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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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Malaysian Mystery Flight 370: Global Humanity And The Lessons

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By Mahboob A. Khawaja *

Global mankind feels tormenting pains and anguish to search for the missing Malaysian Flight 370 and to find rational answers, so far, unknown and perhaps unavailable. A tragedy in its making and unfolding day by day to the unknown horizons in critical analysis of a crisis situation. What went wrong to the aviation system that despite all of the information-age advancements and technological sophistication, none can tell with surety what tragedy hit the flight 370 enroute to Beijing with 239 passengers on board?

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No More Holding Back Women

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By Swapna Majumdar

Two thirds of countries globally now have laws against domestic violence with several significant transformations in legal frameworks in Asia and the Pacific. This significant shift over the last decade has not only led 15 countries in East Asia and the Pacific to enact domestic violence laws but six Asian countries have taken the important step of outlawing rape within marriage.

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EU: Climbing Out of the Abyss

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

Relatively speaking, this is old news. The European Union officially bade adieu to its protracted post-crisis recession in the second quarter of last year. But that was thanks mostly to the big economies. The troubled economies have been slower to shake off the red ink. One by one, they are gaining lift, and in certain cases, so much so that it is impacting employment statistics. Given the poor prognosis for these bedraggled economies, is the improvement sustainable, or a flash in the pan?

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E U: Institutionalised Corruption And The Revolving Door

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By Colin Todhunter *

One of the many ways by which rich corporations exert their influence over and hijack government bodies is via the ‘revolving door' process (1,2). Big business is highly adept at positioning its (former) employers within policy and regulatory bodies in order to slant legislation in its own interests. And employees from the government sector have often left highly paid, politically well-connected jobs to take up even higher paid jobs lobbying or working on behalf on behalf corporations, with former British PM Tony Blair being a prime example, working on behalf of big oil and big finance (3).

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US May Experience Constitutional Crisis, Finds The Intercept

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By Farooque Chowdhury *

A constitutional crisis may spark up in the US . Alleged conduct of CIA is at the center of the apprehended constitutional crisis. This was observed by a report in The Intercept , the English language news website edited by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill.

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Jimmy Carter Evades NSA by Using Snail Mail

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As He Is Sure That The NSA Is Spying On His E-Mail

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Former US president Jimmy Carter believes US intelligence agencies are spying on him — so much so, he eschews email to avoid government spies.

“You know, I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored,” Carter told NBC's Andrea Mitchell in an interview broadcast recently.

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