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Lessons for the West and Bharat from Islamist Terror Attack in London
PM Modi would do well to call the foremost global threat what it really is – “Islamist terror” – rather than use mealy-mouthed and vague references like “Terrorism is a major threat to humanity.”
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WHAT HINDUISM IS LACKING
Dharma finds expression through people who stand up for it and if necessary fight for it. Adharmic forces need to be called out and challenged.
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Can Bharat stand for persecuted Hindus like USA does for Christians?
Hindus have always been accommodating to all who came to their territory, and have never advocated governance models based on Hindu religious scripture or dominated by a centralized religious clergy.
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Pakistan more of a Threat than an Ally : US think tank
"The United States should make it clear to Pakistan that it faces a total end to aid, and the imposition of sanctions, if it continues to support the Taliban and tolerate the Haqqani network,"
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Misunderstood History: The “Liberal Order” Has Been Challenged Repeatedly, Not Just Now
liberal capitalism is now going through one of its periodic episodes of withdrawal and weakness.
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Buddhism Versus Islam: Clash Of Civilisations In South And South-East Asia?
the clash between Buddhists and Muslims seems to be a continuing conflict. What is new, however, is the militant response that Theravada Buddhism has had against Islamism.
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Islamic State recruits are above average when it comes to education, according to World Bank report
Several Islamic State terrorist, supporters and recruiters have been arrested across Bharat in the last few years – they include software engineers, MBAs, graphic designers, college graduates and engineering students.
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Muslim Babies Likely to Outnumber Others by 2035, Report Says
Today, the median age of Muslims is 24, compared with 27 for Hindus and 30 for Christians and the world overall.
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French Poll: Large majority say Islam is incompatible with their society
A recent poll of young French Muslims shows stunning support for jihad terrorism — in accordance with the jihadic doctrine, of course.
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An End to the Grievance-Based Islamic Counterterrorism Approach
grievance-based approach is at the heart of the erroneous explanation that poverty and lack of education are the “root causes” of terrorism, despite the plethora of engineers and medical doctors who have joined the global jihad.
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Geopolitics and Bharat’s caste fault lines – Part I
why is the Western world, led by Britain, so exercised about caste anew at present while cooperation with Bharat is considered to have attained amicable depths on multiple fronts, including at the military level.
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Hindu students in USA oppose CNN’s Hinduphobic ‘Believer’ episode
Aslan also declares the holy river the Ganges as “one giant toilet” and the city of Varanasi as the “City of the Dead.”
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Rape by Church Priest: A Redux of Spotlight in Kerala
As the long and documented history of rampant paedophilia in the Catholic Church across the globe shows, the typical modus operandi includes a combination of psychological and authoritarian pressure and monetary allurement exerted upon the victim.
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ISIS: ‘WE WILL CERTAINLY PLANT OUR FLAG OVER AMERICA’
ISIS terrorists released a new propaganda and recruiting video showing ethnic Ulghurs training in Iraq, as a voice vows in the background the terror group’s flag will be planted all over the world, including in America.
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Loud Islamic Call To Prayer Inside Dallas Fort Worth Airport As Muslims Take Time From Protest to Pray, Chant ‘Allah’
This is how Muslims show their dominance in a country that they are seeking to takeover. Would any Islamic country allow Christians or Jews to gather in an airport and demonstrate like this?”
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The Obama Legacy: History Will Judge Him As A Middling President
Where he went wrong was in going back to the solutions of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson – big government programmes and ever greater consolidation of power at the federal level.
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Negotiation with a Trump-led USA: What Bharat Must Do
Convince Trump that a game changer would be to free Baluchistan from Pakistan by supporting the Baluchi freedom movement. This will involve US military intervention. And it will change the map of the region forever.
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Valdimir Putin Address, Russian Parliament....
Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'.
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Perspective in politics
Uncertainty (and insecurity, envy, and loss aversion) are widespread. We’ve actually contributed to this situation in the name of efficiency and incentives.
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Red Cross Built Exactly 6 Homes For Haiti With Nearly Half A Billion Dollars In Donations-3
Given the results produced by the Red Cross' projects in Haiti, Bellerive, the former prime minister, said he has a hard time fathoming what's happened to donors' money.
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Red Cross Built Exactly 6 Homes For Haiti With Nearly Half A Billion Dollars In Donations-2
The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six.
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Red Cross Built Exactly 6 Homes For Haiti With Nearly Half A Billion Dollars In Donations
the Red Cross has repeatedly failed on the ground in Haiti. Confidential memos, emails from worried top officers, and accounts of a dozen frustrated and disappointed insiders show the charity has broken promises, squandered donations, and made dubious claims of success.
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Glimpses from ‘Woman in Islam’ written by Late Shri Ram Swarup
attempt to humanize Muslim legislation through reinterpretation of the Quran, is not possible within the present ideational framework of Quran and the Sunnah.
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Glimpses from ‘Woman in Islam’ written by Late Shri Ram Swarup-1
Muslim law and tradition prohibits marriage on many grounds. Shri Swarup quotes verses 4.23 and 4.24 from Quran, which lay the foundation of Muslim law on marriage.
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Glimpses from ‘Woman in Islam’ written by Late Shri Ram Swarup-2
Shri Swarup mentions that in spite of this limit of four wives, the grandson of Prophet Hasan Ibn Ali had children from sixteen wives and concubines.
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Glimpses from ‘Woman in Islam’ written by Late Shri Ram Swarup-3
According to a tradition, divorce is hateful to Allah but it is perfectly legal and it appears to have been made pretty easy for those who are so minded.
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Glimpses from ‘Woman in Islam’ written by Late Shri Ram Swarup-4
“But they are a most phoney lot as their history shows they have merely been aids and abettors of Muslim Leaguers and Muslim fundamentalists.”
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Al-Qaeda and Pakistan's ISI are one and the same: Their differences over Kashmir is a smokescreen
Not many analysts grasp that Al-Qaeda, though led by Arab terrorists, is fundamentally a Pakistani organisation, a branch of ISI. It was established in Peshawar in 1988. This is a critical year when the Soviet troops stood defeated in Afghanistan.
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This Is Why Osho Called Mother Teresa A Deceiver, Charlatan And Hypocrite-2
And one thing is to be understood -- these children are basically Hindu. If Mother Teresa is so concerned about their psychological welfare, then they should be brought up according to the Hindu religion.
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This Is Why Osho Called Mother Teresa A Deceiver, Charlatan And Hypocrite
I never use a single word without consideration. And I have used the word
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Physical & Cultural Genocide of Non-Kinsmen in Islamic Society
it is abundantly clear that during the Islamic imperialist invasion of Bharat for over one thousand years, the same story of holocaust and Genocide against Kafirs was repeatedly played.
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Break Up Pakistan to Resolve Kashmir Jihad
While there are cases where the majority non-Muslims have lived under Muslim rulers, generally speaking Islam's followers, when they are in a majority, do not accept non-Muslims as rulers.
