China’s next territorial claim: Hawaii and almost the entire Pacific Ocean?

The never-ending ups and downs of what is quickly becoming the hottest geostrategic flashpoint on the planet, none other than the South China Sea, was the subject of a conference at Yale University this last May. Panels were filled with world-class… Read More › sci tech news

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As world protests, North Korea sees nuclear power status within reach

Denying North Korea nuclear status may be “as foolish an act as trying to eclipse the sun with a palm.” Since its first nuclear test in 2006, Pyongyang has detonated progressively more powerful devices, in 2009, 2013 and twice this… Read More › sci tech news

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Fifteen years since 9/11: Have we gotten safer and wiser?

The 9/11 attacks should have been a dramatic wake-up call  for Muslims concerned with radicalization in their community and also for governments to revamp their ways of dealing with  theocratic and secular fascist governments. As tensions grow between Muslims and non-Muslims, there is… Read More › sci tech news

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Philippines’ Duterte needs six more months for war on drugs

(From agencies) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he needed six more months for his war on drugs, saying he realized how bad the country’s narcotics problem was only after taking office over two months ago, Reuters reports. He… Read More › sci tech news

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NYC bomb blast ‘obviously an act of terrorism,’ no international links

(From UPI) An explosion that rocked New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night injuring 29 has no specific links to international terrorism, but was terrorism nonetheless, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “This is one of the nightmare scenarios,” he said at… Read More › sci tech news

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Duterte hopes to wipe out Abu Sayyaf Group without US military support

ZAMBOANGA CITY–The moment he assumed the highest government post in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to eliminate the 400-odd heavily armed militants of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) which had been terrorizing the country for over 25 years. Around… Read More › sci tech news

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Bangladesh, Canada to discuss extradition of Mujib’s killer

(From PTI) After years of failed negotiations, Bangladesh and Canada have finally agreed to hold talks to find a way to the thorny issue of extraditing fugitive Noor Chowdhury — the self-confessed killer of the country’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman… Read More › sci tech news

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If Chinese weapons are so great, how come hardly anyone wants them?

Though most Chinese arms are better than what they used to be, Western, Russian, and Israeli weapons systems still outclass them. Most of what China sells is low-end kit and its main arms buyers are from South Asia and Africa. To remain… Read More › sci tech news

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Involve Kashmiris in peace talks

While many Kashmiris, including former chief minister Omar Abdullah, view the ongoing violence in the Valley as locally inspired, the BJP-led government of India says Pakistan is instigating it. Stoking anti-Pakistan sentiment may be useful for BJP which faces difficult… Read More › sci tech news

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Why Russia and China’s combat drills in South China Sea matter

(From The National Interest) There’s a growing intimacy between two of Asia’s big naval powers and it’s causing disquiet among regional watchers and maritime policymakers. Russia and China are growing closer in the nautical realm, much to the chagrin of… Read More › sci tech news

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