Daily News Commentary

US-India And The Iran Waiver


Early this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would not renew exemptions for waiver for importing oil from Iran. India, China and US’ allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey will be impacted the most by the non-renewal of waiver. The other three currently exempted…

A New Chapter In Ukranian History


  In a major milestone in Ukraine’s chequered political history, comedian turned politician Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential elections. Winning more than 73 per cent of votes, Zelenskiy, a native Russian speaker of Jewish lineage will become the youngest Ukrainian President. Zelenskiy’s elevation epitomises…

North Korean Weapon Test: A Signal For Washington?


  The official North Korean News Agency (KCNA), of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) last week declared that the country has tested a guided weapon. While it is clear that the test was not of a nuclear or intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) nature, it has been termed…

Peace In Sri Lanka Shattered By Serial Blasts


What had started as a peaceful Easter Sunday morning in churches across an island-nation that is known the world over for its serendipity, Sri Lanka was witness to a series of deadly terrorist attacks before the morning was over. It began with a bomb blast in a church in capital…

  Bhutan Says No To Bri


Bhutan has decided to boycott the second BRI forum, which is scheduled to be held later this month in Beijing, China. Thimphu gave no specific reasons for this decision. Bhutan had boycotted the first BRI forum held in May 2017 as well. Bhutan had explained then that the BRI was…

Crisis In Sudan


Sudan has experienced more changes in the past one week than it did in the three decades under President Omar al-Bashir who was deposed in a coup earlier this month following several months of sustained mass protests. Since seizing power in 1989, Bashir had managed to navigate his way through…

The Plight Of Hazaras In Pakistan


  The recent terrorist attack in Quetta that killed 20 and injured 48 members of the Hazara community is a grim reminder of the state of minorities in Pakistan, especially the targeted killing and systematic execution of the Hazaras. The increasing attacks on the Hazaras have raised questions about the…