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  • Syria – In the Arab World

    Middle East / Syria – In the Arab World

    It is easy to understand that a nation that had been fighting for several decades, first against the Turks and then against the French for independence, self-determination and for an Islamic Arabism – that it would never be happy under a minority control – a minority of heterodox Muslims, that many Sunni Arabs did not even accept to be an authentic form of Islam – many Syrian Sunnis regard the Alawite as a sect more heretical than the Jews.

  • Iran Iraq War - Roots of Malice

    Middle East / Iran Iraq War - Roots of Malice

    So fear and lust both prompted Saddam to act militarily. Though 80% of Iraq’s population is Arab but 51% is also Shia, which gives it a slight majority over the Sunnis. And if this Shia population decided to stand with Khomeini that would be an utter disaster for Saddam’s Iraq.

  • The Mughals – Rise, Decay and Fall

    Asia/Pacific / The Mughals – Rise, Decay and Fall

    The story of how the mighty Mongols became the Mughals of the Subcontinent and how their inaptitude brought doom to not only to their own line but clasped the whole Subcontinent into the yoke of British imperialism for over a century.

  • Afghanistan – the Next Decade

    Afghanistan / Afghanistan – the Next Decade

    The question is, how long can the US survive in Afghanistan. This essay will also endeavor to reassess the geopolitical imagination that enshrouds Afghanistan with negatives like its having a ‘cursed geography’ or its being ‘unable to become a nation-state because of its strong ethno-nationalisms’ and to demystify its real standing in the global arena.