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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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Solutions for Pakistan

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By Saeed Qureshi *

Unlike Saudi Arabia and Iran Pakistan is not a religious but a nation state. It should be liberated from socio-religious taboos that hinder its progress and development like other developed nations around the world. It was Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who switched Pakistan then relatively a secular state towards a theocratic state. It was the unbelievable mind boggling somersault that came from a highly modernized, secular leader and proponent of democracy, human rights, equality and liberty. 

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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No more excesses with Balochistan now, says Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif: Prime Minister (PM) Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on April 25 said that the Balochistan people faced huge excesses in the past but it would not happen now. He termed democracy a self-regulated system of accountability and said the democratic norms were flourishing in the country. The News, April 26, 2014.

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Sri Lanka: In The Mid Of Water-Energy Nexus

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By Darshana Ashoka Kumara *

It is our common sense that water and the human life are inextricably linked. Water is part and parcel of all the aspects of human life: health, food production, economic vitality, etc. In a country like Sri Lanka, still we are rich with a good number of water sources. But Sri Lanka has been facing hardships in recent years due to changes of rain patterns, a result of the climate change.

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Terror Interrupted

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

Apprehensions of an attempted revival by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s (LTTE) were proven true when, in the early hours of April 11, 2014, a Security Forces (SFs) team launched a cordon and search operation in the forest area off Padaviya in Anuradhapura District, and was fired upon by militants hiding in the forest. The SFs killed three armed local LTTE leaders, reportedly in retaliatory fire. The dead were identified as Selvanayagam Kajeepan alias Gobi, Sundaralingam Kajeepan alias Thevihan and Navaratnam Navaneethan alias Appan.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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NPC passes several resolutions demanding withdrawal on 16 overseas Tamil groups ban: Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on April 28 passed several resolutions demanding that the ban of 16 overseas Tamil groups be withdrawn forthwith. The resolutions, moved by member M.K. Sivajilingam, were adopted unanimously. NPC Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam told that the resolutions also called for a political solution to the national question. Daily Mirror, April 29, 2014.

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U. S. Defense Policy in the Wake of the Ukrainian Affair

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By George Friedman
Founder and Chairman Stratfor

Ever since the end of the Cold War, there has been an assumption that conventional warfare between reasonably developed nation-states had been abolished. During the 1990s, it was expected that the primary purpose of the military would be operations other than war, such as peacekeeping, disaster relief and the change of oppressive regimes.

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The U.S. Opts for Ineffective Sanctions on Russia

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By George Friedman

The United States announced new sanctions on seven Russian government officials April 28. A long-used tactic, sanctions can yield unpredictable effects or have no effect at all, depending upon how they are crafted. It is commonly assumed that sanctions are applied when a target country's actions are deemed unacceptable. The sanctioning nation presumably chooses sanctions to avoid war when war would be too costly or could result in defeat.

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The Hidden Truth in Unemployment Stats

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

Have you seen the numbers lately? We should be celebrating in the streets! Recent economic performance has driven unemployment rates down to levels that many believed would not be seen for years to come. So why doesn't it feel that way? Is everyone missing the greatest development in the world economy in years, or is there some good reason for deferring the big party?

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International Initiative On Global Internet Governance

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By Countercurrents

“Brazil believes that the governing of the internet should be multi-sector, democratic and transparent. We consider the multilateral model to be the best way to govern it,” said Dilma Rousseff, the Brazilian president.

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Food Can Be A Politically Destabilizing Issue By 2050

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By Countercurrents

The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, said Dr. Fred Davies, senior science advisor for the US Agency for International Aid's bureau of food security. [1]

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Governments Meddling In Crucial UN Climate Report

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By Countercurrents

A top climate expert has claimed officials from all main countries 'insisted on changes in late-night meeting', and the intervention amounts to 'serious conflict of interest' although IPCC reports are supposed to be independent as they help shape policy.

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