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The Cultural War Against Hinduism
Western liberals claim to honour multiculturalism— as if they appreciated a diversity of world views— but wherever Western culture goes it eliminates or expropriates local and native cultures.
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Modi’s Vietnam Visit: New Push For ‘Act East Policy’ And Stronger Bilateral Ties
Modi’s visit to Vietnam would have been crucial and consequential even under normal circumstances, as bilateral ties between India and Southeast Asia are rooted in strong civilisational and cultural linkages going back thousands of years. What will, however, make the sojourn momentous and exceptional is the critical timing of the visit.
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The China-Pakistan Chemistry: What Keeps It Going, And For How Long?
Indians need not worry much about the China-Pakistan tango. As long as it perceives India as having the willpower to stand up to it, China would only indulge in verbal callisthenics.
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PLA UNIT 77656 AT INDIA'S CHUMBI GATE
Equating the Chumbi Valley (and India’s Achilles heel, ie the Siliguri Corridor) with the South China Sea is a message to New Delhi about the importance that China gives to the area. The award to the PLA’s crack Unit 77656 should be read in this context.
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India investigates damage caused by French submarine data leak
Uday Bhaskar, a former naval officer, said that if the leak was established, it would amount to a significant compromise of the credibility of the submarines.
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Christianity and The Rights-based Approach to Global Evangelization-4
Will our leaders wake up and start taking efforts to dismantle this imminent threat to the nation, or let it be colonized by the New Evangelization?
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Christianity and The Rights-based Approach to Global Evangelization-3
The larger goal is global evangelization, and social justice is only a means to the end.
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Christianity and The Rights-based Approach to Global Evangelization-2
It exhorted all Christians and Catholic institutions to inculturate the Social Doctrine as part of the “New Evangelization” and reiterated that “missionary activity is a matter for all Christians”
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Christianity and The Rights-based Approach to Global Evangelization
One wonders where was this commitment to human rights when Pope Alexander VI issued the Inter Cetera papal bull, shortly after Columbus’ first voyage to the Caribbean, expressing his earnest desire that “barbarous nations be subjugated and brought to the faith itself,” “for the spread of the Christian Empire.” Or when Church backed colonialists ravaged indigenous communities in North & South America, Africa, Asia (Bharat – Goa) etc.
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The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority-1
The minority rule will show us how it all it takes is a small number of intolerant virtuous people with skin in the game, in the form of courage, for society to function properly.
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The Most Intolerant Wins-2
the big agricultural companies foolishly believed that all they needed was to win the majority.
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The Most Intolerant Wins-3
if a non Muslim man under the rule of Islam marries a Muslim woman, he needs to convert to Islam –and if either parents of a child happens to be Muslim, the child will be Muslim
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Most Intolerant Wins-4
Alexander said that it was preferable to have an army of sheep led by a lion to an army of lions led by a sheep.
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The Power of a United Hindu Community
I dare say that many Hindus also do not fully know how deep and profound it is because of lacking the education of their own path. This needs to change. And this lack of knowledge is the prime reason why Hindus in Bharat may convert to some other religion.
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How I almost joined a jihad training camp
He often said that a "momin" is one who carries the Quran in his right hand and a sword in his left; the sword to cut off his enemies’ heads.
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What Stalin’s Great Terror can tell us about Russia today
While one should not leap to the conclusion that he is a prisoner of his early career, the echoes of KGB (and Stalin’s) thinking are present in the messages delivered relentlessly by the state-controlled media.
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Why France has become the prime western target of Isis jihadis
The result is a rejection of the republic by young people who feel it is at best irrelevant to them, and at worst actively hostile. This, in turn, creates a climate in which a man like Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the Nice killer, finds a home for his turbulent instincts in Isis propaganda.
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The failed coup in Turkey Erdogan’s revenge
Mr Erdogan is fast destroying the very democracy that the people defended with their lives.
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Open Letter By MARIA WIRTH To Zakir Naik
I know for sure that Hindu gods are called devils by Christian missionaries. Yet Hindus neither defend their gods nor challenge the Abrahamic dogmas in spite of having a solid philosophical basis for their beliefs, which is lacking in Christianity and Islam.
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IN EUROPE AND RUSSIA, THERE’S TALK OF WAR
Will he reprise his “little green men” in another post-Soviet nation? Or will he play the role of peacemaker, urging the world to unite in fighting terrorism?
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Which countries have the most brutal and horrific history?
It took Adolf Hitler 12years to murder 6 million Jews, but Churchill murdered 4 million Indians in just over a year.
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Disown jihadist ‘freedom fighters’ in Kashmir
The greatest partners in crime for Islamist terror-mongers masquerading as freedom fighters are often the left-leaning opinion-makers, the torchbearers of resistance against all kinds of colonialism
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The Nice Bloodbath: A Wake-Up Call To France And India
For many decades, we have allowed the most vicious Wahabi agitprop in our country and many mosques are being used to spread this mindset. This is accompanied by the brainwashing of children that takes place in the madrasas. The Nehruvian regime (in its different incarnations) encouraged Indian Muslims for more than seven decades to send their children to the religious schools, as opposed to the state schools. No attempt was ever made to control the curriculum in madrasas. All this was carried on
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India wary of cost of joint ventures with Israel
The Army is looking to acquire the Israeli third-generation Spike anti-tank guided missile systems, with an initial 321 launchers and 8,356 missiles,
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South China Sea and world disorder
It is likely that China’s reaction to the Hague ruling will have a negative impact on other multilateral processes
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Politics On Terror: Making Both India And Bangladesh Lose The Battle
Since then Bangladesh has witnessed a growth in the number of madrassas. After the Shahbag movement in 2013, attacks on Hindus, Christians, liberals, secular writers, bloggers and other intellectuals have escalated.
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REDEFINING INDIA'S RELATIONS WITH AFRICA
Africa’s phenomenal population growth clearly highlights the importance of a very different pattern of growth from what has been pursued in the developed world.
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Narendra Modi’s Africa visit: key takeaways
Modi addressed meetings of the Indian community in all four countries, underlining the links between Africa’s east coast and India’s west coast and their common connect across the Indian Ocean
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Fifth column: Horror in Ramzan
In India, we comfort ourselves by repeating ad nauseam that very few Indians have left to fight in the ISIS army. The attack in Dhaka appears to have shaken up our security agencies but, as after 26/11, this is likely to be momentary and we will soon lapse back into the complacency that has so far defined our response to jihadist terrorism.
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The Murders In Bangladesh – The Role Of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, And Local Jihadis
On August 7, 2015, secular blogger Niladri Chatterjee aka Niloy Neel was killed in Dhaka. Ansar Al-Islam Bangladesh claimed responsibility for the killing the same evening
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Growing Uighur Militancy: Challenges For China – Analysis
At present, nearly 1,000 Uighur fighters and their family members from China’s Xinjiang province have joined both Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front and its rival ISIS in the Middle East.
