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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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An Unlikely Source of Stimulus

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

Recession? Hard to believe that word has crept back into the business banter again. But there it is, and more than a few are concerned about the possibility of a general downturn in activity. Whether it’s likely or not, part of the fear-factor is the perceived lack of policy tools to combat economic weakening. Fiscal policy is generally in repair mode OECD-wide, and is a growing concern in emerging markets. Monetary policy is still ultra-loose, seven years and running. Downturn would slide us swiftly into a depleted tool box – or would it? Are all the tools tapped out?

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IMF Issues New Warning on Global Economy

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As Chinese exports plunge

By Nick Beams

The International Monetary Fund warned this week of a further weakening of the global economy following the release of figures showing a significant decline in Chinese and global trade.

In a major speech to the National Association for Business Economics in Washington on Tuesday, the first deputy managing director of the IMF, David Lipton, said that it was “most disconcerting” that the rise in “risk aversion” was leading to a “sharp retrenchment in global capital and trade flows.”

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Export Success in China

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

China-watchers – last time I looked, that was just about everybody – shuddered early this year. The Middle Kingdom’s stock markets were rocked on the first business day of 2016, stoking Fed-fed fears of further turmoil. The worry hasn’t waned; there’s a full-blown Sino-scrutiny industry at play, dissecting every detail of data in an effort to determine China’s staying power, or lack thereof. Canada cares, as China is now our number two trading partner. Is our dramatic diversification into this market over, on hold, or still a great opportunity?

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Salubrious Spring Opening at New Jersey Art Show

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By Raj S. Rangarajan *  

If it’s March, it’s Spring and start of the art season. For the basketball fan, it is March Madness. Among the annual art events are shows from IAAC – the New York-based premier South Asian institution for art, films, theater, dance, et al. – Indo American Arts Council.

For the first time, IAAC decided to cross the Lincoln Tunnel and move west to Bedminster, New Jersey – a shot in the arm for Garden State’s collectors and art aficionados.

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International Women's Day 2016

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Ten facts, figures and statistics about women's rights

By Lydia Smith

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political, social and cultural achievements of women. This year, the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity with the Pledge for Parity theme. To mark this day, here are ten reasons we need to continue working towards advancing the rights of women and girls worldwide.

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GMO and the Right to Know: But What’s Hidden Beneath the Label?

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By Colin Todhunter

Rachel Parent’s campaign (Kids Right To Know) on GMO labelling has been the subject of a GM industry strategy aimed at countering her message. Despite this, in January 2016, Rachel Parent managed to get an invite to Monsanto’s annual shareholders’ meeting in St Louis (listen from 31:45). From the floor, she had the opportunity to address Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant directly and began by saying:

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Afghanistan Reeling under Foreign-backed Terror

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

At least 15 people were killed and another 31 were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest in a pedestrian area between the Ministries of Finance and Defense in the Pul-e-Mahmood Khan area of national capital Kabul on February 27, 2016. Most of the victims were civilians (though the numbers are yet unspecified), in an attack that apparently targeted Government employees.

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Bangladesh People’s Liberation: Rising Up With Arms In 1971

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By Farooque Chowdhury

The Bangladesh people’s rebellion included deny the state’s authority and rise up with arms in 1971; and it cemented base of the people’s march to liberation, an eternal yearning of all the exploited and deprived, of all the victims of inequality and injustice, of all bombarded with lies, deceptions and hypocrisy in all ages, epochs and periods.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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20 militant outfits are trying to recruit documented as well as undocumented Rohingyas living in Districts of Chittagong, Cox's Bazaar and Bandarban, says Intelligence report: Intelligence report said that 20 militant outfits are trying to recruit documented as well as undocumented Rohingyas living in the Districts of Chittagong, Cox's Bazaar and Bandarban. The report said that the militant groups named their alliance as Hilful Fuzul Al Islam Al Bangladesh to recruit the Rohigiyas. The recruitment drives are carried out by leaders of local and foreign militant groups. The outfits exploit the helplessness of the refugees from Myanmar. New Age, March 30, 2016.

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Nepal: Education to Eliminate Most Social Evils

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The Himalayan Times

Education will be a highly important factor in drastically bringing down the practice of child marriage in the country.

Legislation alone is not enough to eliminate most social evils. This is most strongly seen in the superstitions and other wrong practices prevalent against girls. For example, the law banned child marriage long ago in Nepal, but the practice goes on even now in an alarming degree. Indeed, this is more prevalent among some sections of society than others.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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TRC unveils plan to complete investigation into conflict-era human rights violation cases within a year: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on March 30 unveiled its plan to complete investigation into conflict-era human rights violation cases within a year. During a meeting of Social Justice and Human Rights Committee of the Parliament, TRC Chairman Surya Kiran Gurung presented a plan of action, stating that the transitional justice mechanism would submit its final report to the government by early February 2017. Himalayan Times, March 31, 2016.

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