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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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SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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The Roots Of Religious Fundamentalism

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By Ali Mohsin *

In an interview with Reuters, Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, head of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), offered to review Pakistan’s notorious “blasphemy” laws, saying that there are varying opinions on the issue within the clergy. Just days later, however, Sherani backtracked from his statement, declaring that the CII would not change or amend the laws in order to satisfy its many critics . Sherani’s about-face should have come as no surprise. After all, this is a man who supports child marriage, having vehemently opposed a recent bill that would have outlawed this retrograde social practice.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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Air Force jets pounded militants' hideouts in the in the Maizer area of the Dattakhel tehsil (revenue unit) in NWA and killed at least 15 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants.

Twenty-four militants were reportedly killed in airstrikes by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jet fighters in the Dattakhel subdivision of NWA on February 23.

15 militants were killed and eight of their hideouts destroyed near the Pak-Afghan border area after cross-border mortar shelling targeted a security checkpost in the Alwara Mandi, Khar-Tangi and Maizer areas of Kurram Agency on February 23. Daily Times , Dawn , The News , Tribune ,February 23-29, 2016.

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A Suggested Overall Framework For Reconciliation Discourse

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By Basil Fernando

The author is sharing this writing, with a suggested over all frameworkfor reconcilation discourse in Sri Lanka. It is meant to provoke thought and discussion. Responsiblity for this view is the author’s alone.

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Sri Lanka: Turning Anew into a Geopolitical Battle Ground

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By Kalinga Seneviratne* | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis

On January 8, 2015 when President Mahinda Rajapakse’s former Cabinet colleague Maithripala Sirisena defeated his old boss in a shock election result campaigning on heralding a non-corruptible ‘yahapalana’ (good governance) regime, people of Sri Lanka took a deep breath, some with euphoric expectations and others with fears of war and terrorism re-visiting the now peaceful island.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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'Sri Lanka is totally committed to implement UN resolution to address accountability during last phase of war, says Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera: Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera while delivering a speech at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC on February 25 said that Sri Lanka is totally committed to implement the United Nations (UN) Resolution to address the accountability during the last phase of the war. He said, "Our government is totally committed to the successful implementation of this resolution, not because of any desire to appease international opinion, but because of our conviction that Sri Lanka must come to terms the past in order to forge ahead and secure the future the Sri Lankan people truly deserve." Colombo Page, February 27, 2016.

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The Collapse of the Next Industrial Revolution

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By Naseem Javed - Biz Community

Now that all the brilliance of the mighty popular World Economic Forum 2016 in Davos, themed as The Fourth Industrial Revolution, has been fully captured, streamed and indexed. It's now time to find a revolt.

The 'Big Question' that was never asked - was it really about the mastery of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or a politically correct murmuring of a long overdue collapse of industrialised centricity itself?

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Where in the World is America Shopping?

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

If there’s a global crisis in the works, somebody didn’t tell US consumers. Oh, the media has tried, but it seems even that persuasive voice can’t buck fundamentals. Low gasoline prices have suppressed overall sales, but peel away that effect and control for other volatile categories, and January sales put first-quarter consumer spending on track for a 4 per cent gain. At the same time, December was revised up. Put that together with a housing sector that’s on the up and up and an industrial sector that’s running thin on capacity, and the world’s top economy isn’t looking so bad. Throw in a strong US dollar, and it’s clear that this situation is boosting US imports from the rest of the world. So, where in the world is America shopping these days?

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Germany’s Deutsche Bank In Crisis

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By Gustav Kemper

After a record loss of €6.8 billion in the 2015 business year, Deutsche Bank’s shares have plunged in value by 35 percent in the first weeks of 2016, reaching their lowest level since 2008. By comparison, even in the year of the 2008 financial crisis, the bank’s losses amounted to only €3.9 billion. The bank’s share price, which at one time was above €100, is currently moving between €13 and €16.

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Europe Is Built On Corpses And Plunder

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By Andre Vltchek

Andre Vltchek's speech at the Italian Parliament, accusing Europe of being built on plunder, rape and murder.

...Who pays for those 35-hour workweeks? Who pays for socialized medical care and free education in the European Union? Definitely not the Europeans themselves! Most of the funds used to come from the colonies, from that unimaginable plunder of the world performed by the West....

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Obama’s Wars: Expanded US Military Power, Threats Against...

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Russia and China

By Jack A Smith

The Obama Administration is expanding its military power and threats against Russia and China as well as increasing its war efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria while preparing to restart Washington’s old war in Libya.

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ABC’s of the US Empire

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By Gary Corseri

“A” Is for “Asininity”

That’s a particular kind of stupidity

All of us can be stupid at times. (Ever see that picture of Einstein with his tongue hanging out like an aardvark’s, clowning—one supposes—for the camera?)

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