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Nuclear Deal with Iran is Major Step Toward Peace

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By Elissa Karim 
The Union

As a concerned student and Global Zero activist, I understand the immense threat of adding another country to the nuclear club, whether it be Iran or Indonesia or Canada.

As a young child who knew little of WMDs and political maneuvering, war and bombs seemed wasteful to me. In lives, in money, in effort.

Now a decade later, as a college student majoring in political science at Cornell College, our tactics make even less sense. Our leaders in Congress are willing to drop billions of taxpayer dollars to overhaul the world’s most destructive nuclear arsenal, but are unwilling to pursue diplomacy with a foreign nation. Now that we have reached final nuclear deal with Iran, the international community has demonstrated it has the desire to use peaceful dialogue to resolve challenging issues.

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The Real Reasons For The Iran Agreement

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By Paul Craig Roberts

If you can free yourself from the brainwashing from the presstitute media, three BIG reasons jump out at you. One is that the neoconservatives’ perception of the threat has shifted from “Muslim terrorists” to Russia and China. Unlike Muslim terrorists, both Russia and China are constraints on Washington’s unilateralism. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington has grown accustomed to being the Uni-Power, able to exercise its will unchallenged in the world. The rise of Russian strength under Putin and Chinese strength under the new policy has destroyed Washington’s Uni-Power privilege. Washington wants the privilege back.

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Marshall Islands Drags India to ICJ on Nukes

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By P. K. Vasudeva
The Tribune

The Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a tiny Pacific Ocean island, last year filed a complaint in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, against seeking initiation of proceedings against nine nuclear weapon countries including India for not pursuing nuclear disarmament and cessation of nuclear arms race. The tiny island republic has a population of about 70,000 and is situated very close to the equator and the International Date Line. The island suffered huge damages during World War II and after it was over, the US used the islands as a testing site for its nuclear weaponry.

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PEW Report on World Poverty

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84 Percent Of World Population Subsists On Under $20 Per Day

By Andre Damon

Despite significant advances in communications, agriculture and bio-technology over the past 15 years, the overwhelming majority of the world population continues to live in economic privation, according to a report on global incomes published this week by the Pew Research Center.

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Afghanistan: Darkening Shadows

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

The Islamic State (IS) has started making significant territorial gains within war-torn Afghanistan. IS, according to the US Department of State’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2014, has emerged as the most dreaded global terror outfit, and has captured large parts of Syria and Iraq.

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NATO Drawdown From Afghanistan

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Can Regional Cooperation Be A Game Changer

By Dr. Shanthie Mariet Dsouza
President & Founder, Mantraya.org

The implications of NATO drawdown from Afghanistan continues to generate vigorous debate in South Asia. At a recently concluded international conference, "NATO drawdown from Afghanistan: Challenges and Opportunities" organized by the Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan), academics and policy makers debated on the potential benefits and challenges of this diminishing international footprints for the region.

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Disability In Bangladesh: Silence on the Issue

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By Nadia Chowdhury

Disability in Bangladesh is discussed but an ignored topic. People in wheelchairs are usually taken for granted, mostly pitied. The elderly do not get the help they should when they do become disabled; the young are ridiculed and scapegoated when they should be assisted and taken care of. The disabled are perceived as useless, and are despised and abused; their potential becomes an afterthought. Having been robbed of potential, the disabled become vulnerable and disenfranchised, ultimately becoming a liability and are thus subjected to even more abuse and violence.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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'Working with militant outfits is a one-way road', says Dhaka Metropolitan Police ADC Mahfuzul Islam: Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Mahfuzul Islam said that working with militant outfits is a one-way road and if anyone tries to come back to normal life, they are headed for only one destiny - death. Police learned this from the eight Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants arrested in Dhaka city's Uttara area on July 27. Police suspect that Fazle Rabby (30), a former JMB militant who wanted to give up militancy was killed in Saghata area of Gaibandha District by JMB militants when he paid a rare visit to his village home during the Eid-ul-Fitr. Dhaka Tribune, July 30, 2015.

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Decisive Moment

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On July 20, 2015, at least 62 persons, including three Security Force (SF) personnel, were injured when agitating cadres of Terai-based parties clashed with the Police in several areas of Janakpur, Mahottari, Parsa and Saptari Districts in the Terai region of Nepal.

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Nepal Gathering Momentum

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On July 7, 2015, after weeklong deliberations, the Constituent Assembly (CA) endorsed the preliminary draft of the new Constitution, clearing the way for public consultations on its provisions. Further, on July 9, 2015, the CA endorsed an action plan for publicizing the draft Constitution and provided 15 days to the Committee on Citizen Relation and Public Opinion Collection to gather people’s views on the document and submit its report to the CA.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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CPN-Maoist led 33-parties alliance announces fresh protest programmes: The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) led 33-parties alliance announced fresh protest programmes demanding annulment of the draft Constitution. A meeting of the alliance on July 30, agreed to hold a nationwide demonstration on August 21, against the draft that, according to them, has undermined the public aspirations expressed through various movements including the People's War, People's Movement-II and Madhes revolution. CPN-M Chair Mohan Baidya, leader of the alliance, has been assigned to hold consultation with the likeminded forces. Kantipur Online, July 31, 2015.

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