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CPEC will continue to face resistance: Baloch Diaspora France President

http://wap.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/cpec-will-continue-to-face-resistance-baloch-diaspora-france-president-117051400082_1.html ANI | New Delhi [India] May 14, 2017 06:13 AM IST Baloch Diaspora France President  Ali Akbar Mengal  has said the China Pakistan Economic Project (CPEC), an initiative under the One Road, One Belt project that seeks to connect Pakistan's Gwadar port to Chinese Xinjiang Province, would continue to face stiff  resistance  by the Baloch people as the project intends to only benefit the Chinese and the Punjabis in Pakistan. Describing the current phase as the fifth phase of the Baloch freedom movement, Mengal said, 🔴" Baloch will resist the CPEC, because they know very well that the project is not for the benefit of the Baloch people. The CPEC will only benefit the Chinese and Punjabis. So, we will resist it until there is last Baloch." "🔴 As  the Baloch resistance gets momentum in the Gwadar port, where this major portion o

Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 11, Issue 2 (2017)

Apr 2017 The contributions in this issue of Perspective on Terrorism focus on 1) the shifting content and style of two prominent extremist magazines (Dabiq and Rumiyah); 2) managing non-state threats, specifically by relying on cumulative deterrence-by-denial; 3) tracking radical opinions in US Muslim polls; 4) gauging the ambiguous effect of population size on the prevalence of terrorism; and 5) reviewing the pioneering, Saudi Arabian-based online counter-radicalization campaign known as ‘Sakinah’. Download   English (PDF, 172 pages, 3.66 MB) Author   Peter Wignell, Sabine Tan, Kay L O´Halloran, Rebecca Lange, Veronika Fajmonová, Sophia Moskalenko, Clark McCauley, James M Lutz, Brenda J Lutz, Abdullah bin Khaled al–Saud, Judith Tinnes, Berto Jongman, Parmida Esmaeilpour, Alex P Schmid, Joshua Sinai (Editor: Alex P. Schmid)Series Perspectives on Terrorism (PT) Issue2 Publisher Terrorism  Research Initiative (TRI) Copyright© 2017 Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI)

Russia: A Land Power Hungry for the Sea

27/04/2017   Tom Fedyszyn   Maritime Security Courtesy of MASS MoCA/Flickr.  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) This article was  originally published  by  War on the Rocks  on 19 April 2017. Trying to understand the military behavior of nations has been a hobby of Western academics, beginning with the great geopoliticians of former centuries, such as Nicholas Spykman, Sir Halford Mackinder, and Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan. Simply, the argument is that geography demanded that insular and coastal nations such as England, Japan, and the Netherlands develop strong navies to support their national economic and political interests. Conversely, Germany, the Turkish Republic, and the Roman Empire were required to use their formidable land armies to defend and expand their territories. Russia stands out as a one-off. Situated squarely on the borders of Eastern Europe and central Asia, she endured numerous land assaults, and, accordingly built large defensive and offensive land armies. However, in fits and

OBOR projects are Goldplated, an act of pumping more money

"In the name of global trade and links, China is violating the sovereignty of Indian territories in the state of J&K. China should have discussed this project with India before going ahead with this plan through J&K. The One Nation policy preached by China, is equally applicable to every nation's case. India has every right to respond as it wishes in this case. Its sad to also see China supporting all irritant countries in the world. No idea what message China wants to send out to the world through these alliances." OBOR, an economic initiative, places China right in the middle of the political affairs of the countries it benefits. To make the economic corridor secure, China had to make further investments to secure the political stability of the country it benefits and keep its armed forces in standby when there is a threat perception. So, the project involves economic, political and military costs. Pakistan had already deployed 10K plus troops to secure the co

India's response to BRI/OBOR

🔴 Regarding the so-called ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’, which is being projected as the flagship project of the BRI/ OBOR , the international community is well aware of India’s position. No country can accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity. 🔴 Connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognized international​ norms,good governance,rule of law,openness, transparency   & equalty -MEA 🔴 We have been urging China to engage in a meaningful dialogue on its connectivity initiative, awaiting a positive response from China: MEA

10 labourers killed in Gwadar as unidentified assailants open fire at construction site

https://www.dawn.com/news/1332896/10-labourers-killed-in-gwadar-as-unidentified-assailants-open-fire-at-construction-site 10 labourers killed in Gwadar as unidentified assailants open fire at construction site AFP  |  REUTERS  |  SYED ALI SHAH UPDATED ABOUT 3 HOURS AGO At least 10 labourers were killed in  Balochistan's Gwadar district  on Saturday as unidentified assailants opened fire at the construction site where they were working, Levies sources said. Unidentified gunmen on motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire on a group of labourers working at a road in Gwadar's Pishgan area, killing eight of them on the spot, Levies sources confirmed. Key updates Two gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on group of labourers in GwadarBaloch Liberation Army claimed responsibility of attackThe road where labourers were working was not a specific CPEC-funded project A spokesman for the separatist  Baloch Liberation Army  claimed responsibility for the incident in a telephone call t

