Current Affairs

Failure of Democracy in Myanmar: What Went Wrong?

Written by Uzair Bin Farid 1:27 pm

The author seeks to explain the democratic insufficiencies and the violation of civil and political rights in Myanmar against a backdrop of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words. The violence against the minorities – particularly the Rohingya Muslims – has unveiled cracks that lay just beneath the surface of Myanmar’s so-called ‘democracy’.
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The Elusive Afghan Peace Process

Written by Dr. Taut Bataut 11:47 am

The US was never really in control of Afghanistan. Trillions of dollars spent, over a 100,000 casualties, & two decades later – the US is now stuck in a stalemate. Negotiating directly with the Taliban via Khalilzad seemed to be helping the US, but the recent change of date for the withdrawal of troops (from May 01 to Sep 11) can potentially hamper the peace process.
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Pakistan and Russian Relations: A New Dawn

Written by Muhammad Hamza Tanvir 11:56 am

Although Pak-Russia relations have been marked by distrust and suspicion in the past, ties between the two states seem to be positively changing due to diplomatic visits and joint exercises. The recent visit of the Russian Foreign Minister to Pakistan and the mutual stance on the Afghan peace process have emboldened ties between the two nations. These bilateral relations have enormous potential in the areas of defence, mining, energy, tourism, among others.
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Farmers’ Protests in India: Modi’s Predicament

Written by Uzair Bin Farid 10:47 am

The introduction of three farm laws, and the revocation of Article 370 by the Indian government has left India with quite a few challenges. While gathering allies abroad, the Modi regime has neglected the state’s minorities and gone as far as to commit human rights violations. The author notes that the regime’s nationalist Western policies have only created resentment within the minority groups, and they will eventually cause India’s downfall.
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The US in the Afghan Peace Process: A Farewell Letter?

Written by Uzair Bin Farid 10:47 am

The long-awaited Afghan peace process seems to be evident from the Biden administration’s letter to President Ghani. The letter has communicated the Biden administration’s desire to end the war in Afghanistan. However, it will certainly prove to be a challenge for the parties to commit themselves to a peace deal that is already tenuous.
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Bangladesh and its 50 Years of Independence

Written by Muzamil Wasti 10:47 am

Today, Bangladesh celebrates its golden jubilee of independence from Pakistan. The country’s social and economic development has only accelerated in the 50 years since its inception and despite Bangladesh’s troubling South Asian dynamics, its economic and social growth continues to thrive. The main reason behind such growth Bangladesh’s commitment to a secular polity.
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Islamophobia in the United States and Beyond

Written by Meshal Farid Bhatti 10:47 am

The fear and terror prevailing against Muslims around the world, especially in the West is called “Islamophobia”. The terrorist attack of 9/11, in particular, led to an unparalleled rise in Islamophobia – and Muslims all around the world were suddenly labelled ‘extremists’ and ‘terrorists’. In the United States, far-right political parties are using this fear to gain momentum in their political career.
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Racism in the British Royal Family?

Written by Muzamil Wasti 10:47 am

Allegations of racism have been leveled against the British royal family, which have been claimed to be false by some and palpably true by others. Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has revealed, in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, the virulent racism within the walls of the British royal family’s palaces.
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The US Withdrawal from Afghanistan: An Imperative Task

Written by Hamza Sharif 10:47 am

After two decades of war in Afghanistan, the time has finally come for the US to withdraw its forces. While the Doha Agreement paved the way for the US to extricate itself, its implementation will be based on the US interests defined by the Biden administration. Regardless of that, it is necessary for the US to withdraw its forces so that the war-torn state can learn to rely on itself.
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China and Iran’s Relations: New Allies on the Block

Written by Sidra Azeem 10:47 am

The new strategic partnership between China and Iran will not only enhance Sino-Iran relations but also transform the geopolitical structure of Asia. This partnership will seek to develop Iran’s economy and infrastructure; it will also enable China to buy oil from Iran at discounted prices. India and the United States, however, view this blossoming relationship negatively.
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Pakistan Air Force vs Indian Air Force: A Perpetual Security Dilemma

Written by Hamza Sharif 10:47 am

The military rivalry of the Pakistan Air Force vs Indian Air Force has generated an ever increasing security dilemma in South Asia. This dilemma has forced the two competitors to pursue 5th generation technology. The author notes that in this race for dominance, acquiring aerial stealth technology can shift the power structure in Pakistan’s favor.
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The Untimely Deaths of Iranian Nuclear Scientists

Written by Maryam Farooq 10:47 am

Assassinations in the nuclear field of Iran have revealed the vulnerability in the state’s national security. It has also exposed that the enemy might be closer than the Islamic Republic perceives.
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The Neglected Relationship Between Climate Change and Women

Written by Hafsa Hassan 10:47 am

What, really, is the connection between climate change and gender inequality? Studies and several examples show the disproportionate impact of climate change on women.
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Incensed Russia Protests with Navalny

Written by Muzamil Wasti 10:47 am

The events of last year, along with Navalny’s trial, have left the Kremlin in a tight spot. The only options it has now, come with repercussions, creating a dilemma.
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Uighur Muslims in China: Persecution and Forceful Assimilation

Written by Muzamil Wasti 10:49 am

Uighur Muslims in China are subjected to harsh atrocities and persecution in order to bring them closer to a Chinese identity.
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Israel and the Peace Deals: The Key to Palestine’s Undoing

Written by Muhammad Bilal Farooq 10:48 am

The peace deals and Israel most certainly have ignited the rise and influence of Israel, but they have blunted the Palestinian resistance.
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Reaping What You Sow: Protesting India’s Agricultural Reforms

Written by Muzamil Wasti 10:47 am

The farmers consider the recent agricultural reforms in India a reason for their indignation. They have demanded a rescission of these repressive laws.
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