Trump, Iran and the lull before the storm

US policy towards Iran is deliberately provocative

The article was originally published by Asia Times.

The Middle East has been bleeding without a pause since 2003. It all began with a lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. This was followed by lies in a constant loop to cover up for that one big lie told in the beginning. Two men decided they could lie for the “protection” of western values and countless people died as a consequence. Those two men walked away without being held accountable as thousands of people continue to die in the chaos they left behind. Continue reading “Trump, Iran and the lull before the storm”

American conspiracies and the Pashtun Spring

Pakistani decision makers suspect that Pashtun Spring is another American conspiracy to destabilize their country

This article was originally published by Asia Times.

In his recent analysis for the Hoover Institution, Colonel Ralph Peters called Pakistan a little empire. He sees two separate geographical entities within Pakistan straddling the Indus River with their respective distinct cultures. The side of Pakistan east of the Indus, he asserted, has the population and resources required to colonize the rest of Pakistan west of the river. Continue reading “American conspiracies and the Pashtun Spring”

‘Free Kurdistan’ inevitable, and war may be unavoidable

Free Kurdistan is inevitable but so are the coming wars for new Middle East

This article was originally published by Asia Times.

The recent referendum for a Free Kurdistan in northern Iraq is another crucial link in a long chain of events that will further fracture and bleed the Middle East region. And caught in the middle is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Many in the West are tired of Erdogan’s Ottoman revivalism, but somehow, he has outsmarted them up to now. It is said that he has dealt with opposition with an iron fist. Still, it is quite a feat to remain in power once the proponents of the “new Middle East” want you gone. Continue reading “‘Free Kurdistan’ inevitable, and war may be unavoidable”

Foreign Policy in a Changing World

In the arena of international relations, there is no such thing as equality. The perception of state’s power and national interests set the stage of how states interact with each other. Coincidently, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the United States coincided with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United Kingdom. The difference of reception of both leaders by their host countries is a classic example how states perceive other states and treat them accordingly.

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Why Russian Action Is Not the Solution?

One of my relatives, who takes keen interest in the developments in Syria, recently tagged me on Facebook to a link from a UK-based newspaper claiming Turkey has shot down a Russian jet. He often sends me links to news reports and asks my opinion on the future of the world. I told him that I cannot confirm this news because I do not possess any means to do that. Continue reading “Why Russian Action Is Not the Solution?”

Thyroid Disease of American Foreign Policy

I have never been exactly very healthy. I am told that this is an acquired condition which I believe to mean that I was not born this way. I confess I have abused my body a little too much. I do not exactly remember the last time I have spent two nights in a row with a proper 8-hours sleep. I have spent my entire adult life so far staying up at night reading novels, smoking, and drinking tea, coffee and coca cola. Continue reading “Thyroid Disease of American Foreign Policy”