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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.

ARM & TRAIN

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

HYDRO BOOM & CONFLICTS

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SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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'The Bomb' Is a Terrifying Multimedia Reminder

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Of the Power of Nuclear Weapons

By Ryan Bort – Newsweek

Closing out the 15th edition of New York's Tribeca Film Festival was the world premiere of the bomb, which is not so much a film as it is an experience. Four showings were held in Midtown Manhattan's Gotham Hall over the weekend, inside of which eight screens were mounted side-to-side around the circumference of the interior.

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Saudi King & Princes Blackmail U.S. Government

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By Eric Zuesse

Saudi Arabia, owned by the Saud family, are telling the U.S. Government,they’ll wreck the U.S. economy, if a bill in the U.S. Congress that would remove the unique and exclusive immunity the royal owners of that country enjoy in the United States, against their being prosecuted for their having financed the 9/11 attacks, passes in Congress, and becomes U.S. law.

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The Real Accomplishments of the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting

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By Yuki Tatsumi - The Diplomat

The G7 meeting held in Hiroshima last weekend marks a major diplomatic
accomplishment for Japan. In addition to their Joint Communique, appropriate to the location of the meeting, the G7 foreign ministers adopted the HiroshimaDeclaration on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament following the meeting. Two additional statements–one on maritime security and the other on general non-proliferation and disarmament—were also adopted.

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Global Military Spending Increased In 2015

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By Thomas Gaist – Global Research

Spending on weapons and other military costs grew by more than one percent in 2015, marking the first year of growth in total military purchasing by governments worldwide since 2011, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute found in a report published on April 5. Total military purchases reached $1,676 billion in 2015, or nearly $1.7 trillion, consuming some 2.3 percent ofglobal gross domestic product (GDP), SIPRI found.

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Leaders Paranoid About Journalists

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2016 World Press Freedom Index

By Reporters Without Borders

Seen as a benchmark throughout the world, the Index ranks 180 countries according to the freedom allowed journalists. It also includes indicators of the level of media freedom violations in each region. These show that Europe (with 19.8 points) still has the freest media, followed distantly by Africa (36.9), which for the first time overtook the Americas (37.1), a region where violence against journalists is on the rise. Asia (43.8) and Eastern Europe/Central Asia (48.4) follow, while North Africa/Middle East (50.8) is still the region where journalists are most subjected to constraints of every kind.

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Buyers Market

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

Leading indicators are essential in any fast-paced environment. It’s quite possible that the economy’s forward-looking signals are now more important than ever. Our bizarre on-again, off-again economic environment has brought confusion, and in spite of an ever-growing data deluge, an ongoing search for reliable guides. The search doesn’t seem to be working; opinions on the outlook cover the gamut: some see imminent recession, others, renewed growth, while many foresee a slow-growth ‘new normal’. Who, and what indicators, can be believed?

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Oh China, Please Come Back Ye...

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Analysis by Dr Palitha Kohona - InDepthNews

As Sri Lanka, with an administration now in power for over one year, begins to confront complex domestic and international challenges, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe undertook a visit to Beijing.

Unthinkable just a few months ago with orchestrated anti China rhetoric flooding the media, he joined other world leaders who had already lined up outside the gates of Beijing seeking manna from the Middle Kingdom. At the conclusion of the visit on April 10, he spoke effusively of the potential for cooperation between the two countries.

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Bangladesh: Reassertion of Reason

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Conflict Management

On March 19, 2016, Counter-Terrorism and Trans National Crime Unit (CTTC) Chief Monirul Islam stated that Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) had set up eight hideouts in Dhaka city to carry out killings of secular people. A group of 20 militants, dubbed “the killing squad” by investigators, are reportedly engaged in ‘managing’ these hideouts. Explaining the modus operandi, investigators disclosed that, prior to killing secular targets, ABT terrorists rent houses from where they monitor their victims before making the final move.“Last month, they planned to kill a blogger named Niloy who lives in Dhaka’s Azimpur,” Monirul Islam stated, adding that the Security Forces (SFs) had foiled the attempt.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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Ansar Al-Islam announces to target people who commit eight specific kinds of offenses against their ideology: According to SITE Intelligence Group, Ansar Al-Islam, Bangladesh Branch of Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), in a statement signed by one Mufti Abdullah Ashraf, claiming to be the 'spokesperson' for Ansar Al-Islam on April 8 said that they will be targeting people who commit eight specific kinds of offenses against their ideology. The details of the 'offenses' have also been provided. Dhaka Tribune, April 29, 2016.

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Nepal Between the Dragon and the Elephant

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Analysis by Shastri Ramachandaran - IDN-InDepthNews

Yet another South Asian country, Nepal, is falling for the charms of China. The language of this new dalliance, regardless of where it may lead, is causing unease in India. Arriving in Beijing on March 20 for a week-long visit, Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that his country’s relationship with China was “as high as the Himalayas”, which he said symbolised friendship.

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Troubles Persist

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

On April 6, 2016, United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) cadres protested the visit of Minister of Forest and Soil Conservation, Agni Prasad Sapkota, greeting him with black flags in the Rautahat District. Ram Niwas Yadav, District Coordinator of UDMF, observed, “We have restricted the Ministers or any other Government officials from visiting the District. But, Sapkota’s visit sparked tension; so we protested.”

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