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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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Nepal can't afford even 7 Pradeshes, says PM Sushil Koirala: On December 26, Prime Minister (PM) Sushil Koirala said even seven Pradeshes will be more than necessary for a small country like Nepal. Inaugurating the 41st general convention of Nepal Jaycees in Banepa of Kavre, Koirala said Nepal cannot afford as many as seven Pradeshes once it adopts the federal structure. "Top political leaders are holding a discussion to reduce the number of Pradeshes," Koirala said. Himalayan Times, December 27, 2014.

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Pakistan: Killing Carte Blanche

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Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *

In its latest killing spree, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) targeted an army public school in Peshawar. As many as 142 innocent human beings, predominantly minors and most civilians, were executed in a singular display of gory savagery. We, at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), took out a silent mourning procession to Laalik Chowk, which has become a venue of political manifestations in our neighbourhood.

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Pakistan: The Hatred Comes Home

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By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, Institute for Conflict Management & SATP

In a barbaric act of terror, a seven-member suicide squad of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) killed at least 133 school children and nine staff members, including the Principal, in an attack at the Army Public School (APS), Peshawar (capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, KP) on December 16, 2014. Another 121 persons, including 118 students and three staffers sustained injuries. The attack, which started at about 10 am (PST), ended after more than eight hours, when the seven-member suicide squad was eliminated. Nine personnel of the Special Services Group (SSG), a special operations force of the Pakistan Army, including two of its officers, sustained injuries during the operation. An estimated 1,100 students and staff members were inside the school at the time of the attack, of which some 960 were rescued.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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From Misc. Sources

Terrorist Attack In Pakistan Kills More Than 130 Children:
By Keith Jones
A terrorist attack Tuesday by the Tehreek-e-Taliban or Pakistan Taliban on a military-supported public school in Peshawar in north-west Pakistan left more than 150 people dead—the vast majority of them children. READ MORE

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Sri Lanka: Who Can Free Us To Make Our Own Choice?

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By Nilantha Ilangamuwa *

The following article is based on a media interview given by the author recently

Well… Elections are not new for us. In fact most of elections were turned into a type of carnival where supporters of the each parties enjoy their political blindness out of the social disorder which was deliberately created by neo-feudalistic clan in the Island nation. This is an entertaining tragic drama of distorted political culture.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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Sri Lanka Presidential Election: Socialist Candidate Challenges All Other Forces:
Interview with Siritunga Jayasuriya, Presidential candidate for the United Socialist Party.
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Links: UN Declaration: Yoga Day, US-Cuba, Nuclear, Oil Prices

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UN Declares June 21 As International Yoga Day, PM Modi Elated:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had proposed holding an international yoga day in his UN General Assembly speech on September 27 this year, voiced his elation on Twitter. "Elated! Have no words to describe my joy," he tweeted.

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Surprise of the Year: Only One?

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

Six years beyond the onset of global crisis, and the lamentation seems louder: pundits are increasingly perplexed by the planet’s prolonged period of perpetual perturbations. We’re living through a period replete with surprises – weather issues, political upsets, conflict, disease, economic turbulence, and so on. In fact, a huge surprise these days would be a year of no surprises. This too has been a year marked by what others have referred to as ‘serial disappointments’ – and the occasional upside. So, does anything stand out in 2014 as an ‘out of the blue’ development?

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Terrorism and Islam

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By Pritam K. Rohila Ph.D. *

On December 14, Boko Haram’s terrorist attack resulted in death more than 32 and kidnapping of 185 people, in northeast Nigeria.

Two days later, (December 16), national security forces killed a self-styled Muslim cleric who had taken people hostage at a café in Sydney, Australia.

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Long Road to Justice: Human Rights of Female Migrant Workers

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By Shobha Shukla *

In her opening address at the Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on Beijing+20, being held in Bangkok, Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) mentioned that, "Migration into exploitative work is continually on the rise, living wages and decent work conditions are being denied and with deadly consequences. The cheap, exploitable labour of women is underwriting the so-called 'Asian Century' and is used to attract investors to the region."

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UK Complicity And CIA Torture: MPs Demand Judicial Inquiry

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By Countercurrents.org

The UK MPs are demanding a judicial inquiry into Britain’s involvement in CIA, the US intelligence agency, abductions of terror suspects. Human rights groups are also raising the same demand. The demands are being made following the recent release of a US Senate report into brutal torture methods used by CIA.

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