The British and Pakistani Armies: Sharing Both a Personal and Institutional Future

The long relationship between the British and Pakistani armies is transforming, from one based mostly on pomp, ceremony and personal friendships, to one based on shared strategic interests. The Pakistan Army can sometimes be more British than the British Army, at least when it comes to pomp and ceremony. Its cavalry officers have the best … More The British and Pakistani Armies: Sharing Both a Personal and Institutional Future

Taliban leader goes missing in UAE

  Mutasim confirmed to be missing in the UAE. PHOTO: FILE ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan on Monday officially confirmed that a senior Taliban leader, Mullah Agha Jan Mutasim, who had started dialogue with Kabul-backed negotiators in Dubai, has been missing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). After a mysterious silence for nearly two weeks, the Afghan Foreign Ministry on Monday … More Taliban leader goes missing in UAE

New US reality: An empire beyond salvation

US Secretary of State John Kerry couldn’t hide his frustration anymore as the US-sponsored Palestinian peace process continued to falter. After eight months of wrangling to push talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority forward, he admitted while on a visit to Morocco on April 4 that the latest setback had served as a “reality … More New US reality: An empire beyond salvation

British under-18s ‘at risk’ of being radicalised? #SignsOfARadicalBaby #RT

Exclusive: Sharp increase in under-18s ‘at risk’ of being radicalised into jihadists   Government scheme identifies 940 children in danger of being drawn into violent extremism SIMON HOOPER from The Independent.co,uk The number of children and vulnerable adults identified as potential violent extremists by a controversial Government anti-radicalisation initiative has surged by more than 25 … More British under-18s ‘at risk’ of being radicalised? #SignsOfARadicalBaby #RT

Current Iran “Crisis” Began With Overthrow of Democratically Elected Government in 1953

  Tanks in the streets of Tehran, 1953. (Photo: Wikipedia) In Manufactured Crisis, investigative journalist Gareth Porter details the manipulation and fabrications that have accompanied the current Iranian nuclear situation. The main difference between this and the Iraq war conspiracy, the author says, was that the neoconservatives who were carrying it out never got the war on … More Current Iran “Crisis” Began With Overthrow of Democratically Elected Government in 1953

Russian sanctions as war and farce

If we come to a minefield, our infantry attacks exactly as if it was not there – Marshal Georgy Zhukov  Let’s start with the serious stuff. As Russia’s Federation Council ratifies a treaty with Crimea, concluding the formal annexation, Ukraine signs the political chapters of an association agreement with the European Union (EU). The signing of the … More Russian sanctions as war and farce

How Crimea plays in Beijing

“We are paying very close attention to the situation in Ukraine. We hope all parties can calmly maintain restraint to prevent the situation from further escalating and worsening. Political resolution and dialogue is the only way out.”  This, via Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, is Beijing’s quite measured, official interpretation of what’s happening in … More How Crimea plays in Beijing