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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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Global Threat of Nuclear Deterrence

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By Ramesh Thakur *

Nuclear weapons are uniquely destructive and hence uniquely threatening to all our security. There is a compelling need to challenge and overcome the reigning complacency on the nuclear risks and dangers, and to sensitize policy communities to the urgency and gravity of the nuclear threats and the availability of nonnuclear alternatives as anchors of national and international security orders.

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Press Freedom: Now It’s Alan, The Guardian Editor

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By Farooque Chowdhury *

With the incidents now going on it can be named the Snowden syndrome; and one can say the developing drama with the Snowden syndrome is like a Matryoshka doll, the colorful Russian wooden dolls placed one inside the other. The dolls come out one by one, if someone continues the job of pulling out those.

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Humanity Has Exhausted The Earth's Natural Resources

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By Sophie Yeo *

August 20 was Earth Overshoot Day – the day when use of the planet's resources outstrips supply.

According to Global Footprint Network, the world had yielded up all the resources it can afford for the year by 20 August, meaning that for the remaining four months, the planet is operating in overdraft: the resources being drawn upon can no longer be replenished.

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Himalayan Glaciers: Dust Accelerates Melting

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By Countercurrents.org

Ramesh Singh at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Chapman University in California said: Dust enhances water vapor and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere resulting in the warming up of the troposphere, especially in the western parts of the Himalayan region accelerating the melting of glaciers.

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Religion: When Germany is Christian, is India Hindu?

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By Maria Wirth *

Though I live in India since long, there are still some points that I find hard to understand – for example why many so called educated Indians on TV discussion forums become agitated whenever ‘Hindutva’ is mentioned. The majority of Indians are Hindus. India is special because of its ancient Hindu tradition. Westerners are drawn to India because of it. Why then is there this resistance by many Indians to acknowledge the Hindu roots of their country? Why do some people even give the impression as if an India that values those Hindu roots was dangerous? Don’t they know better?

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When 11 Days Were Simply Missing from the Month

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From Wikipedia *

Here is an interesting historical fact that you probably didn't know...

Just have a look at the calendar for the month of September 1752...

In case you haven't noticed, 11 days are simply missing from the month.

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Planning for a Safe Trip

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By Scott Stewart

In light of the current U.S. State Department global travel warning, it seems an opportune time for a discussion on how to prepare to travel safely. Perhaps the most important key to remaining out of harm's way while traveling or working abroad is to know and understand -- in advance -- some of the idiosyncrasies of each country's bureaucracy and the security risks that have been identified for your destination. This knowledge and guidance will then allow you to decide whether to even travel to a particular destination. If you do decide to travel, it will help you plan and implement proper precautions for the environment you will be visiting. Fortunately, finding safety and security information for your destination country is easier than ever in the Internet age.

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Guardian Editor Says Newspaper Forced To Destroy Hard Drives

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By Thomas Gaist *

In a comment published on August 19, Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger wrote that he and other Guardian journalists were faced with unofficial threats of legal action by the British government, and therefore were forced to destroy hard drives containing material from whistle blower Edward Snowden.

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Fifty Years On America is Still Dreaming

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By A Correspondent

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century in a 1999 poll of scholars of public address and is among the most acclaimed in U.S. history, and the 50th anniversary this week of the March on Washington where he delivered it highlights the speech's staying power.

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For U.S. Containing The Fire in Syria No Easy Task

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Americans should reflect on the realities in Syria in a historical context

By Ryan Crocker*

The awful conflict in Syria grinds on, with more than 100,000 dead and no end in sight. The calls to “do something” – anything – become louder: arm the rebels, enforce a no-fly zone, send in the Marines. Before the United States acts, Americans should reflect on the realities in Syria in a historical context. Here are some relevant dates and events.

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New York India Day Parade

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By A Correspondent

New York City is a melting pot of culture. Every August, one of those cultures is celebrated.

Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare and Bollywood actress Vidya Balan led the largest Indian Independence Day celebrations overseas on August 19, with over two lakh people carrying the tricolour witnessing an impressive parade at New York which displayed the country's vibrant culture.

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