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Prime Minister Modi’s Crucial Visit To Africa To Help Elevate India-Africa Ties
While the visit to Mozambique has occurred after 34 years, the visit to Kenya will take place after 35 years, South Africa after 10 years and Tanzania after five years.
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Zakir Naik And Islamist Propaganda In India
Naik is notorious for justifying jihadi terror attacks openly, refusing to condemn them, and providing ridiculously contrived justifications for the discriminatory practices of Islam.
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Not Just Zakir Naik: Secular Muslims Must Take The Fight Right To Saudi Arabia
What should worry Indian Muslims is that a rogue preacher can motivate so much mayhem without actually exhorting people to do so. You don’t need a Caliph called Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi to get people killed by the scores.
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No One Wants to See ISIS Defeated More Than Muslims
A 2011 report by the U.S. government’s National Counterterrorism Center found that: “In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered between 82 and 97 percent of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years.”
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Bangladesh: Terror Does Have A Name, Face And Religion
Islam, it is said, is a religion of peace and love. But the dominant strand of Islam is Wahhabism that is fuelled by petro-dollars at the hands of the Saudis.
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Appointment Of New Chairman To The USCIRF Showcases Its Double Standards
The Catholic News Agency, on 23 June 2016, announced the appointment of a Jesuit priest father Thomas Reese as chairman of the USCIRF.
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An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims
there are many things widely thought to be in the Quran that aren’t actually in there. A prominent example is the hijab or burka — neither is mentioned in the Quran. Also absent is stoning to death as a punishment — it’s mentioned in the hadith (the Sunnah, or traditions of the Prophet), and even in the Old Testament — but not in the Quran.
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Terror In Dhaka: Is It Really ISIS?
This has been played by the targeting of liberals and bloggers who support secular and liberal ideology and of late members of the minority Hindu community. The identity of those who are behind this has been kept nebulous with ascription of most of the killings, to the ISIS.
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It’s not “Islam,” It’s not “Religion,” It’s Fanaticism
We all know that “radical Islam”—more accurately, murderers, rapists and bigots who proclaim allegiance to a medieval and cruel interpretation of Islam—is a clear and present danger.
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Heart Wrenching Genocide of Kodavas by Tippu and French army
Tippu was sadist and wasn't trustworthy
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India And The New Great Game In Central Asia
Modi is doing something which is of critical importance to India’s strategic dynamics. He is setting the stage for India’s outreach to a region to which connectivity has been denied to it for the last 25 years.
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India’s Great Game - Countering China With The Chabahar Project
the Chabahar Treaty will clear the way for India to build an infrastructure network of its own in the region to counter China’s initiatives.
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NSG MEMBERSHIP ISN’T A BIG DEAL
The 2008 waiver was far more significant and meaningful than NSG membership ever can be.
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NO DOUBLE TALK, TERROR IS TERROR
Perhaps the decision-makers in the Prime Minister’s Office and South Block are still not convinced that terrorism on Israeli soil qualifies as an “unprovoked” terrorist attack.
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A LIST OF THE 50 BIGGEST ENEMIES OF HINDUS (Dead or Alive)-3
Hindus who tend to merge and melt wherever they live – and in the process, lose some their identities and togetherness. And finally the most deadly and vicious intellectuals that we have reviewed above, are Hindus most of them. They are the ones that should be targeted, in a non-violent but firm manner.
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A LIST OF THE 50 BIGGEST ENEMIES OF HINDUS (Dead or Alive)-2
Countries such as France or the United States, who are often preaching India on “women’s rights” never had a woman as their top leader, whereas India had Indira Gandhi ruling with an iron hand for nearly twenty years
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A LIST OF THE 50 BIGGEST ENEMIES OF HINDUS (Dead or Alive)
This list, which is compiled without any hatred or malice, is not complete. I am counting on you to raise it to a hundred. If you think I missed someone, facebook it to me, with the name and two or three paragraphs on why you think he or she is an enemy of the Hindus.
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TRUTH AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
In spite of the fact that Hindus were victims under Muslim and British rule for centuries with millions of them having been killed; in spite of the fact that Hindus never went on the offensive in the name of their gods, they and their tradition are today fair game for verbal attacks which could be termed as hate speech but is hardly ever persecuted as such.
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This is how American media reacted to PM Narendra Modi's address to joint sitting of US Congress
Speaking in English, Modi used dashes of humor, drawing a parallel between the rough-and-tumble politics of his own nation and the US, which he described tongue-in-cheek as “harmonious” and well-known for bi-partisanship...
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PM Modi ji's address to Joint Session of US Congress
Our nations may have been shaped by differing histories, cultures, and faiths. Yet, our belief in democracy for our nations and liberty for our countrymen is common.
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I am a Kaffir and I need a Hug
Truth be told, the skullcap is not a piece of cloth. It is a piece of politics. Likewise, the Burqa is not a piece of cloth. It is a piece of ideology.
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‘Germany must protect itself … Muslims have integration problems here … right-wing up as democracy overlooks people’
They come from Muslim countries – a different cultural background. We take a pragmatic view that we will not be able to re-educate them in such a short time. They will keep their way of thinking, their habits – and we see a problem in it..Muslims have been here for decades but have had problems to integrate. Muslims have been here for decades but have had problems to integrate.
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Thousands of Muslim Refugees Suddenly Flocking to Jesus?
A report by The Daily Beast claims thousands of Muslim refugees living in countries like Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark, are converting to Christianity and getting baptized.
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World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict
Speaking to The Independent, the director of the IEP Camilla Schippa warned that the state of peace in our time has been “slowly but steadily decreasing” in recent years.
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Why Are the Highly Educated So Liberal?
A distinguishing feature of this new class, according to Dr. Gouldner, was the way it spoke and argued. Steeped in science and expert knowledge, it embraced a “culture of critical discourse.” Evidence and logic were valued; appeals to traditional sources of authority were not.
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Out of my mind: The United Nations of India
The Canadian government has after 102 years apologised to the Sikh community in Canada and around the world for turning back the Komagata Maru.
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Out of my mind: Old and new terrorism
Modern terrorism, especially of the jihadist variety, is directed against civilian targets where, by causing collateral damage, a notice is sent to the powers that be that there is an ideological and political war on.
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A crisis of solidarity
Refugee and migrant crisis cannot be addressed by states acting alone
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Pakistan’s ISI a TERRORIST Organization? Six SOLID Evidences
When the cable was declassified, Washington-based journalist Chidanand Rajghatta wrote: ‘the sequence of cables detailing the ISI’s role in organizing the attack suggests that the U.S. administration lied to the American public about Pakistan being a frontline ally in the War on Terror.’
