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India, China Could Replicate Sino-Russia

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Protocols to Avoid Border Rows

By Sutirtho Patranobis - Hindustan Times,

India and China could replicate military protocols set up during Sino-Russia border negotiations to minimise conflict as both countries continue protracted talks to resolve their boundary dispute, a top Chinese expert has said.

There are lessons in avoiding conflict to be learnt from the way China and Russia resolved their boundary issue after negotiating for decades.

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Unicef Report Reveals 250 Million Children Are Victims of War

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By Elisabeth Zimmermann - World Socialist Web Site

The new “Unicef report, 2016 - Assisting Refugee Children,” detailing the fate of children in war zones and those forced to flee, was released at the beginning of this month. It describes the horrific consequences, for children and young people around the world, of wars and civil wars lasting years and even decades.

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Brexit, GST and Idea of Single Market

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By Arun Kumar *

The idea of a single market in India will get politically discredited if it marginalises farmers, workers and the poor even if it is beneficial to the elite sections of society.

Britain’s vote to exit the European Union (EU) dents the idea that a single market is good for society. Even if by a close margin, the UK has voted to delink from the European market. The UK was the least integrated in the EU since it did not join the currency union and also asserted its political independence more than other European nations did.

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Something Stirring in Singapore?

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

Arguments are common among economists. It’s often said, ‘two economists, three opinions.’ The mix of economic stagnation, bizarre one-off events, geopolitical turmoil and widespread frustration over the past several years has served up a lot more stuff than normal to battle about. But it gets really complicated when the data themselves declare force majeure and argue with each other. To make matters worse, at the moment it’s that elite class of data, the leading indicators, the ones with foresight, that are battling it out. If even they can’t agree, then what can we possibly expect analysts to do?

 

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Count the People at HIV Risk Right

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Is money being spent or sitting in banks?

By Bobby Ramakant*

A recent UNAIDS report shows that decline in new HIV infections among adults has stalled. In 2014, key populations, including gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and their clients, transgender people, people who inject drugs and prisoners, accounted for 35% of new HIV infections globally. It is estimated that MSM are 24 times more likely to become infected with HIV and transgender people are 49 times more likely to be living with HIV than adults in the general population. 

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We Cannot Eliminate TB If We Leave Children Behind

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By Shobha Shukla *

"Children are central to where we are heading for in TB control. If we aim to end TB in the next 20 years we should know the trends in infection and disease in the paediatric population and amend it," said Dr Jennifer Furin of Harvard Medical School, at a session in International TB Conference (TB 2016) - a two-day conference dedicated exclusively to this infectious disease - that immediately preceded the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) being currently held in port city of Durban. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that nearly 1 million children get infected with TB and more than 30,000 children become sick every year with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). 

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Rising Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan Worry UN

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By Devinder Kumar

“It was in the evening time and my wife, children, and mother were at home. Taliban attacked an Afghan National Army checkpoint and they both started firing mortars and rockets at each other. A mortar round exploded in my house, killing my eight-year-old daughter and injuring my seven-year-old son and my wife," father and husband of victims killed and injured told the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in an interview in May 2016.

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Bangladesh: Radical Escalation

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By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, Institute for Conflict Management & South Asia Terrorism Portal

The July 2, 2016, hostage crisis and slaughter at the Holey Artisan restaurant in upscale Gulshan, Dhaka, was unprecedented in its character and scale in the history of terrorism in Bangladesh. It reflects an abrupt escalation of the challenge for the state apparatus and raises complex questions of counter-terrorist (CT) responses in the past, and of future imperatives.

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Nepal: Estranged Partners

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

On July 24, 2016, Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli resigned from his post after spending 287 days in Singha Durbar (Lion's Palace), the seat of Nepal's Government minutes before Parliament was to vote on a no confidence motion he was likely to lose. Addressing the Parliament on the no-confidence motion, Oli rued, “The game for a change in the Government at this time is mysterious.”  

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IS in Sri Lanka: Intelligence Hoax or the Real Threat?

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By Nilantha Ilangamuwa – Sri Lanka Guardian

Interesting but frightening reports are coming out from the mainstream media in India on the ongoing ideological covert operations by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria known as ISIS or ISIL or IS, in Sri Lanka. Almost all news stories are able to quote the Indian intelligence sources anonymously, while those news pieces have been dramatically decorating the imminent threats.

However, great stories require substantive investigation, so that they will have the authentic shreds of evidence to prove, which, unfortunately, is almost absent in the news of IS presence on Sri Lankan soil.

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NATO Summit Closes By Condemning Russia

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US Soldiers and Weapons to Russia’s Border

By Eric Zuesse - Global Research

The issues that were discussed at this year’s NATO Summit were mainly preparations for a possible war against Russia.

The two-day Summit in Warsaw Poland ended on Saturday July 9th, with a 139-part “Warsaw Summit Communiqué” which used the word “terrorism” 17 times, “jihad” and “jihadist” and “jihadism” 0 (zero) times, and “Russia” 58 times — never favorably, and often with overt hostility.

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