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The Tiresome War in Afghanistan
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Active ImageIn an unprecedented admission, the US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has revealed facts about the war of attrition which is going on in Afghanistan. He has clearly announced that the Americans are fed-up with the war in Afghanistan! Gates has noted that if the Afghans did not consider the United States their partner, it would be a cause of concern.
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Legitimacy Hinges on Compliance with Religion and Popularity
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Active ImageLegitimacy is sometimes used with a wrong meaning. Legitimacy is the same as legality, but does not necessarily mean compliance with religious norms. Legitimacy – meaning legality – of a political system hinges on both compliance with religious norms and popularity. Therefore, compliance with religion is not opposed to popularity, but is parallel to it.
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Non-Aligned Movement Looking for Identity
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Active ImageThe Non-Aligned Movement is only a club of mostly poor countries grappling with domestic and regional crises and enjoying fragile relations with one another without having enough power to ensure implementation and follow-up of their decisions. They have a long way to go before achieving their early goals as defined in Bandung in 1955 and later in Belgrade in 1961, let alone playing a new role in the modern world.
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Non-Aligned Movement and Age of No Polarity
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Active ImageAfter the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union, the bipolar system paved the way for the emergence of a unipolar system led by the United States. Now, the power is distributed and there are questions about emergence of a new system without power polarization. At present, the Non-Aligned Movement should try to pay more attention to economic and political problems of the world and get ready to play a more effective role in various crises.
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A Political Ceremony
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Active ImageThe US government is pursuing its plan to deploy a missile defense system in Eastern Europe, especially Poland and the Czech Republic and this has been faced with severe opposition from Russia. Despite extreme optimism toward US among Russian officials in the early years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, pessimism has been on the rise during the past half a decade.
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Black President in Black Continent
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Active ImageAlthough Africans were happy to see him, but behind their happy faces there was a profound sorrow resulting from years of war, poverty, and corruption and inattention of big powers to their humanitarian promises. Like many other nations, Africans expect Obama, who is of their stock, to be different; but will Obama live up to that expectation?
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Getting Even with Muslims
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Active ImageWhat is happening in China’s Xinjiang has widened the gap between the Chinese government and Muslims. From the very beginning, Chinese governments did not like Muslims and there have been frequent wars between them and various Muslim governments, in which one side or another has prevailed.
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Let’s Respect Different Political Opinions
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Active ImageListening to dissidents and respecting their views is the only rational way out of the current dire straits. It can not only solve the existing problems, but also improve government’s relations with “the whole Iranian nation”. The main issue is if dissident citizens were allowed to voice their demands through legal channels, there would be no need to risk their lives and engage with police and security forces, which should normally attend to more important things.
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Are US-Russia Relations Changing?
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Active ImageThe US President Barack Obama wrapped up his two-day Russian visit on Tuesday, June 7. Obama had arrived in Moscow on Monday accompanied by his wife and two daughters to emphasize on the need to bolster mutual cooperation and respect for civil rights, and democracy. Thus, he posed as a friend, and not a critic, of the Russian people.
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New US-China Ties
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Active ImageFrom Obama’s point of view, safeguarding regional security in Asia and the world calls for cooperation with China. Therefore, beside bilateral mechanisms in his strategic relations with China, Obama has pursued a new stage of regional interactions in East Asia in which cooperation with China is of fundamental importance. The outcome of the strategic thought of the United States in practice will be that China would be a strategic partner and not an enemy to the United States.
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