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    The head of Iran’s Central Bank, Mahmoud Bahmani, says: “Sanctions mean nothing short of military war, and we need to begin a series of irregular economic war policies.” IRNA reports that on the sidelines of a meeting on Tuesday with a number of MPs and economic officials, Bahmani said: “We have begun these irregular war [...]

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    Twelve foreign ministers will meet in Ramallah on Sunday to discuss the peace process with Israel, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said Tuesday. The two-day meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Palestine in the Non-Aligned Movement will be the first of its kind to be held in Palestine, al-Malki said in a statement. President [...]

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    Chairman Reince Priebus Republican National Committee Phone number:202-863-8500 Fax number: 202-863-8773 Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic National Committee: Phone number: 202-479-5100 ‎ Fax number: 202-226-2052 Dear Chairpersons: The tough times in America continue. Tens of millions of Americans are feeling the squeeze and are suffering diminished livelihoods. More than 15 million children go to bed [...]

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  • 07/31/12--12:24: Iran’s Sakharovs – OpEd
  • By Nina Shea Among today’s most underreported stories is the persecution and pressure faced by reformist and heterdox Muslims within the Muslim World. The common post-9/11 refrain—”Where are the moderates?”—is partly answered by the Islamist practice of hurling legal charges of blasphemy, apostasy, and related accusations at those who express innovative ideas regarding their politics, [...]

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    By Shebonti Ray Dadwal The US- and ADB-sponsored Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project is as much about the political stability of Afghanistan as it is about energy security for the partner countries. Yet, it continues to evoke scepticism among analysts. Much of this scepticism hinged on finding financiers to underwrite a project which would transit [...]

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    By Abanti Bhattacharya In the most dangerous turn of events in the South China Sea, on July 23, China’s military body, the Central Military Commission approved the deployment of the People’s Liberation Army to guard the islands claimed by it. Earlier in June, China’s State Council had raised the administrative status of the seas to [...]

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    By Riad Kahwaji Fast moving events in Syria have exceeded the expectations of many global and regional powers, and differences amongst super powers on how to resolve the Syrian conflict appear to have reignited a Cold War era style showdown in the Mediterranean. Flotillas of warships from Russia, China, the United States and some NATO [...]

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    By Rens Lee Moscow’s relations with its eastern territories, especially the nine provinces of the Russian Far East (RFE), have significant security implications for Russia and for the Asia-Pacific community generally.[1] With 36 percent of the national territory and 25,000 km of sea coast, and richly endowed with natural resources, the RFE is a valuable [...]

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    By Steve Herman As northern India suffers another problem with widespread power outages affecting hundreds of millions of people, there are concerns South Korea that it could also face blackouts in the coming weeks. South Korea is warning of the possibility of power shortages in mid-August. That is when the vacation period ends and demand [...]

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    By Elena Mizrokhi Pakistan has touted its alliance with “all-weather friend” Beijing in the wake of its recent falling out with Washington, a dispute that culminated in the suspension of military aid worth $800 million USD. However, Beijing does not appear interested in replacing the US as financier or guarantor of Pakistan’s security. In fact, [...]

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    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has begun a five-day, four-nation tour of North Africa and the Middle East to consolidate military ties with traditional allies against the backdrop of mounting Western pressure aimed at the governments of Syria and Iran. His first two stops are to Tunisia and Egypt, long-standing American military client states and [...]

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    By Eric Stadius The most salient transnational consequence of Fernando Lugo’s impeachment has been the reshuffling of the already fragile South American balance of power. Paraguay had consistently blocked Venezuela’s ascension into the powerful Mercosur trade bloc professedly due to concerns over violations regarding the “democracy clause.” Ironically, after Lugo’s impeachment, Mercosur was able to [...]

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    More than Cambodian 400 anti-riot police officers have completed training in the suppression of protests and dismantling of roadblocks, raising fears among rights groups and workers’ unions that the authorities may use excessive force against demonstrations. Phnom Penh police chief Touch Naruth said however that the specially trained force from among officers from eight districts [...]

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    By Anjana Pasricha India suffered a second day of a massive power breakdown that affected nearly half the country on Tuesday. India experienced its worst-ever power crisis, leaving more than 650 million people without electricity. India’s transport system screeched to a halt for a second day, as trains stopped and traffic signals stalled — stranding [...]

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    American swimmer Michael Phelps became history’s most medaled Olympian on Tuesday when he and his country’s 4x200m freestyle relay team took gold at the London Games. Phelps won his 19th career medal overall, eclipsing the 18-medal haul of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina from 1956 to 1964, when he anchored the team home with a huge, [...]

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    By Veronika Krasheninnikova On August 1, the first NATO military facility in Russia is launching its operations. The site, designed to assist NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, is the latest component in the alliance’s strategy of tightening its grip on Central Asia. While the first military supplies to Afghanistan began traversing Russia in 2009, opening the [...]

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    By Polina Chernitsa US has set the date for the stationing of its air force in Poland, which is going to happen this fall. Experts note that officially this move does not violate any agreements between Russia and NATO. However, in practice NATO is building up its military infrastructure along the Russian border. NATO assures [...]

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    The humanitarian crisis in Syria has grown to such dimensions that at least $500 million in aid is required to meet the needs of the Syrian people, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said in an appeal to donors. “We are calling for increased humanitarian efforts and cooperation between international and regional organizations in order [...]

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    By Alsir Sidahmed Earlier this week, a remarkable advice came from Washington telling the Syrian opposition battling the crumbling regime of Bashar Assad to think of ways to accommodate the abhorred security apparatus that is currently defending the regime in any future arrangements. In a blatant way it said: Don’t repeat our mistakes. Pushed more [...]

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    By Reza Rahmati “The United States is selling 30 billion dollars worth of F-15 fighter planes to Saudi Arabia.” “Saudi Arabia will buy 84 new planes and 70 jets from the United States.” “About a year ago, the US Congress approved a 10-year contract worth 60 billion dollars with Saudi Arabia according to which Riyadh [...]

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