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AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-USA

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Karachi: Gangsters Rule

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

From where do the Pakistan Amn Committee (PAC) acquire weapons...It is obvious that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) provides both legal and illegal weapons to them. Today, in Lyari, children have guns instead of books. The leader of PAC, Uzair Baloch, enjoys full support from the ruling party PPP and wants to control Lyari...If the Government can bring peace in Waziristan, then why can’t it do the same in Karachi? Clearing Karachi of criminal elements is a matter of three hours...the Law enforcers need to establish their writ over political violence.

- Lyari Gangster Ghaffar Zikri's interview with the CNBC.

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Gilgit Baltistan: Terror Thrives

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On August 6, 2013, terrorists killed Diamer District Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Muhammad Hilal Khan, and two Army officers, Colonel Ghulam Mustafa and Captain Ashfaq Aziz, in an ambush at Rohni in the Chilas District of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). The officials were involved in the investigation of the June 23, 2013, massacre of foreign climbers at Nanga Parbat and were returning after a meeting in Diamer.

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Quetta: Unending Bloodbath

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By Anurag Tripathi
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On August 8, 2013, at least 38 persons, including 21 Policemen, were killed and another 40 were injured in a suicide bombing at a funeral in the Police Lines area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Among those killed were Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations, Fayyaz Ahmed Sumbal; Superintendent of Police (SP), Headquarters, Mehrullah; Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Shamsur Rehman; SP Traffic, Mohammad Anwer Khilji; Inspector Shakeel Akbar; and five personnel of the Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF). The majority of the injured personnel were from the Balochistan Constabulary, ATF, and Police.

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Recurrent Audacity

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

In a daring attack, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists stormed the Central Prison at Dera Ismail Khan in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province on July 29, 2013, and freed around 253 prisoners, including 45 top terrorists. 24 persons, including 12 Policemen, five terrorists, four prisoners, and three civilians, were killed in the attack and the counter attack by Security Forces (SFs). On July 31, 2013, Police rearrested 47 of the absconding prisoners.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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Armed wings of political parties behind Karachi unrest, Sindh Rangers' DG tells Supreme Court: Sindh Rangers Director General (DG) Rizwan Akhtar told the Supreme Court (SC) on August 28 that armed wings of political parties were behind the unrest in Karachi. Akhtar told the court that the Rangers had limited powers. They could arrest criminals, but not investigate the crimes properly. He added that those arrested were soon bailed out of prison. Daily Times, August 29, 2013

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Sri Lanka: Of Ethnic Hegemony And Political Crisis

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Understanding Rajapaksa Regime As A Repressive State Apparatus

By Adfer Rashid Shah, Aparna Dixit, Taranum Siddiqi, Reshma Parveen & Rais Khan *

“The Island nation (Sri Lanka) has been grappling with ethnic politics, bloody turmoil and horrors of the civil war even in the contemporary times. The policies of the Rajapaksa Regime along with Sinhala terror and socio-political dominance have virtually posed a formidable challenge to the Tamil ethnicity as well as to other minorities in Sri Lanka.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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Tamil people can begin talks on a federal solution only if 'we have weapons', says TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Member of Parliament (MP) Suresh Premachandran on August 29 said that Tamil people can begin talks on a federal solution only if 'we have weapons'. He added, "We can talk going even beyond that. If we don't have weapons we will get nothing." Daily News, August 30, 2013.

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Hijacking America’s Mind On 9/11: Counterfeiting Evidence

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By Dr. Ludwig Watzal *

Before I came across the book “Hijacking America's Mind on 9/11” by Elias Davidsson, I believed in the official narrative on 9/11. I read the book twice. It shattered completely my former belief. 

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I'm no expert on 9/11 and do not believe in esoteric theories. My attitude towards 9/11 has been marked by a certain curiosity, but also by healthy skepticism. When I initially stumbled across articles questioning the official 9/11 narrative, I just read them and put them away. With Davidsson's book, it was different: it immediately captivated me.

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Teen Novel Set on Oahu During the Attack on Pearl Harbor

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offers a reminder of history and a lesson about overcoming prejudice

Acclaimed author C. E. Edmonson, with two award-winning novels for teens under his belt, has just released his latest novel, Fall Down Seven, in which he explores what happens to thirteen-year-old Emiko Arrington and her family in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

At first, December 7, 1941, is a perfect Sunday morning. Emiko’s father, Lieutenant Commander Charles Arrington, U.S. Navy, is on leave when the attack occurs, enjoying a Sunday morning with his family in their home in the foothills of the Koolau Mountains, reading the newspaper on the lanai, or back porch, and enjoying the view across the central valley and over the naval base.

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When Economic Policy is a Drag

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

Crisis brought a twinkle to the eyes of expansionary policy buffs in 2009. Wide-open fiscal wallets had market-watchers hailing the return of Keynesianism as new, exciting public projects were announced around the globe. Plunging borrowing costs added considerably to the festivities. But the party ended abruptly in mid-2010 when rapid economic slowing led to greater scrutiny of the effectiveness of the new programs, and their impact on the stability of fiscal and monetary systems.

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Nukes Are Nuts

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By David Krieger *

When asked by a reporter why nuclear weapons are useless, Colin Powell, former US secretary of state and four-star general said: "Because they're such horrible weapons. And so no sane leader would ever want to cross that line to using nuclear weapons. And, if you are not going to cross that line, then these things are basically useless." In other words, one could say, nukes are nuts.

There are innumerable global security issues that need to be addressed, some of which are poverty, terrorism, the climate crisis, pollution of the oceans, loss of biodiversity and forest depletion.

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