Russia

birthday

Happy birthday Mr. President!

News Desk |A Russian-Italian brand, Caveir, known for its gold-plated iPhones with designs featuring Putin, introduced phones with new features to commemorate Putin's 65th birthday.The limited edition stock introduced two changes; iPhone X with a new design in which the President's profile shine against the burgundy marble. While the...

Continued Russian gas transit...

News Analysis | European Union (EU), the politico-economic bloc comprising 28 European states, stated that its top priority is Russia's continued transportation of gas through Ukraine in the future despite the shredded relations between the two ex-Soviet countries. The odds of striking a new deal and reaching upon consensus upon the...
thrilled

India thrilled over BRICS...

News analysis |India is seemingly thrilled by the Joint Declaration of the BRICS Summit which ended today in the eastern Chinese city of Xiamen. Delhi is euphoric because the Declaration has mentioned the names of alleged terror outfits in Jaish-e-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba, and that Pakistan's all-weather friend, China did not...
Balfour Declaration, Russian Revolution and the Arab Oil

Balfour Declaration, Russian Revolution...

Nauman Sadiq |Is this not the international politics most significant coincidence that the Balfour declaration for the creation of Israel was adopted in the same fateful year: November 1917, in which the February and October communist revolutions were taking place in Russia? Coincidences do happen, but sometimes they are...
Dr. Moeed Pirzada

Real US intentions in...

News Desk |Dr. Pirzada, prominent Pakistani TV Anchor and political analyst, argued that real intentions of US appear to maintain a "strategic foothold" a vital presence in a region that borders China, Pakistan Iran and has serious Russian interests.Dr. Moeed Pirzada, prominent Pakistani TV Anchor, was invited to speak...
speech

President Trump’s speech and...

Muhammad Ali Ehsan |My first impression after hearing President Trump’s speech was – does it serve our interest to be so diplomatically humiliated from the highest podium through a speech by the most powerful person leading the most powerful country in the world?Conspiracy theories aside, were enough efforts...
triangle

Russia-Turkey-Iran triangle gains traction

M K Bhadrakumar | The geopolitics of the Middle East is witnessing a tectonic shift with the emergence of a Turkish-Iranian axis that would have seemed unbelievable until recently. The 3-day visit by Iran’s chief of general staff General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri to Turkey last week was the first such event...
battle

China lambasts Trump as...

News Analysis |China has come out in full support of its crucial regional ally Pakistan after President Trump called it a sponsor of terrorism. US president castigated Pakistan while unveiling the much-awaited Afghan and South Asia strategy on Monday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Pakistan has been on...
Russian

US-Russia cooperation: A necessity...

M K Bhadrakumar |The Ukraine crisis — and Russian-American relations — reaches an inflection point with the assessment made by the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London that North Korea’s dramatic leap in ballistic missile capability in the past year is attributable to its clandestine acquisition of...
Moscow

Moscow nervous as the...

M K Bhadrakumar |Moscow’s diktat to the US to slash the latter’s diplomat and staff strength in Russia by 755 personnel generously put September 1 as the deadline. Moscow looked good by hitting at the US below the belt where it hurts and being gracious and conciliatory at the...
cold war roots

The cold war roots...

Jacob G. Hornberger |While President Trump’s impulsiveness and erratic behavior is clearly bringing America closer to war with North Korea, the real root of the Korean crisis lies not with him but rather with the Pentagon and the CIA, whose overwhelming power within the federal governmental structure is what...
China

Russia-China-India triangle – then...

M K Bhadrakumar | The South China Morning Post jogged our memory by retrieving from the archives of the Wilson Centre in Washington the transcript of a conversation between the then Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and the Chinese leadership regarding the deteriorating India-China relations. The conversation took place in September...
Trump Russia

Trump signs Russia sanctions...

M K Bhadrakumar | There is a long history of Russia being kicked around as a political football in the United States. The circumstances leading to the latest Russia sanctions bill passed by the US Congress has a striking similarity with the so-called Jackson-Vanik Amendment  of 1974, which put road blocks...
anti-Russia

Blame the anti-Russia brouhaha...

Jacob G. Hornberger |Have you noticed that according to the Pentagon, the CIA, and the U.S. mainstream press (whose newspapers oftentimes appear to be wholly owned subsidiaries of the national-security establishment), it’s always Russia that is “assertive” and “aggressive” while the United States, whose regime invades and occupies countries,...
big crash

Next economic crash is...

Jacob G. Hornberger |American statists are convinced that the modern-day United States is immune from an economic catastrophe arising from its welfare-state, regulated-economy way of life. They say that out-of-control federal spending and debt is nothing to be concerned about. There is no need to slash welfare-state spending or...
Russia

Putin’s Russia on top...

