• Chess Tournament puts Sports Governance and Saudi Change under the Microscope0

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    • December 26, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia’s hosting of an international chess tournament focuses attention on the fundamental problem wreaking havoc in international sports governance and shines a spot light on the limitations of covert Saudi-Israeli cooperation in confronting Iran and political Islam and the Palestinians’ ability to be a game spoiler. By seducing the World

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  • Diverging Trajectories in Bangladesh: Islamic State vs al-Qaeda0

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    • December 25, 2017

      Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 15 Issue: 23 By: Nathaniel Barr Bangladeshi Muslims attend the funeral of activist Xulhaz Mannan (Source: AP) Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have adopted divergent strategies in their competition for dominance in Bangladesh. Al-Qaeda has sought to build popular support by exploiting the grievances of the country’s political Islamists, and by

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  • China ‘stirring up’ anti-India discourse in neighbourhood?0

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    • December 23, 2017

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 22 December 2017 At a time when New Delhi continues to be guarded in its comments on sovereignty-centric independent decisions of its neighbours, the new extra-regional player in China, seeking a fast-tracked proactive regional role, seems wanting to provoke internal anti-India debates in individual South Asian nations. The idea is obvious: to try

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  • How Facebook’s Secret Unit Created India’s Troll Armies For Digital Propaganda To Influence Elections0

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    • December 23, 2017

    Just days after GreatGameIndia exposed how American and Japanese companies could be hacking Indian elections, a recent Bloomberg report has revealed how a secret unit of Facebook has helped create troll armies for governments around the world including India for digital propaganda to influence elections. By Shelley Kasli December 22, 2017 Share on Facebook Tweet on

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  • Trade agreement: Pakistan for FTA with Pacific South East nations0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal ______ Pakistan aims initiate negotiations with Pacific and South East Asian nations on a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to enhance multilateral trade. Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines in the Pacific region are among the countries in the list to start a dialogue on Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) which will pave

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  • Verdict washes away DMK’s 2G stain0

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    • December 21, 2017

      December 21, 2017 The tough question before the DMK and its leader MK Stalin now is, what should their response be if sounded out for an alliance by the BJP for or after the next parliamentary polls, says N Sathiya Moorthy  It is celebration time for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu, but the

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  • China’s One Belt One Road Initiative in Nepal0

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    • December 19, 2017

    To maintain its status quo in international politics, China under the nomenclature “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) revived it age-old strategy called conspirational strategy. This strategy believed to be introduced by Admiral Zheng in the fifteenth century. The main understanding was to get close to its neighbors and find new areas with the desire to

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  • Jama’at: Serving the Moral Cause of Education0

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    • December 19, 2017

    By: Aabid Rehman Pala With the emphasis on overall development, Jama’at e Islami in Jammu and Kashmir was established mainly to serve the moral cause of education in the light of Quran. When they found people deviating from that cause, they thought of a renaissance. Since a network of convent schools were operating at that

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  • China Lavishes Aid On Pakistan Town In Hope To Build Deepwater Port0

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    • December 18, 2017

    December 17, 2017 by Reuters FILE PHOTO: A container is carried away from a cargo ship at Tianjin Port, in northern China February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo By Drazen Jorgic (Reuters) – China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the

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  • Economics of Nuclear Power0

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    • December 16, 2017

    It’s all about organized lightning. Lights, sparks, brightness are a symbol of life. It enables us to see the world with more clear vision. When rest of the world is aspiring to reach beyond the limits of the sky, countries like Pakistan are still facing power shortages. In Pakistan Summers are welcomed with a gift

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  • Nuclear Deterrence and Pakistan’s Second Strike Capability in Indian Ocean Region0

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    • December 16, 2017

    By Ahyousha Khan To make nuclear deterrence work without any hurdles, states desire invincibility for their nuclear arsenals against the threat of being taken out in first attack massive retaliation from the enemy. Enemy’s lack of ability to wage an aggression is the role assigned to nuclear deterrence. If nuclear arms race between two nuclear

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  • Takeaways from the 7th JCC Meeting on CPEC0

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    • December 16, 2017

    China and Pakistan have been working to promote the construction of the CPEC project through sustenance of Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC). According to the available information on the official websites of the CPEC, there are five working groups which include long-term planning, energy, transportation infrastructure, industrial cooperation and Gwadar Port. JCC deals with the overall

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  • Of India’s Secularism and the Question of Minorities0

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    • December 16, 2017

    JAVID AHMAD AHANGER India officially became a secular nation in 1976 with the incorporation of word ‘secular’ in the preamble through 42nd Amendment of the Constitution. But what does secularism mean to India? Even the Supreme Court in one of its judgments said that secularism is a complex concept and very difficult to define. In

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  • TIBETANS SHOULD NEVER RECONCILE THEMSELVES TO TIBET UNDER CHINA0

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    • December 16, 2017

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is much respected by the Tibetans and admirers of Tibetan culture and tradition all over the world, have repeatedly been saying in recent times that Tibet does not seek independence from China but wants to stay with China with autonomy status. One is not clear as to what he

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