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Balochistan:The worst place for women to be born.

More than 3 times as many Baloch women die during childbirth than all the other regions of Pakistan combined. Every day Baloch women are beaten, tortured, abducted and murdered in a Pakistani Army operations in occupied Balochistan. By Imdad  Baloch Taazakhabarnews.com Even today women in many Middle Eastern & Central Asian regions. women  are oppressed, victimized and treated as slaves. Women in occupied Balochistan are deprived of all the basic neccessities of life like clean water, education and adequate health care facilities. In the absense of proper health care facitilites, Baloch women often have to  travel over 700 km to the nearest hospital in Karachi. Maternal mortality rates are very high among the Baloch women. According to a Pakistan Health Demographic Survery, more than 3 times as many Baloch women die during childbirth than all the other regions of Pakistan combined. Since the day Balochistan was annexed and occupied by Pakistan in 1948, the Punjab run State

Russia's Surveillance State

http://www.worldpolicy.org/journal/fall2013/Russia-surveillance ( Subscribe to  World Policy Journal  here ) From the Fall Issue  "Secrecy + Security" By Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan MOSCOW—In March 2013, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security at the U.S. State Department issued a warning for Americans wanting to come to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February: Beware of SORM. The System of Operative-Investigative Measures, or SORM, is Russia’s national system of lawful interception of all electronic utterances—an Orwellian network that jeopardizes privacy and the ability to use telecommunications to oppose the government. The U.S. warning ends with a list of “Travel Cyber Security Best Practices,” which, apart from the new technology, resembles the briefing instructions for a Cold War-era spy: Consider traveling with “clean” electronic devices—if you do not need the device, do not take it. Otherwise, essential devices should have all personal identifying in

Wei Qi or Won’t Xi: The Siren Call of Chinese Strategic Culture

https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2017/9/26/wei-qi-or-wont-xi-the-siren-calls-of-chinese-strategic-culture Lauren Dickey     September 26, 2017 Earlier this year,  The Strategy Bridge  asked university and professional military education students to participate in our first annual writing contest by  sending us their thoughts on strategy . Now, we are pleased to present the second place essay, from Lauren Dickey of King’s College London. These days, in the study of Chinese strategy, a fixation upon Sun Tzu’s  Art of War , the chess-like game of “weiqi” (known colloquially as Go) or the concepts of  shi  (strategic advantage) and  shashoujian  (assassin’s mace) appear increasingly  en vogue .[1] From  the pages of  The Strategy Bridge  to the corridors of U.S. military academies, many are turning to ancient Chinese edicts seeking insight into the realm of strategy and statecraft.[2] The study and adaptation of Chinese strategic culture offer an antipode to Western thought, d

The Arctic—Economic Growth or Future Battlefield?

https//thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2017/9/27/the-arcticeconomic-growth-or-future-battlefield.https Lars S. Lervik     September 27, 2017 Earlier this year, The Strategy Bridge asked university and professional military education students to participate in our first annual writing contest by  sending us their thoughts on strategy . Now, we are pleased to present one of the essays tied for third place, from Lars S. Lervik of the United States Army War College. "The Arctic is Russia’s Mecca." —Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin [1] The Arctic has always been important to Russia, and global warming has made previously unreachable natural resources like oil and gas accessible. It has also opened up new shipping routes thereby increasing the importance of the region.[2] This article argues that even though Russia has emphasized international cooperation to promote economic development in the Arctic the last few years, it has simultaneously increased its military