Salman Rafi Sheikh

Is the House of Saud Coming Round to Russia i...

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With the so-called “civil war” in Syria reaching almost its sixth year, a big pile of evidence now exists that proves the otherwise “proxy war” character of the war and the way it has been orchestrated and master-minded by…

The U.S. and its Allies Ready to Meet Moscow ...

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We are already into the fifth year since the conflict started in Syria and it still seems far from over—and we might not see its peaceful resolution unless the major powers involved…

Turkey’s ‘Kurdish Agony’

345345345While the current phase of the conflict in Syria has consumed numerous lives, it also has enabled the Kurds, who are scattered in the Middle East, to raise their political significance to a level hitherto untouched since the notorious Sykes-Picot…

On the Death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour

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In a U.S. drone strike well inside the Pakistani territory of Balochistan province, the Afghan Taliban’s leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed, leaving many people wondering as to why the attack has taken place at a time when peace…

The Spectre of Syria Talks is an Illusion

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The recently held meeting between John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, leading as they were ISSG, in Vienna regarding establishing ‘peace’ in Syria was yet another failure in the long list of failures the crisis has seen since…

On John Kerry’s hypocritical mission to Saudi...

54645555While the U.S. has been blaming the House of Saud for allegedly supporting and funding Al-Qaeda and for its involvement in 9/11, it is still the House of Saud that the U.S. has to talk to ‘end’ the war in Syria. How logical of the U.S. policy makers!…

It’s Official! Turkey is Abetting ISIS in Syr...

546546555Apparently, the root of troubles that the common people of Turkey are facing goes much deeper than Erdogan’s ambition to constitutionally hijack Turkey’s political system by introducing presidential form of government. Turkey’s incumbent…

The US is Under Pressure in Syria

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While the U.S. government, particularly president Obama and John Kerry, have been voicing two different courses of action with regard to Syria, some recent developments explain the reason for a sort of confused policy the U.S. is currently following…

Erdogan Continues to Squeeze Power Into His H...

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Erdogan’s dream to revive Turkey’s ‘lost status’ as the most powerful Muslim country cannot be materialized, he and his advisers seem to believe, without first fundamentally altering Turkey’s own political system and this alteration is, he…

Turkey’s “Safe Zone” Politics is Not Over Yet

1655018While the conflict and conflict resolution in Syria is largely beyond the question of Balkanizing it into “zones”, Turkey’s “Sultan” continues to harp on the need to create “safe zones” in Syria as a means to “protect” refugees. While this is what…

The U.S. keeps ‘Un-freezing’ Its Relations Wi...

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Despite its Gulf allies’ displeasure, the U.S. continues to ‘un-freeze’ its relations with Iran. While it appears to be a clear policy shift vis-à-vis Iran, it seems to have been greatly influenced by the developments taking place in the Middle East than…

Obama Went On a Mending Mission to Saudi Arab...

3243333Barak Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia has happened at a time when political friction between the two states has reached a point where both have started to ‘threaten’ each other—hence, the need for bringing their ties back to ‘normal.’ While…


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