Central Asia

Modi with Putin

India’s Gaffe At Samarkand

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Samarkand on September 16 after the SCO Summit turned into a media scandal. The Western media zeroed in on six words culled out of context in the PM’s opening remarks — “today’s era is not of war” — to […]

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The Significance Of The SCO’s Samarkand Summit

Observers have plenty to be optimistic about ahead of this week’s major multipolar event. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will hold its next summit in the ancient Uzbek city of Samarkand from 15-16 September, which will see the personal attendance of all the group’s leaders. This includes Chinese President Xi […]

Kandahar motivational poster

Doing Business With Taliban Govt

The best part of the UN Security Council discussion Thursday regarding the situation in Afghanistan was the candid remarks by the Russian and Chinese ambassadors on the accountability of the Taliban government in Kabul for the crisis gripping that country today, just an year after the vacation of the NATO […]

Al-Zawahiri

The Many Lives Of Ayman Al-Zawahiri

Ayman al-Zawahiri is dead – or so we are told. Al-Qaida’s chief and successor to the slain Osama bin Laden, he was deemed the chief ideologue and mastermind behind the audacious September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. On July 31, he was supposedly killed in a drone strike […]

Zawahiri

Kill Al-Zawahiri

It is unsettling to see a democratic government like the United States beating its chest over the high-tech murder of a retired jihadist, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri. The 71-year-old al-Zawahiri succeeded the assassinated Osama bin Laden as chief of the anti-US underground group, al-Qaeda. The mild-mannered, Egyptian had been a local […]

Energy Crisis In Pakistan

Energy Crisis In Pakistan

On July 7, 2022, Bloomberg ran a story with the headline “Pakistan’s $1 Billion Gas Tender Flop to Worsen Energy Crisis”. The author, citing traders, writes that state-owned Pakistan LNG received not a single offer in a $1 billion liquefied natural gas purchase tender. That indicates both the extent of […]