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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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Indian Prime Minister Modi Visits USA

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‘… Forward Together We Go'

Vision Statement for the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership issued by the Prime Minister of India and the President of the USA

As leaders of two great democratic nations with diverse traditions and faiths, we share a vision for a partnership in which the United States and India work together, not just for the benefit of both our nations, but for the benefit of the world.

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Zero Nuclear Weapons: A Never-Ending Journey Ahead

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By Thalif Deen *

When the United Nations commemorated its first ever “international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons,” the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction?

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Lessons From Scotland For South Asia

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By Satya Sagar *

Though ‘No’ finally trumped ‘Yes’ and the United Kingdom stayed ‘united’ the recent referendum for Scottish independence holds several important lessons for both votaries of separatism as well as national unity everywhere.

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India - Pakistan: Why Are There Storms in Your Teacups?

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By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, ICM & SATP

"Why is there no storm in your ocean?" Maulana Aasim Umar, now designated as the leader of al Qaeda's jihad in the Indian sub-continent, had demanded of Indian Muslims in June 2013, "Today, when the call of Jihad is being raised all over the world and Muslims of every region have started Jihad in their lands to eradicate the system based on global disbelief, the leaders of the global Jihad have the right to ask... Why is it that the Muslims of India are totally absent from the fields of Jihad?"

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India and the US: From 1947 to Present

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By Deepak Nagpal

Relations between India and the United States have been on an up-and-down trajectory since Independence in 1947. While the seeds of distrust sown during the Cold War era and India's testing of nuclear weapons have seen bilateral ties plunge to new lows, the recent Indo-US civil nuclear deal saw relations surge to new heights.

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Afghanistan: Qualified Optimism

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

After days of negotiation between the two Presidential candidates, former Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, an agreement for the formation of a National Unity Government was signed on September 21, 2014, in the presence of incumbent President Hamid Karzai, Cabinet members and other high level Government officials. The resolution of the protracted faceoff following allegations of massive electoral rigging, was facilitated by the United States (US).

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Bangladeshi Girls Seek Equal Opportunity

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By Naimul Haq

Until five years ago, Shima Aktar, a student in Gajaghanta village in the Rangpur district of Bangladesh, about 370 km northwest of the capital Dhaka, was leading a normal life. But when her father decided that it was time for her to conform to purdah, a religious practice of female seclusion, things changed.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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ICT-2 orders to send two War Crimes accused to Chapainawabganj district jail: The International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) ordered to send two War Crimes accused of Shibganj sub-District, Mahidur Rahman (80) and Afser Hossain (75), to Chapainawabganj district jail and submit progress report on investigation against them on November 2 in the case for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. Earlier, on September 15, Mahidur was arrested from Dadonchalk village and Afsar Hossain from Satrashia village in Chapainababganj District. A local court sent them both to jail showing them arrested in a case over bomb explosion at Shibganj Shahid Minar on March 26, 2014. The Independent, September 24, 2014.

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Nepal: Landslide Leaves Women and Children Vulnerable

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By Naresh Newar

Living in a makeshift tarpaulin shelter, which barely protects her family from the torrential rainfall or scorching heat of this remote village in southern Nepal, 36-year-old Kamala Pari is under immense stress, worrying about her financial security and children’s safety.

The family’s only house and tiny plot of farmland were completely destroyed by the massive landslide on Jul. 2 that struck the village of Dabi, part of the Dhusun Village Development Committee (VDC) of Sindhupalchok district, nearly 100 km south of the capital Kathmandu.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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CPDCC for seven constitutional bodies in new statute: The Constitutional Political Dialogue Committee (CPDCC) of the Constituent Assembly (CA) in a meeting on September 27 decided to go for seven constitutional bodies in the new constitution, whereas there are only five such institutions at present. The CPDCC decided to increase the number of constitutional bodies to seven, giving constitutional status to the existing National Women´s Commission (NWC) and National Dalit Commission (NDC). The NWC and NDC were established in March, 2002 but neither of these have so far been given constitutional status. Myrepublica, September 28, 2014.

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Karachi Residents Trapped

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Between Armed Assassins and Private Bodyguards

By Zofeen Ebrahim

With a rise in sectarian killings, extortion, drug peddling, kidnappings and land grabbing, Pakistan’s sprawling port city of Karachi, home to some 20 million people, has become a hotbed of crime.

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