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It is amazing how fast the global strategic balance is changing. What this means is that since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ascension of the US as the only global superpower in the 1990s, the world is transiting into a state of multi-polarity. 

 

The most important and decisive moment of Pakistan’s history came during the first, and the only free and fair general elections of 1970. If ever there were any chance for Pakistan to become a democratic, progressive and pluralistic country, it was at this moment.

 

In the last few years, Syria and Iraq have emerged as new hotbeds of international militancy and terrorism. The ability of the terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to attract foreign fighters has created new challenges for global peace and security. 

 

Two events in the past month have shaken the foundations of American foreign policy. In late October, just as the US Congressional election results confirmed that the Republican Party had seized the Senate, news leaked that President Barack Obama had written a private letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran, urging him to conclude the much-awaited nuclear agreement as speedily as possible.

 

The last few decades of globalisation and innovation have resulted in the most rapid progress that the world has ever known. Poverty has been reduced. Life expectancy has increased.

 

Efforts to contain the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are an inadequate response to a serious challenge. ISIS is known in Arabic as Daulat-i-Islamiyah fil Iraq wal Sham (Daish).

 

How dangerous is the Islamic State (IS)? Given the barbarism, ruthlessness and brutality of the IS in establishing a caliphate, in part by absorbing or coercing acceptance by Sunnis, Baathists and former Saddam loyalists disenfranchised or persecuted by the Shia government in Baghdad, will that amalgam hold? 

 
Changing demographics, the global recession and increasing pressure on the welfare system has ratcheted up cultural and racial tensions in Germany  
 
  Last week, I had promised to write about the measures Muslim countries are taking to counter the threat of the Islamic State (IS) virus infecting people in their countries. 
 

The agenda of the Islamic State today is merely an extension of the devious plan laid down by Abdul Wahhab almost two hundred years ago.

 


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The European Union and India should work closely to bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
 
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A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
 
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  It would seem that the government of India has decided to suppress the voices of Kashmiris by imposing a social media ban.
 
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The brief hand-holding took place in the Gulf of Aden. Despite a history of border dispute, diplomatic clashes and rivalry on various issues, India and China joined forces on April 9 to rescue a merchant vessel from pirates.
 
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
 
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That China strictly implements the UN Security Council resolutions that sanction North Korea is seen by all. If Pyongyang continues with its nuclear and missile tests, China is bound to support more harsh resolutions on this country.
 
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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
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Health of the citizens and the economy of the nation they inhabit go hand in hand and every buck spent on former guarantees a manifold increase in the latter,  said noted public health expert K Srikant Reddy. The lecture 'Health and Development: India Must Bridge the Disconnect' was ...
 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

 
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

 
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