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Christian Michel, UK businessman in the middle of chopper scam storm
Before Michel and the other two middlemen – Italians Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa – got into the act, AW choppers had only a bleak chance of measuring to requirements of the Indian contract. Since it could fly only at the optimum height of 4,500 m and not the required 6,000 m, AW’s bid had allegedly been rejected twice by Indian authorities before the condition was eased.
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AgustaWestland: Is This Sonia’s Bofors?
The Congress can, however, hardly claim innocence on the merit of cancellation of this contract because the scandal did not break out due to its own vigilance. The scam had come to the fore when the Italian authorities arrested Orsi in Italy and news of the arrest spread like wildfire, engulfing the then Indian government.
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Italian Court judgment Exposing Sonia Gandhi & Manmohan Singh in AgustaWestland Chopper Deal (Full report)
The judgment also says Haschke had identified all the Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Ahmed Patel on the court when their photos were shown to him during the trial by the Italian prosecution.
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The Tragic Fate Of The Yazidis Sees No End
Yazidis predominantly are monotheists with elements of nature worship. Fire, sun, moon, air and water are their five holy elements. Piously every Yazidi pays their respect to the sun, one of the principal deities thrice every day.
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Book Review: India's First 'Jihadi Movement,' Led By Syed Ahmed Barelvi
The doctrinal seeds planted by Shah Ismail Barelvi left a big impact on Indian Muslims after the 1857 War of Independence against the British, Noorani states: "The madrassas that came into existence, mosques that were built, organizations and movements that were initiated, books that were written, all had the doctrinal stamp on them."
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The Relevance Of Integral Humanism In Modern Times
Pandit Deen Dayalji believed that every individual, family and our society has a role to play in the development of our nation. His philosophy derives its strength from our culture and timeless principles of dharma and hence was never constrained by the size of the organisation he led.
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India is the only country where Muslims exert influence without fear
It is the responsibility of liberal Muslims to discuss issues and say this or that is not acceptable. If Muslim women cannot go to a mosque and sit in the front row, it is not a Hindu problem.
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India-Saudi: build on what is common
The Saudi-U.S. alliance has survived so much turbulence over the decades that it is safe to assume that it is not going to dissolve anytime in the foreseeable future. In any case, neither China nor India is interested in replacing the United States in the Gulf, so there is no misunderstanding about anyone’s role.
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Why Is Integral Humanism Restricted Only To Coffee Table Discussions?
Integral Humanism stands for the scope of creativity in work and a sense of ownership which will bring physical, mental, intellectual and adhyatmic happiness to people. To achieve such an economy, a new system has to be conceptualized.
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5 War Memorials for Indian Soldiers That Show Their Immense Courage Around the Globe.
War memorials are built to pay homage to these great souls and remind us about the immense courage of these soldiers in giving us the freedom we enjoy today.
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Is Europe Now Looking to Israel's Approach to Security in Wake of Brussels Terror Attacks?
the key to successful security has to be intelligence, in the broader sense of the word. For too many years, for very good reasons, Europeans have neglected the need for effective intelligence measures.
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West Should Stop Trying To Export Failed Democracy
“We should not export our own values and political conditions to where they are rejected by the local population because they contradict their cultural traditions and for which they have no understanding,” DWN wrote.
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Radicalised And Nuclear Armed Pakistan Is More Dangerous Than Iran Or North Korea
The radicalization of army personnel in Pakistan, and their increasing sympathies towards radical groups in the country, further endanger the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. If soldiers were to defect, so will access to nuclear weapons, over time
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The ‘Miracle’ Of Mother Teresa And A Curious Case Of A Daily’s Editorial
one editorial critical of Mother Teresa and hypocritical elements within Christianity, and the editor apologises and withdraws it. What is happening?
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Brussels Terror: West Is Losing The War; It Has Not Learnt to Roll With Punches
Economically speaking, the cost-benefit analysis of trying to prevent terror is never going to look good. The only real answer to terror is to learn to roll with the punches, but this the west has not learnt to do.
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Should pre-1947 India be called S Asia? US academics lock horns over name
Was it the `South Asian Ocean' which constituted the center of the world's largest trade network before the rise of modern Europe?
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Why We Should Revisit The Black Book Of Communism Now
Even though communism had its footholds from Asia to Latin America, there is very less scholarly research about the crimes of Communism.
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Four corners of a good deal
for India, the quadrilateral relationship could enhance energy engagement with the U.S., Japan, and Australia across the board.
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Let’s Stop Funding Our Enemies
A petition was launched by several renowned Sanskrit scholars in India, garnering over 15,000 signatures, asking the Murtys to reconstitute the editorial group of the library with a fair representation of the lineages and traditional groups that teach and follow the traditions of the texts being translated.
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How Hinduphobia Rears Familiar Head In American Academia
We have to wonder, what indeed is the academic freedom that these faculty members are defending? Is it the freedom to accuse, abuse and slander freely and without any check?
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Why Followers Of Sanatan Dharma Must Help The Yazidis
The Yazidis claim to have originated in India, and the veneration of the peacock may be a memory of this origin. There may be a lot of truth to this belief.
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How Islamophobia Affects the Mental Health of Young South Asians in the West (And How to Help)
Numerous studies illustrate excessive emotional repression can lead to all sorts of disorders.
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Islamic State Use Mustard Gas Against Iraqi Kurds
Sulphur mustard – commonly known as “mustard gas” although it is liquid at ambient temperature – is a powerful irritant and blistering agent which causes severe damage to the skin, eyes and respiratory system and internal organs.
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The Importance Of Agni-V To India’s Security
India now has the capability, in theory, at least, to carry higher yield, say 150KT to 1 MT yield nuclear warheads to distances more than 5000 km away. This gives India a real counterforce capability if our doctrine and strategy warrants that option.
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Egypt’s President el-Sisi Closes 27,000 Mosques to Fight Terrorism
supporters of the decision such as intellectuals and scholars say that those mosques are time bombs that threaten national security
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Iran’s beleaguered Bahá'ís
For India, Iran’s Chabahar port holds immense significance as a strategic response to Chinese involvement in Pakistan’s Gwadar port. Apart from providing access to Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan, the port can facilitate the import of natural gas from Iran as also the proposed Iran-Oman-India pipeline.
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Has The BBC Urdu Become Another Madrassa?
India is a country of laws. In the worst of times, these laws have been upheld by the courts. Greenpeace, which is a foreign organisation politically active, was violating Indian laws regarding its foreign income. Despite this, the Delhi High Court allowed the Greenpeace last year to use two of its domestic bank accounts and fixed assets.3 Similarly, the Ford Foundation, which is not banned, was violating Indian rules regarding its foreign income and was disbursing money to many other NGOs to
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‘American Orientalism’ As The New Macaulayism, And What We Need To Do About It
The reason why American Orientalism is dangerous for Indic culture is because of the sheer sophistication it brings to the idea of hollowing out Indic culture and studying Sanskrit by decapitating the head from the body. It is about studying a carcass, not a living tradition or idea.
