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Malnutrition blights infants’ lives in Pakistan’s Sindh

Al Jazeera Osama Bin Javaid Sick and dying babies remain unchanging reality, with lack of medical care worsening effect of drought-like conditions The views during the nine-hour drive to Tharparkar, a remote district in southern Pakistan, are stunning but deceptive. The long road, the sunflower fields, the camel herders and …

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India’s LoC barrier hurts wildlife

Khaleej Times A double row of fence and tangled concertina wire curves like a Frankenstein stitch across the Kashmir frontier, blocking anything that might try to cross one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints – including, environmentalists say, migrating wildlife.Built in 2007 by India, the impenetrable barrier scarring hundreds of …

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How China Is Preparing To Dominate East Asia

Newsweek China is “changing the operational landscape” in the South China Sea by deploying missiles and radar as part of an effort to militarily dominate East Asia, a senior U.S. military official said on Tuesday. China is “clearly militarizing the South China (Sea),” said Admiral Harry Harris, head of the …

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Why Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo is all talk

Al Jazeera Daniel R DePetris Obama’s Gitmo closure plan has about as much chance of succeeding as his earlier attempts After repeatedly delaying its plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the Obama administration has finally released a nine-page strategy to the US Congress on how it intends to …

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Could the Syrian conflict spread to Lebanon and Russia?

Newsweek FAYSAL ITANI Lately, the high geopolitics of events in Aleppo have rightly received a great deal of attention. Yet, while observers try to divine the great power intentions of the United States and Russia from diplomatic maneuvers and statements, local developments can be a better gauge of international intentions. …

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A Looming Crisis for China’s Legal System

Foreign Policy Magazine JEROME A. COHEN Talented judges and lawyers are leaving the profession, as ideology continues to trump the rule of law In China, politics continues to control law. The current leadership has rejected many of the universal legal values that China accepted — at least in principle — …

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Push for education reforms

Arab News MUHAMMAD WAQAS There is little doubt that education forms the cornerstone of democracy and modern society. Pakistan is finally prioritizing development of education and health sectors to improve the lives of ordinary citizens. Progress on the Prime Minister’s Educational Reforms Program is out there for everyone to see …

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Is this the end of the European dream?

Khaleej Times Olivier Guez Jihadist attacks, a migrant flood, Greek debt, surging nationalism: Across the European Union, anxiety and division are brewing in a way not seen since the 1940s. Confronted with this, Europe is paralyzed. And the element most dangerous to the European dream is barely noted: A rift …

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Could Edward Snowden get a fair trial if he returned to the US?

Christian Science Monitor Lonnie Shekhtman Speaking to a New Hampshire audience on Saturday by Skype, Edward Snowden said he would come back to the United States to stand trial if the federal government guaranteed that it would be a fair one. “I’ve told the government I would return if they …

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Concerns in Saudi Arabia over signs of more military involvement in Syria

Washington Post Hugh Naylor Saudi Arabia is flexing its muscles as pro-government forces in Syria’s civil war make sweeping advances, but concerns have mounted about its expanding military involvement in the conflict. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military, backed by ­Iranian-led militiamen and Russian airstrikes, has pressed a major offensive in …

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