Salman Rafi Sheikh

Will there be a War Between the US and the “I...

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A visible pattern of US foreign policy application in the past two decades has been direct wars/military interventions as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya. Importantly enough, all of these started with the US designating these countries, their rulers or some elements…

What does Trump’s Facilitation of Israeli Occ...

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On March 25, the US president, while he was enjoying his moment of triumph over the alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 elections, signed a document that recognised Israeli sovereignty over what has always been a Syrian territory. In doing so, the US has not only…

On its 70th Birthday, NATO Trembles from With...

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Even if NATO wasn’t just a military alliance but mainly a project of Western hegemony, this project has failed many times, causing only destruction from Afghanistan to Libya. That, and a host of other reasons, are really telling as to why NATO is trembling on its 70th birthday…

How China and Russia Defeated Washington in W...

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If evidence of how Eurasia is challenging the post-Cold War unilateral world order was needed, the Chinese and Russian handling of the US’ Venezuela adventure may be a fine example. The US agenda of overthrowing a regime in the name of ‘democracy’ is, of course, nothing new, but the way these two Eurasian powers have thrown…

The US has Locked China as its Enemy No. 1

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Although a South China Morning Post news article of March 9 tried to dismiss a popular notion that there is going on a ‘clash of civilisations’ between the US and China and further showed that the present conflict between the two states could potentially be resolved by “reaching…

Iran is Expanding its Regional Influence in a...

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Last few weeks have seen the Iranian diplomats and top officials engaging in a lot of diplomatic activity in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria, marking a systematically built web of relations that Iran is building as part of a policy based upon what its supreme leader…

Major Powers Response to Indo-Pak Crisis Reve...

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While the recent Indo-Pak military stand-off did turn into actual hostilities and a small air-war as well, the way major powers—specifically, the U.S., Russia and China—responded to the crisis reveals how their respective responses not only reflected the existing geo-political…

Why is Saudi Arabia Turning towards ‘the East...

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Last two weeks saw Saudi Arabi’s Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) visiting Asia—Pakistan, India and China— for the first time ever. Promises of investment were made, signalling how Saudi Arabia was pushing towards expanding its economy globally. Although the visit seems to have been…

How Sochi Conference is Bad News for the US

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While the meeting was going to be intense not just because of the varying, though not diverging, interests of Russia, Iran and Turkey, but also because of the situation developing on the question of creating a US-Turkey jointly managed “safe zone” in Syria, the outcome of the conference…

Afghanistan: Russia Starts the True ‘Intra-Af...

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It wasn’t long ago when top US military officials had accused Russia of supplying weapons to the Afghan Taliban, an accusation that the mainstream western media understood not just in terms of some ‘Russian plan’ to make sure that the US meets a military defeat in Afghanistan but also that the war must drag on to inflict heavy damages on the US military…

Trump Re-Sets the Sail for U.S. Nuclear Supre...

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While for many the scrapping of INF at the hands of Donald Trump is a symbolic revival of cold war geo-politics, there are many important differences, which strongly indicate there is much more to it than meets the eye. This isn’t just a second coming of cold war; rather at the heart…

An Official Anti-Iran US Military Build-up in...

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It’s official. America is looking for ways to re-build its military presence in Iraq as a way to keep an eye on Iran. This was confirmed by none other than the US president, Donald Trump, himself in a recent interview when he said “I want to be able to watch Iran”, adding that “We’re…


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