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U.S. patrols in name of freedom of navigation unapproved 2017-06-16 10:21 China Daily  Editor: Feng Shuang A formation of the Nanhai Fleet of China's Navy finished a three-day patrol of the Nansha islands in the South China Sea in early May. (Photo/Xinhua) In its annual report to the United States Congress last week, the Department of Defense said China is using non-military "coercion" to gain control of strategic waters in the Asia-Pacific region. The Pentagon report on China's military and security developments said, "China continues to exercise low-intensity coercion to advance its claims in the East and South China seas", adding that Beijing's tactics involve the use of "timed progression of incremental but intensifying steps to attempt to increase effective control over disputed areas and avoid escalation" of military conflicts. The report also expressed concerns over China building military bases overseas. Responding to Pentagon's ir

China Marks South China Sea Claims With Coast Guard, Marine Militias A commentary by Dan Southerland 2017-06-16 AFP China’s growing use of non-conventional means to assert control over the South China Sea is raising concerns among neighboring countries and regional military planners. Analysts say that in “front line” flash points in the vast waterway, Beijing is deploying coast guard ships and armed fishing vessels instead of its regular navy vessels. China claims sovereignty over more than 80 percent of the islands and other land features in the South China Sea and rejects conflicting claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.  Taiwan’s claims largely overlap with China’s. China’s increased use of its coast guard and maritime militia to press its territorial claims may now be adding an element of unpredictability and a higher risk of clashes with other nations’ vessels. To most people, “coast guard” summons up visions of ships that chase drug smugglers,

Dispute Over War Ship In The South China Sea Is A Return To 'Business As Usual' For US And China

 17/06/2017 10:32 AM IST |  Updated  1 hour ago The Conversation Global Experts in academia providing analysis for the public. Alessandro Uras ,  University of Cagliari The South China Sea is a volatile place - or rather, its politics are. China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have been fighting over this azure stretch of the Pacific  for more than a century . But tensions increased markedly in recent years as China, claiming the South China Sea as its own, has built on and militarised some 250 islands off the coasts of Vietnam, the Philippines and Taiwan. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, along with an  arbitration tribunal , are now  challenging  the legitimacy of China's presence there. Meanwhile, the United States continues to insist that the sea remain under international control. Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping were supposed to discuss the situation during their first meeting at Mar-a-Lago on April 5 2017. But the launch of  5

Baloch Movement: Punjabi characters planted by ISI in 1970s

Punjabi characters planted by ISI in 1970's betrayed Baloch freedom movement in the past. By: Waris Baloch These are some images of  highly educated  punjabi elite, who withdrawn their luxury lives and joined Baloch freedom struggle on the rigid mountains of Balochistan. They won the heats and minds of Baloch people. None thought to speak against them because they were freedom fighters at that time but actually they were ISI agents in the shape, well wishers of Balochistan. If someone at that time think of raising question about their insentives he/she was termed as traitor because these Panjabis were the frontline fighters on the mountains. Even Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri didn't recognize their double game. It is quite possible that Mir Hazar Marri knew about their hidden agenda's because also betrayed Baloch movement and now serving Pakistan ISi and its army ruthless military offensives in Balochistan. Who these Punjabis won the trust of Baloch leadership and people?

Al-Qaeda plans final jihad for India: Intel report points to terror recruitment drive targeting nation's Muslims By Abhishek Bhalla23:36 BST 16 Jul 2014, updated 23:36 BST 16 Jul 2014 Al-Qaeda plans final jihad for India: Intel report points to terror recruitment drive targeting nation's Muslims    | Al-Qaeda is at the gates, and there are enough jihadis within already. Intelligence agencies say the terror network is making inroads into India, sowing the seeds of a "final war" across the country. Information gathered on al-Qaeda's India plans points to a mobilisation of its resources for jihad.  The ideological goal of the group, as detailed in the report, is chilling: Ghazwa-e-Hind, or the final battle in India.  +4 Tribal militias from Pakistan (in photo) are prime candidates for the Ghazwa-e-Hind Ghazwa-e-Hind refers to an indoctrinated view of a final apocalyptic war in which India will be con

Israeli-Baloch-Kurdish alliance

An Israeli-Baloch-Kurdish alliance would change the entire region. Israel has done a tremendous job of training Kurdish Peshmerga forces whom have been fighting the Islamic State. If it were to offer the same support to  Baloch Nationalists, there is a far greater chance of eradicating the Taliban, the Haqqani network and ISIS whom have easy access to the latest weaponry and ground safe havens on Pakistani soil. The Baloch Republican Party is seen here meeting with Israeli and Kurdish delegates. The Baloch wish to have cordial relations with the entire human family.

