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AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-USA

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Indigenous Peoples Insist on Equality of All Rights

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Analysis by Rizwy Raheem - IDN-InDepth News

The world’s indigenous peoples – estimated at over 370 million living across 90 countries and accounting for 15 percent of the poorest – remain isolated, both politically and geographically.

So, nearly a thousand participants from Asia, Africa, North America, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean gathered together to air their grievances before the United Nations at a two-week long conference, which concluded May 20.

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Is Growth its Own Worst Enemy?

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

Januaries are jinxed. Look at the data: in the past five years, there has been some big unpredictable event in the opening weeks of the year that has nixed first-quarter global economic performance. This year was no exception. In fact, the jinx jumped the gun. On day one back at our desks, China’s stock market tumbled so fast it closed itself down. What hurt more was the almost instant ricochet into other markets. Equities, bonds, commodities and currencies were all caught up in the fast-spreading mayhem. It fed into a marketplace desperate to leave the turbulence of 2015 behind it. Instead, things got worse.

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Tobacco Control Must be a Priority for Health Professionals

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By Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant *

As lung cancer treatment outcomes are difficult and five-year survival is abysmally low, preventing lung cancer is a top public health priority. Up to 90% of lung cancer cases are because of tobacco use. Therefore effective implementation of evidence-based and comprehensive tobacco control policies will make a huge difference in slashing new cases of lung cancer as well as preventing a large number of other diseases, disabilities and premature deaths attributed to tobacco use” said Professor (Dr) Prakit Vathesatogkit, Executive Secretary of Action on Smoking and Health Foundation of Thailand.

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When Will We Say No to The Arms Race?

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By Imtiaz Alam - Kashmir Images

India has further escalated the arms race in the Subcontinent – first, by testing the nuclear capable K-4 submarine-launched ballistic missile last month and now with the successful launch of a supersonic interceptor ballistic missile on May 15.

With COAS Raheel Sharif in China, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz have vowed to match the escalation. The question that arises is: should we continue to unsustainably follow India on the escalation ladder and compete piece by piece or should we opt for a viable option and revisit our national security paradigm?

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INDIA - MYANMAR: Border Perils

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

The Myanmar operation will leave behind no lasting legacy beyond the sorry spectacle of people in high office claiming undeserved victories, seeking undeserved honours… This was a relatively minor operation, and will have only transient tactical and psychological significance. An operational success has been imposed, and the rebels, who have till now had almost undisturbed sanctuary in Myanmar, will lose their sense of impunity. Over time, however, they will adapt and draw deeper into the jungles and take fuller precautions against discovery and neutralization, unless the present operation is followed up by a more sustained and enveloping campaign. 

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"Covert should remain Covert"

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Karachi: Murky Operations

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On April 20, 2016, seven Policemen guarding polio workers were shot dead in two separate target killing incidents in Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Ehsanullah Ehsan, the 'spokesman' of the Jama'at-ul-Ahrar (JuA, Group of the Free), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), while claiming responsibility for the attack in an email statement sent to Agence France-Presse (AFP) asserted, "We have carried out both attacks on the polio teams in Karachi, this was a part of ongoing attacks on Police and law enforcement agencies."

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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JuD offers funeral prayer for Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Peshawar: The Jama’at-ud-Dawa (JuD), the frontal organisation of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), on May 27 held funeral prayers in absentia for the deceased Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. JuD provincial ‘spokesperson’ Ghazi Inamullah said that the funeral prayers in absentia were offered at Jamia Masjid Khyber Markaz in Peshawar and attended by hundreds of JuD activists and general public. Dawn, May 28, 2016.

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Nepal's Chronic Crises

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On May 17, 2016, 13 persons, including 11 cadres of the Federal Alliance, an alliance of 30 ethnic and Madhesi parties formed on July 31, 2015, and two Policemen, were injured when Police clashed with the demonstrators outside Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s residence at Baluwatar in the national capital, Kathmandu.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Would sit for talks if Government sent formal letter in name of Alliance, says Federal Alliance: Federal Alliance during a meeting held in Kathmandu on May 27 said that it would sit for talks if the Government sent a formal letter in the name of Alliance. The Alliance has also decided to launch Province and District-centric protests in the next phase of protest programmes. The Himalayan Times, May 28, 2016.

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Executing the Designer of Death

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On May 11, 2016, Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) amir (chief) Motiur Rahman Nizami (75), who masterminded the formation of the ruthless militia Al Badr that unleashed terror against Bengalis erstwhile East Pakistan, killed unarmed civilians, raped women and destroyed properties during the Liberation War of 1971, was executed at Dhaka Central Jail.

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Extremist Spike

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On April 30, 2016, a Hindu tailor, identified as Nikhil Joardar (50), was hacked to death at his tailoring shop in the Dubail area under Gopalpur upazila (sub-District) of Tangail District. Hours after the incident, Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the killing saying he ‘blasphemed’ against Prophet Muhammad.

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