JANUARY 2017

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- Suresh Jaura
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0712 flag pakistanSectarian violence in Karachi is just another chapter in Pakistan’s long history of violence against minorities, has afflicted Pakistan virtually from its moment of birth...

TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY

U.S. allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, smiling through their teeth, are feverishly hoping that Washington will maintain its security commitments. The Russians are ... . . ..   

AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-USA

A US revaluation of its Af-Pak policy appears likely under Trump... It is, however, unlikely that US AfPak policy under Trump will be ‘more of the same’. Crucially, Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism in Afghanistan . . .

NUCLEAR WWWIII

Escalation of hostility may become a thermonuclear WWIII.

ARM & TRAIN

Non-Muslims in violent conflict areas to enhance the security...

HYDRO BOOM & CONFLICTS

With approval of power plants, conflicts have arisen ...

SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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LETTER FROM U.K.

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Rafale French Fighter Britain Reeling Under Huge Indian Deal Lost to France

By Shastri Ramachandaran*

When the British first came to India it was, avowedly, to civilise the natives. Now, 65 years after they departed, they are agonising over the threat posed by the civilised in India to the native – the Jarawa tribe in the Andaman Islands.

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LETTER FROM EUROPE

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The German Dilemma in the European Debt Crisis

By George Friedman

The German government proposed . . . that a European commissioner be appointed to supplant the Greek government. While phrasing the German proposal this way might seem extreme, it is not unreasonable. Under the German proposal, this commissioner would hold power over the Greek national budget and taxation. Since the European Central Bank already controls the Greek currency, the euro, this would effectively transfer control of the Greek government to the European Union, since whoever controls a country's government expenditures, tax rates and monetary policy effectively controls that country. The German proposal therefore would suspend Greek sovereignty and the democratic process as the price of financial aid to Greece.

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LETTER FROM U.S.A.

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Republican Primaries: Fooling Some of the People

As the primary race heats up for the Republicans, Eric Walberg looks at the “radical centre”

Salafist (excuse me, “deeply Catholic”) Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum appears back in the race for chief elephant after trouncing Mitt Romney in Minnesota and Colorado. But beware: Minnesotans are an unpredictable lot, with the only black Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison, their own Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and of course 9/11 Truther and wrestler-governor Jesse Ventura (1999-2003).

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Yahoo Gives iPad the Power to Understand TV

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An app that knows what you're watching can serve up related Web articles or other information—as well as targeted ads.

By Tom Simonite

A new iPad app from Yahoo can recognize any TV show by listening to the audio, and automatically serve up related Web content, such as news stories related to a news broadcast or play-by-play stats for a ballgame.

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ECONOMY: Count the Natural Debt, Too

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By Sunita Narain

Now that Europe’s debt crisis is unfolding all around us, shouldn’t we question why the world is determined to live beyond its means and not worry how it sabotages our common future? The debt crisis is a mere symptom of a deeper malaise. The fact is that countries, private companies and individual households can run only if they can borrow against their assets and hope that the debt will grow slower than the value of their asset. Most financial analysts will now tell you that this business is doomed because of the Ponzi scheme nature of the loan business, where borrowing is used to speculate to get more loans and so repayment becomes difficult and over time impossible.

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Doing Business with New Cyber Platforms

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By Naseem Javed | President ABC Namebank

The word gTLD [generic top-leven domain] has been added to the hardcore lexicon of global branding. Why is this new spin causing vertigo to some? Before you say anything else like 'what'? Just hold on. It makes no difference whether you already are an expert on gTLD or not. The fact is it's in your face and we all have to deal with it for a long time, so deal with it. On the internet today, from around the world, there are over 10,000 articles on ICANN's GTLD platform with a pro and con analysis ranging from 'marketing, branding, naming and global cyber image expansion issues' all the way to how it will 'destroy big brand management.'  The sooner you can articulate the topic, the faster you will enjoy the ride.

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Trade Stats Speak Volumes

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By Peter G. Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist EDC

Data is normally the analyst’s best friend. Add a dollop of volatility, and it can fast become a foe. Data’s wacky wanderings of late have foiled many a forecast and contributed to an exaggerated, widespread sense of unease. International trade data were no exception, volatile right through the end of 2011. Do they give any hints of where global trade activity is headed this year?

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TPP is Canada's New Trade Strategy

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By Peter G. Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist EDC

Get used to it, because it’s fast becoming a part of international trade language. Yes, there’s another acronym to learn, but it’s no fly-by night buzzword. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is here to stay, and it’s gaining momentum. What is it, and why does it matter for Canada?

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Respect Dignity of Life, Convoke Nuke Abolition Summit

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By Ramesh Jaura

In a variation of the legendary slogan "make love, not war", an eminent Buddhist philosopher is calling for a nuclear-free world in which genuine human security, sustainable development and unwavering respect for the dignity of life do not only comprise an ideal but constitute an entrenched reality.

In a 23-page 'peace proposal,' titled 'Human Security and Sustainability: Sharing Reverence for the Dignity of Life,' Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda pleads for a nuclear abolition summit in 2015 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the two cities so that the growing momentum toward elimination of nuclear weapons becomes irreversible.

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Will Sanitation Find a Place in South Asia?

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By Alka Pande

More than a billion people do not have access to toilets in South Asia. Over 700 million of these people defecate in the open and get exposed to severe health risks, violence besides adding to environmental pollution. On top of this, majority of schools without toilets and hand washing facilities, which restrict the behaviour change in the next generation, are only making the situation worse. The above situation has brought the South Asian at a crossroad where though they are performing better economically but at the same time facing daunting health challenges.

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