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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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The Fed's Dilemma

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

Hysteresis is hobbling hope of a return to normal. High-frequency information flows have shortened our collective view of history, a myopia that could condemn us to the secular stagnation that prominent economists have already declared. Households face a potential paradox of thrift. Businesses have similarly retreated into a debilitating prudence. It seems that everyone’s looking to someone else to take the first step. Last week, it was the Fed’s turn. It turned out to be a highly-anticipated non-event, in that the world’s key short-term interest rate remained static. Is Fed hesitation just another sign of our hysteretic hovering, or is there something more to it?

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Pope Tells World's Top Arms Dealers To End Arms Trade

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By David Swanson

"Being at the service of dialogue and peace," he said, "also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade."

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U.S. Will Station New Nuclear Weapons in Germany

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By Eric Zuesse
RINF – Real Independent News & Film

Germany’s ZDF public television network headlines on Tuesday September 22nd, “New U.S. Atomic Weapons to Be Stationed in Germany,” and reports that the U.S. will bring into Germany 20 new nuclear bombs, each being four times the destructive power of the one that was used on Hiroshima. Hans Kristensen, the Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, says, “With the new bombs the boundaries blur between tactical and strategic nuclear weapons.”

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The Global Race To Build The Fastest Supercomputer

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By Clay Dillow – Popular Science

High-performance supercomputers can solve complex problems in climate science, aerospace design, biomedicine, and particle physics. But they are also used to develop new kinds of stealth technology, run complex ballistics models, and simulate nuclear weapon detonations.

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9/11 Whodunnit? – Kayhan Interview

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By Eric Walberg

14 years have passed since 9/11. Why has American public opinion never raised serious questions about the main cause of the incident?

Whether or not al-Qaeda and Bin Laden were the real architects of 9/11 remains disputed. The unwllingness to carry out a full investigation of 9/11 is inexcusable, and contributes to the uncertainty about who was behind the attacks.

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Who Is The Gravest Danger To World Peace?

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By Noam Chomsky – Truthout

According to the leading western polling agencies (WIN/Gallup International), the prize for “greatest threat” is won by the United States. The rest of the world regards it as the gravest threat to world peace by a large margin. In second place, far below, is Pakistan, its ranking probably inflated by the Indian vote. Iran is ranked below those two, along with China, Israel, North Korea, and Afghanistan.

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Growth: Left Behind?

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

There's nothing pleasant about it. From the child in the mall who suddenly realizes that mom’s not there, to the disoriented senior citizen, and everyone in between, getting left behind is no fun. Millions of workers were left behind by a global economy that faltered in 2008 and failed to properly recover. Labour force participation rates plunged as year after year, more discouraged job-seekers gave up looking. One of today’s puzzles is that, with job growth picking up, participation rates aren’t moving from their post-crisis lows. Is a growing economy likely to find some or all of these lost workers, or is activity moving on without them?

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Global Poverty And The UN Millennium Development Goals Program

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By Jon Kofas

One must also see through UN MDG as an effort to camouflage the growing inequality capitalism is creating and the growing lack of social justice. One could also argue that the UN MDG program is a Trojan Horse of imperialism on the part of the richest countries laying the groundwork the largest corporations to penetrate the less developed regions where most natural resources are available for exploitation and where labor costs are the lowest on the planet.

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Pacific Approach to Deal with the Dual Burden of TB-diabetes

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By Shobha Shukla *

Many of the 22 countries that comprise the Pacific Islands region have very high rates of type-2 diabetes (upto 37% prevalence in adults) and high rates of TB as well (upto 343 cases per 100000). In fact 7 of the world’s top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes are in the Pacific Islands region: Tokelau, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Cook Island, Nauru, Micronesia and Kiribati. Similarly, some countries also have very high TB rates. It is no wonder then that the problem of TB-diabetes co-morbidity afflicts this region as well.

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One Of History's Greatest Mass Migrations Of Peoples

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By Gaither Stewart

Let’s be clear: the direct, primary, basic, fundamental cause of the migration of peoples of Africa and Middle East is imperialist USA- sponsored, instigated, backed, prompted when not directly conducted wars in Iraq, Syria AND Libya and throughout most of Africa.

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In Syria, Putin Calls Obama's Bluff, Joins War Against ISIS

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By Eric Zuesse

According to German Economic News (September 1st, based on reports from ynetnews and others), Russia's President Vladimir Putin has apparently decided to establish in Syria a military base with thousands of soldiers and sufficient air power to do in Syria what the Obama Administration won't, which is to defeat ISIS and the other jihadists.

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