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#27thMarch1948 -The Baloch Political Awakening

#27thMarch1948 -The Baloch Political Awakening . By .Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur    Recently Brahamdagh Bugti the leader of Baloch Republican Party through a tweet subscribed to the Pakistani version of the events of March 27th 1948, which Baloch observe as a ‘Black Day’ as Balochistan was illegally annexed to Pakistan. He said it was only Kalat and not Balochistan that was annexed and then in further tweets said that “After the annexation of #Balochistan (sic), our forefathers always tried to adjust within #Pakistan. With all forms of struggle, the entire Baloch leadership, at one time or another strived for the Baloch rights inside Pakistan.” Incidentally in the very next tweet after claiming that only Kalat was annexed he refers to ‘annexation of #Balochistan’.    All evidence regarding the annexation belies this Pakistani claim and moreover not all ‘forefathers’ tried to adjust. Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri was told by Davies, then a Political Agent of Marri-Bugti Agency, in 1953 that ‘W

Bugti should tweet about his family's ugly history rather than Baloch history Bugti should tweet about his family's ugly history rather than Baloch history March 30, 2018 Nawab Bugti with assassinated premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto at the wedding of Nawabzada Rehan Bugti, father of Brahumdagh Bugti For lack of a better comparison, a twitter account in the hands of a failed Baloch “nawab” hand is like a bull in the China shop. Or let us ask this way: when does a person find himself in a “golden cage” bored to death? Answer is when you are only one of the three claimants to a tribal fiefdom that is bigger than Cyprus, or almost as big as Lebanon, or half the land size of Israel, and  you are surrounded by a group of sycophants whose dream in life is to carry your suitcase and that too in Geneva, Switzerland. Even if your wine closet has the best alcohol that you drink every night and puff cigarettes in the manner of a dejected lover of Pakistan—not caring for other family members

C40 IS THE NEW G20 Mar 8, 2018   by   Sohaela Amiri     SHARE TO MORE   COMMENT   PRINT AS PDF At a time when many don’t agree with federal foreign policy direction, local governments at the state and city levels seem to successfully position themselves as influential actors in international affairs. Climate change, immigration and countering violent extremism are just a few tangible areas that exhibit the global footprint of cities. The gridlock in Washington, D.C. is disheartening, but action-oriented pragmatic mayors who are not as constrained by party politics, have become a beacon of hope. Cities are not signing international treaties, nor do they have embassies around the world (yet). However, cities can engage in all kinds of negotiations, reach agreements and influence world politics, one step at a time. Cities form networks, engage in dialogue with counterparts, share best practices, and encourage collaboration between international

Reading list on Public Diplomacy by Bruce Gregory

Intended for teachers of public diplomacy and related courses, here is an update on resources that may be of general interest.  Suggestions for future updates are welcome.   Bruce Gregory Institute for Public Diplomacy    and Global Communication George Washington University   Melissa Conley Tyler, Rhea Matthews, and Emma Brockhurst,  Think Tank Diplomacy ,  Brill Research Perspectives in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, Volume 2.3 (2017).   One of the most interesting conversations in diplomacy today turns on new ideas about diplomatic activities and spaces within and beyond states, and whether some civil society actors are independent diplomacy actors.  Pioneers include: Geoffrey Wiseman ( “polylateral diplomacy” ), Brian Hocking ( “catalytic diplomacy” ), Hocking, Jan Melissen, Sean Riordan, and Paul Sharp ( “integrative diplomacy” ), Andrew Cooper ( “diplomatic afterlives” ), Jorge Heine ( “network diplomacy” ), and John R

RWR Advisory: Belt and Road at a Glance

Belt and Road at a  Glance   Subscribe to the Belt and Road Monitor Top Developments China National Machinery Industry Corporation, commonly known as Sinomach, has agreed to  build  a $845 million, 255-mile railway across  Iran , building upon a sustained period of growth for Chinese investment in Iran that accelerated after Xi Jinping’s state visit to the country in January 2016. The railway will link the cities of Tehran, Hamedan and Sanandaj. China Civil Engineering Construction, a subsidiary of CRCC, is currently also  building  a 263-km railway line from Kermanshah to Khosravi. According to Chinese entrepreneur Lin Zuoru, who  owns  factories in Iran, “Iran is at the center of everything.”On March 23, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced that foreign direct investment by Chinese companies in 50 Belt and Road countries fell by 30.9% year-on-year. While the Ministry stated that this number covers investment across all industries, it did not specify the precise countries cover