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Iran deal: Regional View – Munir Akram

THE `interim` agreement on Iran`s nuclear programme reached in Geneva two weeks ago was a seminal event in Iran`s relationship with the West and the world. Formidable...

Don`t Believe Your eyes – Zarrar Khuhro

YOU furnish the pictures and I`ll furnish the war.` This quote is attributed to William Randolph Hearst, an American newspaper publisher, media magnate and doyen of what...

Muslim World Is Burning – Muhammad Ali Siddiqi

FROM Pakistan to the Levant, the Muslim world is burning in a self-lift fire, the `confrontation without` having given way to `a confrontation within`. Beyond the...

Peace In Syria?

THE Russo-American accord on the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, arrived at in Geneva last month, suggests three scenarios. The immediate one is covered by the...

‘Humanitarian’ Intervention

Sovereignty cannot be a shield for tyrants to commit one murder; nor can it be an excuse for the international community to turn a blind eye. This is what US President...

The Price Of Hyper-Intervention

The Syrian crisis dominated debate at an international conference last week in Stockholm that reviewed a range of global strategic issues. Organised by the London-based...

An Epic Victory

The US is not now bombing Syria. Let’s savor that again: for the moment at least, the US is not now bombing Syria. That alone qualifies as an epic, unprecedented...

Syria: A Chance For Honest Diplomacy

It’s an irony of history that an adversary can sometimes rescue you from trouble better than a friend. So when Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov proposed that the...

Sparring Over Syria

Syria is the greatest tragedy after Afghanistan, Iraq and Rwanda. Yet, the discussion over this tragedy is becoming tangential, turning attention from the carnage taking...

Islam’s Ground Zero

It is time now to say what has never been said this explicitly: the Shia-Sunni divide in Islam is its unquestioned soft underbelly. And Syria, in its current...

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