South Korea ‘Stonewalling’ Iran Attempt to Use Oil MoneySouth Korea is holding the largest sum of Iran’s oil money frozen under US pressure and yet it is reportedly stonewalling attempts to repatriate it at a time when the Islamic Republic badly needs the billions of dollars to put its economy in order and fight a new coronavirus outbreak.
Chinese President Urges Army to Prepare for WarChinese President Xi Jinping has urged the country’s military to “comprehensively” strengthen the training of troops and be prepared for war, as tensions rise between Beijing and a number of other countries.
Alwaght- Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan as the only political party with religious (Islamic) approaches in Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries has always played a positive role in maintaining cultural and political stability of the country. Announcement of the results of the first phase of recently held parliamentary election indicated that this party has not managed to enter the parliament. Hence, the party leaders paid special attention to change of management process of the party.
Alwaght- Heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation, the Tajikistan’s president Emomali Rahmano has recently made a visit to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. The president, after meeting his Turkmen counterpart Gurbangaly Berdimuhamedow has outlined the results of the talks in a joint news conference.
Alwaght- Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan as the only legally registered Islamic party in Central Asia was established in 1991. The party won eight per cent of the votes in the previous parliamentary election in Tajikistan, two seats out of the country's 63 parliamentary seats. However, in the last parliamentary election held in March, 2015, the party failed to pass the five per cent election threshold, failing to gain any seat in the Tajik parliament. In these conditions, Muhiddin Kabiri, the head of the party traveled abroad and did not return to Tajikistan. In fact, fear of being arrested for a court case against him, and the growing speculations over banning the activities of the Islamic Renaissance Party, and the criticism against the performance of the party were so intense while the leaders of the party expressed their concerns over government activism in the election and post-election period. The leaders of the party argued that the crackdown of Dushanbe government has practically prevented their entry into the Parliament.
Alwaght- West Asia events are developing so fast that not only make impacts on neighboring regions such as the Central Asia but also they make the political observers and analysts fully confused. The emergence of the ISIS terrorist group with a joint Western-Arabic design, beside the Turkey’s negative role and attendance in Syria and Iraq have paved the way for persistence and growth of the so called Islamic takfiri and ideological movement in the susceptible and acceptant region. Meanwhile, Afghanistan is among the most vulnerable countries open to the ISIS's rise and development, however, not an ISIS whose members fight for their ideology but a local and instrumental one whose members are mercenaries who only aim to make more money. Such a movement would be able to get access to the Central Asia, Tajikistan in particular. Some experts familiar with the region's development predict that that after decrease in the ISIS’s activities in Syria and Iraq and after settling down the Yemeni crisis, penetration of the ISIS in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan would be the priority of the US and its allies.