used as a vehicle to achieve political...

Israeli Annexation of the West Bank

Israel’s newly installed unity government is planning to annex parts of the Occupied West Bank in what is being feared to be a very provocative and dangerous move. The idea of annexing parts of West Bank has all along existed in Israeli political discourse since...

The Politics of Scapegoating Zaireen for Covid-19

Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) started in Wuhan (China) in December 2019/January 2020 and rapidly spread to other countries. All countries sharing borders with Pakistan had reported the presence of the deadly infectious disease by the last week of February 2020. The outbreak of the disease in...

Coronavirus adds to misery of war ravaged Afghanistan

As the deadly Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world, Afghanistan too found itself reeling under the unbridled spread of the Coronavirus. As per official reports, Afghanistan recorded its first coronavirus case in Herat on February 24, 2020. The infected patient had visited Qom (Iran), the...

Iranian Parliamentary Elections 2020

The recently held parliamentary elections in Iran may have far-reaching consequences for the future political landscape of the Middle East. The elections for Iran’s tenth Islamic Consultative Assembly held in 2016 had witnessed considerable gains for the moderates, including both reformists and centrists, thus...

Clouds of WWIII

If we follow events of a few recent weeks in the Middle East, it will definitely provide us with compelling reasons to believe that clouds of World War III, God forbid, are looming high in the sky. One of the major factors igniting the flames...

Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019: a lost opportunity

In bygone days, I happened to lay my hands on “A Lost Opportunity,” a magnum opus of an eminent Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy. The allegory teaches a lifetime lesson and should be preserved like a holy relic if peace has to be given a chance...

The Israel Lobby

“Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war,” warned John Adams, one of the founding fathers and subsequently, the second president of the US. But, long gone are the days when the American Revolution was correlated with a beacon of hope for the wretched nations...

The Azadi March: a game of cards

By Mobeen Jafar Mir The Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F) managed to secure only 3.2 per cent of the popular vote during the general elections of 2013, the last election where its head, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman paved the way for his entry into the National Assembly (NA)....

The Strait of Hormuz: figuring out the conundrum

By Mobeen Jafar Mir The Strait of Hormuz, a narrow sea channel situated between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, is one of the most important maritime chokepoints in the world. The significance of the Strait can be gauged from the fact that...
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