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by James M Dorsey on 30 Sep 2022 0 Comment

Several recent public opinion surveys send a mixed message to autocratic reformers in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, which hosts this year’s World Cup in less than two months. The surveys reveal contradictory attitudes among Arab youth towards religion as well as widespread rejection of notions of a moderate Islam and formal diplomatic ti...

by Ramesh Shinde on 29 Sep 2022 2 Comments

Economics has a crucial role in the development of a nation. What happens if an economy is checkmated or partially controlled by extraneous, ideological issues that can impact its wholesome functioning? In recent decades, what has come to be dubbed as the “Halal Economy” has been rapidly invading the Indian manufacturing sector, impacting especially the expo...

by Thierry Meyssan on 28 Sep 2022 0 Comment

No political leader wants a war on his territory. When they do, it is usually out of fear. Each side fears the other, rightly or wrongly. Of course, there are always a few elements that push for a cataclysm, but they are fanatical and in the minority. This is exactly the situation in which we find ourselves. Russia is convinced, rightly or wrongly, that the...

by R Rajagopalan on 27 Sep 2022 1 Comment

2023 is the Year of India. 2023 is also the year of Narendra Modi. India is chairman of G-20 and president of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). World leaders will visit India twice in 2023, to attend these summits. Hectic diplomatic exercises have begun to welcome the US President, Russian President, Chinese President, and Heads of Government of Unite...

by James M Dorsey on 26 Sep 2022 0 Comment

Fading hopes for a revival of the 2015 international agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear program potentially puts one more nail in the coffin of a regional security architecture that would include rather than target the Islamic republic. The potential demise of the nuclear agreement, coupled with America redefining its commitment to Middle Eastern security ...

by Pepe Escobar on 25 Sep 2022 0 Comment

Amidst serious tremors in the world of geopolitics, it is so fitting that this year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) heads of state summit should have taken place in Samarkand – the ultimate Silk Road crossroads for 2,500 years. When in 329 BC Alexander the Great reached the then Sogdian city of Marakanda, part of the Achaemenid empire, he was stunn...

by Batiushka on 24 Sep 2022 1 Comment

Poor and mountainous Afghanistan is at the centre of the Eurasian Heartland. Around it, in clockwise order, lie Russia with Russian Central Asia, China, the Indian Subcontinent and Iran. As a result of its geographical position and despite its inhospitable terrain and the poverty of its natural resources, Afghanistan has been at the centre of wars ever since...

by Vladimir Odintsov on 23 Sep 2022 0 Comment

The irreversible fundamental changes that have recently emerged in world politics and economics make the growing role of the new centers of power increasingly clear. They interact with each other based on the universally recognized principles of the primacy of international law and the Charter of the UN, to ensure equal and indivisible security, respect for ...

by Pepe Escobar on 22 Sep 2022 0 Comment

Wars are not won by psyops. Ask Nazi Germany. Still, it’s been a howler to watch NATOstan media on Kharkov, gloating in unison about “the hammer blow that knocks out Putin”, “the Russians are in trouble”, and assorted inanities. Facts: Russian forces withdrew from the territory of Kharkov to the left bank of the Oskol river, where they are now entrenched. ...

by Zamir Awan on 21 Sep 2022 0 Comment

Afghans are not the people of a lesser God. Each human being came to this world with an identical biological process and each mother has suffered similar pains. The human being is the most precious thing in this universe. Everything else in this universe is meant to serve human beings, whether it is animals, plants, minerals, Sun, Mountains, Water, Oxygen, e...

by Batko Milacic on 20 Sep 2022 0 Comment

For many, the death of Elizabeth II formally marked the end of the existence of Great Britain as an imperial power. Geopolitically speaking, Britain has long ceased to be an imperial power. However, Elizabeth II was a symbol of the power of Britain with her behavior and decisions. But, certain centers of power in Britain still do not want to accept the harsh...

by Vladimir Platov on 19 Sep 2022 0 Comment

In order to accelerate the development of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), in particular its railway segment through the Western Chord, a Declaration was signed in Baku by Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran confirming the readiness of these countries to intensify cooperation in the assessment and analysis of infrastructure and transport cap...

by Taha Siddiqui on 18 Sep 2022 1 Comment

The international Paris-based watchdog the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) just concluded its on-site visit to Pakistan which went on from August 29th to September 3rd, 2022. The FATF team visited the country to verify the claims made by Pakistan on addressing the action points given by the FATF related to “Terror Financing and Money Laundering”. At the ...

by Valery Kulikov on 17 Sep 2022 0 Comment

Today the United States, because of the growing global criticism of White House policies, is desperately seeking to maintain its leadership through destructive actions against not only its adversaries, but also allies in all directions. This is evidenced both by the numerous armed conflicts and aggressions around the world instigated by the United States and...

by Veniamin Popov on 16 Sep 2022 0 Comment

According to the charity Oxfam, which fights against poverty throughout the world, the ten wealthiest people in the world have seen their combined assets double in the last two years, from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion. In its briefing on inequality, Oxfam points out that “central banks pumped trillions of dollars into financial markets to save the economy, ...

by Pepe Escobar on 15 Sep 2022 0 Comment

When Green fanatic Robert Habeck, posing as Germany’s Economy Minister, said earlier this week “we should expect the worst” in terms of energy security, he conveniently forgot to spell out how the whole farce is a Made in Germany cum Made in Brussels crisis. Flickers of intelligence at least still glow in rare Western latitudes, as indispensable strategic an...

by Ashwani Mahajan on 14 Sep 2022 0 Comment

In the last few years, the trend of online payment has increased tremendously and it is increasing unabated. Names like UPI, BHIM, PhonePe, Paytm etc. are being heard in every household today. It is true that the trend of online, i.e., digital payments has increased all over the world but it has increased the most in India. Digital transactions worth 20,000 ...

by Vladimir Platov on 13 Sep 2022 1 Comment

Recently, there have been increasing reports in the American and Western media about the legalization of marijuana in various countries. Although using marijuana is illegal in many countries, in the US the process has been very active in recent years, giving a major boost to an entire industry. The process of drug legalization in violation of international ...

by Valery Kulikov on 12 Sep 2022 0 Comment

The total powerlessness of the current US authorities (visible even on the face of their president) striving for a unipolar world, against the background of the ongoing removal of the United States from the “global throne,” is forcing mentally exhausted US strategists to jump into more and more failing adventures. By unleashing a Russophobic sanctions po...

by R Rajagopalan on 11 Sep 2022 3 Comments

Why are South Indian regional parties’ leaders suddenly zeroing in on North India, a novel twist in Indian Politics? What is the real reason for this development? From whichever side one views it, from whatever angle, there is a complete north-south divide in existence. Exactly, 15 months ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, many leaders are preparing strateg...

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