Mosque Attacked by Pakistani Taliban

Written by Allan Millward February 5, 2023 Tragedy has struck Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan after a suicide bomber blew up a mosque killing more than 80 people and injuring around 217. The mosque was situated inside a police compound and attended mostly by law enforcement officials. Conflicting messages from the Pakistani Taliban or Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP)... Continue Reading →

Kazakhstan Announces Parliamentary Elections

by Allan Millward Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart Tokayev Source:RFE/RL Almost a year after deadly anti-government riots engulfed the country, President Tokayev dissolved Kazakhstan's lower house of parliament, the Majjlis, and called for an election on March 19, 2023. The legislative election was initially slated for 2025 but was pushed up in response to last year's protests.... Continue Reading →

Its Xi’s Party Now

Written by Camden Hanley October 24, 2022 This week the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held their 20th Party Congress. A Party Congress is a large meeting held every five years where, among other things, the people who will be on the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) for the next five years are revealed. Those who are... Continue Reading →

Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Written by Camden Hanley - September 19, 2022 For the first time in 970 days, Xi Jinping has left China for international travel. He has arrived at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The SCO is an intergovernmental organization formed by the PRC in 2001. It mainly focuses on regional security issues,... Continue Reading →

New Taiwan Arms Sale

Written by Camden Hanley - September 12, 2022 The US has approved a $1.1 billion arms package for Taiwan. The package includes 60 harpoon anti-ship missiles, 100 sidewinder air-to-air missiles, and logistics support for Taiwan’s Surveillance Radar program. The logistical support comprises the largest portion of the package at $665.4 million, with $355 million for... Continue Reading →

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