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A new Shenzhen?: Poor Pakistan fishing town’s horror at Chinese plans

The Guardian Jon Boone | Kiyya Baloch Gwadar is poor. When a house was recently burgled in the fishing settlement on Pakistan’s desert coast, the only items stolen were cans of fresh water – a staple that has soared in value since reservoirs dried up. It lies in Balochistan, a province …

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China’s Overseas Abductions

Wall Street Journal Beijing’s message to critics: Our agents will snatch you anywhere Chinese dissident journalist Li Xin went missing on Jan. 11 in Thailand. On Wednesday he phoned his wife from China, telling her, “I came back to China willingly to face investigation.” Mr. Li’s wife, He Fangmei, wasn’t …

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Balochistan: Pakistan’s information black hole

The Guardian Jon Boone | Kiyya Baloch Even in a country with no shortage of no-go areas, human rights investigators, diplomats and journalists agree the hardest place of all from which to get accurate information is Pakistan’s Balochistan province. State security agencies heavily restrict outsiders’ access to the resource rich region …

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Palestinians need new leadership

Gulf News Diana Buttu The people who have long been victims of dispossession, ethnic cleansing and external decision-making, deserve to have a say in their future Last month marked 10 years since the last Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas overwhelmingly secured the majority of seats. Almost immediately, the international …

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Obama, at mosque: ‘You’re part of America, too’

Washington Post Greg Jaffe President Obama made his first visit to a U.S. mosque as president on Wednesday and sought to repair the increasingly frayed relationship between American Muslims and their fellow citizens. Obama’s remarks came at a time of growing fear and division in the country, a climate that …

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A Plan Colombia for Afghanistan

Foreign Policy Magazine SHAWN SNOW In the fight to rid Afghanistan of violent extremism, the central government needs greater resources to gain a decisive advantage. President Barack Obama will host Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House to discuss a peace deal that will end the decades-long insurgency …

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American View: Identity Goes Beyond Islam in Pakistan

Foreign Policy Magazine MADIHA AFZAL A country founded on the basis of religious identity, Pakistan must now embrace ethnic pluralism to find unity in the fight against terrorism. On January 20, militants affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban attacked Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, located in Pakistan’s beleaguered Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) …

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American View: By way of computers and headsets, Islamic teaching flows out of Pakistan

Washington Post Tim Craig Mohammad Hassan secluded himself in a religious seminary in Pakistan’s largest city for 11 years until he memorized the more than 6,000 verses that make up the Koran, Islam’s holy book. Now the 27-year-old spends his nights at a computer in Islamabad teaching Muslims in the …

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David Cameron’s EU endgame The “emergency brake” is only symbolic, but it will probably work

The Economist IT TELLS you a lot about David Cameron’s dinner in London last night with Donald Tusk that the press could not subsequently decide whether it was a coup or a disaster for the prime minister and his plan to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership. On the one hand the …

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