The Roots of Recurring Iranian-Pakistani Tensions

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by Shireen T. Hunter In the past two weeks, relations between Tehran and Islamabad appear to have deteriorated again over border clashes and terrorist attacks in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan province located close to the Pakistani-Iranian border. Unlike past tensions,… Continue Reading  

On Iraq, Petraeus Still Marketing a Myth

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by Wayne White In his Oct. 29 Foreign Policy article, “How We Won in Iraq”, General David Petraeus characterizes the 2003 US invasion and departure of US troops in 2011 as an American victory. This triumphant — though distorted —… Continue Reading  

Iraq’s Seemingly Unending Cycle of Violence

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by Wayne White July has been the second month this year in which violent deaths in Iraq have risen to above or close to the grim 1,000 mark. Yet, practically no measures have been taken by the government of Iraqi… Continue Reading  

Bahrain Declares War on the Opposition

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via IPS News The special session of the Bahraini National Assembly held on Sunday Jul. 28 was a spectacle of venom, a display of vulgarity, and an unabashed nod to increased dictatorship. Calling the Shia “dogs”, as one parliamentarian said… Continue Reading  

Why Bahrain’s Al-Khalifa Family Is Losing the Right to Rule

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by Emile Nakhleh via IPS News By continuing its repressive policies and refusing to engage civil society and moderate political groups in meaningful dialogue for genuine reform, the Khalifa family has squandered its legitimate right to rule Bahrain. King Hamad… Continue Reading