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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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Fatwa threatening media freedom re-issued: Fatwa (religious edict) naming certain Pakistani media and journalists as "enemies of the Mujahideen" was re-issued on October 19 in the form of a post on social networking site Twitter. "We condemn this explicit and targeted threat to journalists, which greatly increases the dangers to which they are already exposed," said Reporters without Borders on October 25. Dawn, October 26, 2013.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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Colombo decides to summon CMs of all nine Provincial Councils to cabinet meetings once a month: Colombo has decided to summon the Chief Ministers (CMs) of all nine Provincial Councils to the cabinet meetings once a month. Accordingly, the Chief Ministers will attend the cabinet meeting at the third week of every month. This is a practice which will be restarted after a lapse of some time. Sources said that the restart of the programme is specifically aimed at summoning the newly appointed Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council C.V. Vigneswaran with whom the Government is building up a rapid rapport for reconciliation. Colombo Page, October 18, 2013.

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Challenges Remain But Good News for Nuclear Disarmament

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By Ramesh Jaura*

There is a lot of good news on the nuclear disarmament front but there are miles to go before the campaigners for banning the bomb can ‘lie down and sleep in peace’. Almost seventy years after the first use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, about 17,000 continue to threaten the very survival of humankind.

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Nuclear Arms Wake-up Call

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By Ramesh Thakur *

Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to humanity that is unmatched by any other contemporary threat in magnitude, gravity and urgency.

Consider the indicators of the high policy salience of the nuclear weapons challenge: the new START Treaty between Russia and the United States, President Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin in June 2013, North Korea’s third nuclear test in February 2013, tightening sanctions on Iran to compel it to abandon a suspected nuclear weaponization path, unresolved tensions between India and Pakistan, growing nuclear arsenals of China, India and Pakistan, and the fear of an act of nuclear terrorism that lies behind the series of past and forthcoming nuclear security summits.

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Climate Crisis Threatens The Bay Of Bengal

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By Countercurrents.org *

Climate crisis is threatening the Bay of Bengal, whose “low-lying littoral — including coastal regions of eastern India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Sumatra — is home to over half a billion people”, writes Sunil S. Amrith in The New York Times*.

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Rising Migrant Remittances Highly Significant

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By J. C. Suresh

A new report has highlighted the importance of funds remitted home by migrants, which are now nearly three times the size of official development assistance given by rich developed nations and larger than private debt and portfolio equity flows to developing countries. They exceed the foreign exchange reserves in at least 15 developing countries, and are equivalent to least half of the level of reserves in over 50 developing countries, says the latest issue of the World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief.

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Abuse Of Migrant Workers In MENA Countries

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By Graham Peebles *

Given the choice few people would leave their families and friends and migrate from their homeland. The tens of thousands that pay unscrupulous ‘agents’ and criminal gangs to transport them hundreds or thousands of miles (often across borders), are compelled to do so to find work and to earn money to support themselves and their loved ones at home. The Middle East and North African (MENA) countries are some of the destinations of choice for both men and women seeking work, women look for domestic work and child-care, whist employment in the construction industry, is the goal of the tens thousands of men from South East Asia living in stifling poverty.

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Asthma Medicines Still Unaffordable For Many

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By Shobha Shukla *

Globally around 300 million people suffer from asthma, yet for many of them living in low- and middle-income countries access to quality-assured, affordable asthma essential medicines still remains a distant dream. This was revealed in a study conducted by Dr Zaheer Babar from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Auckland and Dr Karen Bissell from the University’s School of Population Health and International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and published in the journal PharmacoEconomics.

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Did They Trick Us into Smoking?

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By Carolyn Kavita Tauro*

Most smokers would reply that no one tricked them into smoking. It was and has always been their sole decision to smoke. However, when one looks back it is not uncommon to see the different reasons why people, both young and old smoke. The common ones we all know: “we need it to be part of the group; it makes us look cool; it helps keep my weight down; it relieves my tension; …. the list is endless.

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Rising Poverty In Germany

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By Countercurrents.org

German policymakers are boasting of an improving economy while the number of households needing government support is on the rise.

Citing figures released by the German Federal statistics office on October 28, 2013 a RT report [1] said:

The number of those requiring welfare in Germany went up 3.3 percent to 343,000 at the end of 2012. The figures show an increase from 332,000 Germans on subsistence payments from 2011.

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U. S. Foreign Policy from the Founders' Perspective

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By George Friedman
Founder and Chairman

… Whenever there is a discussion of the guidelines laid down by the founders for American foreign policy, Thomas Jefferson's admonition to avoid foreign entanglements and alliances is seen as the founding principle. That seems reasonable to me inasmuch as George Washington expressed a similar sentiment. So while there were some who favored France over Britain during the French Revolutionary Wars, the main thrust of American foreign policy was neutrality. The question is: How does this principle guide the United States now?

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