Is an ‘Afghan Awakening’ the solution?

OPINION by Helena Malikyar – With an intensified, geographically expanded, and increasingly polycephalic insurgency throughout Afghanistan, calls to arm are being issued by some marginalised politicians. The latest, coming from Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, threatened that if the government does not organise the public against the armed opposition, he will[…]

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Russia to continue to supply arms to Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Russia would continue to supply weapons to the Syrian government, following warnings from US and NATO over Moscow’s increasing involvement in the Syrian conflict. Lavrov told a news conference on Friday that Russia was conducting military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, that[…]

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US steps up arms for Saudi campaign in Yemen

The United States is supplying intelligence to the Saudi-led coalition bombing rebel positions in Yemen and will expedite arms supplies to the alliance, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken has said. Blinken told reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia was sending a “strong message to[…]

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China now world’s third biggest arms exporter

China has overtaken Germany to become the world’s third-biggest arms exporter, although its 5 percent of the market remains small compared to the combined 58 percent of exports from the U.S. and Russia, a new study says. China’s share of the global arms market rose 143 percent during the years from[…]

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Fire-ravaged areas at risk of landslides

As Capetonians breathe a sigh of relief following the containment of a devastating blaze that engulfed the South Peninsula last week, experts have warned that the area may still be at risk. The region has been the scene of a massive fire since the 1st March, with hundreds of firefighters[…]

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Saudi Arabia becomes biggest importer of arms

As Israel intensifies its attempts to curb the nuclear operations of Iran, Saudi Arabia has surprisingly crept up the ladder in terms of arms imports. A 2014 study listed the gulf nation as the world’s top importer of arms, above second place India; a country with a population 40 times[…]

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