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0712 flag pakistanSectarian violence in Karachi is just another chapter in Pakistan’s long history of violence against minorities, has afflicted Pakistan virtually from its moment of birth...


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 ... . . ..   


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Escalation of hostility may become a thermonuclear WWIII.


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With approval of power plants, conflicts have arisen ...


Growing support for suicide terrorism


NAFTA and the Future of Canada, Mexico and the United States

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By Marc Lanthemann *

The 20th anniversary of NAFTA's implementation on Jan. 1 has revived some of the perennial arguments that have surrounded the bloc since its inception. The general consensus has been that the trade deal was a mixed bag, a generally positive yet disappointing economic experiment.


Who Appointed The U. S. To Be The World’s Policeman?

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By Kourosh Ziabari *

The fact that the United States has been long treating other nations in a derogatory and irresponsible manner and allows itself to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries is a source of frustration for many people, even if the world’s politicians don’t dare to criticize Washington over its arrogant behavior.


Afghanistan: Why U.S. Seeks to Stay

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By Jack A. Smith *

The U.S. is supposed to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of this new year. But despite public opinion polls to the contrary, President Obama is seeking to leave several thousand Special Forces troops, military trainers, CIA personnel, “contractors” and surveillance listening posts for 10 more years in Afghanistan until the end of 2024.


Bangladesh: Hope Revived

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate Institute for Conflict Management

S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate Institute for Conflict Management

On January 5, 2014, Bangladesh conducted its 10th General Elections. With a comprehensive boycott by the Opposition, as well as by some of Sheikh Hasina Wajed's allies, prominently including General H.M. Ershad's Jatiya Party (Ershad), 153 of a total of 300 seats in the Jatiyo Shangshad (National Parliament) were decided unopposed. Results for 136 of the remaining 147 seats for which elections were held, had been declared at the time of writing. Sheikh Hasina's Awami League (AL) had won 102 seats; followed by the Jatiya Party, 13; Independents, 13; Workers Party (WP), 4; Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), 2; and others, 2.


Bangladesh: Violence Overshadows National Poll

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By A Correspondent

Violence has marred controversial general elections in Bangladesh, leaving at least 19 people dead in clashes between opposition supporters and police.

Thousands of protesters firebombed polling stations and stole ballot papers as deadly violence flared across the South Asian nation during Sunday's elections, which was boycotted by the BNP, the main opposition party, and its allies.


Bangladesh: Sham Election Deepens Political Crisis

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By K. Ratnayake

The Bangladesh election held on Sunday was a political farce marked by a very low voter turnout and unprecedented violence. At least 16 people died on Sunday alone due to police shootings and bloody clashes between the two main bourgeois parties, the ruling Awami League (AL) and the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP) that boycotted the poll. The election has set the stage for a worsening political crisis.



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Chittagong District Court awards death penalty to 14 people for smuggling 10 truckloads of arms in 2004: Chittagong District Court on January 30 awarded death penalty to 14 people, including Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ameer (chief) of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), and United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) 'vice-president' and 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah for smuggling 10 truckloads of arms into Chittagong District in 2004 during the last tenure of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led Government. The cases were lodged with Karnaphuli Police Station a day after the arms haul at Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) jetty in the early hours of April 2, 2004. Daily Star, January 31, 2014.


Nepal: Surge of Optimism

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

In a remarkable achievement after decades of turmoil, the Himalayan Nation remained completely free of insurgency-related violence through 2013. Militant violence has registered a constant decline since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2006, but it is for the first time since March 2000, when the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) database commenced compiling data on insurgency-related fatalities in Nepal, that the country did not record a single insurgency-related incident during the course of a year.


NEPAL: News Briefs

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SC scraps demand for fresh Presidential election: The Supreme Court (SC) on January 23 scrapped a writ demanding an election for the appointment of new President and Vice President. A single bench of justice Girish Chandra Lal released a verdict to this effect stating that the tenure of President and Vice President would not end unless the promulgation of a new constitution or an amendment to the Article 36(c) of the interim constitution, maintaining it. Himalyan Times, January 24, 2014.


Pakistan: A Victim Of Ideological Colonization

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By Ismail Salami *

The distressing story of a Pakistani teenager who lost his life while he was making efforts to prevent a suicide bomber from detonating his school and unleashing a maniac massacre of innocent children in the country’s troubled north-west has gained colossal attention in the world.


PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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TTP's main objective is enforcement of Sharia'h in the country, says TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid on January 30 said that their main objective is enforcement of Shari'ah (Islamic Law) in the country. He said what mattered was enforcement of Shari'ah, "whether through peace or war". Dawn, January 31, 2014.


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