Articles by: Naveed Qazi

US Recognises West Bank Settlements

US Recognises West Bank Settlements

 To flare up more tensions in the Middle East, United States has said that West Bank settlements are not inconsistent with international law. In November 2019, Mike Pompeo told reporters that the Trump administration believes any legal questions about settlements should be settled by Israeli courts, and that declaring them as an infringement of international law, hinders a negotiation for any[Read More…]

by May 12, 2020 Palestine
Syria’s Northeast Camps

Syria’s Northeast Camps

Tens of thousands of Syrian and non-Syrian families, who are affiliated with the members of the Islamic State, pose a daunting challenge for the Syria’s northeast. These families live in camps, such as al-Houl and Ain Essa, which have evolved from a few tents in a muddy field into a sprawling grid of shops, cafeterias, falafel stands, schools, clinics, mosques,[Read More…]

by May 11, 2020 World
Sahel’s Desert War

Sahel’s Desert War

 The black flag of the Islamic State is flying on the frontlines of Sahel, on the southern bounds of the Sahara. It has been over seven years since international forces of France, United Nations, United States, and G5 Sahel Joint Force have tried to stop the Jihadism spreading. So far they have failed in their efforts, as the allies are[Read More…]

by May 10, 2020 World
War That Has Divided Yemen

War That Has Divided Yemen

As Southern Transitional Council has declared self rule in the southeast part of the country, a north – south regional divide once again has come to the forefront. Now, it seems likely that there will be new conflicts emerging, not only within warring sections in the country, but also involving Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Iran, signaling a proxy[Read More…]

by May 9, 2020 World
Libya’s War Heading Towards More Uncertainty

Libya’s War Heading Towards More Uncertainty

April 2020 marks one year since Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive towards Tripoli to expel its Government of National Accord (GNA). Seen as the next Gaddafi, by many, it was believed that he launched the campaign last year in desperation, as not doing so could have brought his political and military demise. The offensive left more than thousand fighters dead[Read More…]

by May 3, 2020 World
Taliban Peace Talks

Taliban Peace Talks

 In February 2020, the United States signed a peace deal with Taliban in Qatar, and set to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, in following fourteen months, provided Taliban upheld the conditions of the agreement, including distancing itself from Al-Qaeda. The U.S. said that it was also committed to close its five military bases, within one hundred thirty five days, and[Read More…]

by May 1, 2020 World
Global Arms Race

Global Arms Race

In mid April 2020, a report issued by the United States State Department called “Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments (Compliance Report)” raised concerns that China might be conducting nuclear tests with low yields at its Lop Nur site, in violation of its Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) undertakings. The U.S. report also[Read More…]

by April 28, 2020 World
Rising Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Rising Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Gulf of Guinea continues to be world’s most dangerous route for international shipping trade. Called as ‘world piracy hotspot’, it has now eclipsed the troubled waters off Somalia in the Horn of Africa, by becoming a new epicenter for piracy, looting and kidnappings. According to International Maritime Bureau, almost eighty two percent of maritime kidnappings in the world occurred in[Read More…]

by April 27, 2020 World
Black Sea Pollution

Black Sea Pollution

The Black Sea is dying. Under the current bad environmental conditions, more than one hundred sixty million people in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russian Federation, Romania and Turkey are exposed to danger. The amount of marine litter in the Black Sea is twice as high as in the Mediterranean Sea. The concentration of some toxins exceed their threshold value, according to results[Read More…]

by April 26, 2020 Environmental Protection
Child Soldiers in War

Child Soldiers in War

Hearing about the trend of recruiting child soldiers for war, in and around us, is not unusual. Scholars such as Vera Achvarina and Simon Reich ascertain that since 1975, Africa has had largest concentration of conflicts and child soldiers. Mark Drumbl further states that about forty percent of child soldiers in the world are present in Africa. Child soldiers mostly[Read More…]

