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Kazakhstan – the Broken Buckle in the Belt and Road

Nick Kennedy

When Chinese President Xi Jinping first announced his flagship Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, he chose to do so in Astana, Kazakhstan.China’s decision to revive the ancient Silk Road trade route, an international corridor connecting it to Western Europe, is instrumental to its overall economic strategy. By building a new Silk Road, supported by modern infrastructure, China is creating an outlet for exports, securing a route for energy imports and utilizing its excess industrial capacity. It also serves its geopolitical agenda by expanding Chinese influence and dependence worldwide.It should come as no surprise that Kazakhstan was chosen for the project’s launch. The Central Asian country was once the central point of the ancient trade route that carried goods and ideas between the great civilizations of the East and West. And today, due to its unique geographic location, it is once again seeking to resume its historical role as a vital link in global commerce.To this en…

12 exotic beaches of Balochistan and Karachi

PakistanWeb DeskSun, Jun 09, 2019
ISLAMABAD: The Press Information Department (PID) of the Government of Pakistan on its Twitter showed some beautiful glimpses of 12 exotic beaches on the long coastline from Gwadar to Karachi.The tweet states: “Pakistan offers some breathtaking beaches with unparalleled serenity. These are 12 exotic beaches where one can gaze at mesmerising waves of Arabian Sea. #BeautifulPakistan”Pakistan's southern coastline meets the Arabian Sea, running along the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan. There are various beaches on the coastline but the PID has selected 12 of them.The names of these beaches in Balochistan are: Gaddani, Gwadar, Jiwani, Ormara, Kund Malir, Sonmiani, and Astola Islands.The beaches in Karachi (Sindh) are Clifton, French, Hawke’s Bay and Sandspit.


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The geo-port-politics of Gwadar and Chabahar

Salman Rafi Sheikh | Published: 00:00, Jun 10,2019 | Updated: 00:27, Jun 10,2019
— New Eastern OutlookIN A highly surprising move, Iran’s foreign minister, on an unscheduled and unannounced visit to Pakistan on May 23, announced the proposal to link Pakistan’s port of Gwadar with Iran’s Chabahar port. This announcement signals tectonic geo-political shift taking place in the region in the wake of increasing tensions between the US and Iran. The US has already successfully forced India, its chief South Asian ally, to scrap its purchase of oil from Iran, a country India was not long ago claimed to have entered into a strategic alliance with. Although the US has somehow left Chabahar out of its net of sanction, India’s decision to follow the US in its footsteps does signal its participation in the US policy of crippling Iranian economy and take Iran to the verge of massive political disruption and eventual regime change. Iran, obviously, is not unmindful of the implications of this partic…

London: Baloch organisations hold joint campaign against enforced disappearances

ANI | Europe | Last Updated at June 09 2019 19:15 IST
The World Baloch Organization (WBO) and the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) have jointly launched a human rights awareness campaign in London.The groups aim to highlight the "dire human rights situation in Pakistan," particularly the human rights abuses faced by the ethnic Baloch, Sindhi, Pashtun, Mohajir and religious minorities in the country through the campaign.The campaign will focus on the issue of enforced disappearances in Pakistan, where thousands have been forcibly abducted by Pakistan's military and its intelligence agencies. While most are extra-judicially killed and their bodies dumped on roadsides bearing signs of extreme torture, the groups claimed.Amnesty International has termed it the "Kill and dump" policy. Victims include activists, teachers, students, doctors, intellectuals and journalists who have voiced their opinions against the military's iron grip over the country. The military'…

London: Baloch organisations hold joint campaign against enforced disappearances

ANI | Europe | Last Updated at June 09 2019 19:15 IST
The World Baloch Organization (WBO) and the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) have jointly launched a human rights awareness campaign in London.The groups aim to highlight the "dire human rights situation in Pakistan," particularly the human rights abuses faced by the ethnic Baloch, Sindhi, Pashtun, Mohajir and religious minorities in the country through the campaign.The campaign will focus on the issue of enforced disappearances in Pakistan, where thousands have been forcibly abducted by Pakistan's military and its intelligence agencies. While most are extra-judicially killed and their bodies dumped on roadsides bearing signs of extreme torture, the groups claimed.Amnesty International has termed it the "Kill and dump" policy. Victims include activists, teachers, students, doctors, intellectuals and journalists who have voiced their opinions against the military's iron grip over the country. The military'…