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Exploiting the fault lines of Islamic terrorism

by  LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD  September 8, 2017 The U.S. has largely viewed Islamic terrorism as a monolithic threat with varying degrees of extremism distributed among various geographic locations. We have often not adequately appreciated the historical, ideological and geopolitical subtleties underlying Islamic terrorism and, consequently, missed opportunities to enhance our national security by effectively pitting one faction against another, if not by defeat, then by disruption. For example, an extraordinary and mostly unnoticed diplomatic démarche  occurred  in Kabul on August 7, 2017, when the senior Saudi diplomat in Afghanistan, Charge d'affairs Mishari al-Harbi, accused Qatar of supporting Taliban "armed terrorists" even though Saudi Arabia itself had long been a financial backer of the Taliban and, together with Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), officially recognized the group when it assumed control of Afghanistan in 1996. At a high level, that even

Naela Quadri threatened​ by Political rivals

Baloch leader Prof.Naela Quadri Baloch was threatened by her political rivals in a  Facebook message that she will end up as former leader and former spokesperson of Balochistan Government Mr. Razik Bugti. Her political adversaries are primarily tribal cheftians also called as Sardars. In a WhatsApp group Prof.Naela Quadri said  "Should I take it as a life threat? I may have same fate as Raziq Bugti for opposing Sardars". پنجابی ٹوپاسوں کا مڈل کلاسی جراثیم قومی تحریک اور سماجی تحریک میں فرق ہوتا ہے جو لوگ قومی تحریک کو سماجی تناظر میں کرتے ہیں وہ حقیقت میں شعوری طور پر یا کہ لاشعوری طور پر قوم پرستی کی جڑیں کاٹ رہے ہوتے ہیں کیونکہ قوم پرستی کی تحریک میں تمام قوم کے طبقات قومی تحریک میں یکسان طور پر جدوجہد میں اپنی ذمداریاں ادا کرتے ہیں سردار نواب میر امیر غریب سب قومی نجات میں قابض کی جبر اور محکومی کا شکار ہوتے ہیں اور اس محکومی سے نکلنا چاہتے ہیں قومی تحریک میں دو طبقہ ہوتے قابض اور محکوم جبکہ قابض اس کو اپنے دلالوں اور زرخرید لوگوں کے ذریعے تبدیل کرتے ہوئے قومی تحریک می

A delegation of Human Rights Activists will meet and Brief the UN Working Group on Enforced

http://www.bolantimes.com/a-delegation-of-human-rights-activists-will-meet-and-brief-the-un-working-group-on-enforced-disappearances-in-pakistan-baloch-voice-association/ Disappearances in Pakistan. Baloch Voice Association on September 8, 2017 Bolan Times ( Geneva ) : A Delegation of Human Rights and political  activists will be meeting the members of the UN Working Group on enforced disappearances on 15th September 2017 in Palais Willson . The delegation will include the members of Baloch , Sindhi and Kashmiri Human Rights and Political representatives.  The delegation will be lead by European Senior Lawyer Randi Hagen whom is also the legal representative of Baloch Missing person Ehsan Arjemandi, and by the Kashmiri people senior politition and Chairman of UKPNP Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri. The delegation will brief the United Nations Working Group about the current status of the Missing Persons issue in Pakistan and will inform the committee in the briefings about the suff

Indonesia, Malaysia Destroying Foreign Boats to Defend Maritime Claims

https://www.voanews.com/a/indonesia-malaysia-destroy-foreign-fishing-boats/4020327.html September 08, 2017 2:30 AM Ralph Jennings FILE - Malaysian and Vietnamese fishing boats are destroyed for illegal fishing by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, police and navy, in Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia, April 5, 2016. The Indonesian government reportedly sank 28 illegal foreign fishing boats simultaneously in nine locations across the country. Share See comments TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  Indonesia and Malaysia are reminding foreigners of their often overlooked claims in the crowded, contested South China Sea by destroying foreign boats that take fish from waters near their coastlines. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency on Aug. 30 burned two foreign fishing boats as they floated on the sea, a change from the less visible practice of sinking them, media in Kuala Lumpur reported. Boat operators from China, Vietnam and the Philippines often slip into waters off the Malaysia

