No state is a friend, Pakistan fails to learn

The scenes are by now familiar. Big growling vehicles will halt in front of waiting cameras and regurgitate Ray-Ban clad elected luminaries. Some will wave to the media, others will shuffle across and mouth inanities into microphones while the rest will sweep into the luxurious confines of the parliament building to speak on behalf of . . . → Read More: No state is a friend, Pakistan fails to learn

Yemen for dummies

Yemen is in the grip of its most severe crisis in years, as competing forces fight for control of the country.

Impoverished but strategically important, the tussle for power in Yemen has serious implications for the region and the security of the West.

Here are some key questions explained.

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Pakistan’s limited options in Yemen crisis

In the coming days, Pakistan is likely to join the Saudi-led military action against Yemen’s Shiite rebels. What will be the consequences of this potential move for a country already reeling from sectarian violence?

“Will Saudi Arabia send its armed forces to Pakistan’s help if India decides to attack the Islamic republic?” Pakistani intellectual and . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s limited options in Yemen crisis

Netanyahu’s failed US visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was still in the air between Tel Aviv and Washington when his propaganda machinery was set fully in motion. A senior Israeli official travelling with him told reporters: “The Israeli government had a good understanding of the agreement we can draw conclusions from… We know what we know. And believe . . . → Read More: Netanyahu’s failed US visit

USA’s forced relations with Saudi Arabia

Obama couldn’t get to Paris, but somehow he managed a late schedule change to go see the new Saudi king. Can this ever change? Not likely. So who wants to take a stab at explaining why Barack Obama couldn’t adjust his schedule to attend a massive march in Paris dedicated to the values of the . . . → Read More: USA’s forced relations with Saudi Arabia

Israeli Nukes must go to restore peace in Middle East – United Nations

The United Nations General Assembly (where all 193 countries in the world get a vote) has almost unanimously demanded that Israel give up its nuclear weapons and cooperate with making the Middle East a nuclear-free zone. The only dissenters were Israel and the United States, along with three small South Pacific islands that always vote . . . → Read More: Israeli Nukes must go to restore peace in Middle East – United Nations

Jundallah a Balochistan based terror group pledges support for ISIS

In a statement today Jundallah, a high-profile Balochistan-based Islamist faction, announced that it is pledging loyalty to ISIS, and will back “whatever plans they have” going forward. The move follows reports from the Associated Press last week that the group’s leadership was meeting with ISIS members.

Jundallah is primarily a Balochistan separatist group, active in . . . → Read More: Jundallah a Balochistan based terror group pledges support for ISIS

How the West lost in the Middle East

By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)

The Collapse of Order in the Middle East Remarks to the 23rd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Washington, D.C. October 28, 2014

Will Rogers once observed that “when you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve . . . → Read More: How the West lost in the Middle East

Iran’s freedom deficit

‘It might seem crazy what I’m about to say;’ dancing with joy is a crime in Iran.

Seven Iranian students have recently received a suspended sentence of up to 12 months and 91 lashes each.

Their crime: they recorded a video singing Pharrell Williams’ song, Happy.

The video came to the attention of Iranian authorities . . . → Read More: Iran’s freedom deficit

Pakistan and KSA to join hands against terrorism

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have reiterated their commitment to fight extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and continue to cooperate in the field of exchange of security-related information.

They also emphasised the importance of security cooperation to combat the crimes of drug trafficking and money laundering while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said . . . → Read More: Pakistan and KSA to join hands against terrorism