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Trump and the Iran deal

Trump and the Iran deal

Hussain H Zaidi ‘Pacta sunt servanda’, which ensures the sanctity of treaties, lies at the heart of international law and inter-state relations. By walking out on the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, the US has set aside this fundamental norm of global governance. Why has […]

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Peace gets a chance

Peace gets a chance

The cycle of violence in the Valley needs to be broken. The ceasefire could be a precious beginning.

BY: Firdous Tak As a citizen of the trouble-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir, I am finally at peace. I have felt the pain of every mother who lost a child and each son who has been orphaned across Kashmir. Every coffin takes us away from hope. But optimism has returned, and hope revived. The […]

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Haspel’s record

Haspel’s record

BY: Brian Tashman Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, drafted the cable ordering the tapes’ destruction and lobbied for them to be shredded. She claims, however, that she did not think the cable she drafted would be sent before “making sure that we had all the stakeholders’ concurrence.” Now, a bipartisan group […]

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Carnage in Gaza

Carnage in Gaza

The use of brute force has failed to deter the Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation.

By: Zahid Hussain IT was the massacre of unarmed Palestinians, and not the celebrations of the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem, that stood out this week. Over 60 Palestinians have been killed and 2,700 injured in Gaza as Israeli forces fired on protesters, killing mostly teenagers. In fact, the Israelis not only used […]

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Democracy: left, right and centre

Democracy: left, right and centre

By: Amir Hussain I have always cherished the discussions that my classmates and I had during our university days on politics being an art of statecraft. The idealism of our student days was a blessing indeed and all we did was discuss world politics at length. Deeply engrossed in political debates, we used to think […]

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How to kill a Kashmiri: A novelist’s list

How to kill a Kashmiri: A novelist’s list

There exists an entire range of methods. Running fat vehicles over young bodies is just the latest.

BY: Mirza Waheed A young man by the name of Adil Ahmed Yadoo was mauled to death by a police vehicle on May 5 in Kashmir. Adil had been pelting stones at Indian paramilitaries and police as protests broke out once again in Kashmir following yet another gun battle between Indian armed forces and Kashmiri […]

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Of symbols and the symbolised

Of symbols and the symbolised

Babri Masjid is more than a ‘dilapidated’ structure. And Kathua is about biases.

By: Keki N. Daruwalla We all know that a symbol is much larger than the object from which it emanates. There can be no comparison between a stone and the symbol it turns out to be. A wooden cross has become a civilisational guiding light for two thousand years. Nothing can match it as far […]

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Ramzan ceasefire: Give Kashmir a break

Ramzan ceasefire: Give Kashmir a break

In 2000, PM Vajpayee gave Kashmiris hope with his ceasefire move. Politicians today must show the same trust.

By: Javaid Trali   Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s recent statement on Kashmir – “the army’s position is, it has to be firm on terrorism” – shows how the minister and other politicians feel the issue of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) can be solved only through military methods. But, the fact is, military strategies are only a […]

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The first bullet

The first bullet

By: Zaigham Khan We have lost two prime ministers and quite a few political leaders to assassins’ bombs and bullets. The bullet that hit Ahsan Iqbal was a different kind of projectile, marking the beginning of a new era of extremism in Pakistan. There are reasons to believe that this new face of extremism can […]

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SRINAGER AT TOP 10

SRINAGER AT TOP 10

By: CHOPAN JAVID Kashmir which has always remained second name of paradise, the splendid Mughal gardens around Srinagar resplendent with chinar trees and fountains, winter harboring sites to migratory birds like Hokersar; dazzling and magnificent Nigeen and Dal lakes cradled in the lap of famous Zaberwan of majestic Himalayan range; panoramic view of famous boulevard […]