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Who freed India? Gandhi or Bose?
former British prime minister Clement Atlee said the role played by Netaji's Indian National Army was paramount in India being granted Independence, while the non-violent movement led by Gandhi was dismissed as having had minimal effect.
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When the West wanted Islam to curb Christian extremism
Islam and those who practice it were not always perceived to be such a cultural threat. Just a few decades ago, the U.S. and its allies in the West had no qualms about abetting Islamist militants in their battles with the Soviets in Afghanistan. Look even further, and there was a time when a vocal constituency in the West saw the community of Islam as a direct, ideological counter to a mutual enemy.
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The long history of Muslims and Christians killing people together
"Today, words such as 'Islam' and 'Europe' appear to have all the consistency of oil and water," Almond writes. But, he goes on, "the fact remains that in the history of Europe, for hundreds of years, Muslims and Christians shared common cultures, spoke common languages, and did not necessarily see one another as 'strange' or 'other.'"
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ACRPR: A New Research Project to Break India
In India, racism never reached the low it did elsewhere; but the British targeted and destroyed the Indian education system, supplanting it with English education. In the famous words of Macaulay, it made Indians more British than the British themselves.
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Adventures in Islam: Algebras of Intimacy
A lonely, melancholy phrase in Amitav Ghosh's beautiful book, In an Antique Land, calls this kind of erasure of real history "the partitioning of the past." The remains, writes Ghosh, of "those small, indistinguishable, intertwined histories, Indian and Egyptian, Muslim and Jewish, Hindu and Muslim" have been "partitioned long ago."
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Iran And Goodwill
Iran is hugely benefited by a moderate President. Moderation is the key to Iran’s rise. It was moderate not to embrace a military nuclear regime. It must lead by example as a moderate Islamic power. It would provide the sharpest contrast to Saudi Wahhabism.
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1962: The Failure Of Nehru, The Initiative Of JFK
it was the heyday of non-alignment and panchsheel and the Indian prime minister did not wish to upset that applecart if he could help it. In fact, Nehru urged US president Dwight Eisenhower during their 1956 retreat to the latter’s Gettysburg farmhouse to give the UN Security Council seat held by Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist China to Mao Zedong’s Communist China.
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Irish Slaves – What The History Books Will Never Tell You
Flogging was common, and most slave owners did not really care if they killed an easily replaceable, cheap Irish slave.While most of these slaves who survived were eventually freed after their time of service was completed, many leaving the islands for the American colonies, many were not, and the planters found another way to insure a free supply of valuable slaves. They were quick to “find solace” and start breeding with the Irish slave women. Many of them were very pretty, but more than t
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Cologne And Malda: A Tale Of Two Cities And Dysfunctional Enablers
In Cologne, for instance, it has now emerged that the New Year’s Eve incident was not an isolated one. Two months prior to that, a welcome party for refugees had degenerated into a mass groping session, and women had to flee in terror. The matter was hushed up.
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Nuclear Facilities in 20 Countries May Be Easy Targets for Cyberattacks
One question asked whether there were mandated drills and tests to assess responses to a cyberassault, rather than just a physical attack on the facilities.
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BLAME THE VICTIMS: Cologne Mayor: says women should be more careful after muslim mass rapes on New Years Eve, promises “guidance” so they don’t offend muslims
A political scandal is developing in Germany as ordinary citizens wake up to the scale of the migrant crime cover-up, and the callous reaction of the mayor of Cologne to mass-sex crime on new year’s eve.
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Isolate, Contain, Suffocate and Fight Pakistan. A Brilliant Strategic Article by BBC Journo Tufail Ahmad
Many journalists based in Delhi are also on the payroll of the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which creates and nurtures terrorist groups.
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What North Korea’s ‘hydrogen bomb’ means for Asia and the world
North Korea’s nuclear ambitions have undeniable consequences for the stable balance of power in the Korean peninsula and beyond.
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North Korea leader touts 'thrilling sound' of hydrogen bomb in test order
The nuclear test drew condemnation abroad, with China, the North's chief ally, expressing "resolute opposition" and saying it would lodge a protest with Pyongyang.
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Secular Muslims are canaries in the mine that can smell the poison, but is anyone listening?
The problem is that the Islamist victimhood agenda works very well among guilt-ridden liberal Americans or naïve members of the Inter-faith industry who are quick to buy into the false propaganda of Islamophobia.
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A MUST WATCH VIDEO !! This is Something Which Happened in Russia That You Should Not Miss
SatiKazanova a Russian Muslim Pop singer, who flawlessly recited Sanskrit shlokas....She met Modi Ji and shared her feelings & love towards Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and wants to see a Huge Hindu Temple in Russia.
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Pakistan hunting for network of female ISIL fundraisers
Raja Umar Khattab, chief of Sindh province's counterterrorism unit, said a suspect confessed that his wife had established a religious organisation in the city called Al Zikra Academy to fund the group's activities
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Modi-Obama hit it off, India can be a Pacific power, Republicans may not even nominate Trump: Strobe Talbott
Once upon a time, the United States of America was not a Raj but a bunch of colonies of the British empire. Americans have always had a deep rooted attachment to two things: independence and democracy. By those criteria the relationship should have been excellent.
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St Teresa: The Hypocrisy Of It All
The silence of the left-liberal brigade on these ridiculous claims by the Catholic Church on the so called miracles of Mother Teressa is, to put it mildly, deafening.
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Roger Scruton: ….By A Relentless Campaign Of Intimidation, Left-wing Thinkers Have Sought To Make It Unacceptable To Be On The Right
The rule of law is no simple achievement, to be weighed against the competing benefits of some rival political scheme. It is the sine qua non of political freedom, available only where law is independent of the executive power and able to stand over it in judgment.
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Is ISIS Capable Of Governing Its Caliphate?
The ISIS runs a parallel ‘state’ in the areas of its control with an Islamic system of governance. It controls a large swath of land reportedly as big as the size of Pennsylvania and expanding day by day with the help of its ever growing fighters.
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MEMRI Scholar Tufail Ahmad To Counter-Extremism Conference In Kabul
Is there a way forward for Islamic Reformation? Is it possible that an entire generation of Muslim youths can abandon ideas inherited from their parents and Islamic scholars?
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In Conversation with Dr. Jeffery Long Dharma, Religion and Politics
I have always been interested in science, especially astronomy, so Fritjof Capra’s book The Tao of Physics (recently discussed in Sutra Journal http://www.sutrajournal.com/fritjof-capra-and-the-dharmic-worldview-aravindan-neelakandan ) was a major influence on me. Harrison, Gandhi, and Capra pointed me to the Bhagavad Gita. Finding this wonderful book at a sale in a church parking lot was a major turning point in my life, at which point I was fourteen years old.
