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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 Panama Papers

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Politicians, Criminals, Celebrities and the Rogue Industry That Hides Their Cash

By ICIJ - The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

A giant leak of more than 11.5 million financial and legal records exposes a system that enables crime, corruption and wrongdoing, hidden by secretive offshore companies.

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'We're 'Not Going to Stop,' Mossack Fonseca Tell Reporters

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By Martha M Hamilton - ICIJ

Mossack Fonseca co-founder Jurgen Mossack on April 7, claimed he was surprised to learn that clients of his firm had ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the current and former members of China’s Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee.

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Global Tax Havens or Havens For Dirty Money

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By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

Gabriel Zucman, the author of the 2015 book “The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens,” estimates that $7.6 trillion is stashed in tax havens. This amounts to 8 percent of the world’s personal financial wealth. The author believes that if all of this illegally hidden money were properly recorded and taxed, global tax revenues would grow by more than $200 billion a year.

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US Corporate Tax Cheats: Apple, G E, Microsoft and Others

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Hiding $1.4 trillion in profits in offshore accounts

By Patrick Martin – World Socialist Web Site

A report issued Thursday by the British charity Oxfam found that the 50 largest US corporations are hiding $1.4 trillion in profits in overseas accounts to avoid US income taxes, much of it in tax havens like Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

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NAM’s Principled Position on Nuclear Disarmament

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By International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies - New Delhi Times

Non -Aligned Movement has reaffirmed its principled positions on nuclear disarmament, which is its highest priority, and remains extremely concerned at the threat to humanity posed by the continued existence of nuclear weapons and of their possible use or threat of use. Addressing the UN General Assembly on October 8 2015, H.E. Dr. Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement said that “The situation in the realm of nuclear disarmament continues to be characterized by impasse.

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The Inevitability of Nuclear War?

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By Winslow Myers - Counterpunch

Nuclear war is coming. Our officials are currently increasing the chances of that.

I only write ominous op-ed pieces like this in the spirit of hoping I’m an inaccurate prophet. But I’m unable to avoid the difficult conclusion that nuclear war, absent an immediate, fundamental, worldwide change in attitude, is an inevitable part of our future. It could be weeks, months, or years away. But it is coming.

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A World Without Nuclear Weapons

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How We Can Make Our Vision A Reality

By Barack Obama - The Washington Post

Of all the threats to global security and peace, the most dangerous is the proliferation and potential use of nuclear weapons. That’s why, seven years ago in Prague, I committed the United States to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and to seeking a world without them. This vision builds on the policies of presidents before me, Democrat and Republican, including Ronald Reagan, who said “we seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.”

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Security Of Nuclear Weapons Challenges

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For South Asia And The Muslim World

By Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury - Institute of South Asian Studies - Eurasia Review

The apprehensions that nuclear weaponry might fall into undesirable hands are growing. President Barack Obama of the United States has given leadership in bringing the issue to the fore in the just-concluded Washington conference. With the forthcoming changes in the US Administration, greater responsibility will devolve on to the international community in this regard. The imminent Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Turkey should take up the cudgels in this matter in real earnest. This would bring credit to the leaders of the Islamic world in their countries, and beyond.

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UN Chief Welcomes Outcome of Nuclear Security Summit

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By J Natranis - IDN-InDepthNews

The international community must pursue broader measures of revention in the context of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, in particular by addressing the conditions conducive to terrorism, especially preventing violent extremism, stopping the flow of foreign fighters, blocking terrorist financing, and working to promote human rights and sustainable development, according to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

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A Nuclear Armageddon in the Making in South Asia

By Dilip Hiro - Truthout                        

Undoubtedly, for nearly two decades, the most dangerous place on Earth has been the Indian-Pakistani border in Kashmir. It's possible that a small spark from artillery and rocket exchanges across that border might -- given the known military doctrines of the two nuclear-armed neighbors -- lead inexorably to an all-out nuclear conflagration. In that case the result would be catastrophic. Besides causing the deaths of millions of Indians and Pakistanis, such a war might bring on "nuclear winter" on a planetary scale,leading to levels of suffering and death that would be beyond our comprehension.      

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Why India is Upset About Obama's Remarks

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At Post-Nuclear Security Summit

By Ankit Panda - The Diplomat

For India, the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), which wrapped up in Washington, DC, was meant to be an opportunity for it to demonstrate its bona fides as a responsible stakeholder to the global community. However, a seemingly off-the-cuff comment by U.S. President Barack Obama, the NSS host, has New Delhi upset. At a press conference following the conclusion of the NSS, Obama cited India alongside Pakistan as an “area where I think we’d need to see progress.” Specifically, he said the challenge was to ensure that “Pakistan and India, that subcontinent, … as they develop military doctrines, that they are not continually moving in the wrong direction.”

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