How Doklam dents China's bullet train chase against Japan in India

http://m.economictimes.com/industry/transportation/railways/how-doklam-dents-chinas-bullet-train-chase-against-japan-in-india/articleshow/60422487.cms By ECONOMICTIMES.COM | Updated: Sep 08, 2017, 01.54 PM IST Japanese trains are considered safer but costlier while China is considered to have better expertise in building in challenging conditions. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India on September 14 will reflect the fast-changing equations in the Asia-Pacific after  Doklam . Abe will be in the country for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, also called the  bullet train  project. After the 73-day standoff at the Sikkim border, India is veering away from  China  and towards  Japan  in several fields. This shift can be noticed in the bullet train projects as Japan can upstage China in winning other projects in India, which China is also eyeing. China and Japan have been competing to bag high-speed rail contracts in the region. China beat Japan last year

SE Asian economies gowing more dependent on China

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/1320835/se-asian-economies-gowing-more-dependent-on-china 8 Sep 2017 at 13:13 3,346 viewed 3 comments WRITER:  REUTERS Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, greets Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha before a group photo of the Emerging Market and Developing Countries meeting at the BRICS Summit, in Xiamen, China, on Tuesday. (AP photo) HONG KONG -- Southeast Asia appears to be on a roll. The Philippines is boasting the second-fastest growing economy in Asia, Malaysia has posted its best growth figures in more than two years and Thailand in more than four. The growth is being fuelled by China, whose expanding economic presence is propping up fundamental weaknesses around Southeast Asia. It also underlines China's dominance in a region that will be under increasing pressure to follow Beijing's lead. Even as the rest of the world feels the pinch of Beijing's clampdown on outbound capital, China is ploughing money into

Belt and Road Initiative: China looks askance at Nepal’s commitments

http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-09-08/china-looks-askance-at-nepals-commitments.html Officials say words must be translated into action, the sooner the better  -  Binod Ghimire , BEIJING A $1-trillion connectivity project is on the table from the Chinese side since September 2013, but the Nepali side has done zilch, making Beijing wary of Kathmandu Sep 8, 2017-Despite Nepal’s repeated commitments to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a sense of uncertainty and scepticism persists among Chinese officials. Chinese think tanks and government officials during an interaction with a delegation of Nepali journalists in Beijing and Kunming last week were of the view that Nepal must act to assure China that Nepal “indeed is committed to the BRI”, in a clear indication that “Beijing wants to see the commitments from Kathmandu translated into action—the sooner the better”.  They were particularly unhappy that Nepal took four years to sign up to the BRI.  Nepal signed a

China's Bridge to Nowhere

https://www.forbes.com/sites/joelmoser/2017/09/07/chinas-bridge-to-nowhere/#6f822dfc1568 Joel Moser  ,    CONTRIBUTOR   Shutterstock In the aftermath of the Cold War, the Soviet “Evil Empire” appeared to be more myth than reality—a public relations stunt perpetrated by USSR leadership to appear strong. In fact, the pace of Soviet expenditure on its military, at a quarter of its GDP, was unsustainable and its economy was headed to collapse. Are we witnessing a similar public relations stunt in China’s plan for world domination via infrastructure development instead of military might? In its Belt and Road initiative, China has laid out plans to spend as much as US$8 trillion dollars on infrastructure intended to connect the Eurasian land mass as well as Africa to create the 21 st  Century equivalent of the Silk Road, reestablishing China as the center of the globe and cementing global economic ties. 🔴 At first look, this is a masterful plan as it proposes to create lasting bond

Interview: China's Belt and Road Initiative to bring new opportunities to Tunisia: official

