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Our Reactions To Terror Are A Litany Of Hypocrisies

Social media reactions to terrorism or acts of terror make for very interesting case studies. Never before have the masses been able to opine with such freedom on platforms that allow millions of others to read and share their views. News channels, newspapers and so on today are being challenged by people directly as the internet, often via smartphones and tablets, offers unprecedented, and often alternative and raw access to information. However, such access and fluidity in information flow comes with certain shortcomings.

The Canard Of The Shia-Sunni War In The Middle East

Ever since the execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia, the retaliatory attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the subsequent diplomatic and trade cut off between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the media has reported widely on the Shia-Sunni divide. But how relevant is this? Are we really witnessing a Shia-Sunni division in Middle East?
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The "Salman Doctrine" Could Singe Pakistan

The Saudi royal reshuffle is bad news for Pakistan. King Salman bin Abdulaziz's appointment of his nephew and son as monarchs-in-waiting is more than a simple break with tradition. Beyond ensuring his Sudairi clan's foreseeable hold on power, this move provides continuity to the "Salman Doctrine." This doctrine discards the Kingdom's American security blanket, and reinforces what Anwar Gargash, the UAE Foreign Minister, believes: "Arab security... is the responsibility of none but Arab countries."
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The Presstitutes And The Poltitutes

A few of them will regale you with stories for a fee and give you what you desire to see, hear or read. Others just want to accompany you on sensual trips of exploration all over the world. They have the power to reduce every upheaval or turmoil to exclamations, sighs and groans. "Read between the lines," they say and you do that with pleasure.