Who Gets to Have a State?

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by Graham E. Fuller The past two weeks have seen two referendums vote for national self-determination. The Iraqi Kurds voted for independence but the referendum was rejected by the central government in Baghdad. Then Catalans in Spain voted for their… Continue Reading  

Rohingya Plight Feeds Muslim Assertiveness

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by James M. Dorsey The plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority is becoming the Muslim world’s latest rallying call emulating the emotional appeal of the Palestinians in the second half of the 20 th century. Like the cause of the… Continue Reading  

Why the World Will Have to Live with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea

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by Rajan Menon It’s time to face reality. When it comes to a nuclear-armed North Korea, the question is no longer “if” but “when.” Denuclearization, the goal underlying UN Security Council sanctions, has become a chimera. Though there’s much that… Continue Reading  

Trump draws geopolitical battle lines in South Asia

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by James M. Dorsey President Donald J. Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a tougher approach towards Pakistan’s selective support… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump: Kudzu

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by John Feffer In Pittsburgh, where I worked for two months in 1986, I breathed clean air. The steel mills along the rivers leading into town were mottled with rust. The Steelers still played in Three Rivers Stadium in those… Continue Reading