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- Suresh Jaura
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MORE SMOKE & MIRRORS

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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Surgical Strikes: Nuclear South Asia On Tenterhooks

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Responding to nationalist clamouring for retaliatory strike against Pakistan in response to attack on Uri army camp on September 18th, Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across the LoC on Wednesday night, the DGMO said on Thursday in a press briefing. The new developments have put the South Asian region where over 200 nuclear weapons are on battle ready mode on tenterhooks.

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Apocalypse Alert: How India-Pakistan Nuclear War Will Kill...

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12 Million, destroy two countries

By Shreya Biswas – India Today

Ever since Sunday's deadly attack by four Pakistan-backed terrorists at an Indian Army base in Uri, emotions have been running high. Social media has been flooded with posts -- from common people to celebrities -- voicing support for a war against nuclear-armed Pakistan.
In fact, bizarre polls have surfaced on Twitter asking people if they're ready to lay down their lives in a nuclear war with Pakistan.

In fact, bizarre polls have surfaced on Twitter asking people if they're ready to lay down their lives in a nuclear war with Pakistan.

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Three Concrete Steps Toward South Asian Nuclear Stability

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By Jayita Sarkar - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

India and Pakistan continuously increase their stockpiles of fissile material. Pakistan possesses 
battlefield nuclear weapons that it threatens to deploy against India. New Delhi is close to completing deployment of a nuclear triad. Non-state actors in South Asia pose a perpetual threat of gaining access to nuclear weapons or materials. Artillery fire along the India-Pakistan border is frequent.

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A Nuclear Arms Race That Could Spell Disaster For India, Pakistan

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Islamabad will likely feel compelled to match New Delhi’s strategic modernisation, given that its pursuit of tactical nuclear weapons was provoked, in part, by Indian actions.

By Debak Das - The Wire

Islamabad will likely feel compelled to match New Delhi’s strategic modernisation, given that its pursuit of tactical nuclear weapons was provoked, in part, by Indian actions.
Strategic weapons modernisation in South Asia is increasingly becoming a bone of contention between India and Pakistan. With India recently introducing its first squadron of indigenously produced Tejas fighters – combined with its development of a nuclear triad, ballistic missile defence and intercontinental ballistic missiles – the contours of this strategic rivalry are evolving.

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Kazakhstan Claims 'Moral Right' to Push for Banning Nukes

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By Ramesh Jaura - IDN-InDepthNews

The fact that President Nursultan Nazarbayev shut down the Semipalatinsk test site "against the interests of the Soviet military authorities" even before the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan became "fully independent", is not widely known.

The decision reflected a strong political will, the courage to translate it into reality, and put a series of follow-up measures in place which, as Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov says, give Kazakhstan "the moral right to push for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, both globally and regionally".

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For A Nuclear Strike, US President Would Follow These Steps

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By Dave Merrill, Nafeesa Syeed and Brittany Harris – Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have repeatedly accused each other of lacking the fitness, temperament and qualifications, to be commander-in-chief. Clinton has said Trump isn’t someone “we can trust with nuclear weapons.” Trump has called Clinton “close to unhinged.” How much power does the president alone have to launch a nuclear strike? Bloomberg News asked Bruce G. Blair, a former Minuteman missile-launch officer and research scholar at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, to spell out the step-by-step procedure.

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The Real Story of How We Came Close to Nuclear Armageddon

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By Lloyd Grove - The Daily Beast

We live in terrifying times.

Nuclear Armageddon, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, remains a distinct possibility in the post-Cold War world, and that’s not just because Iran continues its bellicose saber-rattling and North Korea presses on with warlike weapons testing.

As documentary director Robert Kenner and investigative journalist Eric Schlosser chillingly demonstrate in their film Command and Control—which opens today in New York and, later, nationwide—it’s also because America’s apocalyptic arsenal is alarmingly accident-prone.

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Land Degradation Aggravating Migration, Warns UNCCD Chief

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Interview by Ramesh Jaura with UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut

"Migration associated with natural resource depletion and climate change is much wider in scale than previously appreciated," Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), has warned in an interview.

"Close to 100% of the irregular migrants crossing from the Mediterranean into Europe are from arid regions," she told IDN, adding: "Climate change will exacerbate land degradation in many regions, with both direct and indirect effects on rural household incomes, increased risks of crop losses and fluctuating commodity market prices. Under these conditions, we can expect an increase in the flow of migrants from drought-prone and degraded areas," she cautioned.

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'Culture of Peace' and SDGs Two Sides of the Same Coin

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By J Nastranis - IDN-InDepthNews

In the face of violence and terrorism affecting many parts of the world, the United Nations and its members are faced with a challenge, the challenge of building a culture of peace and non-violence, outgoing General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft told a high-level forum on the 'Culture of Peace' at UN Headquarters on September 1.

“The UN is both a reflection of the world as it is and as we want it to be,” he said, calling on stakeholders to discuss and identify concrete ways to strengthen intercultural and interreligious dialogue and the role that the UN can play to that effect.

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Bartering on Refugees: The Costa Rica Solution

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Dr Binoy Kampmark

We will also participate in a US-led program to re-settle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica. Malcolm Turnbull, Australian PM, Sep 21, 2016.

It used to be claimed that you could not let the former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, go anywhere with any degree of freedom. The mouth would open, the madness would come out. His successor’s efforts have not been much better, reflecting a deep seated pathology in the global refugee debate and notions of violated borders.

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Mobile Connectivity Critical Lifeline for Many Refugees

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By J Nastranis

A large number of refugees view access to a mobile phone and the Internet as being as critical to their safety and security as food, water and shelter, according to a new report based on research undertaken in 44 countries on four continents.

The finding come at a moment when wars and persecution have driven more people from their homes than at any time since the UN refugee agency UNHCR began keeping records. At end of 2015, 65.3 million people are displaced worldwide, of whom 21.3 million are refugees.

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