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Drones: Draining The Sovereignty Of Pakistan

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By Ishaq Begh *

It is a well-established fact, that the main violators of a sovereignty are the armed men with a clear mission, that an opponent nation has to be weakened and destabilized in any case, but after scrutinizing the case of Pakistan, unmanned vehicles of United States are not only breaching the boundaries of Pakistan but are violating the sovereignty which it has got in 1947 after giving numerous valuable sacrifices.

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Pakistan: How To Revisit Political Darkness?

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By Mahboob A. Khawaja *

Emerging naïve religious activism, daily sectarian bloodbaths and curfews depict lawlessness, degeneration and favorite perversion of the divided consciousness overwhelmed with sadism of underdeveloped sense of national unity and purpose. The Pakistani nation faces a crisis of identity and failed to understand who there were and where the history has pushed them to be? The political monsters called leaders with borrowed time and paid ballot boxes follow a foreign propelled agenda as pawns being used on a foreign dictated chess board to determine the future of Pakistan in chaos and more deaths, destruction of everything viewed as holistic and valuable.

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Ominous Signs in Pakistan

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Hakimullah Mehsud, the ‘chief’ of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who had a USD five million US Government bounty on his head, was killed along with four other TTP cadres in a US drone strike in the Dandy Darpakhel area, five kilometres north of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on November 1, 2013. Intelligence officials said Hakimullah and his associated were leaving from a meeting at a mosque when the drone targeted their vehicle. Those killed included Abdullah Bahar Mehsud and Tariq Mehsud, both key ‘commanders’ and close aides of the TTP chief. 

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Pakistan Shelves Talks With Taliban: Controversy Over Martyrdom?

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By Abdus Sattar Ghazali *

Pakistan government has virtually abandoned the projected peace talks with the Pakistani Talibans after the killing of the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) leader Hakeemullah Mehsud in a US drone attack on November 1, 2013.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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Police responsible for Rawalpindi Ashura violence, says fact-finding committee report: The fact-finding committee constituted to probe the November 15, 2013, Rawalpindi incident that killed eight people in an attack on Ashura procession on November 25 presented its report to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif which held the Police responsible for the tragedy. The report said the Police had failed to take necessary and timely action which could have prevented the tragedy from occurring and that coordination among institutions was almost non-existent. Dawn, November 26, 2013.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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Department of Census and Statistics starts nationwide exercise to assess the loss of human lives and damage to property in the final stages of civil war: The Department of Census and Statistics started a nationwide exercise on November 28 to assess the loss of human lives and damage to property in the final stages of its civil war against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which ended in May 2009. The census would cover the period from 1982 to 2009 would involve 16,000 officials. Though UN estimates point to 40,000 civilian deaths in the final phase of the war, the Government has denied the figure and termed the campaign a "humanitarian operation," which could not have caused so many deaths. The Hindu, November 29, 2013.

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Controversy on Landmark Global Trade Accord

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By Martin Khor *

Negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) have been proceeding at full speed in recent months, giving rise to a lot of interest worldwide. The stated goal is to conclude the negotiations by the end of 2013. However there is only a slim prospect for this, as there are still many contentious issues to resolve.

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Israelis, Saudis and the Iranian Agreement

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By George Friedman
Founder and Chairman Stratfor

A deal between Iran and the P-5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) was reached early on November 24. The Iranians agreed to certain limitations on their nuclear program while the P-5+1 agreed to remove certain economic sanctions.

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Momentum Builds Around US Nuclear Deal With Iran

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By Keith Jones

Important sections of the US ruling class have signaled their support for the “interim agreement” which the Obama administration, its European Union allies, and China and Russia have reached with Iran over its nuclear program.

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Nagasaki Meet Recommends Concrete Steps For Nuke Abolition

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By Ramesh Jaura*

More than 50,000 nuclear weapons have been eliminated since the historic Reykjavík Summit between the then U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his counterpart from the erstwhile Soviet Union  Mikhail Gorbachev, which culminated into a groundbreaking Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in December 1987. But 17,300 nukes remain, threatening many times over the very survival of human civilization and most life on earth, as the 2013 Nagasaki Appeal points out.

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Climate Conference Ends With UN Admission Of Failure

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By Bryan Dyne *

During the final press conference of the 19th Conference of Parties (COP19), the latest international climate change summit, which ended on November 23 in Warsaw, a top UN official admitted that current efforts were not adequate to halt the pace of global warming.

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