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Posts Tagged ‘Russia’

Trump, the Islamic Alliance and Pakistan

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Change is the only law of nature that is and will always be constant. Civilizations can never be made stagnant nor can they be imprisoned in a certain period or specific time. Ideologies and patterns of thinking in civilizations always change with the shift in balance of power.

The New American-Saudi-Muslim Alliance

Reuters photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah As the ‘mainstream media’ besieged President Donald Trump’s touchdown in Riyadh on his first international trip where he was expected to receive a lavish and unprecedented reception by Saudi officials to attend a busy two day summit with Saudis, GCC leaders and heads of states from the Islamic […]

Pakistan–Afghanistan Relations

By Muhammad Shoaib Khan In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, two major powers were overpowering the world; Great Britain and the Russian Empire. Both were expanding in different directions, the former towards the East and North, the latter the West and South.

The end of Iraqi and Syrian woes and the disappearance of ISIS

Reuters photo   By Dr. Fadi Elhusseini When entangled elements make it hard to reach sound analyses, conspiracy theories appear to be a good tool to explain the unexplained. This applies perfectly to the situation in the Middle East.

Nuclear Failure: On the verge of World War 3

Reuters photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi From a disagreement between the idealist and realist over the struggle of authority, the First World War erupted, likewise the Second World War, followed by the Cold War between America and the now defunct Soviet Union, fighting together against the super power of Europe as allies in spite of […]

Observations of an Expat: Syria, Russia and Trump

Kirill Kudryavtsev/Reuters   By Tom Arms What now in Syria? Will Russia drop its support For Assad? Will the US intervene? Will Assad stay in power? Will Russia come out on top?

The Alleged Leaked Intelligence: A Classic Russian Playbook Move

AP/AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between […]

Behind Enemy Lines

Reuters photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Over the last few decades Pakistan has gone through a major paradigm shift, both within its strategic placement within the region and with its allies all over the globe.

Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

By Hazel Speed When I learned that it was a hundred years since the date of the Russian Revolution, I had a sense of sadness that I always have when I think about this tragic story.

The D-Day commemoration is not a symbol of endless US militarism

AFP photo   By Rupen Savoulian Every year, on June 6, commemorative activities and memorials are held for the anniversary of the Normandy landings, popularised by the slogan D-Day.

Observations of an Expat: Alliance 101

AFP photo   By Tom Arms The Western Alliance is in disarray. Americans are sick of picking up the tab for protecting a rich Europe from a communist threat which no longer exists. Europe is terrified at being abruptly left in the lurch facing a corrupt, authoritarian Russian threat which has replaced the communist one.

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Between Message and Martyrdom: The World Press Photo of the Year

AP photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood.” Susan Sontag, On Photography (1977)

Trump: Is the King in the Altogether?

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Many will recall the song ‘The King is in the Altogether‘ and the funny story with a clever ‘get-out clause’ therein. Perhaps purely because of its cleverness and parody on reactions by humanity relating to tricky situations is the very reason for its popularity.

Nationalism: Russian Hybrid Warfare

By Cynthia M. Lardner

Why General Flynn’s ‘Russing’ to talking inevitably triggered his walking

Carlos Barria/Reuters   By Hazel Speed President Trump’s National Security Advisor General Michael T Flynn has been caught out speaking to the Russians in breach of not only his remit, but contrary also to legal confines constitutionally speaking, on other levels as well, therefore he had to go.

NATO’s Importance to the Security of the United States

By Cynthia M. Lardner   A Conversation with Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

The Weapons Wizard

By Ricardo Swire Mainstream media reports usually expound about superpowers America and Russia’s warfare engagements on various offshore fronts, the USA able to deploy 1,400,000 Active Military Personnel to match Russia’s 766,055 of a similar status soldier.

Observations of an Expat: I am a Liberal

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters   By Tom Arms The Brexiteering Trump supporter narrowed his eyes, curled his upper lip, glared at me and sneeringly stuttered: “You…you…LIBERAL.”

Well done Mrs May?

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed I think the people of the United Kingdom owe a huge ‘thank you’ to Mrs May for representing us all as a Country whom she leads as our Prime Minister, for the dignity and diplomacy she portrayed during her visit to meet the President of The United States.

Observations of an Expat: And So It Begins

Drew Angerer/AFP   By Tom Arms And so it begins. Or at least it will on Friday January 20th when Donald Trump stands on the steps of the US Capitol building, places his hand on The Bible and swears to protect and uphold the constitution of the United States.

Trump accuses US spy agencies of Nazi practices over ‘phony’ Russia dossier

Lucas Jackson/Reuters   By Ayesha Rascoe President-elect Donald Trump escalated a fight with U.S. spy agencies on Wednesday, just nine days before he takes over their command as President, and accused them of practices reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

Is Twitchy Finger Trump Facing Impeachment?

LM Otero/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   President-Elect Donald Trump has been criticized repeatedly for his off-color and often caustic remarks and random tweets on issues, directed to anyone who has criticized him, and including issues such as foreign policy and nuclear armament, causing Washingtonians to coin a new term – “unpresidented”.

Observations of an Expat: Tough for Trump

Mike Pont/Sasha Mordovets/AFP   By Tom Arms Donald Trump is in a no-win situation as regards Russian hacking vs. American intelligence agencies vs. Donald Trump.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Trumped in Southeast Asia

Ahn Young-joon/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia in light of President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration is drifting off to sea placing the U.S. in a precarious position of isolationism in a region where China and Russia have been aggressively building alliances and partnerships. Amidst shifting global relationships and allegiances this […]

Observations of an Expat: Disastrous Middle East Victory

Nicole Tung   By Tom Arms It looks as if the fighting in Iraq and Syria will draw to a close in 2017. We won and lost.

Observations of an Expat: A Good Year for Me

Negar Mortazavi   By Tom Arms It has been a good year for journalists. I have never known better. There has been an endless march of upsets, twists, turns, worries, cheers, jeers, doom, gloom and unadulterated surprised joy.

Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara gallery

Hasim Kilic/Reuters   By Umit Bektas, Orhan Coskun and Tuvan Gumrukcu The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday by an off-duty police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire.

Observations of an Expat: And the Winner is…

By Tom Arms It’s official. The winner of the US presidential elections is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. I hear you. Putin’s name was nowhere near the ballot papers. It was Clinton versus Trump and a few also rans.

Venezuela: Time to Prevent Another Syria

John Moore/AFP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   Comparing and Contrasting Venezuela and Syria   The world stands by in horror watching the Syrian War crisis unfold in the news. Now with over 150 countries, paramilitary groups and terrorist groups involved, there is no answer to the question of how to create peace. The harsh […]