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Libya’s ‘green gold’ olive industry hit by export ban

AFP | Stretching as far as the eye can see, groves of gnarled olive trees in northwest Libya have proudly withstood the country's devastating conflicts....

U.S demands boycott of Iranian oil; threatens further sanctions

News Analysis | A senior official of U.S State department put an ultimatum to the oil importers to halt their petroleum imports coming from Iran...

Trump hosts first iftar dinner at White House

AFP | Donald Trump hosted his first iftar dinner as president Wednesday, marking the traditional Ramadan fast-breaking meal with Muslim invitees at the White House. Trump,...

North Korea threatens to cancel US summit

AFP | North Korea threatened Wednesday to cancel the forthcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump if Washington seeks to push...

A curious case of Korea: Who will be the scapegoat?

Jacob G Hornberger | With President Trump’s appointment of John Bolton as his new “national security advisor,” don’t be surprised if the Trump administration again...

Water scarcity in Pakistan

Raheel Hassan | Pakistan has been facing a magnitude of problems since its inception. There is an immediate need to work towards those problems in...

Trump, the businessman, embarrasses Prince Muhammad Bin Salman

News Analysis | The US formally approved an arms deal worth $1 billion with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on March 22, 2018 during the...

U.S drone strike killed 20 militants linked with TTP

News Analysis | In the eastern province of Kunar, Afghanistan, a US drone strike targeted a training camp of militants who are believed to be...

US lifts immigration ban from 11 “high risk” countries

AFP | The United States announced Monday it was lifting its ban on refugees from 11 "high-risk" countries, but said those seeking to enter the...

Is the US sabotaging peace in Korea?

Jacob G Hornberger | It just might be that the two Koreas are figuring out a way to avoid war, much to the anger and...

Finding balance amid KSA-Iran tussle

Junaid Ali Malik | Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Iran both have immense importance for Pakistan. Iran was the first country that recognized it. Saudi Arabia...

US States appeal against Trump’s notorious travel ban

Reuters | Federal appeals courts in the states of Washington and Virginia are set to hear arguments this week on the legality of President Donald...

Egyptian President Al-Sisi steps up repression to cover policy failure

James M. Dorsey | Egyptian general-turned-president Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi would likely be the first to admit that an iron fist is no guarantee for retaining...

After initiating civil war US and EU look to ‘colonize’ Libya

Adel Karim | The civil war initiated in Libya by NATO and its allies has been going on for more than six years. Since it...

Trump on the wrong side of history

Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | American Secretary of States’ hop-over visit’ to Pakistan, on his way to India, was a crude diplomatic gesture of brow-beating...

Why are Iran and US bitter & old enemies?

Saleem Akhtar Malik | Getting bored with his sniping match with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Trump has now turned his Twitter guns on Iran....

The big lie about the Libyan war

Adel Karim | The United Nations General Assembly session which kicked off on September 12 at its headquarters in New York has just ended. During...

Why should North Korea not trust the US?

Jacob G. Hornberger | To many mainstream pundits, the solution to the crisis in Korea is for U.S. officials to sit down and “talk” to North...

Kim Jong-Un’s slogan of freedom doesn’t make him lunatic

Waqas Shabbir |  In absolute terms, North Korean aggression is not a right way to go about things, but in relative terms, any sovereign country...

US interventionism produced the 9/11 attacks

 Jacob G. Hornberger | One thing is certain about the U.S. mainstream media’s memorialization of the 9/11 attacks. They are not about to mention, much less...

100 days of Qatar crisis

Ambreen Shabbir | The Qatar-blockade, the diplomatic crisis of 2017 that jiggled the world in different ways, approached its 100 days. There has been no...

The illegality of Trump’s ‘Afghanistan war’

Jacob G. Hornberger | When President Trump attributed his flip-flop on Afghanistan to his team of military generals, who informed him that a withdrawal from...

Xiamen Declaration Review: What’s In It, What’s Not, And Why

Andrew Korybko | Xiamen Declaration that emerged from this week’s BRICS Summit in China is important both for what it includes, but also what it doesn’t. There...

The US failed Afghan policy – Part I

Asif Haroon Raja | It took Donald Trump and his team 8 months to formulate Afghan policy, which was hailed by India and Afghan Government...

Should anyone believe U.S. State Department promises on Syria?

Sophie Mangal | On August 18, during a regular briefing, the Spokesperson for the U.S. State Department Heather Nauert stated that the United States doesn’t intend...

Fear of third intifada brings Israel and Arab together!

James M. Dorsey | A web of formal and informal Israeli-Arab relations and common fears of renewed popular uprisings that could threaten regimes and benefit...

The Gulf crisis: Small states battle it out (SSRN Working Paper...

James M. Dorsey | Abstract Buried in the Gulf crisis is a major development likely to reshape international relations as well as power dynamics in the...

How the western media constructs false narratives?

Nauman Sadiq | What bothers me is not that we are unable to find the solution to our problems, what bothers me more is the...

The Gulf crisis: A battle of megalomaniacs

James M. Dorsey | There are fundamental problems in trying to learn lessons or draw conclusions from the Gulf crisis for the role of small...

A mainstream dose of reality on Iraq: myths, falsehoods, and deceptions

Jacob G. Hornberger | Ever since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, we have been hit with a multiplicity of bromides, myths, falsehoods, and...

The start of the dreaded “Muslim ban”

“With the objective of maximizing national security, the Department of State will implement Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the...

Washington’s good terrorists, bad Terrorists policy: Selling Satans as saviors

Nauman Sadiq | Karl Marx famously said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. The only difference between the Afghan jihad back...

Diplomatic breakdown in the Gulf: Is Trump the only one to...

Nasir Azeem | The diplomatic and political rifts between the Arab nations is nothing new. The Gulf States have been fighting over a variety of...

Gulf crisis: Is Saudi Arabia the only bad guy here?

James M. Dorsey | A Saudi and UAE-led campaign to force Qatar to halt its support for Islamists and militants is little else than a...

Added conflicts and proxies: Redefining the Middle Eastern alliances

Samson Simon Sharif | For over the past hundred years, West Asia has been the theater of conflicts and proxies. Most countries in the conflict...

Saudi-UAE-Qatar crisis: Will the US’ mediation bear fruit?

News Analysis | The noise of Saudi-led Qatar boycott is reverberating in the region and beyond as the need for mediation and protection is being...

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