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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...


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 ... . . ..   


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 . . .


Escalation of hostility may become a thermonuclear WWIII.


Non-Muslims in violent conflict areas to enhance the security...


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


Growing support for suicide terrorism


SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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President extends mandate of Missing Persons Commission by six months: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on February 20 extended the mandate issued to the Presidential Commission to investigate cases of alleged disappearances of persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces by six months to August 12, 2014. The move to extend the term of the Commission comes amid the mounting pressure from international community on the Government to launch an independent and credible investigation into the alleged human rights violations during the last phase of war in 2009. Colombo Page, February 21, 2014.


The Geopolitical Dimensions Of The Coup In Ukraine

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By Peter Schwarz

“When the Soviet Union was collapsing in late 1991, Dick wanted to see the dismantlement not only of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire but of Russia itself, so it could never again be a threat to the rest of the world,” wrote former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in his recently published memoirs. Gates was referring to the then-Secretary of Defense, and later US Vice President, Dick Cheney.


Ukraine: The Lies Of Empire And The Smokescreen Of Democracy

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By Colin Todhunter *

John Herbst, US ambassador to Ukraine from 2003 to 2006 , this week gave an interview to the RT television channel about current developments in Ukraine . According to Herbst, what we are witnessing is a peaceful uprising against an authoritarian, oppressive regime. He is unequivocal about this. He said that the protests and protesters are being smeared and discredited, and the only ones wanting to portray the opposition in Ukraine as being ultra nationalist, neo Nazis and violent are those who fear democracy on their own doorstep (i.e. Russia).


A Critical History Of The Olympics: Beyond Sochi

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By Paul Gottinger *

It's 2014 and once again the Olympics are underway. This time around Sochi, Russia is the host location for the games. In the run up to this Olympics there has been no shortage of criticism in the U.S. media for Russia's  human rights abuses  in Chechnya and Dagestan, the country's  crackdown  on civil society, and most visibly, Russia's  recent laws  criminalizing gays and lesbians.


Business Investment: A Global Sleeper

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

Economy-watchers with a bent for the wild side love business investment. It’s volatile, fickle, and often large and lumpy. It shows up when it wants to, often after the party is in full swing. There’s also heavy global competition to win investment projects – it is increasingly influenced by generous public incentives. And it’s quieter these days, heavily affected by the global crisis, less gutsy, a prisoner of today’s ‘you first’ mentality. Will its prolonged slumber continue, or is it finally waking up?


Cancer: Is 'Prevention Better than Cure'?

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By Bobby Ramakant *

Despite alarming cancer rates globally, with worst impact in low- and middle-income countries, one is forced to ponder if we really believe in 'cancer prevention is better than cure'. Cancer treatment is challenging and expensive, with very worrying 5-year survival rates (average 5-year survival varies for different cancers). Still evidence-based list of cancer prevention action-points is lying neglected in most low- and middle-income countries around the world.


Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: A Distant Reality?

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By Shobha Shukla*

(Based on an interview with Dr Amita Pandey, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King George's Medical University - KGMU)

Before 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (7th APCRSHR) opens in Manila later this week, Citizen News Service (CNS) spoke with Dr Amita Pandey on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) challenges in India.


Smoking Goes Electronic

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By Shobha Shukla *

‘Smoke healthy, smoke Lite-joy-- A better alternative'; ‘Health e-cigarettes—Smoke and Quit Whenever'; 'Vapours- benefits of e-cigarettes'; 'Green-Smart-Living - easiest and most affordable way to start living a smoke-free life'... These are just a few of the several online advertisements one comes across these days-- all glorifying electronic cigarettes.


A More Assertive German Foreign Policy

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By George Friedman and Marc Lanthemann

The Ukrainian crisis is important in itself, but the behavior it has elicited from Germany is perhaps more important. Berlin directly challenged Ukraine's elected president for refusing to tighten relations with the European Union and for mistreating Ukrainians who protested his decision. In challenging President Viktor Yanukovich, Berlin also challenged Russia, a reflection of Germany's recent brazen foreign policy.


New Dimensions of U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Russia

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By George Friedman
Founder and Chairman Stratfor

The struggle for some of the most strategic territory in the world took an interesting twist this week. (There is) a significant shift in German national strategy in which Berlin seemed to declare a new doctrine of increased assertiveness in the world -- a shift that followed intense German interest in Ukraine.


NAFTA And The Next Phase Of North American Integration

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By Dana Gabriel *

In preparation for the upcoming North American Leaders Summit which will be held in Toluca, Mexico on February 19, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently held a meeting with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts. Over the last number of years, not as much attention has been given to the trilateral relationship. Instead, the U.S. has essentially pursued a dual-bilateral approach with both Canada and Mexico on key issues including border and continental perimeter security, as well as regulatory and energy cooperation. On the heels of its 20th anniversary, there once again appears to be renewed interest in broadening and deepening the NAFTA partnership as part of the next phase of North American integration.


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