Arhama Siddiqa

  • Nearly 60 percent of the world conflicts are in Muslims countries, whether through direct confrontation or as a playground for proxy warfare. Examples range from Syria, Yemen and Iraq in the Middle East to Nigeria and Somalia in Africa to Kashmir in South Asia. Recently, Prime Minister Imran Khan ...

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  • Before the conflict in Syria started, Turkey had close ties with the Assad regime. The two countries lifted visa requirements, held joint military exercises and cabinet meetings, and cooperated against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (P.K.K.). Ankara’s newly-embraced idea, “zero ...

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  • In the early hours of September 7, according to the Syrian Army, the Israeli Air Force attacked a military site in the Syrian town of Masyaf that manufactures advanced missiles. Though the attack does not equate in strategic value to the one Syria’s Al Kibar nuclear reactor, which was ...

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  • After yearning for independence for generations, Kurds in Iraq are planned to take a major step in that direction with a ballot set for September 25. While the ideas of democracy and elections paint a rosy picture, in essence, the vote expected to sanction a separate state, would be a gaffe- an ...

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  • For nearly 600 years, under the imperial tributary system of the Ming and Qing dynasties, foreign “barbarians” travelled to Beijing to pay homage to the emperor in order to trade with China. Redolent of those times, President Xi Jinping is refashioning a modern version of the ancient ...

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  • President Trump seems convinced that a regional peace agreement between Israel and the Arab world may be on the horizon. On his recent trip to the Middle East, he stated that a “new level of partnership is possible and will happen- one that will bring greater safety to this region, greater ...

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  • The metal detectors at the entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound were no more than the latest impediment on a long and bumpy road. Backtrack to the Six-Day War of 1967 when Israeli Jews declared jubilantly that they would finally pray at the Temple Mount. Since those days, this walled territory ...

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  • The official narrative catalogues the reason for the recent Gulf crisis in which a coalition of Saudi-led states cut off diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, is because the country is funding terrorists. Following Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia in which he counseled a clampdown on ...

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  • It is no secret that Iran has a murky foreign policy – for political analysts, it is almost as difficult as separating wheat from chaff. Recently and increasingly so, accusations are mounting that Iran is expanding its association with the Taliban in Afghanistan. In this regard, three ...

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  • It is no secret that the six leaders of the Gulf Coordination Council (GCC) countries hold widely disparate views on two issues: the extent of the Iranian threat, and how to resolve the conflict in Yemen. This discrepancy has made it difficult for them to come to an agreement on any one policy to ...

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