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Players’ Skewed Maps complicate Eurasia’s 21st Century Great Game – Dr. James M Dorsey

Dr. James Dorsey The United States and China are playing Eurasia’s 21st-century Great Game from different but equally skewed maps. While the US map appears to be outdated, the Chinese map portrays a reality that is imagined. If the skewed realities of both China and the United States have one …

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Inside the Beltway: Iran hardliners vs Iran hardliners

– James M. Dorsey Alarm bells went off last September in Washington’s corridors of power when John Bolton’s national security council asked the Pentagon for options for military strikes against Iran. The council’s request was in response to three missiles fired by an Iranian-backed militia that landed in an empty lot …

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The PTM in Pakistan: Another Bangladesh in the making?

A disaster looms in Pakistan, if the demands of the Pashtun population remain unaddressed. by Taha Siddiqui  A year ago today, a young man named Naqeebullah Mehsud was killed in an alleged shoot-out in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi. The police initially claimed that Mehsud was a “hardened member of …

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Human Development Index: Uncovering where Balochistan Stands

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Recently, Chinese government revealed the number of higher education scholarships allocated for the youth of Balochistan which is around 7,000 annually. However, among currently enrolled 25,000 students in Chinese universities, less than 200 students are from Balochistan. The Chinese authorities shared this data with the delegation …

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Koch as Brahui

Naseer Dashti Naming a group of the Baloch tribes as Brahui probably began during the Arab encounters with the Baloch. However, it was during the Buyids and Seljuqs periods that some of the Baloch tribes from Barez Mountains of Kerman were forced to migrate and were identified first as Barezui. …

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Hungry, drought-stricken corner of Pakistan is a land where ‘humans don’t have water to drink’

By SHAH MEER BALOCH Abdul Hameed walks along the edge of the Chiltan dam’s dry reservoir to a hut, where he spends his days watching for passing animals that could be threatened by hunters. Lately, the provincial wildlife ranger says, the beasts have been scarce. “There used to be ibex, markhor …

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2018: A year of media suppression and rights abuses in Pakistan

Over the past year, there was a noticeable increase in attacks on freedom of expression and human rights in Pakistan. by Rabia Mehmood “Sneaky”, “sinister” and “Orwellian”are just some of the words Pakistani journalists and human rights defenders used to describe the censorship and growing clampdown on dissent, mainstream and social …

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Dilemma of Gwadar Water Crisis

By  Tufail Ahmed Baloch The coastal town of Balochistan, Gwadar, in recent years, has been the gravity of attention both regionally and internationally for it being the launching pad of the much acclaimed CPEC project. Development of Gwadar has been the foremost priority of the successive provincial and federal government during past decades. However, the indigenous patriotic …

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‘The more you get hurt, the more you scream’

Shah Meer Baloch Balochistan’s first chief minister, Sardar Attaullah Mengal, is said to be the fourth pillar of Baloch nationalism, and the only one alive today. The other pillars were Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri and Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.  Born in 1929, Mengal spent his childhood …

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China’s Balochistan problem

By MALIK SIRAJ AKBAR On Tuesday, news broke that Aslam Baloch, the mastermind of the recent attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, had been killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. While no group has accepted responsibility for the attack, the greatest celebrations were seen among Pakistani military officials, the country’s right-wing media, and centrist politicians. …

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