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Baloch woman sprayed petrol by Pakistan army & threatened to call her brother and hand him over. BNM Baloch woman sprayed petrol by Pakistan army & threatened to call her brother and hand him over. BNM July 29, 2017 Featured Posts Baloch woman sprayed petrol by Pakistan army & threatened to call her brother and hand him over. BNM July 29, 2017 Baloch National Movement spokesperson issued a statement in the media and said while mentioning the brutalities and barbarism in Balochistan by Pakistan, in the 1970's, the Pakistani Army, committed massacre and genocide of Bengalis, violating the international laws. The silence of international institutions on the issue gave the certificate of continuing the process by giving exemption to Pakistan for genocide of other nations.  Today, the same Pakistan is engaged in Baloch genocide in Balochistan. Baloch children, youths, elders and women have become mentally ill by living under the

U.S. Landpower in the South China Sea

 July 07, 2017 LTC Clarence J Bouchat (USAF, Ret) Download U.S. landpower is an essential, but often overlooked, element of national power in semi-enclosed maritime environments like the South China Sea. This monograph gives U.S. policymakers a better understanding of the role of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the region through potential combat operations employing wide area defense and maneuver; deterrence through forward presence and peacetime operations; and security engagement with landpower-dominant allies, partners, and competitors in the region. Landpower’s capabilities are also essential for direct support of the air and sea services and other government organization’s success when operating in this theater in direct support of U.S. national interests

Prospects for the Rules-Based Global Order

Main content Jun 2017 What might the future hold for the ‘rules-based global order’? The three essays in this volume address this question by looking at 1) what the end of US predominance, the rise of China and a resurgent Russia may mean for the future of the rules-based global order; 2) how differing national perspectives, the South China Sea disputes and China’s growing influence could affect the prospects for a regional system based on the ‘rule of law’ in Asia-Pacific; and 3) what Russia’s annexation of Crimea reveals about Moscow’s view of the international rules-based order. Download English (PDF, 24 pages, 1.16 MB) Author Greg Raymond, Hitoshi Nasu, See Seng Tan, Rob McLaughlin Series SDSC Centre of Gravity Series Issue34 Publisher Strategic and Defence Studies Centre ( SDSC ) Copyright© 2017 Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC)

Doklam face-off a power play by New Delhi in the disguise of border dispute By Zhang Ye Source:Global Times Published: 2017/7/27 19:58:40 23 Since the Doklam face-off started over a month ago, India has given different versions of the reasons why its troops crossed the border to stop a PLA road construction team.  On June 26, Times of India reported that a PLA team invaded Indian territory by crossing the Sino-Indian boundary line in Sikkim section and triggered the face-off. On the same day a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman responded by presenting a picture showing that it was Indian soldiers that crossed the border into Chinese territory, and two days later the Hindustan Times reported that General BipinRawat, chief of army staff of the Indian Army, denied that Indian territory was invaded by PLA troops.  On June 30 the Indian Ministry of External Affairs issued an official document on the "recent development in Doklam area," which gave a different explanation of the incident. It said a PLA co

Doklam’s Big Picture: Neither Asia nor the World is China-Centric Shyam Saran Updated: 29 July, 2017 12:15 PM IST 1.2k Engagement0       India is in a prolonged standoff with Chinese forces on the Doklam plateau. China may have been caught off guard after Indian armed forces confronted a Chinese road-building team in the Bhutanese territory. Peaceful resolution requires awareness of the context for the unfolding events. China has engaged in incremental nibbling advances in this area with Bhutanese protests followed by solemn commitments not to disturb the status quo. The intrusions continued. This time, the Chinese signalled intention to establish a permanent presence, expecting the Bhutanese to acquiesce while underestimating India’s response. Managing the China challenge requires understanding the history of Chinese civilisation and the worldview of its people formed over 5,000 years of tumultuous history. Caution is required before mechanistically applying

India in one picture: This is real India:

This is real India . A CRPF jawan stands guard while a J&K Police man offers Namaz in #Kashmir. Brothers in arms! 🇮🇳

We’re the 99% and we’re not so united by Serge Halimi   Water boils at 100°C; that’s certain. But there’s little point expecting the behaviour of societies to conform to the laws of physics. That 1% of people command the majority of the world’s wealth does not mean that the 99% are a cohesive social group, still less a political force at boiling point. The 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement was built around an idea and a slogan: ‘We are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.’ Studies just before it happened showed that almost all of the gains from an economic upturn had gone to the US’s wealthiest 1%. This wasn’t a historical aberration or a national exception. Almost everywhere a similar outcome has consistently been encouraged by government policy. In France, the tax plans of President Macron will largely benefit ‘the richest 280,000 households ... whose assets are mainly in the form of financial investments and business shares’ ( 1 ). Does tha