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Islamic State Explainer: Is it IS, ISIS or ISIL, and what's a Daesh?
In English, the group therefore came to be known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also ISIS), or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
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Letter From Saudi Arabia
“Seventy percent of Saudis are under age 30, and their perspective is different from the other 30 percent,” said Mohammed.
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Call to Concerned Hindus
Shourie did this in his book 'Eminent Historians' - he took a few top Indian historians by name, and went through their writings in detail, quoting specific issues and giving his responses. Why have more Hindu scholars not done this?
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Competitive terrorism between IS, LeT is the real danger for India flowing out of the ‘horrific’ Paris attacks
According to the official, these French-speaking ethnic groups exploited simmering communal tensions to find new recruits and deploy them for these attacks.
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Contemporary Evangelism and the Resurrection of the Colonial Politics of Race, Caste and Religion
Narratives of the 1560s inform us that the Portuguese Jesuits along with officers would invade the houses of the natives accusing them of possessing idols and practicing forbidden rituals. Many natives tried to run but were eventually trapped in the Passos of the island where the Jesuits and officers were alert with swords and guns.
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Do We Need The United Nations?
Among the most visible activities that the United Nations performs is peacekeeping. In fact, the role is almost synonymous with the United Nations and seen as the raison d’etre for its formation in 1945.
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Re-defining India-Africa ties
it will be fair to say that the summit produced a fair assessment of India-Africa ties as they exist today, and also offered some important indicators of what the relationship will look like in the years ahead.
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Fashion of India and Hinduism Bashing in Foreign Land
It was interesting that once Shri Ashok Vajpeyi was confronted, he was completely quiet. It looked like the rug was pulled from under his feet, he was in awe, in shock.
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Articulating The African Voice
The summit is also an opportunity for India to finally put to rest some of the critiques of its Africa policy, especially that Africa is not a priority in India’s foreign policy. The Modi government can counter this by publishing its first white paper on its Africa engagement.
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US to Nawaz Sharif: GPS ties Gurdaspur strike to Pakistan
The United States has presented Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with evidence that the terror strike in Gurdaspur three months ago was carried out by groups operating from his country
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U.S. Is Driving Mideast Allies Toward Putin
Kerry has been pushing forward with his plan to convince Russia to be a partner in stabilizing the Middle East. He convened a meeting in Vienna last Friday between the foreign ministers of Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey and expressed optimism the four countries could work together on Syria.
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Escaped! One of Chibok Schoolgirls—Kidnapped by Boko Haram—Flees and is Rescued; What She Says about the Others...
"All of us were forced to become Muslims but kept in camps far from each other. You can only see and recognize those in your camp as any of us who refused being Islamized was either beheaded or shot at point blank range."
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How the United States gave the Middle East to Vladimir Putin
Russia knows exactly what it wants in the Middle East: support for its client, Assad, who leases it its only Mediterranean bases; partnership with Iran, with which it hopes to cultivate commercial and military ties; and tightened control over the former Central Asian republics of the Soviet Union.
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New world order with Russia’s entry in Syrian conflict
Putin is fast filling the vacuum created by Obama’s gradual retreat from the theatre of war created by US in West Asia. This is what The Economist (October 2015) aptly describes, “Putin dares, Obama dithers”, but then for how long?
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Old foes should unite to fight new enemies
short-sightedness of the Reagan Administration, which backed fundamentalist Islamist Mujahideen in Afghanistan, to avenge American defeat in Vietnam, overlooking the fact that some of them were rabidly anti-American. The result — the rise of Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaeda, and later the Taliban — is well-known.
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Time for common code
Many political parties are too terrified of rubbing the clerics the wrong way because they believe it will cost them the votes of the community concerned.
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The new game
The new game will involve tough diplomacy and the occasional judicious application of force.
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Westward Bound: Building Stronger Indo-GCC Ties
The Middle Eastern countries are actively engaging with rapidly developing Asian economies such as India and China. In 2013, around 70 per cent of petroleum exports went to emerging Asian economies in comparison to less than 20 per cent of such exports flowing to Western Europe and North America.
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Muslim Refugees Are Being Baptized and Converting to Christianity, Says Berlin Pastor
Iranian Muslims seeking asylum in Germany are reportedly converting to Christianity at a high rate, and one Berlin church has seen its membership jump from 150 to 600 in a short time, with most of its new members being Muslim converts.
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Jihadi terror has many faces but one sponsor
A distinguished American counter-terrorism expert whom this writer met last week at the 15th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism at Herzliya, Israel, confided that Pakistan has spectacular credentials to occupy the lead place in any international Hall of Notoriety for its omissions and commissions on terrorism masterminded by the ISI.
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On the wrong side of history and civilization
Obviously, overwhelming human instinct for survival over rides their commitment to the faith that the unfortunate refugees were born into. Converting to Christianity will ensure that they are not deported back.
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Rise of ISIS : Should India fear
Al Qaeda is non-sectarian but for ISIS, Shias and all non-Sunni sects are apostates who must be destroyed.
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The Intellectual Churn Within Islamic World
The fundamental problem seems to be the way different interpretations are ascribed to Islamic scriptures. Being a faith based religion in the nature of a complete social order; clerics wield a disproportionately large influence on the community.
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PM creating India lobby abroad
The story of how the US sanctions were neutralised using the good offices of Overseas Indians is a story that needs to be documented and narrated. It is reassuring that Modi is building on this legacy and, indeed, enlarging its scope.
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Trucial States to crucial states: Why Modi has smelt great opportunity in UAE and Gulf countries
It is easy to see what the UAE relationship holds for India, from potentially freezing Dawood Ibrahim’s assets in Dubai to getting UAE sovereign wealth funds to invest in Indian infrastructure.
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Anti-Hindu Attitudes in American Academia Need to Be Questioned
Western academics can denigrate Hinduism in often unkind terms, yet feel that Hindus should not be allowed to criticize them in return, as if they should be immune from scrutiny by the Hindu community.
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The Intellectual Churn Within Islamic World
If the fanatic jihadi narrative is not countered at the level of a counter-narrative, no amount of force would be able to defeat it comprehensively and bury it.
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The World’s Hot Spot
All the people in this region are playing with fire. While they’re fighting over who is caliph, who is the rightful heir to the Prophet Muhammad from the seventh century — Sunnis or Shiites — and to whom God really gave the holy land, Mother Nature is not sitting idle. She doesn’t do politics — only physics, biology and chemistry. And if they add up the wrong way, she will take them all down.
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Why Is The West Silent On Saudi Arabia’s Sponsorship Of Sunni Terrorism?
The Saudi band of Sunni terrorism is however global in nature stretching from Philippines to Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Europe and the United States. Its targets are of all hues – other Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Atheists and so on.
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The Case Of The Hand – How Marxism Undermined Science
a team of scientists from George Washington University have discovered that chimpanzees have more ‘evolved’ hands than ours.
