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    My Daughter, These Are Tears of Struggle

    This night too, like all the nights since dozens of soldiers raided our home in the middle of the night, my wife Nariman, my 16-year-old daughter Ahed and Ahed’s cousin Nur will spend behind bars.

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    There's something different about these Iran protests

    In a matter of days, protests in Iran have quickly spread across the country, taking the government by surprise and leaving analysts and pundits alike confused. Part of the reason many have been caught

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    I spy, you spy

    The late Phillip Knightley opened his book, The Second Oldest Profession, with a quote from a former Assistant General Counsel of the CIA, Michael J. Barrett: “Espionage is the world’s second.

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    How Al-Qaeda Came to Kashmir

    On July 27, 2017, al-Qaeda formally announced it was establishing an affiliate in Jammu and Kashmir — India’s troubled northern state, claimed also by Pakistan. For three decades of the ongoing.

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    Why the Gujarat results mean it is game on for Congress

    Any political election is like a bloodfest, a winner-take-all contest. There is no runners-up trophy. In a first-past-the-post system, the victory margins can be razor-thin. The huge 282-seat mandate that the Narendra.

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    How Jerusalem issue plays into Iranian, Turkish (and Russian) hands

    Iran has, predictably enough, taken a hard line on the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. There were public demonstrations in several Iranian cities following Friday .

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    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Israel occupied East Jerusalem at the end of the 1967 War with Syria, Egypt and Jordan; the western half of the holy city had been captured in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

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    The Saudi King Has a Problem: The Crown Prince

    In Yemen and in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia's all out war against Iranian influence has come to precious little. Will the crown prince be able to make a difference? This week his policy suffered two painful blows

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    Saleh's killing changes balance in Yemen

    Ali Abdullah Saleh seized power in Yemen in 1978, when he was only 36 years old. He lost it in 2012, when the 'Arab spring' was in full spate, and had been trying to get it back ever since.

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    Saudi Arabia's Great Gamble

    Just as Hussein’s refusal to accept Yazid’s authority in the seventh century, issues of political power and religious legitimacy have become inextricably intertwined in the Saudi-Iranian rivalry today.

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    Power shutdown coming to the Middle east

    It seems that matters are coming to a head.  For many states, the coming period will likely prove to be the moment in which they determine their futures — as well as that for the region as a whole.

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    How Indian Govt is playing a duplicitous game over 'Padmavati'

    It is a fact that most of those who raged and fulminated and fatwa-ed against Salman Rushdie had never ploughed through The Satanic Verses. Geoffrey Robertson who defended Rushdie in the blasphemy case writes.

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    The Truth About Why Saudi Arabia and Israel Are Really Working Together

    Despite Saudi Arabia’s tough rhetoric and brutal assault against its neighbour, Yemen (the poorest country in the region), the unfortunate reality is that Saudi Arabia is not the strongman it has hopelessly.

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    The Pakistan Army and Iran: a new dawn or a messenger for the Saudis?

    Last week something quite remarkable happened with regards to Pakistan’s defence diplomacy –Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa made an official trip to Iran.

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    ‘Game of Thrones’ Comes to Saudi Arabia

    Over the weekend, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia announced the arrests of 11 of his princely cousins, among them some of the kingdom’s most prominent businessmen; he also announced several.

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    Kirkuk marks opening shot of new Iran-US rivalry. So far, Iran wins

    Iraq's lightning offensive to recapture Kirkuk - and other disputed areas - has been greeted with quiet approval in Tehran. Suppressing Kurdish expansionism in Iraq is a key Iranian national.

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    Bangladesh caught in China-India rivalry

    With nearly a million ethnic Muslims taking refuge in Bangladesh in recent months to avoid torture in Myanmar, the government in Dhaka is caught in the brinkmanship of India and China, the two nations jockeying.

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    The Qatar Blockade Could Cause A Regional Recession

    Five months into the Gulf’s blockade against Qatar, and neither side looks ready to budge. But the repercussions of the ongoing spat—and Kuwait’s failure to end the dispute—could deliver a huge blow to the Gulf economy.

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    What’s Behind the Saudis’ ‘Moderate Islam’ Announcement?

    After the Shia-Sunni disintegration, the foundations of a new disintegration, division are being laid in our region. Saudi Arabia’s, “We are switching to moderate Islam” announcement contains a dangerous game.

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    Aah Taj !

    First it was the Uttar Pradesh government delisting the Taj Mahal as the official tourist attraction. The monument was excluded from an Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet earlier this month.

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    Iranian foreign minister warned that Trump threats would backfire

    Two months into the new Trump administration, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned that Washington's behaviour towards the nuclear deal threatened to "render the entire bargain meaningless".

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    Can India destroy Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal?

    The commander of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, recently claimed that his pilots have the capability to locate and eliminate nuclear and other strategic targets in Pakistan.

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    Downgrading the Taj

    According to a news report, he dropped the Taj Mahal from UP’s list of tourist attractions. This is akin to Paris deleting the Eiffel Tower from its tourist brochures, or New York downplaying the Empire State Building.

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    Trump on the Warpath

    Fifteen years after George W. Bush declared that Iraq, Iran, and North Korea formed “an axis of evil,” Donald Trump, in his maiden address to the United Nations denounced Iran and North Korea in similarly vitriolic.

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