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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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US Escalates Intervention In Mideast Crisis

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By Patrick Martin

The Obama administration has stepped up its military involvement in the civil war that has spread from Syria to Iraq, further fueling the slaughter and heightening the level of destruction and human suffering throughout the region.

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Cold War Renewed With A Vengeance As Washington Again Lies

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By Paul Craig Roberts *

The Cold War made a lot of money for the military/security complex for four decades dating from Churchill’s March 5, 1946 speech in Fulton, Missouri declaring a Soviet “Iron Curtain” until Reagan and Gorbachev ended the Cold War in the late 1980s. During the Cold War Americans heard endlessly about “the Captive Nations.” The Captive Nations were the Baltics and the Soviet bloc, usually summarized as “Eastern Europe.”

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The Birth Of A Eurasian Century: Russia And China Do Pipelineistan

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By Pepe Escobar *     Part I

Take Me to Cold War 2.0

Despite recent serious financial struggles, the BRICS countries have been consciously working to become a counterforce to the original and -- having tossed Russia out in March -- once again Group of 7, or G7. They are eager to create a new global architecture to replace the one first imposed in the wake of World War II, and they see themselves as a potential challenge to the exceptionalist and unipolar world that Washington imagines for our future (with itself as the global robocop and NATO as its robo-police force). Historian and imperialist cheerleader Ian Morris, in his book War! What is it Good For?, defines the U.S. as the ultimate “globocop” and “the last best hope of Earth.” If that globocop “wearies of its role,” he writes, “there is no plan B.”

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Unhealthy Diets Are Threatening Global Health

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By Shobha Shukla *

An estimated 65% of the world’s population lives in countries where obesity leads to more deaths than underweight. In 2012, over 40 million children under the age of five were considered overweight or obese, 30 million of who were living in developing countries. Around 3.4 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischaemic heart disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.

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The Shame of Mental Health Care In The US

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By Fazal M. Kamal *

A combination of lethal weapons and psychological aberrations, obviously, makes an incredibly volatile concoction. Thanks to the powerful and resource-rich gun lobby in the United States access to arms is all too easy---even for people with serious mental issues, as is evident, from daily reports in the media. But of course those on the payroll of gun manufacturers and their patrons the murder and mayhem the guns generate across the nation is of no consequence.

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Climate Change: Finally, The US Gets Serious

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By Saleemul Huq *

President Obama’s recent declaration on limiting emissions of carbon dioxide by a third from coal fired power plants in the US is a major step in the right direction and marks the tipping point in US engagement in tackling the global problem of climate change.

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Globalization: Dead or Alive?

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

Even before the last economic cycle ended, the bell was tolling. High energy prices were driving globalization onto the rocks, according to a highly-publicized Canadian book. The onset of crisis compounded the doomsaying. Me-first nationalism swept across the planet, threatening to undo the vast global integration that was the last cycle’s hallmark. Is globalization dead?

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Military Action is Necessary But Not Sufficient

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The recent police brutality resulting in 11 deaths and blatant vandalism by a notorious goon on the occasion of a demonstration by the followers of rabble-rouser Tahirul Qadri is a stark reminder that our political class is still vindictive and uncouth.

By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *  

At long last the Pakistani military has decided to take strong action against terrorists in the tribal areas of FATA. It was correct of the Nawaz government to try to resolve the conflict with the Taliban and their associates peacefully through negotiations but, after the attack on Karachi airport, little doubt remained that the terrorists were hell-bent on imposing their reign of terror on the whole of Pakistan. In this regard, let me say that military action against the Lal Masjid terrorists was equally justified.

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Balochistan: IEDs: The Price of Deceit

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

At least six Security Force (SF) personnel were killed and another three were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in the Shati Kandao area of Pandyali tehsil (revenue unit) in the Mohmand Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on May 24, 2014. The IED, planted on the roadside, exploded when an SF vehicle was passing by.

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Afghanistan: 2nd Round Vote Result May Throw Up Surprises

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By Pajhwok Report

Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) has collected unofficial results from 170 polling sites across the country and tallied the votes polled there during Saturday’s runoff presidential election.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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Sri Lankan Parliament extends term of PSC for another six months: Sri Lankan Parliament on June 19 gave approval to extend the period granted to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) responsible for recommending and reporting on political and constitutional measures to empower the people of Sri Lanka to live as one nation till December 21, 2014. The Chairman of the PSC and the Leader of the House, Nimal Siripala de Silva told Parliament that the term of the PSC, which was earlier set to conclude on 22 June, will be extended by another six months. The PSC is expected to comprise 19 governing party members and 12 opposition members. Daily News, June 21, 2014.

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