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Pakistan Compounding Folly

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on July 22, 2015, observed that the war against terrorism could not be fought without choking funds to terror outfits. The Court expressed grave concern over the Federal Government as well as the Provincial Governments for their failure to compile the baseline data pertaining to sources of funding of local as well as International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) operating in the country.

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Pakistan In Search Of Political Change

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By Mahboob A. Khawaja *

Across Pakistan concerned political news makers are crying wolf. Nobody can predict future - what is next after Sharif’s demise. The emerging political culture of ‘blame game’ is a no surprise to any rational observers of Pakistan’s modern history. It typifies what can go terribly wrong when the so called politicians turned egoistic authoritarian are the assumed master of the nation’s affairs for over fifty years. The consciousness of moral and intellectual political behavior sinks to its lowest ebb in comparative global affairs.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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NAP led to killing of over 20,000 terrorists, reveals official documents: More than 20,000 terrorists were killed up to July 13, 2015, as a result of implementation of National Action Plan (NAP), revealed official documents. The documents obtained by The News pertain to the implementation of NAP in which it has been claimed that 3,148 terrorists were apprehended from across Pakistan while 1,799 individuals were held over charges of hate speech. As many as 3,446 persons were identified for having links with banned outfits. More than 100 Madrassah (seminaries) have been shut down so far, the documents also disclosed. The News, July 31, 2015.

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Sri Lanka Replaces The Primitive 1978 Constitution

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With A Modern One

By Asian Human Rights Commission

The Prime Minister’s announcement for the need of a new constitution, one that will be in keeping with those found in developed countries, is quite welcome. The 1978 Sri Lankan Constitution is primitive. It is a shame on the nation. And, a change is certainly needed.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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Family of IS militant from Sri Lanka has left for Pakistan, says Police: Police investigations have found that the family members of the Islamic State (IS) militant from Sri Lanka, Sharfaz Shuraih Muhsin, who died in Syria during a battle, have left the country for Pakistan. Investigations have revealed that the man's wife and his five children have left for Pakistan. Following the reports of Muhsin's death, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ordered the Police to question the family members to find out how the Sri Lankan joined the IS and whether there were other such people. Colombo Page, July 28, 2015.

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The Greek Vote and the EU Miscalculation

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By George Friedman
Founder Stratfor

In a result that should surprise no one, the Greeks voted to reject European demands for additional austerity measures as the price for providing funds to allow Greek banks to operate. There are three reasons this should have been no surprise. First, the ruling Coalition of the Radical Left, or Syriza party, is ruling because it has an understanding of the Greek mood. Second, the constant scorn and contempt that the European leadership heaped on the prime minister and finance minister convinced the Greeks not only that the scorn was meant for them as well, but also that anyone so despised by the European leadership wasn't all bad. Finally, and most important, the European leadership put the Greek voters in a position in which they had nothing to lose. The Greeks were left to choose between two forms of devastation — one that was immediate but possible to recover from, and one that was a longer-term strangulation with no exit.

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The Empire Strikes Back

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By George Friedman
Founder Stratfor

A desperate battle was fought last month. It pitted Germany and Greece against each other. Each country had everything at stake. Based on the deal that was agreed to, Germany forced a Greek capitulation. But it is far from clear that Greece can allow the agreement reached to be implemented, or that it has the national political will to do so. It is also not clear what its options are, especially given that the Greek people had backed Germany into a corner, where its only choice was to risk everything. It was not a good place for Greece to put the Germans. They struck back with vengeance.

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Quantum Geopolitics

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By Reva Bhalla
Geopolitical Weekly

Forecasting the shape the world will take in several years or decades is an audacious undertaking. There are no images to observe or precise data points to anchor us. We can only create a picture, and a fuzzy one at best. This is, after all, our basic human empirical instinct: to draw effortlessly from the vivid imagery of our present world and past experiences while we squint and hesitate before faint, blobby images of the future.

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How the US Fuelled the Rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq

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By Seumas Milne

The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin Gildo, accused of terrorism in Syria, collapsed after it became clear British intelligence had been arming the same rebel groups the defendant was charged with supporting.

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U.S., Russia: The Case for Bilateral Talks

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Geopolitical Diary

Phone calls between relatively low-level diplomats are normally not newsworthy. But Monday's conversation between U.S. Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin on the simmering conflict in Ukraine is an exception. The bilateral nature of the conversation and its timing amid mounting claims of cease-fire violations from the Ukrainian government and separatist forces makes it uniquely significant. Moreover, it reaffirms that the evolution of the Ukrainian conflict — whether toward a settlement or toward escalation — will be most strongly shaped not by Kiev but by the actions of and relationship between Moscow and Washington.

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