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Death by hanging or by drone
The last time the death sentence was applied was in 1962 when notorious Nazi perpetrator Adolf Eichmann was executed... Israel has an excellent investigative, forensic and judicial system with an excellent rate of solving crimes — a key constituent to the argument that “it is the fear of getting caught” that deters crime.
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A Marriage on the Rocks? Saudis Look Beyond U.S. After Iran Deal
“Trust between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. has been damaged by the Iran nuclear deal,” said Paul Sullivan, a Middle East specialist at Georgetown University in Washington. “Many in Saudi Arabia feel abandoned by the U.S.”
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Adhikara And the Academy – The Bogus Controversy over Rajiv Malhotra And ‘Plagiarism’
Let us be clear—they are not saying that Malhotra is wrong, that he has not done his research or homework—they simply dismiss him on the grounds that he does not have the appropriate background.
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Islamic State recruitment document seeks to provoke 'end of the world'
“Accept the fact that this caliphate will survive and prosper until it takes over the entire world and beheads every last person that rebels against Allah," it proclaims. "This is the bitter truth, swallow it.”
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The Gurdaspur Terror Strike
Pakistan’s long advocated ‘war by a thousand cuts’ through proxy and direct efforts,will expand its arc into another rim land state of India which has suffered much just over twenty years ago
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Is It OK to Shoot Down Your Neighbor's Drone?
damaging any flying robot is a federal crime. It doesn’t matter if it’s crashing your pool party or watching you in your skivvies through the skylight in your master bath.
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Comment FBI Chief Comey: ISIS Bigger Threat Than Al-Qaeda
The U.S. has tracked dozens of Americans, ranging in age from 18 to 62, who have traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight with the Islamic State group, he said.
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Shashi Tharoor gets a pat from Modi, scolding from Sonia
The debate that was on ‘British colonisation of India’, where Tharoor argued why British owe India for its exploitation. He spoke at length how colonial rule affected India.
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The patterns and portents of ISIS activity in South-east Asia
Thus far, the number of Indonesians and Malaysians known to have made their way to join in the Iraq and Syrian civil wars are estimated to range from 150 to 300 in the case of Indonesia and 80 to 150 in the case of Malaysia.
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Modi Government Plans Huge Show of Strength in Indian Ocean: Report
The Indian Ocean has emerged as a new arena of competition between China making inroads and India trying to recover its position as the dominant maritime power in the region.
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An Eloquent Case For Reparations For Britain's Colonial Legacy
Alleging that many of today's problems in colonised countries — "including the persistence and in some cases the creation of racial, ethnic, and religious tensions were the direct result of the colonial experience" — he said many countries had indeed paid reparations. Germany had paid Israel and Poland, Italy paid Libya, Japan paid Korea, he said, adding that indeed Britain had also paid, to New Zealand's Māoris, since the 1970s.
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Keen contest for maritime control
Both China and India are competing to secure the sea lanes in the IOR. This competition encompasses everything from docking rights for commercial shipping to naval patrols to anti-piracy operations. Now this rivalry has spilled into Africa.
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Fundamentalist Cleric Throws Plagiarism Bull at American Author
o-called librarians from England, yoga instructors from Alabama, English teachers from Pakistan, and first-year graduate students were welcomed as Scholars on Hinduism and India, but knowledgeable and articulate people such as Malhotra were shut out, and even professors such as Dr. Balagangadhar from Europe were barely allowed to post.
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Wendy's revenge: Plagiarism charge against Rajiv Malhotra is a red herring
This is a pretty good tactic, and is an old one. The RISA group of mostly American religious academics who act as gatekeepers for Western Indology has consistently excluded those other than their own through the spurious argument of ‘scholarship’. This is defined as having been a PhD candidate under one of them: a clear case of intellectual incest. Indeed, Wendy has spawned – in nice counterpoint to Romila Thapar in India – an entire generation of Hindu-hating ‘scholars’, both Indian
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Plagiarism charge: Why Rajiv Malhotra is on the gunsights of western Indologists
Attempts to debunk Malhotra’s views have failed so far. Even though Malhotra is studiously avoided in mainstream Indian media’s “secular” debates, thanks to the same silent tactics of exclusion, he has effectively put American Christian academics and “experts on Hinduism” on the defensive through his books.
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Rajiv Malhotra on Hindu Intellectuals
I saw a strong rebuttal by some scholars who have actually read my book, and it has been used as a counter petition. While the petition attacking me got 192 signatures, this petition supporting me has received 6,500 signatures already. See: https://traditionresponds.wordpress.com
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Iran clinches nuclear deal with powers, historic breakthrough with U.S.
Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear programme that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.
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Boko Haram Releases Joint Video With ISIS
The audio message entitled ‘kill and be killed’, released through the militants’ vast social media channels, was read by an ISIS spokesperson who also threatened further violence against the Christian and Jewish communities.
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Understanding and countering IS
the roots of IS lie in Wahhabism, a stricter, puritanical stream. Wahhabism, which is derived from the preaching of Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, an 18th century religious scholar, denounced as un-Islamic many of the popular beliefs and practices prevalent among the Arabs those days. Wahhab rejected Muslims worshipping the dead or having any saints and making pilgrimages to tombs or special mosques.
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An Incomplete Proposal For Reform
Whenever a wave of resentment hits a Muslim society, almost inevitably it seeks to go back to a “past” golden age
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Teaching True Islam To Fight ISIS's Anti-Islamic Terrorism
unlike Al-Qaeda, ISIS aims at establishing a "pure" and territory-based Islamic State, first in a part of West Asia and subsequently expanding it to cover the whole globe.
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United against ISIS… or is it ISIL or the Islamic State?
ISIS storm troopers are not invincible superhumans from the latest comic strip blockbuster. They are very vulnerable. Their ideology and values are in fact largely unappealing to a large percentage of the Islamic World. Yet they thrive, largely on the weakness and disunity of others.
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Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness For Catholic Church's Persecution Of Waldensians. But when he will ask forgiveness from Hindus?
During a visit to Jerusalem in 2000, Francis' predecessor Pope John Paul II asked forgiveness from Jews for their persecution by Catholics over the centuries.
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Chibok girls 'forced to join Nigeria's Boko Haram'
"The abduction and brutalisation of young women and girls seems to be part of the modus operandi of Boko Haram," said Netsanet Belay, Africa director, research and advocacy at Amnesty International.
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Subramanian Swamy calls for new China policy by Modi government
"In order to carry credibility with China, we should have blue water navy, we should now develop independent fuel which is thorium and become independent of crude oil from the Middle East by developing alternative technologies like hydrogen fuel cells," he said.
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Middle East Chaos: Where history and hubris conspire to deadly effect
more innocents will be consumed by the orgy of violence within the Middle East and beyond
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Tunisia beach attack: 80 'propagandist' mosques to be closed
Speaking at a news conference in Tunis, Mr Essid said: "Some mosques continue to spread their propaganda and their venom to promote terrorism."