by April 24, 2020 Human Rights
Japan- South Korea Economic War

Japan- South Korea Economic War

In August 2019, as world watched the China-US trade war play out, another tit for tat spat occurred between South Korea and Japan, as it threatened the world’s tech supply chain and made the global economy more uncertain. It came at an unfavourable time when Brexit was also looming, and putting businesses under an onslaught. The dispute involves historical grievances[Read More…]

by April 23, 2020 World
Amazon’s Wildfires and its Deforestation

Amazon’s Wildfires and its Deforestation

 2019 Amazon wildfires, that lit up in August, led to an international concern about the fate of the rainforests, responsible for world’s twenty percent oxygen, often called as the ‘lungs of the world’. The country’s National Institute for Space Research reported that there were more than eighty thousand fires, the most that it had ever recorded. It was nearly an eighty percent[Read More…]

by April 22, 2020 World
India’s Historic Drought by Naveed Qazi

India’s Historic Drought by Naveed Qazi

Since 2015, India is facing widespread drought conditions, with around six hundred million Indians facing extreme drought stress. The Indian government has accepted this fact in its own report ‘Composite Water Management Index: A Tool For Water Management’, published in June 2018. The repercussions are such that farmers, hit by crop failures, are struggling to stay prosperous. Droughts have also[Read More…]

by April 21, 2020 India
Zimbabwe’s Food Crises

Zimbabwe’s Food Crises

Zimbabwe’s food security poses a serious threat to national security, as it can cause civil unrest and general insecurity in the country. Zimbabwe is facing the worst food shortage in recent memory. Once known as the breadbasket of the continent, the country is now facing its most serious crises. It has resulted in a lot of fear and loss of[Read More…]

by April 20, 2020 World
US-China Trade War

US-China Trade War

  The conflict between the US and China is not simply economic — it has political, cultural and military dimensions. For quite a while, world’s two largest economies, or superpowers, as a matter of fact, have been locked in a trade war. The result has been imposition of tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of each other’s goods.[Read More…]

by April 18, 2020 World
Kashmir’s Struggling Peace

Kashmir’s Struggling Peace

The troubled valley of Kashmir, is a place, where seasons of peace, don’t last long. After death of more than hundred thousand people, it has been declared as a war zone, which has its boiling points, that have precipitated, out of its historic phases of insurgency. It is also a valley of mass protests, arising out of conditions, that are[Read More…]

by July 1, 2019 Kashmir
Kashmir: Time For UN To Act

Kashmir: Time For UN To Act

There has been no transparency in discussions arising from bilateral talks on Kashmir. From the last few years, calling off the Kashmir dispute has been the favourite argument arising out of Indian media commentators and political leaders. It is because of existing narration of implanting fervent Indian nationalism inside Kashmir valley. Economic development, financial incentives and being part of India’s[Read More…]

by April 22, 2017 Kashmir
Rethinking Kashmiri Leadership

Rethinking Kashmiri Leadership

Kashmir has seen a proliferation of conflict, yet responsible leadership is not yet understood by many of the leaders representing us. Rather, the so called ‘electoral leaders’ are trying to project Kashmir, through their manufactured representative democracy, from a ‘conflict state’ to a ‘post conflict state.’ The rationality given towards this exercise is the relevance of economic prosperity replacing the[Read More…]

by September 29, 2016 Kashmir
Kashmir’s Nationalist Idea

Kashmir’s Nationalist Idea

If we examine Kashmir’s history, notorious events like the Kashmir Conspiracy Case of 1958-1959 were events when leaders like Sheikh Abdullah became hypocritical double agents and were interestingly bailed later on. It actually fueled a proxy war and questioned the character of our leaders. These events were actually not good examples of serving the nation one belonged to. They were[Read More…]

by September 12, 2016 Kashmir
Kashmir: Struggle Of A Long Forgotten People

Kashmir: Struggle Of A Long Forgotten People

We live in times when Indian military establishment has been given a privilege. It is been tamed by the forces of nationalism, an entity that wants to entail its dogma. An irony indeed. After two lakh people attending a militant’s funeral, the historical anger, army colonies and beef ban controversy; it has once again proved to the world that Kashmiri[Read More…]

by August 26, 2016 Kashmir