Why Saudi Arabia, China And The Islamic State Are Courting The Maldives

Why Saudi Arabia, China And The Islamic State Are Courting The Maldives

  By James M. Dorsey.   As Riyadh and Beijing nurture grandiose plans for military bases, New Delhi fears the archipelago could become a breeding ground for the terrorist group   Saudi King Salman welcomes the Maldivian President [...]
The Border Management & Pak-Afghan ties?

The Border Management & Pak-Afghan ties?

By Syed Qamar Rizvi.   Pakistan has recently decided to seal the 1800 km Pak –Afghan border at significant points owing to the worst situation hemmed in by the cross-border terrorism. Borders, around the world, are physically managed [...]
The Rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Fight Against Terrorism

The Rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Fight Against Terrorism

By Sebastian Sarbu.   ISIS is an unrecognized Islamic enclave state, founded on the 26th of June 2014 by an Al-Qaida affiliated Sunni group and organized as an Arab Caliphate having the city of al-Raqqah (Syria) for capital. This new [...]
North Korea, The US and The Status Quo

North Korea, The US and The Status Quo

By Jon Kofas.   In the age of “fake news” and President Donald Trump claiming that Sweden was riddled with terror attacks which of course never took place, and of perpetual corporate and state-media propaganda passed on as real news, [...]
American combat troops to Syria? Not so fast....

American combat troops to Syria? Not so fast….

By Rick Francona.   Note: This article is my followup to an excellent piece written by fellow CNN military analyst Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, U.S. Army (Retired): Combat troops to Syria? Not so fast. In it, the general details [...]
Raising serious threats from IS drone strikes

Raising serious threats from IS drone strikes

  By Pramod Raj Sedhain.    Islamic State (IS) has been aggressively making strategies to manipulating accessible technologies for terrorist purpose. In fact, it has been rapidly changing its terrorist phenomenon into modern form [...]
China's Characteristics of Informationized War

China’s Characteristics of Informationized War

  By Bill Hagestad II.   Information warfare refers to information warfare, information-based and information-based weaponry as the main means of warfare and combat, with system integration and information control as the leading, in [...]
Turkey First: Europe Must Work With Not Against Ankara

Turkey First: Europe Must Work With Not Against Ankara

  By Julian French.   “Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side [...]
The reset of US-Russia relations?

The reset of US-Russia relations?

By Syed Qamar Rizvi.   Much is being trumpeted in the global print and electronic media that under the new administration of Donald Trump in American, a remarkable reset of US-Russia relations would be observed. But looking through the [...]
American Police State Militarism And Gun Violence

American Police State Militarism And Gun Violence

  By Jon Kofas.   Introduction Contrary to the Hegelian assumption that civilization progresses in a linear mode, the contradictions of capitalism between the promise of prosperity for all, on the one hand, and the reality of perpetual [...]
Tackling Iran: Trump fuels the fire

Tackling Iran: Trump fuels the fire

  By James M. Dorsey.   Source: IBTimes   The Trump administration risks fuelling sectarianism across the Muslim world and exacerbating multiple conflicts that are ripping the Middle East and North Africa apart by singling out [...]
Extreme Vetting the imperative and the difficulty

Extreme Vetting the imperative and the difficulty

By Alexander Athos. \ The following are excerpts from an article by Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes, “Smoking Out Islamists via Extreme Vetting” who has written extensively on the practicality and enforceability of screening [...]
Pakistani crackdown: One hand works to neutralize the other

Pakistani crackdown: One hand works to neutralize the other

By James M. Dorsey.   Pakistan has put one of the world’s most wanted men under house arrest in a half-hearted crackdown on a militant group with close ties to the military and intelligence in a bid to persuade President Donald [...]
The Muslim world: Liberals pay the price for Trump and Saudi-supported illiberalism

The Muslim world: Liberals pay the price for Trump and Saudi-supported illiberalism

  By James Dorsey.   By James M. Dorsey US president Donald J. Trump’s fuelling of Islamophobia with his newly imposed travel ban as well as his war on the mainstream media feed an increasing trend towards supremacism and intolerance [...]
The Yoke Of Stupidity Is Strangling America

The Yoke Of Stupidity Is Strangling America

  By Barry Ferguson.   California Governor Brown says the state budget deficit is growing and one of the reasons is the minimum wage increase that state voters just approved. Duh! State government worker pay is tied to minimum wages [...]
Is French anti-terror effort gaining goals in Africa?

Is French anti-terror effort gaining goals in Africa?

  By Pramod Raj Sedhain.   French military presence in Africa is not new, it has been engaged in various  military operations across the region. But “Operation Barkhane” has different counter-terrorism operations with [...]
Multidimensional threats on global war on terror

Multidimensional threats on global war on terror

  By Pramod Sedhain.   Global terrorism scenario is still at a worse level. Despite the fact that the U.S. and its allies have been engaged in fighting and foiling several deadly terrorist plots and attacks for over 15 years, the [...]
Divided America: Root Causes and the Road Ahead

Divided America: Root Causes and the Road Ahead

  By Jon Kofas.     US Culture Clashes and the Return to “Clash of Civilizations” Theory   Based on the bourgeois ideals and value system of the Enlightenment, Western open societies are culturally pluralistic but have limits in [...]
Ranking the Ten Worst Trumpsters (Rhymes with Dumpsters)

Ranking the Ten Worst Trumpsters (Rhymes with Dumpsters)

By Alan Singer. Online there is a top ten and a bottom ten in almost every imaginable category. I thought it was only fitting to rank the ten worst Trumpster, members of the Trump team, starting with number ten. The criteria I used for [...]
Think that 2016 was a tough year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till you see 2017

Think that 2016 was a tough year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till you see 2017

By James M. Dorsey.     2016 was not a good year for Saudi Arabia. Sharply lower oil prices sparked a domestic financial crisis that is forcing the country to restructure its economy. Saud Arabia’s bitter struggle with Iran for [...]