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Pakistan: Iran’s Plan to Develop Gas Pipeline and Refinery Unlikely to Amount to Anything

Energy shortages are fast becoming the norm in most nations and nowhere is this truer than in Pakistan where energy demand far outpaces resources and supplies. These shortages hurt multiple … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Syria: Refugees Wait for Support while Rebels Prepare to Receive Lethal Aid

The growing violence of Syria’s two-year old Arab Spring uprising has claimed 70,000 lives and made four million of the country’s 22 million residents refugees. While the international community argues … Continue reading

March 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Middle East: Musing on How Commonalities between Iran and Israel Provide Significant Opportunities for Both Countries and the World

The two primary reasons why other nations remain interested in stability in the Arabian Gulf are oil and natural gas. While the Gulf provides a host of opportunities for entrepreneurs … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 8 Comments

Turkey: Arrival of NATO’s Patriot Missile Batteries Increases Number of Foreign Troops in the Country

It goes without saying that the ongoing Syrian civil war, which began in March 2011, shows no signs of ending. While this increasingly violent conflict has, heretofore, remained largely contained … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Islam: Yay or Nay for Haaj Protests

There was an interesting story in the Pakistani English newspaper, The Dawn, the other day about Syrian Hajj pilgrims protesting against Bashar al-Assad while hurling pebbles at the Satan pillars. … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Iran: Ahmadinejad Speaks and the Israelis Walk Out

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at the United Nations (UN) on September 24, 2012 and, as is tradition, made his regular “controversial” statements. Nothing new there as, frankly, nothing can … Continue reading

September 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

Terrorism: Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and Salman Rushdie

The recent offer by Ghulam Ahmad Bilour (GABbie), Pakistan’s federal railways minister, of $100,000 to anyone who would assassinate the maker of “Innocence of Muslims” reminds me of the time … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · Leave a comment