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Global ramifications of the Russia-India Défence deal 2018, by General Vinod Saighal

    Global ramifications of the Russia-India Défence deal 2018, by General Vinod Saighal

For several months prior to the finalising of the defence deal that was signed in New Delhi on 4 October 2018 there were apprehensions in several quarters whether the deal would be signed or not. The threat of CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act) loomed large. In a sense it still does. Nevertheless both…

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Yemeni missile hits gathering of Saudi-backed forces

    Yemeni missile hits gathering of Saudi-backed forces

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Army and popular Houthi Ansarullah movement has hit a gathering of Saudi-backed militants in Sana'a province, the country's Military Information Center said on Sunday.  The Zelzal-2 missile was fired at a military base in the Harib area of Nihm District early Sunday, “precisely” hitting its target.  “A number of militias were killed…

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Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim officially returns to political life after election win

    Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim officially returns to political life after election win

Anwar Ibrahim, a prominent politician and former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, has won a seat in parliament in a crucial by-election, in a historic return to political life. Anwar won the overwhelming majority of votes in the southern coastal town of Port Dickson. He is believed to be the future successor of the current…

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Shanghai Masters: Coric beats Federer to reach final

    Shanghai Masters: Coric beats Federer to reach final

Roger Federer has crashed out of the Shanghai Masters, after a straight sets loss to Borna Coric in the semifinals. The Croat didn't give Federer a single break point opportunity, while managing to break Federer's serve in the opening game of both sets. Federer presented Coric with seven beak point possibilities. The Croatian won the…

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Responding to Intensifying US “Hostility” Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift

  Responding to Intensifying US “Hostility” Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift

The enemy has failed to know you! The enemy has failed to know the Iranian nation! He does not know the Revolution or the revolutionary and faith-based spirit!, proclaimed Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei to a gathering of Basij paramilitary forces on Thursday, October 4. In a typically combative fashion, the Iranian leader set out the…

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Trump Is Trying to Square a Globalized World Through Capitalism. It Won’t Work.

  Trump Is Trying to Square a Globalized World Through Capitalism. It Won’t Work.

Trump is trying to square a globalized world through a national-based American capitalism. It won’t work. Former President Teddy Roosevelt (1901-09) described the essence of US foreign policy as “speaking softly while carrying a big stick”. Under the incumbent president, Donald Trump, it seems to be all about “speaking loudly”. What Trump is carrying in…

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Donald Trump Vows “Severe Punishment” If Saudi Arabia Killed Khashoggi

  Donald Trump Vows “Severe Punishment” If Saudi Arabia Killed Khashoggi

Facing pressure from Congress to act, President Donald Trump vowed “severe punishment” on Saudi Arabia if it turns out that missing WaPo reporter Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as Trump turned up the pressure on the kingdom in an interview to be broadcast Sunday night. “Nobody knows” whether Saudi officials are involved…

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Letter by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

  Letter by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Dear Mr. President: The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act requires the President, upon receipt of a request from the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for an extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violation of internationally recognized human rights against an…

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The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, by Manal al-Sharif

  The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, by Manal al-Sharif

We won’t be silenced The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the prominent Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor, has reverberated among journalists, activists and critics of authoritarianism all over the world. My first encounter with Jamal’s writings was in 2011, year one of the Arab Spring, in Al-Hayat, the Saudi newspaper we both wrote for. In…

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US arms companies worried Congress might block Saudi deals

  US arms companies worried Congress might block Saudi deals

American weapons manufacturers have expressed concerns to the White House that Congress might block further arms deals with Saudi Arabia over the suspected murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, according to reports. Democrats and some Republicans have indicated that the Khashoggi case had created resistance in Congress to proposed weapons sales to the…

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