Tag Archives: Afghanistan

BRICS Expansion: What Six New Members are Buying Into

The association self-reportedly seeks secure sustainable development for itself and the global south, to safeguard and advance multilateralism, to institute reform for the goal of representative institutions, and to achieve solidarity among members.

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Why Afghanistan Still Poses a Threat to the Region and Beyond

Two years on from taking control of Afghanistan the Taliban continues to rule through fear and threatens the stability of the whole region.

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Is US Congress Losing Patience with Pakistan over Human Rights Violations?

Will American politicians take a chance by looking the other way to the complaints of human rights violations, elections delay, political victimization and suppression of media in Pakistan from their Pakistani-American voters in an election year? The chances are really low.

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Niger Becomes Latest Domino Falling to Western-trained Militaries

US and allied counterterrorism strategy in the Sahel strikes out, and a thorough reassessment is in order.

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Ambitious Solar Project to Join String of Coal Plants in Pakistan’s Thar District

UK-based Oracle Power tells The Third Pole about a new solar project in the Thar desert, where the company is already exploring coal, as locals express skepticism about tall promises.

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Reps. Jacobs & Omar Plan to Stop WH Cluster Munitions to Ukraine

“If the U.S. is going to be a leader on international human rights, we must not participate in human rights abuses.”

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French Riots Follow Decades-old Pattern of Rage, with no Resolution in Sight

Although they never fail to take us aback, French riots have followed the same distinct pattern ever since protests broke out in the Eastern suburbs of Lyon in 1981, an episode known as the “summer of Minguettes”: a young person is killed or seriously injured by the police, triggering an outpouring of violence in the affected neighbourhood and nearby. Sometimes, …

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Small Powers Caught in the US–China Chips Competition

There was a time when government spending to support particular industries was widely deplored as wasteful interference in free markets. No longer. China, the United States and the European Union have vastly increased government subsidies to industries, frequently supporting the development of advanced technologies. These subsidies are sometimes complemented by policies designed to deny technological innovations to competitor economies. A …

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Locust Outbreak in Afghanistan Threatens Major Food Crisis

For nearly 30 years, Mullah Khan Mohammad has worked his family’s land in Surkh Kotal – near the great archaeological site of the same name – in Baghlan province. Baghlan, in northern Afghanistan, is known as the country’s breadbasket due to its significant wheat production. “Since we returned [in the early 1990s, after the Soviet-Afghanistan war], we have been cultivating …

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How Erdogan Held onto Power, and What This Means for Turkey’s Future

  Recep Tayyib Erdogan will remain president of Turkey for another five years after winning Sunday’s run-off election over his long-time rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu. If he serves the full five-year term, he will have held power for 26 years – almost the entire history of Turkey in the 21st century. What is astonishing is how the majority of Turkish people …

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