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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...

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With approval of power plants, conflicts have arisen ...

SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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Balochistan: Sanguinary Faultlines

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

In another act of targeting settlers from outside Balochistan, Baloch insurgents shot dead 22 Pashtuns on May 29, 2015, all of them daily wagers and labourers, who were travelling in two passenger buses en route to Karachi (Sindh) from Pishin District (Balochistan), in the Khad Kucha area of Mastung District. At least 15 to 20 militants, wearing Security Forces’ (SF) uniforms, came in three pickup trucks and abducted some 35 passengers. The militants subsequently killed 22, and set free another five. The fate of the remaining eight is unknown.

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Sisyphean Gains

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Two 'commanders' of the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) and Tanzeem Lashkar-e-Balochistan (TLB), along with a group of 57 insurgents, laid down their arms in the presence of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawab Sanaullah Zehri in the Khuzdar District of Balochistan on June 13, 2015. According to reports, BLF commander Din Jan aka Meeran and TLB leader Ubaidullah aka Beebarg laid down their arms and vowed to join the ‘national mainstream’. The leaders also chanted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ (Long Live Pakistan) and ‘Balochistan Paindabad’ (Balochistan Live Forever).

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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Air strikes kill 34 militants in FATA: Air strikes killed at least 20 militants in the areas close to Pak-Afghan border in the Shawal Valley area of North Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on June 28. The deeply forested ravines are a smuggling route between Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, and are dotted with terrorist bases used as launch pads for attacks on Pakistani forces. Further on the same day, 14 more militants were killed in the air strikes in the areas on the side of Khyber Agency. Daily Times, June 29, 2015.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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TNA asks Government to release Tamil political prisoners before holding festival for Tamil Diaspora: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) asked the Government to release Tamil political prisoners before holding a festival for Tamil diaspora. Former TNA parliamentarian from Batticaloa District, P. Ariyanenthiran said that the Tamils cannot accept holding a festival for the Tamil diaspora before the Government takes measures to release the Tamil political prisoners in jail. In order to encourage diaspora members to engage and contribute to efforts in Sri Lanka, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has proposed to organize a diaspora festival in Colombo later this year. Colombo Page, June 29, 2015.

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Europe: Pent-up Demand…Where?

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

Doomsayers have had no lack of pet issues over the past few years. Their favourite zone of the world has been Europe. The ill-fated Zone has provided a continually replenished smorgasbord of structural chasms, failed fixes and debilitating events, enough to feed pessimists’ apocalyptic fancies and convince their readers that the end must indeed be nigh. Against such an onslaught, it’s a miracle that the Eurozone has made it this far. But does its recent path suggest that all the future holds is a continuing Sisyphean struggle, or will the Zone break free?

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It’s The Business, Stupid!

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By Parvez Alam

Politics is all about business and economics. Business conglomerates are running the world and not the elected governments. The recent Oxfam report 2015 says that “1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99% in 2016.” This is grave issue of inequality where democracy prevails in more than 80% of the globe. Democracy stands for building egalitarian society, that’s what common masses believed and accepted as the political system. But it seems that ideals of democracy is muffled and twisted for the ruling class.

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Militarism's Hostages

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By John Scales Avery

Do our “Defense Departments” really defend us? Absolutely not! Their very title is a lie. The military-industrial complex sells itself by claiming to defend civilians. It justifies vast and crippling budgets by this claim; but it is a fraud. For the military-industrial complex, the only goal is money and power. Civilians like ourselves are just hostages. We are expendable. We are pawns in the power game, the money game.

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The Jihadist Trap of Here and Now

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By Scott Stewart

In recent weeks, I have found myself spending a lot of time thinking about the jihadist strategy of al Qaeda and how it compares to that of the Islamic State. Earlier this month, I wrote about the possibility that the al Qaeda brand of jihadism could outlast that of the Islamic State. Last week, I wrote about how ideologies are harder to kill than individuals, focusing on the effect that the death of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Nasir al-Wahayshi will have on the group and the wider global jihadist movement.

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US, NATO Powers Intensify Preparations for Nuclear War

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By Thomas Gaist

The NATO military alliance is preparing to implement a more aggressive nuclear weapons strategy in response to alleged “Russian aggression,” according to NATO sources cited by the Guardian Wednesday
evening.

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Unemployment and the New Growth Cycle

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


Looking for a road map that traces the ups and downs of the global economy? The effect on regular people is a good place to start. Unemployment rates in economies everywhere chronicle the fallout of growth gone bad, and are a critical measure of the sustainability of growth cycles. They never tell us in advance, given that they lag the cycle, but they are generally a useful gauge of where an economy is at. So, what are unemployment rates in the world’s top developed economies telling us?

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New Hope For Avoiding Catastrophic Climate Change

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By John Scales Avery

New hope that such a catastrophe for human civilization and the biosphere can be avoided comes from two recently-released documents: The Encyclical “Laudatum Si' ” by Pope Francis, and the statistics on the rate of growth of renewable energy newly released by the Earth Policy Institute .

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