Nebahat Tanriverdi Yasar While UN initiatives are underway to gather a 5 5 military commission in Geneva for a permanent truce in Libya, eastern-based warlord Khalifa H-aftar is speeding up military deployments with the support of the UAE and Egypt under the shadow of a fragile cease-fire. Concentrating his forces around the capital Tripoli and…

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Tommy Sheridan I have been a long and consistent supporter and admirer of self-declared socialist politician Bernie Sanders, the US Senator for Vermont. He should have been the Democratic Party candidate against Trump in 2016 but for blatant cheating by the Democratic Party elites and hierarchy who fixed the nomination process to allow the weak…

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MK Bhadrakumar In happier times, Washington and Tehran might well have zeroed in on Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as their consensus candidate for the post of Iraq’s prime minister. Why not? He was opposed to Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship – although, unlike most Shiite politicians who fled from Saddam’s tyranny, he never lived in Iran but chose…

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Faisal Al Yafai Iraq has a new prime minister, but the same old problems. Mohammed Allawi was appointed on February 1 as prime minister, to replace Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who was forced to resign in November because of mass protests. But already, two immediate, related and essential challenges are clear: Can Iraq’s new prime minister find…

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Bobby Ghosh The prime ministership of Iraq comes with both the proverbial encumbrances of ill-fated political power: a crown of thorns and a poisoned chalice. Pity Tawfik Allawi, who must now wear one and drink from the other. His nomination, after two months of wrangling between the country’s biggest political blocks, has been rejected out…

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Risham Raqeeb To commemorate all the sufferings and sacrifices made by the people of Kashmir since 1950s, Kashmir solidarity day is observed on 5th  of February since 1990. Kashmir solidarity day is more germane to the present situation than it has ever been. Times have evolved the world and Kashmir lays in the wake of…

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Iqbal Khan In a major volte-face, out rightly benefiting India, the European Union Parliament has put off, till March, the voting on the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) resolution that was earlier scheduled to take place on January 30. India and the EU are preparing to hold their annual summit in Brussels on 13 March; two…

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Ali Abo Rezeg What happens next in response to US President Donald Trump’s White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and head of the Israeli opposition Benny Gantz will be extremely decisive for the fate of the decadeslong conflict which has raged between Israel and Palestine; talks having centered around Trump’s backchannel peace…

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