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Two different politics, two different worlds

Cemil Ertem On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the U.N. General Assembly one after the other. In fact, the two speeches had a meaning beyond a normal narrative as Trump missed his mark. The two world leaders offered two different philosophical approaches and two different realpolitik narratives stemming from…

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In Salah al Din, the US is seen as Daesh’s friend

Shelly Kittleson On a sweltering late August night in a small town of Iraq’s central Salah al Din province, Jassim Al Jabouri is discussing preparations to clear nearby areas still infested with Daesh remnants. “There are still some Daesh around Zargah, Udhaim, Mutaybijah, the area around the Hamreen mountains and the eastern bank of Shirqat.…

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Emirati claims for regional expansionism

Muhittin Ataman The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recently emerged as a revisionist and expansionist state, not only in the Middle East but also in North Africa, the Horn of Africa and even the Balkans. The UAE, trying to fill the power vacuum created after the Arab Spring, has changed its strategic calculations from the…

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Who is the group behind terror attack in Iran?

Abdulaziz Ahmet Yasar On the afternoon of September 22, a bomb exploded at a military parade in Ahvaz, a southwestern city in Iran. At least 25 people were killed, of whom half belonged to the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards, and 70 were wounded. There were several children among the victims according to information and pictures…

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Mini Budget: Old wine in new bottle

Iqbal Khan New government’s measures of financial discipline stand unfolded. Some real some symbolic, put together they indicate a tough spell for a common man. Mini budget’s ‘emergency’ measures lack the conceptual shift that is needed to document the growing informal economy and increase economic growth to create more jobs. Measures unveiled by the new…

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Education system in Pakistan

Raza Ullah The question of acquisition of knowledge from others is not a matter of dependence. Man should acquire good ideas, thoughts, knowledge, and skills, from all corners of the world. That is a different thing. The real problem with an educational system not geared to the objective of self-sufficiency is that the people are…

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Adopting the uniform educational policy

Abdul Rahman Malik Education in Pakistan is the most neglected sector as the just meagre budget is allocated for it. The dilapidated buildings, shortage of staff and lack basic facilities present a grim picture which should be the eye-opener for the present PTI govt headed by the most charismatic leader Imran Khan -The prime minister…

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Rethinking Somali national identity

M. Salah Ahmed In the pre-colonial era, Somalia existed as segmented city states in coastal regions and as various independent principalities in the interior territories without a central authority or state. But, that did not stop them from creating a national identity. A common identity that could unite the segmented city states and which was…

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Civil strife within the EU Emre Gonen

When the European Coal and Steel Community was founded, back in 1952, the idea was to pool together the coal and steel production of five countries – Germany, France and the Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Lux-embourg) – that formed part of this immense production center. By managing these strategic resources together, Jean Monnet’s idea…

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