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ICJ decision on Jadhav case proved that Baloch are proxy of none. Dr. Allah Nizar

ICJ decision on Jadhav case proved that Baloch are proxy of none. Dr. Allah Nizar Sangar News Pro-Independence Baloch leader Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch while commenting on Khulbushan Jadhav case, said that the decision of International Court of Justice, (ICJ) allowing him consular access and a retrial in a civilian court, makes it pretty clear that Pakistani plans had badly failed in its purpose to abduct Khulbushan Jadhav and pronounce him guilty through military courts. Now, this becomes crystal clear to the world that the ongoing freedom movement of Balochistan is proxy of none; in fact, the indigenous people are fighting this war by the dent of their courage. Pakistan has trampled all international ethics and morality underneath its feet by imprisoning Khulbushan Jadhav in jail. Pakistan has been keeping the same attitude in Balochistan for the last seventy years. International Court and world powers have to raise their voice against these atrocities promptly. He said, ”Those who s


18 July 2019 By Daniel Fiott The 2019 Yearbook of European Security provides an overview of events in 2018 that were significant for European security and charts major developments in the EU’s external action and security and defence policy. With a new data-rich look, the 2019 Yearbook of European Security contains many novel features including region and issue-specific sections, content-centric timelines, key document sources, information boxes and an index. The book particularly focuses on the Common Foreign and Security Policy and its geographical dimensions. Additionally, it concentrates on the Common Security and Defence Policy with a special focus on missions and operations and policies and new initiatives such as Permanent Structured Cooperation and the European Defence Fund. Download document

SAmskrita Bharathi's main founder. Chamu Shasry writes: On NEP 2019

This is the response from SAmskrita Bharathi's main founder. Chamu Shasry writes: on NEP 2019 You may find the Draft NEP 2019 at the following link - I had made several attempts earlier to impress upon the members of NEP Draft Committee as to how Samskrit should be positioned in NEP-2019. But a very few of my suggestions have found the light in the just published Draft NEP 2019. Hence today I made the following submissions to Draft NEP-2019 through email. You too are requested to write to - regarding the same. Unless united efforts are made, it would be difficult for Samskrit to find an appropriate place in NEP 2019. Simply extolling Samskrit but not providing any meaningful policy solutions is like smoke without fire due to which Samskrit is unnecessarily getting all the criticisms and opposition. This is what has happened to Samskrit in the past and now also. Many, even our own peop

The IMF Takeover of Pakistan

A Pakistani walks past a shop which is closed due to strike in Peshawar, Pakistan, July 13, 2019. Image Credit: AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad Many Pakistanis see the terms of the $6 billion bailout package as a hostile takeover of their economy and government. By  Kunwar Khuldune Shahid July 18, 201   On July 3, the International Monetary Fund  approved a $6 billion  bailout package to help “return sustainable growth” to Pakistan’s economy. Throughout the deal spanning 39 months, the IMF will review Pakistan’s progress on a quarterly basis. As part of the agreement, $1 billion has been released to Pakistan. This is the 13th IMF bailout for Pakistan, with the Fund looking toward the correction of “structural imbalances” in the country. In this regard, the IMF had announced in the negotiations over the past couple of months that Islamabad would have to increase taxation in order to repay external debt and increase foreign exchange reserves. Details of the agreement  reveal the tar

Fool’s gold – Pakistan could have made big money from gold mines, now it’s paying penalties

Fool’s gold – Pakistan could have made big money from gold mines, now it’s paying penalties The $5.8 billion penalty in the Reko Diq case should make Pakistanis reconsider the military’s overwhelming presence in their lives. HUSAIN HAQQANI 16 July, 2019 10:52 am Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | Facebook At a time when Pakistan’s debt-ridden economy cannot afford further bleeding, a World Bank arbitration court has  ordered  Imran Khan’s government to pay $5.8 billion in damages to a multinational mining giant, which discovered gold and copper deposits in Balochistan only to have its mining lease arbitrarily cancelled. Pakistan also lost another arbitration  case  against the asset recovery firm Broadsheet LLC, and has been ordered to pay $33 million in damages and costs. The company had been hired by Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to search for the hidden assets of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family. Broadsheet LLC’s contract was also terminated wi

How Much Is Your Data Worth to Tech Companies? Lawmakers Want to Tell You, but They Have No Idea

If lawmakers want to tackle data privacy, they need to more widely address the value and cost of data in people’s lives. Monday, July 15, 2019 Photo by Adeolu Eletu on Unsplash   Samuel Lengen Politics   Data   Technology   Lawmakers Privacy   Big Data New proposed legislation  by U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Josh Hawley seeks to protect privacy by forcing tech companies to disclose the “ true value ” of their data to users. Specifically, companies with more than 100 million users would have to provide each user with an assessment of the financial value of their data, as well as reveal revenue generated by “ obtaining, collecting, processing, selling, using or sharing user data .”Estimating the value of user data isn’t simple and won’t, I believe, solve privacy issues.  In addition, the DASHBOARD Act would give users the right to  delete their data  from companies’ databases. As a researcher  exploring the ethical and political implications of digital platforms and big

