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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 Rhetoric and Reality of Donald Trump's Foreign Policy

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Geopolitical Diary – Stratfor

The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency has set the world abuzz. 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 eagerly trying to get the ball rolling on negotiations while warning that they expect real concessions from the Trump White House. A largely helpless Mexico and other major trading partners of the United States are trying to weather a storm of uncertainty over future U.S. trade policy. The coming months will test the reality behind Trump's rhetoric on major policy matters. What follows is internal brainstorming with Stratfor analysts on some (not all) of the bigger hot spots that will be affected by his presidency.

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The Donald Trump Enigma: The Elusive Billionaire and His...

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Corporate Labyrinth... Is Donald Trump worth £10bn or £788m? ... depends on who you listen to.

By Roger Baird , Dan Cancian – International Business Times - UK

Among the many things Donald Trump promised the American people during his US presidential campaign was that a skillful dealmaker in the White House was all that was needed to turn the country around. The notion of himself as the arch fixer is one he has carefully nurtured over his 45-year business career, and many American voters believed his acumen would sort the problems caused by a generation of bungling politicians.

But it is wise to approach the Trump business empire, which spans hotels, beauty pageants and TV production, with a mixture of awe and caution.

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Could President Donald Trump Start a Nuclear War?

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By Jon Lockett – The Sun

Not so long ago, it was implausible that a major nuclear power — the US, Russia, or China — would consider using atomic weapons in any imaginable conflict scenario.

But no longer and experts fears this is likely to be our reality for years to come, which means that the next president will face a world in which a nuclear decision-making point might arrive far sooner than later.

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U.S. Election: Special Update

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NOVEMBER 9 - 3 AM EST

Donald Trump, as US president, will be the voice and figurehead of one of the world’s largest economies until 2020 – people living in even the most remote regions of the world will be affected by this. The US is the world’s largest trading nation and the president is the one responsible for negotiating trade agreements that affect the lives of billions worldwide.

 

Congratulations America!

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Have You Just Been Trumped? The Influence of Money…

By Colin Todhunter – Global Research

I watched Donald Trump’s presidential victory speech. He spoke a lot about unity, the potential of ordinary, marginalised people and about making the US great again. He spoke about rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, creating jobs and about finding common ground with other nations. He can be quite charismatic and, taken at face value, quite convincing. His victory was, to a large extent, achieved because many (white) working class folk could identify with much of his rhetoric.

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Donald Trump Is Elected President

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Stunning Repudiation of the Establishment

By Matt Flegenheimer and Michael Barbaro – The New York Times

Donald John Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday in a stunning culmination of an explosive, populist and polarizing campaign that took relentless aim at the institutions and long-held ideals of American democracy.

The surprise outcome, defying late polls that showed Hillary Clinton with a modest but persistent edge, threatened convulsions throughout the country and the world, where skeptics had watched with alarm as Mr. Trump’s unvarnished overtures to disillusioned voters took hold.

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Why do the Poor Vote for the Rich?

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Trump, Berlusconi, and the Empire of Lies

By Ugo Bardi – Cassandra’s Legacy

The results of the US elections were not so surprising for me; after all, I live in a country where politics has been dominated by a financial tycoon, Silvio Berlusconi, for more than 20 years. Berlusconi and Trump share many characteristics, but the most curious one is that they are rich and that the poor vote for them. Why is that? Are the poor stupid or what?

But the poor are not stupid. It is true that they are badly misinformed by the Western media, but they also perceive that they are facing a true Empire of Lies and that they are being lied to, consistently, brazenly, and gleefully. There are plenty of studies (*) showing that people detect lies not on the basis of rational considerations, but on a much simpler test: consistency. They take into account what a person does, not so much what that person says.

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