Brian Cloughley

  • Bassam Javed Despite the hurdles in the nuclear deal for 'the liability clause enacted by the Indian Parliament, and strict rules that restrict profitable investment in India by the US businessmen, Washington continues to court it as a compulsion for achieving its national security interests in ...

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  • I hope you will forgive me for quoting extensively from a book I have written, but I feel strongly that we should all reflect about what took place in the past when Mr Nawaz Sharif was in power. In November 1998, during Mr Sharif's leadership of government, the then President, Muhammad Rafiq Tarar, ...

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  • Russia has never been a friend to Pakistan, but that is no reason for any government in Islamabad to avoid movement towards more cordial relations with an increasingly important country. As has been shown in Georgia recently, the Russians are in no mood to take any nonsense from anyone, and are ...

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  • My intention to write a review piece about Naomi Klein's book The Shock Doctrine (published by Penguin - rush out to get a copy) was reinforced by the behaviour of a rich multinational company like those she describes in her excellently-written analysis. Being human, I tend to focus on personal ...

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  • So it is the work of the dastardly ISI, yet again. "American intelligence agencies have concluded that members of Pakistan's powerful spy service helped plan the deadly July 7 bombing of India's embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to United States government officials," said The New ...

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  • What do the following places have in common - Afghanistan, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and South Korea? They all have US army bases. There are dozens of them. To which add enjoyment or otherwise of the presence of US Navy headquarters and ...

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  • President Karzai of Afghanistan is a pleasant fellow. He is helpful, courteous, kind, cheerful and clean, as the Boy Scout pledge has it. He is a Boy Scout in a furry hat, really, although some of his family and many of his associates and supporters are crooked to the eyeballs. But at the ...

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  • The saying that the sauce that is good for the goose is also good for the gander - in other words, that the principle of equality should extend to personal and international conduct - has been stood on its head by absurd western reaction to Iran's missile tests. The White House in Washington ...

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  • Few would claim that Iran is a pleasant place in which to live, nowadays. It was pretty gruesome under the Shah, when there was no free speech and the secret police were licensed torturers and murderers, but under the present management it isn't much fun, either. It is impossible for the people ...

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  • The present troubles in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) can be said to have begun in 2003 when the army conducted its first forceful action (as distinct from peaceful entry to the so-called No Go areas in 2002). The operation was mounted because of reports that militants from ...

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  • Can anyone state exactly why foreign troops are in Afghanistan? What is the collective aim, the specific mission, the ultimate objective, of the 60,000 soldiers there? I ask this because, as I write, the news has come in of the deaths of four more British soldiers. And I wonder what they have died ...

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  • On the day that American airstrikes in Pakistan killed 11 Frontier Corps soldiers a committee of the US Congress in Washington released a report indicating that America was hated round the world. It recorded that "Anti-Americanism is at record levels thanks to US policies such as the war in ...

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