Xi tells Party elite to stick together

TRIVIUM CHINA  On Monday, the Party’s top journal  Qiushi , published a speech by Xi Jinping on “political construction.” Some context:  Xi gave the speech at a June 29, 2018 Politburo study session. For those that don’t feel like reading the whole thing, Xinhua has summarized the main points (CPC): “The article emphasizes that Marxist political parties have lofty political ideals, lofty political pursuits, pure political quality, and strict political discipline.” “If a Marxist political party loses its advanced political nature, then it is impossible to talk about the party’s purity.” “This is why the Party’s political construction is…fundamental.” Got that? Good. So how do you advance political construction? Easy: “To preserve the Party’s political leadership, most important is preserving the authority and unified, collective leadership of the Party center.” “This must be the primary task of the Party’s political construction.” Get smart:  This speech’s intended audience was th

Gandhi's and Nehru's contribution to the freedom struggle

*More on Gandhi's and Nehru's contribution to the freedom struggle . "He is a mad man" - said *Gandhi !* "His act was a senseless deed" - said *Nehru !* "We condemn his act of terror and apologise and hope we are not punished for it" - - resolution passed by *Congress !* Who was this man and what did he do to attract such huge condemnation from Bapu (kahe ka) and Chachaji (kis ka) ? He was *Shaheed Udham Singh* and the senseless deed he did was that he killed *Michael Dwyer.* Michael was the *monster* who massacred 1526 innocent unarmed peaceful Indians in *Jalian wala Bagh in 1919.* Udham singh was 19 year old volunteer who was serving water to the 20,000 people gathered in the garden on festival of Baisakhi. They were brutally massacred by Gen Dwyer and Udham singh was live witness to it. He wanted to avenge the brutality and get some sense of justice to these martyrs. British GOVT didn’t take any action. *Congress couldn't get bri

BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN POLAND AND ISRAEL: TOWARD COLLABORATIVE PUBLIC DIPLOMACY BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN POLAND AND ISRAEL: TOWARD COLLABORATIVE PUBLIC DIPLOMACY Jul 11, 2019 by Mieczyslaw Boduszynski ,  Katarzyna Pisarska COMMENT PRINT AS PDF How can the principles and tools of public diplomacy be applied to bridge contested historical memories and narratives? Israeli-Polish relations offer a compelling case study. Rarely are two peoples living on different continents as intertwined by history as Poles and Israelis. For nine centuries Poland remained the home, and at times a safe harbor, for the largest Jewish community in the world. The culture and intellectual output of Poland’s Jewish community had an important impact on Polish society, just as Polish culture had a profound impact on Judaism. Polish Jews played a central role in the formation of the Israeli state. Relations between Poland’s Christian majority and its Jewish minority were complicated. But the two peoples lived side by side until the outbreak of World War II. Bet

Concentration camps or a model counterterrorism program?

Photo credit: A visual representation of countries that signed letters to the UN Human Rights Council against and in defense of China’s ethnic policies in the Xinjiang region. Map made by Reddit user  Hamena95 An extraordinary event in human rights diplomacy happened in the last week: Two unprecedented letters to the president of the UN Human Rights Council were signed by dozens of countries expressing either support for or condemnation of China’s treatment of Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang region. The condemnation came first, from the ambassadors of 22 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, and many Western European countries, but  not the United States, which quit its position on the council a year ago . China responded with a letter of its own:  Russia and Saudi Arabia were among the 37 states that expressed support for China’s ethnic policies in Xinjiang as a successful “counter-terrorism and deradicalization” program,  Reuters reports . WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN XI

Severity of Economic Impact of the Maoist Movement

Vivekananda International Foundation Giridhari Naik July 3 , 2019   View:  475   Comments: 0 It is now well recognised that the Maoist movement in India is deeply rooted in socio-economic conditions in parts of India with large tribal populations. However, misunderstanding and misperceptions about this problem persists due to lack of economic information. A deeper research on the economic dimension of the Maoist conflict can generate perspectives beneficial to policy makers and better explain the conflict in the framework of cost and constraints. The cost-benefit analysis in turn can help policy interventions and convince people of the ineffectiveness of such violent extremist movements. The Maoist conflict has extensively affected forest produce market and mining in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, and agriculture in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Economic, social, developmental and strategic costs of Maoist conflict is too substantial to be ignored. There are direct indirect cost

Emperors of Extraction: The Mughals did not make India rich. Claims of their welfarism only buttress a political agenda

Emperors of Extraction: The Mughals did not make India rich. Claims of their welfarism only buttress a political  agenda A riposte to Rana Safvi's argument on how the Mughals apparently strengthened India, while, in fact, Europe grew by paces just then and India's poverty shocked visitors. POLITICS  |  6-minute read |    14-07-2019 ABHIJIT IYER-MITRA   @iyervval In a  DailyO article I came across recently , historian Rana Safvi has repeated a set of claims that form the foundational bedrock of the Republic of India. The point of these myths appears mainly to buttress the centrality of the Congress party’s role in the “Idea of India” (whatever that means). The story, as it goes, was that India was a rich wonderful Disney land, till the wicked witch of the west — Britannia, comes along and destroys everything.And what are the main claims made herein by Ms Safvi? First , that the Mughals thought of themselves as Indian or, at the very least, Indianised.  Second , that they