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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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Bangladesh India Myanmar: Emerging Threat

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 27, 2013, two displaced persons (DPs) were killed and another six were wounded when Security Forces (SFs) fired to disperse a crowd that had gathered at a military base in Kyein Ni Pyin, a camp for DPs in the Pauktaw area of Myanmar's Rakhine State.

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Afghanistan: Victim’s Family Takes UK Govt. To Court

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By Kate Clark, AAN*

A case of civilian casualties originally researched by Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) has found its way to the High Court in London. A bank worker from rural Takhar, Habib Rahman, who lost five close relatives in a targeting killing during the 2010 Afghan election campaign, is challenging the legality of the alleged involvement of a British civilian police body in putting together the military’s targeted killing list, the so-called JPEL. AAN Senior Analyst Kate Clark, who conducted the original investigation, reports.

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Bangladesh: Compensation For The Rana Plaza Victims Forgotten

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By Anu Muhammad *

It is really unbelievable! Nearly 3 months passed since deadly factory collapse on 24 April, no compensation for the families of the killed and injured has been declared, not to say payment of that to thousands of families living now in utter distress. The prime minister has handed over some money, collected through donation, to few hundred families. That can be called preliminary help, not compensation, but that also stopped since June 19.

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Resisting Justice

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On July 17, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) awarded the death sentence to Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) ‘secretary general’ Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed. The prosecution had stacked seven charges against him, including the killing of eminent journalist Serajuddin Hossain in Dhaka; mass killings at village Baidyadangi in Faridpur District; confinement of Ranjit Kumar Nath after taking him out of a Pakistan Army camp in Faridpur District; confining and causing torture to Abu Yusuf Pakhi; killing of Badi, Rumi, Jewel, Azad and Altaf Mahmud at Nakhalpara Army Camp in Dhaka; killing of intellectuals in Dhaka; and killing of Hindu civilians and persecution in Faridpur District. The Court found him guilty on five of these charges, but the prosecution failed to prove the charges of confining Ranjit Kumar Nath and confining and causing torture to Abu Yusuf Pakhi. Mojaheed was arrested on June 29, 2010, and was indicted on June 21, 2012.

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Rooppur Nuclear Plant Unsafe, Not Viable

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Letter from Concerned Citizens

We, the scientists, engineers, academics, doctors, surgeons and other professionals of Bangladeshi origin living abroad as well as conscientious foreign nationals and dignitaries, are very much concerned about the safety and economic viability of the proposed nuclear power plant at Rooppur. Our concerns arise from the following considerations:

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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Resist JeI as it is flexing its muscle again, says Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury: Deputy Leader of the House of the Nation, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, on July 25 urged all to be united to resist Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) as it is flexing its muscle again. She said, "They are trying to raise heads once again …they're conspiring again. We must get united as we'll have to resist JeI… we'll have to tougher …we the freedom fighters will have to annihilate them in our lifetime." She further said, "We'll have to resist those who still dream of turning the country into Pakistan. We'll never let the country slip into the hands of Pakistan. We'll have to move forward with the Liberation War spirit." UNB Connect, July 26, 2013.

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Myanmar: Towards Resolving Kachin Conflict

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By Richard Johnson

A tentative peace agreement in Burma's Kachin conflict – one of the longest-running ethnic insurgencies in the country and in fact in the world – signifies a major opportunity to secure lasting peace in what is officially known as Myanmar as a whole. Yet, there will be significant challenges in doing so, says an eminent think-tank.

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Nepal: Moving towards Elections

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 13, 2013, the Interim Election Government formed on March 13, 2013, headed by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi, announced November 19, 2013, as the date for holding fresh Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. After the dissolution of the first CA on May 27, 2012, it was first decided to hold elections for the new CA on November 22, 2012. The absence of a political consensus forced a deadline extension to June 21, 2013, and now, further, to November 19.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Party would obstruct the CA polls slated for November 19 at any cost, says CPN-Maoist-Baidya Chairman Mohan Baidya: The Communist Party Nepal-Maoist-Baidya (CPN-Maoist-Baidya) Chairman Mohan Baidya on July 22 said his party would obstruct the Constituent Assembly (CA) polls slated for November 19 at any cost. Baidhya warned, "We shall disrupt the CA polls as the Government and the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) have invited us for talks with condition." Baidya reiterated that his party would not sit for talks with the Government and the four major parties until they scrapped the 11-point agreement and articles amended in the Interim Constitution. Himalayan Times, July 23, 2013.

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Pakistan: Atoms for Peace and Development

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By Haleema Saadia

It has been 15 years since Pakistan was forced to declare that it is a nuclear weapons power. However, Pakistan was a nuclear power since many years before. It is one of those few states which are harnessing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes since decades. These applications include electricity production, agriculture research, crop production and protection, nuclear medicine, industrial development and environment protection. Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was established in the backdrop of the US Atoms for Peace Program under which the US supplied nuclear technology and information to a number of states around the world.

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Shias: Sectarian Targets

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By Anurag Tripathi
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

At least 60 persons were killed and 180 others were injured when two suicide bombers on motorcycles blew themselves up within a minute of each other outside an Imambargah (Shia place of worship) at Parachinar Bazaar (market) in the Kurram Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on July 26, 2013. Ansarul Mujahideen (AM), a subsidiary network of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attacks. Abu Baseer, ‘spokesman of AM’, stated that Shia community members were the target, and claimed, “We have planned more similar attacks against the Shia community in Pakistan to seek revenge of (sic) the brutalities of Shia on Sunni Muslims in Syria and Iraq.”

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