JANUARY 2017

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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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TTP Hardening Lines

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On August 26, 2014, a group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ‘commanders’ broke away from the parent organization led by Maulana Fazlullah and formed a new outfit called Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA, Assembly of Freedom). The announcement was made through a video release. JuA includes TTP factions from the tribal areas – Bajaur, Khyber, Mohmand, and Orakzai Agencies in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA); and Charsadda, Peshawar, and Swat Districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

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Pakistan Under Siege

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

For over three weeks, beginning August 16, 2014, Constitution Avenue in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, have been the epicenter of violent demonstrations. Thousands of demonstrators, belonging to the Imran Khan led-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), have thronged the venue.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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90 militants among 97 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 15 terrorists were killed in air strikes by Security Forces (SFs) in the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb in the Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on September 28.

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Innovation Offers Hope in Sri Lanka’s Poverty-Stricken North

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By Amantha Perera

In this dust bowl of a village deep inside Sri Lanka’s former conflict zone, locals will sometimes ask visitors to rub their palms on the ground and watch their skin immediately take on a dark bronze hue, proof of the fertility of the soil.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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ITAK affirms self-rule within a unitary state in Sri Lanka: The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), the main constituent of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), on September 22 in an affidavit to the Supreme Court affirmed that neither the ITAK nor the TNA will seek a separate state within the territory of Sri Lanka.

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Caliphate, Ataturk and the Modern Era

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Strict segregation of men and women, the unequal relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims and the institution of slavery were part and parcel of the medieval tradition of the caliphate

Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *

I have argued … that no general political or constitutional theory exists in Islam. Equally, in the last sermon delivered by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a huge public gathering where thousands of his followers had assembled during the Hajj in 632 CE, he had nothing to say about temporal succession.

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Jihadism And How It Could Be Isolated, Contained And Defeated

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By Alan Hart *

I must start by saying that Jihadism is my necessary headline shorthand for violent Islamic fundamentalism in all of its manifestations. In this article I’m going to ask and offer answers to two main questions. The first is – Where does this madness come from? I mean what is it, really, that gives birth and life to violent Islamic fundamentalism?

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Struggle Against ISIS Shields US Oil Grab

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By Jean Shaoul

Seven years ago, US Senator Chuck Hagel, now Obama’s defence secretary, said of the occupation of Iraq, “People say we're not fighting for oil. Of course we are. They talk about America's national interest. What the hell do you think they're talking about? We're not there for figs.”

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Penetrating The Darkness Covering Two Malaysian Airline Disasters

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By John Chuckman *

In each case, there appears to be only one explanation consistent with known facts

I wrote previously of a second great mystery surrounding the disappearance over the Indian Ocean of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, and that second great mystery is the United States’ utter silence surrounding its disappearance, despite its being the very nation able to offer the best information from the world’s most sophisticated radars and spy satellites. There can be no question that the United States gathered data on that catastrophe because its military and intelligence surveillance is unblinking. The fact that we did not hear a word from America, and still do not, can only mean its government wants the event, like the airplane itself, to sink, in this case into public forgetfulness.

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Global Economy: The Near-Term Business Bet

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

Money talks. Right now, it’s telling us what business thinks about near-term growth. And a great gauge of this conversation is the opinion of purchasing managers. All over the world, buyers in companies, regardless of size or reach, are making daily decisions about acquiring the inputs needed to produce what they sell. They not only have to forecast their needs and striking prices, but they have to match these to expected future sales. In effect, they are forecasters who are continuously being assessed on their judgment calls. So, what are they saying these days?

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Climate Change Means Lifestyle Change

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By John Scales Avery *

Scientists are unanimous in warning us that unless we very rapidly reduce CO2 emissions, we risk passing a tipping point beyond which we will be powerless to prevent uncontrollable global warming. We risk a human-produced extinction event comparable to the Permian-Triasic thermal maximum, during which 96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of terrestrial vertebrates became extinct.

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