M K Bhadrakumar |Russia and the United States could be hurtling toward a showdown following Moscow’s decision on Friday to retaliate, finally, against President Barack Obama’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in the US and the impounding of two Russian compounds on December 30 last year.Consular issues usually signal the real...
military cooperation

A new normal in...

M K Bhadrakumar |No sooner than the annual Malabar 2017 exercise (July 14-17) ended in the Bay of Bengal, another naval exercise has begun with equally profound geopolitical implications for India –Joint Sea 2017, Russia’s week-long joint drills with China (July 21-26) in the Baltic Sea. Each highlights in...
Bashar al-Assad

Bloodshed continues in Syria

News Analysis |A Syrian military unit was ambushed on Thursday by insurgent near the capital, Damascus, triggering a firefight that killed 28 government troops. The ambush followed days of intense fighting as rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital have come under a government offensive. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human...
victors

The real victors of...

Jacob G. Hornberger |On May 9, 2017, Russians held a military parade in Red Square to commemorate the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Given all the anti-Russia hoopla in the United States, no Western leaders attended the victory parade. Recalling the events The Russians have good reason...
realism

Trump shows realism toward...

M. K. Bhadrakumar |The United States’ regional strategies in the Middle East face multiple challenges and it needs strong nerves and robust realism not to overreact. Importantly, the temptation to display ‘muscular’ diplomacy must be curbed. Thus, the decision by the Trump administration on Monday to certify for the second time...
Cooperation in the Arctic Ocean?

Cooperation in the Arctic...

News Analysis |In 2007 a Russian-led polar expedition, descending through the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean in a Mir submarine, planted a titanium Russian tricolor on the sea bed 4km (2.5 miles) beneath the North Pole. “The Arctic has always been Russian,” declared Artur Chilingarov, one of the polar explorers....
Petro-Islam

Petro-Islam: The Genesis of...

Nauman Sadiq |The phenomena of Islamic radicalism all over the world is directly linked to Islamic madrassahs (religious seminaries) that are generously funded by the Gulf’s petrodollars. These madrassahs attract children from the most impoverished backgrounds in the Third World Islamic countries, because they offer the kind of incentives...
US-Russia relations under President Trump

US-Russia relations under President...

News Analysis |US President Donald Trump is willing to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House, but not yet, according to official remarks released on Thursday.During a conversation aboard Air Force One flying into Paris, Trump said he was willing to engage the Russian leader despite controversy...
persian

Waiting for Nasser in...

M. K. Bhadrakumar |Do not be surprised if Arab politics reminds you of Meryl Streep feuding with Dustin Hoffman in the 1979 American drama film Kramer vs. Kramer. The Sheikhs can tear each other apart with harsh words but eventually veer around to a patch-up – something like Joanna (Streep)...
Monster

The Monster and the...

Joseph Davis |The most extreme terrorist groups in the Middle East, Africa, and the Caucasus subscribe to a perversion of Sunni Islam called Wahhabism.  It is a cult like ultraconservative ideology that is state sponsored in Saudi Arabia, an open ally of the United States and NATO, and a...
ceasefire

US-Russia ceasefire deal on...

M. K. Bhadrakumar |The ceasefire brokered between Russia, US and Jordan in southwestern Syria seems to be holding for the time being. The Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he saw a new level of pragmatism in the US approach to Syria. President Donald Trump put his weight behind the...
Ceasefire

A Syrian “Ceasefire” for...

Andrew Korybko |The “ceasefire” agreed to by Presidents Putin and Trump following their first-ever face-to-face meeting last week at the G20 is meant to advance a “political settlement” in the country by disempowering the Syrian Arab Army and therefore increasing the chances that President Assad will make more “compromises” to...
The two giants finally meet in Hamburg!

The two giants finally...

It was the meeting we’ve all been waiting for. US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Friday during the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany.The key question was whether Trump or Putin would emerge as the stronger leader, with most backing Putin’s ability to manipulate and control the...
prospects

The prospects of Islamabad’s...

Zeeshan Hayat |Despite the mixed history between Pakistan and Russia, the desire for a close relationship was always there and the emerging multipolar world is presenting an opportunity to start a new chapter in what could be a strong and important relationship. Recent engagements at the political, diplomatic and...
North Korea missile test

North Korea latest test,...

Given that North Korea can already produce a nuclear weapon, it is vital to keep it from developing an intercontinental ballistic missile. On this measure, the rest of the world has so far failed – and that was made clearer than ever on July 4, 2017, when Pyongyang claimed...