WATER AND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY By  Peter Gleick  June 15, 2017 The failure to address water problems through diplomacy will lead to new and growing security risks, including for the U.S. Around 2500 BC, Urlama, the King of the city-state of Lagash, diverted water from boundary irrigation canals between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to deprive a neighboring region, Umma, of water. This act, in a region corresponding to parts of modern day Iraq, Syria, and southern Turkey, was the first recorded political and military  dispute  over water resources. Four and a half millennia later, water remains an instrument of coercion and a source of tensions and conflict. The Islamic State has reportedly used water as a weapon,  depriving communities  in Mosul of access to a water supply, and  control over water facilities  has been used repeatedly, worsening access to safe water for civilian populations. Fresh water has long been a vital and necessa

HOW TO WIN AN ARGUMENT IN THE PENTAGON By  Theodore Zagraniski  June 28, 2017 How do action officers (or anyone below the executive level) get their principal’s priorities on a final list of recommendations for the Secretary of Defense’s approval? Faithfully, even forcefully, presenting the message is not enough. You can learn a lot about an institution by listening to its arguments. Not so long ago, a disagreement in the Pentagon ended something like this: “We have to do this my way,” a combatant commander’s action officer said. “This is what my four-star wants as the supported commander.” “That’s interesting,” a Joint Staff representative replied. “But everybody here works for a four-star.” The matter was not decided in the combatant command’s favor. This vignette might be taken as evidence of bureaucratic obstinacy. The combatant command’s request appears to have been dismissed out of hand. However, one might also say this argument is an example

COUNTERING PROPAGANDA AND DISINFORMATION: BRING BACK THE ACTIVE MEASURES WORKING GROUP? By  Michael Dhunjishah  July 7, 2017 The dissolution of the Soviet Union did not mean the end of active measures. Allegations of Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential election should serve as a wake-up call. On July 16, 1983, a pro-Soviet Indian newspaper,  Patriot , ran the  headline  “AIDS may invade India: Mystery disease caused by US experiments,” based on a letter to the editor it received from an anonymous American scientist. The letter, planted in the newspaper by the  Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti  (KGB), was the  beginning  of a large Soviet disinformation campaign claiming the US Military created the AIDS virus and released it as a weapon. The story did not get much attention until October 1985, when the official Soviet cultural weekly,  Literaturnaya Gazeta , quoted the  Patriot  article,  lending more credence  to the

Speed, Volume, and Ubiquity: Forget Information Operations & Focus on the Information Environment Michael Williams     July 26, 2017 What is Information Operations (IO)? This short response to the  question posed by  The Strategy Bridge  should be as short and simple as lifting a sentence from U.S. military doctrine. Alas, it isn’t, and this paper could easily extend for hundreds of pages and be just a description of the debate itself.[1] Part of the reason for this tendency toward the lengthy is an urge to deconstruct information operations into some list of capabilities and to explain how a particular capability is vital in a rapidly changing environment. Instead, we should encourage those not familiar with information operations to see it as a vital component of planning in an information environment that is much more important to military planning and operations with each passing day. This focus on capabilities does more to confuse t

An Extended Discussion on an Important Question: What is Information Operations?

Strategy Bridge     May 8, 2017 This essay is part of the  # WhatIsInformationOperations  series, which asked a group of practitioners to provide their thoughts on the subject.  We hope this launches a debate that may one day shape policy. What is information operations? The  debate to answer this question spans the military, governments, business and industry, academia, and the international community. The U.S. military has maintained a rather steady  definition , but has differed in how that definition is  interpreted  based on the focus of the different services. The U.S.  Air Force  and  Navy , for example, tend to view information operations as technical efforts to disrupt the flow of information over networks and the electromagnetic spectrum. Meanwhile, the Marine Corps and Army tend to focus more on human-to-human engagement. These differences make sense, given the different roles of each service, but they add to confusion in the broader debate. In contrast to its sister ser

Nine Links in the Chain: The Weaponized Narrative, Sun Tzu, and the Essence of War Jon Herrmann     July 27, 2017 INTRODUCTION Decades ago, the unprecedented power of nuclear weapons required new adaptations of strategy. Now, the unprecedented power of weaponized narrative requires new adaptation of strategy. No one should mistake natural anthrax for weaponized anthrax designed for speed of transmission, virulence and exploitation of vulnerabilities in the body to destroy the ability to fight. Likewise, no one should mistake natural narrative for weaponized narrative designed for speed of transmission, virulence, and exploitation of vulnerabilities in the mind to destroy the will. Sadly, we often do mistake the deliberate and dangerous as the accidental but contagious; that must change. That all war is a conflict of narratives is a premise worth considering. Each side claims to be more powerful or morally better than the other, and