Dr.Swamy inaugurated VHS Membership drive in Delhi

Dr Subramanyan Swamy inaugurates VHS Delhi NCR Member Ship Drive at Pragati maidan Hall no. 7 stall no. 9 New Delhi TODAY The VIRAT HINDUSTAN SANGAM (VHS) was founded in a meeting of the Patriotic Social Media Foundation in New Delhi on September 14, 2014. The objective is to propagate amongst the educated youth active in the social media the five dimensions of a Virat Hindustan to usher in a National Renaissance: 1. Rediscover the Identity of an Indian, 2. Project the correct Indian history, 3. Promote Sanskrit as a link language, 4. Integral Humanism as an economic philosophy, & 5. Ram Rajya as model for good Governance

U.S. Afghan and South Asian Policy Suffers From Strategic Stagnation LAWRENCE SELLIN Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve 3:16 PM 06/15/2017 While Washington D.C. frets over military stalemate and troop levels, American policy in Afghanistan and South Asia is about to be overtaken by events, which potentially could render the U.S. strategically irrelevant for a generation or more. Even the dimmest foreign policy analyst should recognize by now that the U.S. and NATO cannot succeed in Afghanistan without a significant change in the strategic environment because Pakistan controls the operational tempo of the war and the supply of our troops. Furthermore, the South Asian strategic deck chairs are being rearranged by regional powers in such a way that the U.S. will be left standing when the music stops. The future of South Asia is now being determined by two contending economic alliances, China-Pakistan and India-Iran-Russia, neither of which envisio

Europe: Desperately Seeking Combat Aircraft WHY IT MATTERS As European countries more closely align their defense and security policy, Airbus’s military arm hopes to develop an integrated weapons system that will combine drones, combat aircraft, satellites and commando and surveillance aircraft. FACTS Both the Eurofighter and the Tornado, two European-made fighter jets, are aging models that will soon require replacement. The two models are to be replaced by the Future Combat Air System, or FCAS. European countries are reluctant to buy weapons systems from US companies, fearing this gives the United States too much control over European decision-making. JUNE 12, 2017 AT 3:08 PM CEST The Eurofighter Typhoon is about to be swept away as Airbus pushes for Europe to adopt new military aircraft. Source: dpa Source: dpa The head of Airbus Military said that his company is making preparations for a European combat aircraft

With Islamic State attacks in Iran adding to Gulf crisis, India must tread warily

HARSH V. PANT New Delhi (and Beijing) have limited leverage over regional matters in West Asia. Bedouin Market in Palestine Source: Michał Huniewicz GULF IRAN WEST ASIA The rift in West Asia escalated further when the Islamic State took credit for two brazen  attacks  in Tehran this week, resulting in the deaths of at least a dozen people and wounding of dozens more. Gunmen reportedly dressed as women stormed the main gate of the parliament building in central Tehran and opened fire on Wednesday. They took a number of hostages, and at least one detonated a suicide bomb even as another suicide bomber targeted civilians at the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum about 15 miles away. The Islamic State, which advocates a radical Salafi version of Sunni Islam and regards Shias as heretics,  claimed responsibility  for the attacks, which are believed to be the terrorist group’s first major assaults within Iran’s borders. The assaults have further accentuated the tensions in the region even

What Forecast for Crimea Politique étrangère , Vol. 82, No. 2, Summer 2017 Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the peninsula’s demographics have changed. Thousands have left and new arrivals – Ukrainians fleeing conflict in the east of their country and Russians – have moved in. Economy suffers from isolation. Many military sites are under construction, even including a bridge linking Crimea to the Caucasus. In Russia, the military operation has been a boon to Vladimir Putin’s popularity. Catherine Iffly   is political consultant. Article published in  Politique étrangère , Vol. 82, No. 2, Summer 2017