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/08/c_136595082.htm Source: Xinhua |  2017-09-08 20:51:38 | Editor: Xiang Bo TUNIS, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese investment will bring new opportunities to Tunisia under China's proposed Belt and Road Initiative, Khalil Laabidi, president of Tunisian Investment Authority, told Xinhua in a recent interview. "Tunisia is along the Belt and Road routes and is willing to become a major player in the initiative," Laabidi said. "Tunisia supports and closely follows this initiative. We should never miss such a great opportunity," he said. Laabidi pointed out that China boasts well-developed industries and has foresight in economic policies, enabling it to successfully enter markets around the world. "Aeronautical and automobile industries remain two key sectors that play an important role in Tunisian economy, which will start a renewable energy sector in 2018 in order to attract more investors," Laabidi said. La

China runs 5,000 cargo trains on New Silk Road to Europe

http://gbtimes.com/china-runs-5000-cargo-trains-on-new-silk-road-to-europe?cat=life-culture by  Janne Suokas  Sep 08, 2017 17:08  CHINA   TRADE EUROPE              As many as 5,000 cargo trains from China have reportedly made the direct trip to Europe since 2011, marking a milestone in Beijing’s plan to revitalise the ancient Silk Road trade routes across Eurasia. The 5000th China-Europe cargo train left Zhengzhou, capital of China’s Henan Province, and arrived in Hamburg, Germany on Wednesday, carrying clothes, auto parts and electronics, CCTV reported. Since the first China-Europe container train departed from southwest China's Chongqing to Germany's Duisburg six years ago, there have been 52 routes opened between 32 Chinese cities and 32 cities across 12 European countries. The shortest travel time for rail freight between China and Europe is ten days, providing an alternative shipping method that is cheaper than air freight and faster than shipping by sea. "Af

CPEC: debunking the naysayers

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1500404/cpec-debunking-naysayers/ By  Dr Haroon Rasheed Published: September 8, 2017 The writer is director of the CPEC Centre at the University of Management and Technology, Lahore and is former foreign expert at National Science Foundation of the People’s Republic of China Recently, a WhatsApp message based on a write-up that created ambiguities about CPEC and its impacts on Pakistan went viral. Rather than a game changer, it claimed that it was game over for CPEC. It is hardly the first time that such ambiguities have been spread. We have seen similar tactics being employed for the completion of a hidden agenda. For a better understanding of the project, here are my counter-arguments to the concerns raised. 1) Ninety-one per cent of the income from Gwadar port will go to China and only 9% will come to Pakistan: Developing and running a port is not like building a house or running a shop, it needs a huge investment along with a number of liabilities

Access to CPEC: Two contracts for Balochistan road project approved

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1500682/access-cpec-two-contracts-balochistan-road-project-approved/ By  Sehrish Wasif Published: September 8, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  The Executive Board of the National Highway Authority (NHA) on Thursday approved the award of work for the construction of two sections of the Yakmach-Kharan road in Balochistan at a cost of Rs4.953 billion. A meeting of the board was informed that the new road in backward areas of Balochistan , once completed, would serve as a useful link with the Nokundi-Mashkel-Panjgur road whose inclusion in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had been approved in principle and the formal approval was expected in the coming meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) later this year. The board meeting was presided over by Chairman NHA Shahid Ashraf Tarar and attended by high officials of the Ministry of Communications. ADVERTISEMENT Ad Eastern Balochistan ‘neglected in CPEC’ The Yakmach-Kharan road project is being exec

Premier Abbasi tightens grip on power

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1500709/cpec-management-premier-abbasi-tightens-grip-power/ By  Shahbaz Rana Published: September 8, 2017 Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. PHOTO: REUTERS / FILE ISLAMABAD :  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has set up a Cabinet Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for the implementation of the strategic $55 billion project, completely overhauling the existing institutional arrangement and bypassing the planning ministry. The move will further consolidate the premier’s grip on power. He has already taken complete control of all cabinet committees dealing with economic matters. The new arrangement suggests that every important decision on concerning the economic and development of the country will have to be initiated or decided on by the premier himself. ADVERTISEMENT Ad The prime minister will be the chairman of the new committee that will be empowered to take all decisions on planning and execution of the strategically important