How BRICS Plus clashes with the US economic war on Iran

Rhetorical war has far-reaching consequences, including a potential economic slump via the disruption of global oil supplies By Pepe Escobar The key take away from the BRICS summit in Johannesburg is that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – important Global South players – strongly condemn unilateralism and protectionism. The Johannesburg Declaration is unmistakable: … Continue reading How BRICS Plus clashes with the US economic war on Iran

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Imran Khan’s Greatest Test

Neil Clark The first time I saw Imran Khan he was a young student playing cricket (very well), for Oxford in the University Parks in the 1970s. The next, around forty years later, was when he signed my copy of Wounded Tiger - a History of Cricket in Pakistan, at my friend Peter Oborne's book … Continue reading Imran Khan’s Greatest Test

What’s going to happen when Assad wins the war in Syria?

By Patrick Lawrence Given the unexpected pace of events in recent weeks, the end of Syria’s seven-year agony appears to be very near. It is now all but certain that Bashar al-Assad’s government will win its long war against Sunni jihadists and their foreign supporters. The focus in Syria is already turning from conflict, casualty … Continue reading What’s going to happen when Assad wins the war in Syria?

America’s self-defeating quest for global supremacy

By Ken Moak US President Donald Trump’s trade war against China (and the world) might not be his decision alone. Previous administrations, the US Congress and neoconservatives have made preventing any nation from challenging US supremacy their business. In this regard, this author was wrong in predicting that Trump would not follow through with the … Continue reading America’s self-defeating quest for global supremacy

Is India shifting the goalposts in Indo-Pacific debate?

By Swaran Singh India’s participation in the ongoing Indo-Pacific debate and its decision to join the revived Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the US, Japan, India and Australia) have raised concerns in the corridors of power in Moscow, Beijing and other capitals. Even Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) member states view the two back-to-back “Quad” meetings last … Continue reading Is India shifting the goalposts in Indo-Pacific debate?