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Xi Following Mao’s Footsteps

As the 19th Party Congress approaches, there is widespread speculation that the party constitution will be revised to incorporate concepts associated with party General Secretary Xi Jinping as part of the party’s authoritative “guiding ideology.”  Although such a revision is possible, analysis of changes in past constitutions and available evidence from PRC media suggest a more limited outcome. Since...

Swedish Feminist Foreign Policy

The state of Sweden has set a unique example by adopting a ‘feminist foreign policy’ for the first time in the history of international relations. In the fall of 2014, Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom declared that Sweden would follow a feminist approach in its foreign affairs. Interestingly, she faced a state of certain confusion and misperception at both...

Yuan to Challenge Petro-Dollar Hegemony

The BRICS Summit of September declared the establishment of Yuan led international payment in local currencies among BRICS members and also a BRICS credit rating agency. China in August offered Saudi Arab government to accept Chinese currency yuan for oil trade but Saudi leadership rejected the offer. As an important development Venezuela, Russia, and Iran are ready to accept the China’s...

Pakistan’s Fragile Democracy

Pakistan’s democracy - apparently takes a step forward after Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, a veteran politician and loyal to ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as the nineteenth premier of the country but dark clouds of uncertainty and chaos still hovering around, as country’s parliamentary system is constantly under threat from hidden forces in and outside the boundaries. Though current set-up of...

Calcutta Massacres: Breaking the Silence after Decades

The Calcutta Massacres of 1946, also known as the "Great Calcutta Killings," were four days of massive one sided massacres in Calcutta the capital of Bengal province of pre-1947 India, resulting in 5,000 to 10,000 dead, and some 15,000 wounded, between August 16 and 19, 1946. These massacres are probably the most notorious massacres of the 1946-47 periods, during which large-scale...

Pakistan: Beginning Era of Accountability or Chaos?

Disqualification of a powerful Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif in a unanimous five member bench decision of apex Court set the future direction of the political and legal history. The opinion inside Pakistan is divided, some believe that disqualification setting grounds for a new era of accountability but some conspiring that ousting elected PM through a vague article...

Judiciary Strikes Pakistani PM Out

Panama leaks lead another empire to fall, and this time happens in Pakistan as Nawaz Sharif, head of a mainstream political party, Pakistan Muslim League (N) and country’s third time prime minister, stands disqualified from holding public offices by the country’s apex court, the Supreme Court of Pakistan, in a unanimous verdict in Panama case. On Friday, July 28th,...

What’s ‘Black & White’ in Iranian Election?

Iranian Presidential elections are significant not only at domestic level but international community is also keen about the results. The main contest is expected between “hardliner”, black turbaned cleric Ebrahim Raeisi, backed by conservative groups and moderate white turbaned, Hasan Rouhani who enjoys the support of “reformists”. In an ‘economy oriented election’ President Rouhani seeks votes based on claims...

Turkish Referendum

The Turkish people were given an arduous task –to either vote "Yes" or "No" for a number of constitutional changes that would empower the President. On 16 April they headed out to the polls and chose in what was one of the most important decisions that would radically change Turkey and possibly their own future. The Referendum was also...

The Turkish-German Fiasco

Recent developments in German-Turkey relations depicts deepen cracks within their liaison yet it can never be denied the visible importance both states have for each other. A need-based course of inter-state relationships gives a bleak picture but in this arena anything can take place can change the bilateral and regional dynamics. Rising Islamophobia in Germany and the alarming suspicion...

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