Switzerland’s Security» 2017: the Federal Intelligence Service presents its situation report

http://www.vbs.admin.ch/content/vbs-internet/en/ueber-das-vbs/organisation-des-vbs/die-verwaltungseinheiten-des-vbs/-der-nachrichtendienst-des-bundes.detail.nsb.html/66554.html Download full report Bern, 02.05.2017 – The challenges facing the security authorities are becoming increasingly complex. The number of relevant actors is growing, the security environment is increasingly fragmented and the strategic environment is marked by a European order under extraordinary pressure due to a variety of crisis situations. The annual situation report of the Federal Intelligence Service is intended to support the orientation of security policy. Europe's crisis situations, which the FIS has been describing in its reports for years, have been intensified by  additional elements since last year's report: the UK's decision to leave the EU, the election of Donald Trump as the President of the USA and the constitutional change in Turkey. This has contributed further to the erosion of o

Switzerland faces ‘heightened’ terror threat in uncertain Europe

https://www.thelocal.ch/20170503/switzerland-faces-heightened-terror-threat-in-uncertain-europe Defence minister Guy Parmelin. File photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP The Local news@thelocal.ch 3 May 2017 12:09 CEST+02:00 “The question isn’t if an attack will take place in Switzerland, but when.” That’s the view expressed by Swiss defence minister Guy Parmelin at a press conference on Tuesday as the Swiss federal intelligence service (FIS) released its situation report. The head of the FIS, Markus Seiler, took a calmer stance but spoke of an “elevated” threat, reported  Le Temps .   In a  statement  to release its 2017 situation report, the FIS said the challenges it faced “are becoming increasingly complex”, in part because of the “extraordinary pressure” on Europe “due to a variety of crisis situations”.   These crises have been aggravated in the past year by Brexit, the election of US President Donald Trump and the recent political reform in Turkey, it said.   “This has contr

Lifting the curtain on the Swiss intelligence service

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/politics/swiss-spies_lifting-the-curtain-on-the-swiss-intelligence-service/43176432 MAY 12, 2017 - 15:00 Undercover agent working for the Swiss intelligence service? There's no black and white in the murky world of spies  ( sergign /123RF) The ongoing scandal of an alleged Swiss spy arrested in Germany at the end of April has shone a spotlight on the Federal Intelligence Service (FIS). swissinfo.ch reveals what it gets up to – and who watches the watchers. BANKING DATA Swiss alleged to have spied inside German tax office German investigators believe a mole spied for the Swiss intelligence service inside a German tax office, which was trying to catch German tax dodgers.  2There are 2 comments on this article. POLITICS BUSINESS See in other languages: 2 What is the FIS’s job? In a nutshell, the  FISexternal link  is “concerned with the early perception and prevention of terrorism, violent extremism, espionage, proliferation of weapons of ma

Information warfare versus soft power

https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/information-warfare-versus-soft-power/ 12 May 2017| Joseph S. Nye Jr. Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election, and its suspected hacking of French President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign servers, should surprise no one, given President Vladimir Putin’s (mis)understanding of soft power. Before his re-election in 2012, Putin told a Moscow newspaper that ‘soft power is a complex of tools and methods to achieve foreign policy goals without the use of force, through information and other means of influence.’ From the Kremlin’s perspective, color revolutions in neighboring countries and the Arab Spring uprisings were examples of the United States using soft power as a new form of hybrid warfare. The concept of soft power was incorporated into Russia’s 2013 Foreign Policy Concept, and in March 2016, Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov stated that responding to such foreign threats ‘using conventional troops is impossible; they

The Rise of the Commercial Threat: Countering the Small Unmanned Aircraft System

12 May 2017 By Anthony Tingle, David Tyree for National Defense University Press According to Anthony Tingle and David Tyree, the Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) is a disruptive commercial technology which is intrusive, undetectable, and potentially lethal. In short, sUAS’ pose a unique and currently undefined threat to national security, as illustrated by the 100+ adverse sUAS reports the US Federal Aviation Administration receives each month and the growing number of altercations law enforcement agencies are experiencing. Here’s how we should respond, say Tingle and Tyree. This article was  originally published  in the  Joint Force Quarterly 85 (2nd Quarter, April 2017)  by the  National Defense University Press , on 1 April 2017. The Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) is a disruptive commercial technology that poses a unique and currently undefined threat to U.S. national security. Although, as with any new technology, the parameters of the capabilities regarding mili

The Rise and Fall of Erdoganocracy: Why Victory May Defeat Turkey`s President

12 May 2017 By Burak Kadercan for War on the Rocks Recep Tayyip Erdogan has finally secured the “iron throne” he sought for more than a decade. However, the way he achieved his final victory, and the political environment over which he will rule as the “one man” for the foreseeable future, leads Burak Kadercan to conclude that the Turkish President’s grip on power will become increasingly shaky. Here’s why. This article was  originally published  by the  War on the Rocks , on 26 April 2017. There was a time when following Turkish politics was more like following a soap opera. It had too many recurring characters, too many subplots, and absolutely too much repetition. The plots unfolded in a relatively “slow” fashion and were not necessarily exciting or thrilling to outsiders. Consequently, Turkey had only a small and select audience base. Not anymore. Not President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s new Turkey. Turkey has gone primetime, and not necessarily in a good way. More recently, Tur