WHY HAVE SO MANY HOSTAGE-TAKERS DEMANDED THE RELEASE OF AAFIA SIDDIQUI?

Wed 19 January 2022: In a recent Texas hostage-taking incident, the perpetrator demanded US officials release Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman imprisoned for alleged connections with Al Qaeda. Imprisoned Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui’s name reemerged in last weekend’s Texas hostage-taking incident, in which Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen, took hostages in a synagogue, demanding Siddiqui’s […]

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VAST LITHIUM RESERVES TO TRANSFORM AFGHANISTAN FROM AID TO TRADE ECONOMY

Mon 27 December 2021: The commitments held out by nations at the recently concluded UN Climate Change Conference, or COP26, are largely contingent on the return of peace and stability in Afghanistan, as the country’s vast lithium reserves hold promise for global non-conventional energy requirements. Analysts believe the focus will shift back to Afghanistan to […]

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THE ‘DARK SIDE’ OF RUSSIAN MERCENARIES OPERATING IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Sun 26 December 2021:  The “dark side” of Russia’s notorious private military company known as the Wagner Group, has been exposed in a report by the New Lines Magazine. The Washington-based publication released details of Wagner Group’s military operations; its recruitment process; the numbers and profiles of mercenaries employed by the group, including death figures and […]

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US MILITARY SPENDING GROWS AS POLICY SHIFTS TO ‘PRIORITISE CHINA’

Sun 19 December 2021:  Progressive legislators question massive US defence budget, which officials say is necessary amid China competition. Washington, DC – Months after US President Joe Biden’s administration pulled the last American troops out of Afghanistan as part of his promise to end the country’s “forever wars“, the United States Congress approved a $777.7bn defence budget, a […]

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THE PERILS OF THE DIGITAL AGE: HOW FACEBOOK FAILED TO PROTECT ROHINGYA MUSLIMS

Wed 15 December 2021: Rohingya refugees and victims are suing Facebook for $150 billion. They allege that Facebook played a key role in the brutal crackdown against Muslims in Myanmar by promoting anti-Rohingya posts. This online hate turned into real-world violence, according to the lawsuit. As stated by Noam Chomsky, author of Manufacturing Consent, in this […]

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THE OMICRON SHAME: WHY IS THE WORLD PUNISHING INSTEAD OF HELPING AFRICA?

Sat 11 December 2021: The decision by several governments across the globe to institute travel bans on seven African countries, starting on 27 November, due to the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, was perceived to be hasty in the eyes of some and fully justifiable on medical grounds, in the view of others. However, the […]

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CRYPTOCURRENCIES MAY BE THE LAST HOPE FOR THOSE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Sat 04 December 2021: Everything in existence will be assimilated into the online world. Some things already have been. This has proven true with business, shopping, services, social life, journalism, warfare and with the recently-announced ‘metaverse’, perhaps even our lives. So it was only a matter of time before money itself was integrated into that […]

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BRITAIN IS EXPLOITING REFUGEES TO FUEL RIGHT-WING NATIONALISM

Tue 30 November 2021: Anti-refugee rhetoric is a useful distraction from government corruption and incompetence. What would you do if you’d been exposed for corruption and making false promises, were declining in popularity, and looked utterly incompetent, arrogant, and weak? If you were the right-wing, nationalist, British Conservative government you’d fabricate a ‘crisis’ out of people doing what you’d […]

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