The Dark Rule: Why Congress Went After India’s Institutions 

The Dark Rule: Why Congress Went After India’s Institutions  Akhilesh Mishra - Jun 14, 2017, 4:49 pm SNAPSHOT Congress criticism of the Army Chief comes as no surprise. Its 10-year rule between 2004 and 2014 explains why. Congress leaders have been showing their blatant disapproval of Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s stand with statements such as these: “Our Army Chief gives out statements like a  sadak ka gunda  (street thug)” says  Sandeep Dixit , son of three-time chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dixit, a close confidant of Rahul Gandhi and a senior Congress leader, himself. Just a few days ago, Jairam Ramesh, a former minister in the previous Congress government and another Congress leader considered very close to Rahul Gandhi, defended an obscure writer who, in an extremist left publication, had compared General Rawat to the notorious British General Dyer. This sudden public opprobrium directed at India’s serving Army Chief, coming from the Congress party, may seem sur

Picture of the day: Dr.Allah Nazar Baloch

Much Ado about Nothing? Status Ambitions and Iranian Nuclear Reversal

Main content May 2017 Why does Iran want nuclear weapons and what factors might cause it to reverse itself? Andrew Prosser believes there are two reasons why Tehran may reconsider the path it’s on – 1) states typically prefer accomplishments that do not involve nuclear weapons as a route to higher global standing, and 2) an improved external security environment can facilitate the giving up of nuclear ambitions. If these mitigating factors are indeed true, then outside stakeholders should focus on Iran's status and security concerns in order to prevent an ‘Iranian Bomb’. Download English (PDF, 56 pages, 288 KB) AuthorAndrew Prosser SeriesStrategic Studies Quarterly ( SSQ ) PublisherAir Force Research Institute ( AFRI ) Copyright© 2017 Air Force Research Institute (AFRI)

The Military´s Role in Countering Violent Extremism: Repurposing Stability Operations

14 Jun 2017 By Edward Powers for United States Institute of Peace (USIP) To Edward Powers, it’s obvious: Although the US military has developed effective counterterrorism capabilities, it lacks a comprehensive strategy to counter and eliminate the drivers behind violent extremism (VE). In response, the Department of Defense should adopt a comprehensive counter-VE strategy that complements existing approaches, particularly with proactive, prevention-centered stability operations. Here are the details. This article was  originally published  by the  United States Institute of Peace (USIP)  on 7 June 2017. Summary Despite persistent counterterrorism (CT) operations, globally the threat of violent extremism (VE) is higher today than in August 2001.Though it has effective CT capability, the U.S. military lacks a comprehensive strategy for countering and eliminating the drivers of VE.Because unstable, fragile states provide gateways for violent extremist organizations to establish a t

Fundamental Attitudes of the Russian Political Elite: Law, Truth, Public Welfare and Violence

Main content Jun 2017 Just how different is the political culture of Russia’s power elite from that of Western decision-makers? To resolve this question, Susan Stewart focuses on the elite’s attitudes towards 1) legal and legislative legitimacy; 2) what constitutes the national interest and public good; 3) the relative importance of truth and history in a society; and 4) the acceptability of violence as an instrument of policy. After probing these areas, Stewart concludes that Russia’s self-interested political elite routinely instrumentalizes them. Download English (PDF, 33 pages, 446 KB) AuthorSusan Stewart Series SWP Research Papers Issue7PublisherStiftung Wissenschaft und Politik ( SWP ) Copyright© 2017 Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

hinese nationals murdered in Balochistan not ‘preachers’, says South Korea, rejects Pakistan’s allegations Chinese nationals murdered in Balochistan not ‘preachers’, says South Korea, rejects Pakistan’s  allegations  | HT Exclusive The murders of Lee  Zingyang , 24, and  Meng   Lisi , 26, have raised questions about the security of Chinese workers in Pakistan, central to Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.         File photo of the two Chinese nationals who were kidnapped last month from Quetta city of southwest Pakistan. The Amaq agency said on Jun 8, 2017 that the Islamic State had killed the two Chinese nationals.(Twitter) Updated: Jun 14, 2017 20:19 IST By Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing South Korea on Wednesday rejected Pakistan’s contention that  two Chinese nationals abducted and killed by Islamic State in Balochistan  were preaching Christianity under the guis