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Iran has no interest in keeping the US tied down in Afghanistan

The seemingly unending US-Iran tussle has spread to a number of areas---Syria, Iraq and Venezuela. In these places, their interests diverge fundamentally. Given that their relations remain tense, a number of reports in the Western mainstream media have concluded that Iran wants to prolong the US war in Afghanistan and keep it trapped there to force it to continue defraying billions of US dollars, adding to the economic hardship the US is already facing due...

South Asian Brief

Why South Asia Doesn’t Have as Many Coronavirus Deaths

Welcome to  South Asia Brief, that covers the region comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. This week: India now has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, China pulls back its troops from its border with India, and why Nepal’s cable...

Reports

Nepal broadcasters block Indian news over 'insul...

Amid growing Nepal and India tensions over a border dispute, Nepali cable and satellite operators voluntarily stopped broadcasting Indian news channels in a show of solidarity with the government and its unofficial ban due to recent propaganda smearing Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli. The...

Transparency concerns raised over India COVID-19...

Bejon Misra responded quickly to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal in March for donations to a new fund to strengthen the country's fight against the coronavirus. The next day, the 69-year-old retired management professor made a donation. "It was a generous contribution because Modi...

Debut cargo vessel to Agartala via Bangladesh po...

Barely days after sending the first parcel train to Bangladesh, now another freight route through the sea has been opened with the neighboring country. For the first time after 1965, India will send a vessel from Kolkata to Chittagong port through sea route and the...

India proposes to build road in Bhutan’s ‘Yeti t...

India has proposed to build a road in Bhutan’s ‘Yeti territory’- which China claimed recently- enabling New Delhi to quickly access Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, which borders China. The road, which has strategic significance, will reduce the distance between Guwahati and Tawang by 150 kilometres,...

SAM Special

Urgent need to de-colonize our minds

The corona pandemic and the new social movements created by it has stirred up – apart from racism – another critical topic: “colonialism” and how to deal with colonial history.  With pandemic isolation fostering frustration, the dispute has turned violent in many places. Protesters rallied in Columbia to demand the Confederate flag's removal from South Carolina's state capitol. Such efforts were underway in four other US states - Texas, Mississippi, Virginia and Tennessee. The flag...

Issues

India left out of Chabahar: Iran’s ties with Chi...

Reports indicate that Iran has decided to go ahead by itself to construct the Chabahar-Zahedan railway project instead of doing it jointly with India. In 2016, the two countries had decided to build the railway line as part of the development of the Chabahar port...

Move to open Kashmir for tourism raises eyebrows

The decision to open Indian-administered Kashmir for tourists amid a fresh coronavirus lockdown in the Muslim-majority state is being met with skepticism. Gowhar Geelani, a political commentator, told Anadolu Agency that the chronology of several government orders issued since July 4 demonstrates the government has...

US closes 5 military bases in Afghanistan as par...

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the US has withdrawn from five bases in Afghanistan and reduced the size of its forces there as part of the agreement it entered into with the Taliban earlier this year. "US forces in Afghanistan remain in the mid-8,000s and...

More than 60-70% of India armed forces equipped...

The military technical cooperation between India and Russia is one of the most important pillars of the special and privileged strategic partnership between our two countries. Datla Bala Venkatesh Varma, Indian Ambassador to Russia, in an interview to “Krasnaya Zvezda” newspaper spoke about the state...

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Putin had a dream to reset the world order

Putin had a dream to reset the world order

Moscow has a way of signalling to the White House on critical issues from time to time through public statements calibrated to catch President Trump’s...
China, Iran deal eyes a future decoupled from US

China, Iran deal eyes a future decoupled from...

In recent weeks, Iran and China have been hammering out the details of a potentially momentous cooperation deal meant to span the next quarter-century and...
US in desperate need of Pakistan as leaks reveal Russian Intelligence paying cheques to Taliban

US in desperate need of Pakistan as leaks rev...

As expected, the controversy over Russia’s alleged bounties for killing American and NATO troops in Afghanistan is steadily snowballing. The New York Times has come...

Focus

The Asia-Pacific arms race has taken an ominous turn

Within days of each other, two key United States allies - Australia and Japan - announced their intentions to boost defence spending and adopt a more aggressive military posture. Rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific region account for what is being called a "game-changer" in the way the two countries think about protecting themselves from China's rapid military expansion. Australia's announcement in late June that it would boost defence spending over the next decade by 40...
It’s a betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation, to protect and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way.
Joe Biden criticizes Trump over intelligence on Russian bounties on US Troops