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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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FOCUS: The End of Endless War?

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By Lt. Gen. Robert G. Gard, Jr. and Usha Sahay *

Ten years ago today (March 19), America invaded Iraq primarily to counter a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threat that did not exist. The invasion launched a war that lasted nearly nine years, took well over 4,000 American lives, saw tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed, and cost over $800 billion dollars, not counting additional billions to help the wounded and injured.

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Business Investment: Ready to Roll?

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By Peter G. Hall *
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

The economic and financial meteorite that crashed into the world economy back in 2008 left a massive crater. Since then, policymakers have been scrambling to fill it in. All the while, many have cast a wistful, sardonic or resentful eye at a glaring anti-crater: the mountain of money accumulating on corporate balance sheets. Despite appeals to part with a part of the pile, it has only grown. Will corporations ever start to spend, or is the penny-pinching a permanent legacy of the crisis?

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Terror: Fire is The Overlooked Threat

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By Scott Stewart
Vice President of Analysis

People sometimes obsess over the potential threat posed by terrorist attacks that use things such as chemical weaponselectromagnetic pulses or dirty bombs. Yet they tend to discount the less exciting but very real threat posed by fire, even though fire kills thousands of people every year. The World Health Organization estimates that 195,000 people die each year from fire, while according to the Global Terrorism Database an average of 7,258 people die annually from terrorism, and that includes deaths in conflict zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Inequality: People Getting Fed Up With The Mighty Few

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By Roberto Savio*

For those who think that Occupy Wall Street, the indignados in Spain, the World Social Forum and the hundreds manifestation of protest worldwide are expressions without concrete outcome, the result of the recent Swiss referendum (March 3 2013) on capping the salaries and bonuses of banks executives should make them think twice.

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The World of 542 Superpower Words

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By Naseem Javed *

There are 542 words that will start to impact the business world very soon. These are the 542 dictionary words applied for as generic top level domain from the Internet Authority as gTLDs at an average cost of million dollars each. What will these dictionary words achieve as global gatekeepers of cyber name identities, what power will they exert on new and established brands and who will be the new winners or losers in these global races? Which dictionary words will win gold, silver or bronze medal as top level domain names and why? Each one of the 542 proposed dictionary word top level domains will be analyzed and categorized…check the list of 542 names www.azna.com

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Airlines: A New Crossroads for Global Travel – Middle East

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By A Correspondent

Over the course of the coming decade, the world's international airports will be presented with unprecedented route development opportunities, as the 'Big Three' Middle East carriers, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Emirates, enter a highly aggressive development phase.   - © CAPA

It's 1 a.m. and the sprawling airport in this desert city is bustling. Enough languages fill the air to make a United Nations translator's head spin. Thousands of fliers arrive every hour from China, Australia, India and nearly everywhere else on the planet. Few venture outside the terminal, which spans the length of 24 football fields. They come instead to catch connecting flights to somewhere else.

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Wake Up and Smell the Air

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By Sunita Narain *

Our health is not on anybody’s agenda. Or, we just don’t seem to make the connections between the growing burden of disease and the deteriorating condition of our environment. We don’t really believe the science, which tells us each passing day how toxins affect our bodies, leading to high rates of both morbidity and mortality. It is true that it is difficult to establish cause and effect, but we know more than enough to say that air pollution is today a leading cause of both disease and death in India and other parts of South Asia.

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Trailblazing Conference Urges Ban On Nukes

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By Ramesh Jaura*

There are miles and miles to go before a world without nuclear weapons becomes a reality. But a significant step towards banning atomic arsenal capable of mass annihilation has been taken in Oslo, the capital of Norway, which is an ardent member of the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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Nuclear Bomb Pulses Solve Police Cold Cases

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By Allison Barrie*

Former U.S. nuclear weapons titan Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is applying its bomb know-how to help solve police cold cases.

Lawrence Livermore was established in the Cold War to advance American nuclear weapons. The lab was responsible for many pivotal advances, from thermonuclear missile warheads for submarines to developing the first high-yield warheads small enough to be carried in bulk on a ballistic missile.

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The Rise and Fall of South Asian Independent Cinema

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By Tushar Unadkat *

Facts show that in the first decade of the new millennium, there were on an average of 4 to 5 independent South Asian feature films produced every year. Now, not so much. We spoke to five such independent filmmakers across North America who told us why.

Lonely in America (1990) was shown in 74 countries, 37 film-festivals and was the first Indie American film on HBO which was a landmark opening for South Asian independent cinema in North America," says New York based, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tirlok Malik.

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The First International Day Of Happiness And Wellbeing

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By Josh Malkin, Florence Scialom & Larch Maxey *

Wednesday 20th March 2013 was a historic day for global wellbeing, because the United Nations declared it the first ever International Day of Happiness. This signifies recognition of the relevance of happiness and wellbeing as universal goals in people's lives around the world, and acknowledgement of the importance of these goals in public policy objectives.

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