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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.

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

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Growing support for suicide terrorism

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to lead task force on reconciliation and national harmony: Prime Minister (PM) Ranil Wickremesinghe announced on March 26 that the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has been appointed to lead a special Presidential Task Force to identify urgent reconciliation needs of the minority Tamil community. PM Wickremasinghe at a special meeting with the heads of government and private sector media institutes at the Temple Trees said that a Secretariat on National Harmony has been declared open under the leadership of the former president Mrs. Kumaratunga. Colombo Page, March 27, 2015. 

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NUCLEAR WEAPONS

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A Description of Life-Ending Nuclear War

Nuclear Threat Escalating Beyond Political Rhetoric

Asia's Coming Nuclear Nightmare Nuclearisation of the Indian Ocean

China, India, And Pakistan: Growing Nuclear Capabilities With No End in Sight

India and Pakistan Locked in a Nuclear Naval Arms Race

Does Pakistan Have a Sea-Based Second-Strike Capability?

Tactical Nuclear Weapons In Europe

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US Banks Bankrolling Nuclear Bomb-Makers

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By Sherwood Ross *

Some 411 banks, insurance firms, and pension funds have invested $402 billion in 28 companies involved in the manufacture, maintenance, and stockpiling of nuclear weapons, authorities at a conference on nuclear affairs heard.

Such weapons are now so powerful---up to 50 times as devastating as the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki---that they represent a threat to all life on the planet, said Susi Snyder, Program Manager of PAX, the main civil organization in The Netherlands that works for peace. Snyder is also former Secretary-General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

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The Middle Eastern Balance of Power Matures

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By George Friedman
Founder and Chairman Stratfor

Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued into this week. The airstrikes target Yemeni al-Houthis, a Shiite sect supported by Iran, and their Sunni partners, which include the majority of military forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. What made the strikes particularly interesting was what was lacking: U.S. aircraft. Although the United States provided intelligence and other support, it was a coalition of Arab states that launched the extended air campaign against the al-Houthis.

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt Prepare US-Backed Invasion Of Yemen

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By Niles Williamson

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are preparing a US-backed military invasion of Yemen aimed at pushing back the Houthi militia that has taken over much of the country and reasserting the control of besieged President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. Egyptian officials told the Associated Press that the three-pronged assault would come from Saudi Arabia in the north and from the Red Sea in the west and the Arabian Sea in the south. As many as five Egyptian troop ships have been stationed off the coast of Yemen. The officials said that the assault would begin after airstrikes had sufficiently weakened the Houthi rebels

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US - Yemen: Stalingrad Begins

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By Eric Walberg

The world’s bastion of peace is packing up its bombs and tanks in a humiliating retreat from the desert of Yemen. How could this be? After all, the US has been directing events in Yemen, more or less, since WWII, dominated by US dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. After the collapse of the Arab world’s only communist state, South Yemen, in 1991, it looked like clear sailing. But sadly, fantasy and reality have little in common in the intractable Middle East.

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12th Anniversary Of Illegal Iraq Invasion

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2.7 Million Iraqi Dead From Violence Or War-imposed Deprivation

By Dr Gideon Polya

Those with consciences recently marked the 12th anniversary on 19 March 2015 of the illegal and war criminal US, UK and Australian invasion of Iraq in 2003 that was based on false assertions of Iraqi possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction, was conducted in the absence of UN sanction or Iraqi threat to the invading nations, and led to 2.7 million Iraqi deaths from violence (1.5 million) or from violently-imposed deprivation (1.2 million). The West has now commenced its Seventh Iraq War since 1914 in over a century of Western violence in which Iraqi deaths from violence or violently-imposed deprivation have totalled 9 million. However Western Mainstream media have resolutely ignored the carnage, this tragically illustrating the adage “History ignored yields history repeated.

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US Wars Against Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan Have Killed 1.3 Million

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A Conservative Estimate - Study By Physicians For Social Responsibility

By Robert Barsocchini

“This investigation comes to the conclusion that the war has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan, i.e. a total of around 1.3 million. Not included in this figure are further war zones such as Yemen. The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware of and propagated by the media and major NGOs. And this is only a conservative estimate. The total number of deaths in the three countries named above could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely.”

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Where There's War, Oil, Gas and Pipelines Are Never Far Away

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By John Foster

Look beneath the surface of the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine, and what do you find? Oil, gas, and contested pipeline transit routes. Never mind high-sounding talk of human rights, national sovereignty, international law and UN Resolutions, writes John Foster - fossil energy is the world's main driver of armed conflict.

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Getting Serious About Terrorism

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By Andy Piascik *

In February, President Obama convened a summit at the White House to discuss terrorism. As could easily have been predicted, the focus was entirely on those the United States deems official enemies. Conversely and equally predictably, the two best and most obvious ways the United States can combat terrorism - stop doing it and stop giving arms, money and diplomatic cover to others who do - were not on the agenda.

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Building Backlog in U.S.

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

Here's a crisis for you. I know, we’ve all had enough crises over the past 7 years to last a lifetime. But this is a crisis of a different sort. Growth has taken America by surprise, firing up idled equipment, gobbling up vacated floor space and creating a capacity crunch. Long-buried expansion plans have been resurrected, and it looks like a boom is in the works. Is this just isolated to some segment or region of the US economy, or is it a more generalized, pan-economy movement?

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