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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.

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SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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Bangladesh: Terrorism Gains Foothold - What’s The Way Out?

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By Taj Hashmi

Bangladeshi politicians, analysts, intellectuals, and media should do the following three things for the sake of durable peace and order in the country: a) stop denying the existence of terrorism, as there is hardly any country without terrorists or terrorist sympathisers, in the post-9/11 world; b) fight terrorism not only with force but also through education and mass motivation; and c) do not think of gaining political leverage by falsely implicating political rivals or personal adversaries as terrorist agents. Terrorists gain most in divided and fractured countries. Examples abound.

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Nepal: Dilemmas of Transitional Justice

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

On June 16, 2016, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which had started recording testimonies regarding insurgency-era rights’ violations and crimes from April 17, 2016, at District Peace Committee offices in all 75 Districts, and was supposed to wrap up the collection of complaints on June 16, 2016, decided to continue complaint collection until July 16, 2016, after it learnt that hundreds of victims are yet to lodge their complaints related to the war-era. The TRC had distributed 40,000 forms to victims and, as of June 15, 2016, had received 33,592 complaints.

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Glut of Drugs

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 22, 2016, the Sargodha District Police of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) claimed to have arrested sixteen drugs dealers, recovering narcotics and illegal weapons. A Police spokesman disclosed that during a continued drive against drug pushers and criminals, special teams of different Police Stations conducted raids within their jurisdictions and arrested the 16 accused, recovering over 2.5 kilograms of hashish, 1.5 kilos of heroin, 10,000 bottles of liquor, six 30 bore Pistols, two .32 bore Revolvers, one Kalashnikov rifle, and one Carbine, along with bullets and cartridges.

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A Nursery of Terrorism

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

   "The madrassas in Pakistan's tribal grounds are factories of suicide bombers."

- Brian Douglas Williams, NBC News

The new chief of Afghan Taliban Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is a product of Pakistani madrassas (religious seminaries) and still leads a string of madrassas across Pakistan's south-western Balochistan. Akhundzada succeeded Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was killed in a U.S. drone strike on May 21, 2016.

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Pakistan: Ahmadi Apartheid

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 4, 2016, an Ahmadi doctor, identified as Dr. Hameed Ahmed (65), was shot dead by unidentified militants in the Islam Colony area of Attock District of Punjab. Dr Hameed had been facing threats and intimidation on account of being an Ahmadi. In 2014, his clinic had survived an attempted arson attack.

The Ordinance promulgated by the President (of Pakistan) on April 26, 1984, goes a long way in accepting the most extreme demands and transforms much of the daily life of the Community into a criminal offence.

-Yohanan Friedman, Prophecy Continuous (1989)

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Right to Health Must Prevail Over All Property Rights

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By South Centre - IDN-InDepthNews

A High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines convened by the UN Secretary-General is currently considering a number of proposals to address the policy incoherence between intellectual property (IP) rights, human rights, trade rules and access to medicines.

The final report of the High-Level Panel will be submitted to the UN Secretary-General, who will present the report to the UN General Assembly to take further action.

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India Challenges WTO Ruling Against Climate Action

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Analysis by Ravi Kanth Devarakonda – IDN InDepthNews

India along with other developing countries appears now to be facing an acid test in global climate change negotiations and at the WTO on how to ensure that their efforts to build robust domestic industries for manufacturing solar cells, solar modules and other products for renewable energy takes precedence over profits-driven trade rules framed by the United States and other developed countries, according to several negotiators.

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Brexit – Or What Happens When People Vote With Their Guts

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Viewpoint by Roberto Savio*

Polling specialists say that when voters do not feel comfortable in saying how they will really vote, it is because they are not comfortable at a rational level with how they will actually vote. In other words, voters act because of their guts, not because of their brains.

This is what happened when the exit polls after the June 23 British referendum on whether to remain part of or leave the European Union showed the 'remain' vote in a slight lead, only to be proved wrong overnight. 

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Britain on the Brink

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

* The article was written prior to the Brexit vote

Britain is now just over a week away from its crucial June 23 vote on whether to remain in the EU or to leave. As the day nears, campaigning for both sides is intensifying, and polls of voters are showing a neck-and-neck race. Canadians are concerned: on my recent coast-to-coast export forecast tour, the issue labeled ‘Brexit’ was a close second to questions about the US election. We’re not the only ones; the world is watching this key debate, as its outcome could have a profound impact on the decades-long global move to greater integration. So, what’s at stake?

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Why the British said No to Europe

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By John Pilger

The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media.

This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the "remain" campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain. The last bastion of the historic reforms of 1945, the National Health Service, has been so subverted by Tory and Labour-supported privateers it is fighting for its life.

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To Defeat Empire of Elite

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Nationalism must triumph over internationalism

By Prabhu Chawla

In the days when the sun shone high over the Empire, the true Englishman’s education wasn’t complete without a Grand Tour, of which Europe was most important on the itinerary. Now the Grand Tour is over, but Brexit has broken more hearts among India’s elitist Anglophiles than among Britain’s Club Class. While British nationalists were celebrating the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), globalised marketers were in shock as stock markets nosedived.

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