JANUARY 2017

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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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Climate Summit Needs New Philosophy Of Humanity For Solution

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By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava *

Only waiting moments remain when the new summit on climate change will start under the auspices of UNO. This is a welcome step, since the days of Stockholm conference on sustainable development in 1972 , the world has changed much albeit with reference to environment it has detoriated. The new summit is therefore much relevant because if it fails to mitigate the climate problems , world is likely to doom.

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When Natural Disasters Happen: Do More Good Than Harm!

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By Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant *

Whenever natural disasters and humanitarian crises occur, enormous amount of resources are spent on relief and aid services, albeit without knowing whether they will do more good than harm. At a pre-conference symposium organized by Evidence Aid, before 22nd Cochrane Colloquium opens in Hyderabad, India, the message was clear from those with experience in disaster management activities: despite best intentions, lot of interventions are happening without strong evidence that they actually do more good than harm.

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A New European Foreign Policy in an Age of Anxiety

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By Shada Islam

The appointment of Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the new European Union foreign policy chief offers the opportunity for an overhaul of EU foreign and security policy.

With many EU leaders, ministers and senior officials slow to respond to world events given Europe’s traditionally long summer break, the 2014 summer of death and violence has left the reputation of ‘Global Europe’ in tatters, highlighting the EU’s apparent disconnect from the bleak reality surrounding it.

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US: The Sleeping Giant Awaketh!

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

Back in 2009, today’s title seemed far-fetched. Impossibly over-leveraged US consumers looked like they were down for the count, almost stone-dead. Their massive debt wall collided with plunging employment and an evaporation of the equity in their biggest single investment: the family home. Popular thought at the time held that it would take a decade or more to recover, and at that, growth would never again be quite what it was. Far from dead, this giant has had an extended snooze. Is it rousing?

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New York’s Homeless Pushed Deeper into the Shadows

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By Zafirah Mohamed Zein

Joe sits on newspapers spread on the sidewalk by the entrance to midtown’s Grand Central Station. His head rests in his hands, only looking up when coins from passersby clink into his paper cup.

The 36-year-old says “people who just got out of jail” steal from others in the bathroom and violence is rampant, as shelter staff members turn a blind eye. Throughout the conversation, Joe holds tight to his backpack, making sure it stays close.

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