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Every catastrophe in Turkey in recent months has been greeted with the superlative, “deadliest”. Only the intensity varies with every bout of mortal fundamentalism.

 

Early this August, the Pentagon announced plans to sell weapons worth $1.15 billion to Saudi Arabia. The news itself was not surprising as the Arab kingdom is one of America’s biggest arms buyers, but the timing of the announcement was rather conspicuous. 

Early this August, the Pentagon announced plans to sell weapons worth $1.15 billion to Saudi Arabia. The news itself was not surprising as the Arab kingdom is one of America’s biggest arms buyers, but the timing of the announcement was rather conspicuous. 
 

Five years after the Arab Spring, the situation in many countries of the West Asia and North Africa region is far from satisfactory.

 

The recent crisis in Saudi Arabia, wherein thousands of Indian workers lost their jobs when their employers suddenly shut shop, higlights the many challenges that emigration poses to the Indian Government and economy

 

The loss of Manbij, a northern Syrian town close to the border with Turkey, to Kurdish-Arab forces is a body blow to the Islamic State. Since 2014, when it captured the town, the IS had used Manbij as a critical supply link for goods and fighters to be smuggled in and out across the Turkish border.

 

Instability of the Middle East transcends Democrat-Republican or Labour-Tory divisions. Bush, Blair, Obama and Cameron all have blood on their hands, as the recent Chilcot inquiry showed.

 

Pakistan’s political parties, unsurprisingly, lashed out over the attempted coup in Turkey.

 

Exploiting Turkey’s failed coup

 

Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen is going on and on. But 16 months after a Saudi-led coalition started bombing rebels in the poor Arab country, none of the declared objectives of the war seem to have been met.

 
As peace and justice remain illusive in the world’s youngest nation riven by ethnic violence, the ‘temporary’ replacement of Riek Machar, as South Sudan’s Vice President, with Taban Deng Gai — who calls for end of the peace pact between Machar and the President — may escalate  the tension in the war-ravaged country
 


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