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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...

HYDRO BOOM & CONFLICTS

With approval of power plants, conflicts have arisen ...

SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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Terrorism In Pakistan And South Asia

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By M Mohibul Haque

The recent bout of terrorist attacks in Pakistan reminds us once again that it is one of the worst victims of terrorism perpetrated by religious extremist groups claiming their adherence to what they call the puritan Islam.

According to Global Terrorism Index the top 5 countries affected by terrorism include Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria accounting for 78 percent of global terrorism related deaths in 2015.  In fact, Pakistan is paying the price of fighting the US’s proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

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Dangerous Crossroads: U.S. Invades Syria, And Warns Russia

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By Eric Zuesse – Global Research

On Monday, August 22nd, the United States government — which demands the overthrow of the internationally-recognized-as-legal government of Syria — officially announced that America’s military forces in Syria will continue to occupy Syrian land, no matter what the Syrian government says, and will shoot down any Syrian planes that fly over U.S. forces there.

As reported on Monday by Al-Masdar News:

   The Pentagon has announced that the USA is ready to down Syrian and Russian planes that they claim threaten American advisers who by international law are illegally operating in northern Syria.

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Donald Trump and the ISIS Factor

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By Dr. Binoy Kampmark – Global Research

Ever straddling that fine line between the absurd and the puncturing revelation, Donald J. Trump’s “ISIS” remarks about the Obama administration and the Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, were vintage. “[Obama] was the founder of ISIS absolutely, the way he removed our troops. … I call them [Obama and Hillary Clinton] co-founders.”

In a political environment where sarcasm is set aside in favour of serious management and public relations choreography, stage managed with careful insertions for media effect, Trump has other ideas. These may be contemptuous of the archive of history, avoiding evidence like the plague, but every so often, he makes a point that stings.

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28 Pages Raise 'Scores of Troubling Questions' on US-Saudi Ties

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Just-released documents 'point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia,' but White House says its assessment has not changed

By Nadia Prupis – Common Dreams

The just-released 28 pages of a 2002 congressional report into Saudi Arabia's possible ties to the 9/11 hijackers have stirred speculation about the U.S. government's continued relationship with the Gulf kingdom.

Amnesty International criticized the White House's statement that the pages, hidden from public view for 13 years, have not changed the government's assessment that "there's no evidence that the Saudi government or senior Saudi individuals funded al-Qaeda."

"We stand with survivors of this crime against humanity: They deserve justice and the whole truth," the human rights group tweeted.

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But for Nuclear Option Saudi Arms Purchases Increasing

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Analysis by Emad Mekay - IDN-InDepthNews

Though nuclear blustering has remained hollow, Saudi Arabia has again increased its weapons imports and stood as the main catalyst for a climb of 10 percent (or $6.6 billion) in global weapons sales in 2015, according to a recent defence report. The rise is the latest sign betraying the level of anxiety in the conservative kingdom over what Saudi officials say is a threat from Iran.

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Revelations of Australia’s Abu Ghraib Force Gov't to Act

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By Kalinga Seneviratne - IDN-InDepthNews

Screening of secretly filmed shocking footage of abuse of juvenile prisoners in a remote northern Australian prison by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC), renowned investigative reporting program ‘Four Corners’, has outraged thousands of Australians who took to the streets to protest and forced the government to act.

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Nonviolence: More Fundamental than Disarmament

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By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D. - TRANSCEND Media Service

At the 71st Anniversary of 129,000 People Who Died from Two Nuclear-Weapon Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, August 1945.

August 6 is the Commemorating Day of 71 Death Anniversary of 129,000 People who died due to Use of Nuclear Weapons of Two bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan on 6 and 9 August 1945. And two years after the nuclear explosion by 1950, up to 200,000 people had died due to cancer and other long-term effects, and still most of the people are suffering from the diseases due to the effects nuclear radiation.

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A Young Mayor Upholds the Legacy of Japan's 'Holy City'

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Feature by Ramesh Jaura and Katsuhiro Asagiri - IDN-InDepthNews

Kennichi Suzuki is the Mayor of Ise, a city home to the Ise Grand Shrine – the most sacred Shintō shrine in Japan, dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu – where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union on the occasion of the 2016 annual G7 summit in May.

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US Housing: Stuck in 2nd Gear

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

Enjoying the great summer weather? I hope it’s giving you a chance to rest and recharge. For some industries, though, it’s top-season. Construction is one of them. In particular, home-building takes advantage of the warmer months to get a good chunk of the year’s supply in place. If the market is hot, then summer construction tells the tale. Stateside, market potential has been strong for a long time, but demand has failed to break out of its sub-par range. Is US housing in step with the hot summer temperatures, or defying them?

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How to Break the Power of Money

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By David Korten - YES Magazine

Our current political chaos has a simple explanation. The economic system is driving environmental collapse, economic desperation, political corruption, and financial instability. And it isn’t working for the vast majority of people.

It serves mainly the interests of a financial oligarchy that in the United States dominates the establishment wings of both the Republican and Democratic parties. So voters are rebelling against those wings of both parties—and for good reason.

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Why Distinguish Common Goods From Public Goods?

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By James B Quilligan - Wealth of the Commons

Not only does the commons vanish through this legal and linguistic shuffle, even the word “public” is stolen from the people. “Public” no longer signifies a community’s authority to manage its local resources and express its own social or ecological demands; “public” now means the central governing authority to whom we have surrendered the control of these resources, which then meets our demand through conventional private markets.

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