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Military Power Cannot Defeat ISIL: Wormuth

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Military Power Cannot Defeat ISIL: Wormuth

The campaign in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists is a whole-of-government approach, the undersecretary of defense for policy stressed Monday during a Center for International Studies military strategy forum in Washington. Christine E. Wormuth is the latest official to emphasize that ISIL cannot be [...]

Why Is Petrol Cheaper in Pakistan Than in India?

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Why Is Petrol Cheaper in Pakistan Than in India?

Petrol bills shoot up in India every time international crude oil prices go up. But shouldn’t they come down when the crude oil prices come down? Prices of crude oil have dropped 38% in the last year but petrol prices have come down by just 7%. Simply put, according to the Congress party, the BJP [...]

U.S. Faces Fresh Threats from Russia and China

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U.S. Faces Fresh Threats from Russia and China

Russia, China, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, North Korea are just a few of the situations that the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have to deal with. The President’s choice -– Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. -– discussed these and more during his confirmation hearing Thursday. Dunford, currently the commandant of [...]

Boko Haram Targets Muslims and Christians in Nigeria

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Boko Haram Targets Muslims and Christians in Nigeria

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks by Boko Haram in Lake Chad Basin countries, including the deliberate targeting of Christian and Muslim worshippers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Nigeria’s northeast states of Borno and Yobe. “The Secretary-General takes note of [Nigerian] President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to root out this menace, [...]

White vs. Black: Bias in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

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White vs. Black: Bias in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

An analysis by the Women Donors Network’s Reflective Democracy Campaign entitled Justice for All? shows that 95% of elected prosecutors in the U.S. are white and 79% are white men. This reveals a stark imbalance between those with enormous power in the criminal justice system and the people they are elected to represent. “Americans are [...]

What Are the Lessons from Millennium Development Goals?

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What Are the Lessons from Millennium Development Goals?

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanized the world to produce the most successful anti-poverty movement in history, helped lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, made inroads against hunger and enabled more girls to attend school than ever before. However, despite remarkable gains, it will take more to ensure the [...]

Republicans Demand the Server from Hillary Clinton

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Republicans Demand the Server from Hillary Clinton

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has released a new video entitled ‘Demand the Server’ following the revelation that Hillary Clinton did not provide all of the work-related emails from her personal account to the State Department. “From Day One, Hillary Clinton has not been telling Americans the truth about her secret email server. Not only [...]

Syrian Crisis Causing Child Labor: Report

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Syrian Crisis Causing Child Labor: Report

The conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria are pushing an increasing number of children into exploitation in the labor market, and much more needs to be done to reverse the trend, according to a new report released by Save the Children and UNICEF. The report shows that inside Syria, children are now contributing to the [...]

Getting Closer to a Solution: UN Libya Envoy

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Getting Closer to a Solution: UN Libya Envoy

Previewing what he hopes will be the last round of United Nations-backed political talks on Libya, the UN envoy for the country said Thursday the fact that all the participants in the dialogue have accepted a fourth draft proposal as the basis for a final political solution is “extremely encouraging” that agreement could be reached [...]

Narendra Modi Launches Smart Cities Project

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Narendra Modi Launches Smart Cities Project

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, said Thursday that for the first time in the country, the people, and the urban leadership would play the pivotal role in deciding the future course of their cities. He was speaking at the launch of three major urban development initiatives: AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban [...]

Congress Blames Modi for Farmers’ Distress

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Congress Blames Modi for Farmers’ Distress

In a fresh attack on ruling BJP in India, the opposition Congress party has once again blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his party’s anti-farmer policies. Congress said today that Modi had promised 50% profit for farmers in his election speeches. With a Rs. 50 per quintal hike (announced for paddy) the Indian farmer’s profit [...]

Russia’s Crackdown on Salafi Muslims in Dagestan

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Russia’s Crackdown on Salafi Muslims in Dagestan

The government’s response to a decade-long insurgency in Dagestan, a southern Russian republic, has been marked by serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday. Insurgents also have attacked civilians. The 97-page report, “‘Invisible War’: Russia’s Abusive Response to the Dagestan Insurgency,” and an accompanying video document human rights violations [...]