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White Supremacists More Dangerous To America Than Foreign Terrorists, Study Says
At least 48 people have been killed stateside by right-wing extremists in the 14 years since since the September 11 attacks -- almost twice as many as were killed by self-identified jihadists in that time, according to a study released Wednesday by the New America Foundation
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‘Islamic State one of biggest threats for our world’
the evil ideology is using the Internet as its tool and is so potent in influencing dissatisfied, angry young men and women because it is quietly condoned online or even in parts of communities.
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Celebration of nation’s soft power status
Soft power was never considered an an important aspect of the Indian geo-political strategy, and successive Governments since independence have wilfully remained indifferent towards it. This not only curtailed wider knowledge about India but also stunted India’s position globally.
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External and internal threats to China
for Beijing, more worrying is Xinjiang. After all, a few Tibetans may burn themselves, this does not disturb Beijing much (except for the bad propaganda), but in Xinjiang, nationalist elements are ready to use force, even jihad; this could disturb the pax sinica socialista. Beijing’s first reflex is to blame the troubles on some ‘foreign hands’.
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Why China, Pakistan and US are eyeing India's 'string of pearls'
India's string of pearls strategy, along with the close relations New Delhi has forged with Nepal and Bhutan - both of which share long borders with China - places India in a stronger geopolitical position than it has enjoyed for decades.
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A foreign hand in Balochistan
Originally, the CPEC route was to pass through Balochistan and the north-western Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, but now, it has been reported, the CPEC has been re-routed to go through the Punjab Province. This has led to the allegations that the Punjabis, who control the Army, want to eat the Chinese cake all by themselves. “We are only questioning whether CPEC stands for China- Punjab Economic Corridor?” Ms Reham Khan, spouse of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, sarcastically asked on
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Scripting a new foreign policy for old friends
The Nehru-Gandhis adulation of Yasser Arafat and its tolerance of Palestinian terror mongering allowed for violence to become an acceptable part of vote-bank politics. Also, India’s rivals used these same tactics against it.
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If only Tagore and Gandhi could civilise barbarians...
So, what does an Islamist seek? The reams of rubbish churned out by bogus activists and windbag columnists desperately seeking to rationalise crimes committed in the name of Islam. Ranging from the ethnic cleansing of the Kashmir valley to the Mumbai massacre. From the attack on Parliament House in New Delhi to the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York. From the horrific assault on human dignity by the Taliban in Afghanistan to the nauseating anti-Semitism of the regime in Iran.
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Natwar Singh on Modi's upcoming Israel visit
Israel is a small country. Its influence is considerable outside the Muslim world. Technologically it is as advanced as the US.
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The Cartel’s Politics
Even though Hindus in America are minorities, there is a contradiction between the Indian Left’s treatment of Hinduism in America and its treatment of Christianity/Islam in India (which are minorities there). I have not come across serious criticisms by the Indian Left of overly-rosy portrayals of “Christianity” in India, with the same vigor as it routinely attacks Hindu Americans’ “chauvinism.”
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Why Muslims and Christians are safer in India than most places on earth
India is secular not because Indira Gandhi inserted the word into the Constitution in 1976 but because Hindus are innately secular. Of the world's major religions, Hinduism is the only one without a prophet.
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Indo-German strategic pact: New beginnings for subaltern states
Chancellor Merkel has been an international exception in publicly snubbing China by maintaining warm relations with the Dalai Lama. PM Modi in turn has been quick to project the Indian origins of Buddhism.
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A heady gamble
in every South Asian country he has visited he has underscored the need to forge relations rooted in the shared need to work together to address their prime concern: Economic and social development.
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Yes. ISIS can get hold of nuclear weapons from Pakistan
SIS had "billions of dollars in the bank" and they could purchase a nuclear device through weapon dealers in Pakistan who had "links to corrupt officials" in the region
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US Air Force Has New 'Pulse' Super Weapon, Destroys Electronics from Air
This revolutionary development in weaponry, right out of a Star Trek episode, could radically change warfare, experts say, as the new revelations may spark a new arms race for such technology. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/computer-killing-weapon-missile/2015/05/26/id/646871/#ixzz3bOeiB9il Urgent: Rate Obama on His Job Performance. Vote Here Now!
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Putting Maldives back on the democratic path
with radical Islam gaining traction on the archipelago, it does not bode well for the rest of the world
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Putin signs Russian law to shut 'undesirable' organizations
The new Russian law allows prosecutors to declare an organisation undesirable if it presents a threat to Russia's constitutional order, its defences or its security.
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Suicide Bombing at Shiite Mosque in Saudi Arabia Kills 6
Saudi Arabia’s participation in the American-led military campaign in Iraq and Syria against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State has raised fears of a backlash from its sympathizers at home.
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Why the Iraqi army keeps failing
The original sin, many argue, was the disbanding of the Iraqi army following the U.S. invasion in 2003, which toppled the country's long-ruling dictator Saddam Hussein. As my colleague Liz Sly reported in a lengthy expose, military officers belonging to Hussein's Baath party — a nominally secular institution — eventually emerged as the key figures running the Islamic State.
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India And China: Does India Have Any Leverage?
India is the only country that has the size, the population, the cultural heritage, to challenge the G2; indeed, some observers think that India, if a number of fortuitous things happen, could even overtake both of them to become the largest economy by 2050.
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ISIS Finances Are Strong
The group avoids investment in infrastructure because it can be an easy target for attacks, and the territory it holds can change quickly.
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In Modi’s Mongolia Pivot, a Test of Indian Soft Power
Modi was the first Indian leader to address the Mongol Great Khural, its parliament, on May 17.
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China visit and after – Undoing Nehru’s folly
The fact remains that in the years to come. Narendra Modi will have a lot of work to untie the many knots left by Jawaharlal Nehru and his advisors like K.M. Panikar and V.K. Krishna Menon.
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A ‘super’ visit in the season of hope
The three-day visit has been successfully concluded, but with its fruitful achievements and wide-ranging impact, it will leave a big imprint on our relations. As our cooperation in high-speed railway, the train of China-India relations has entered a fast track of high-speed growth.
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Christianity Declines Sharply in US, Agnostics Growing: Pew
The number of Christians dropped by almost 8 percentage points in seven years to 71 percent, and the trend holds across race, gender, education, and geographic dimensions, though Christianity still dominates American religious identity at 70 percent, USA Today said.
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Britain needs to take inspiration from Hinduism : David Cameron
“When I look at the Ramayana and my understanding of the Hindu religion, there’s so much that you have to say about the importance of family, about the importance of community, about the importance of voluntary service – these are all the values that our country needs more of. So, as you celebrate your values, let’s make them our values, and let’s have more of them in Britain,” he said.
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The Root Of India-Pakistan Conflicts-2
Partitions into Muslim nations could never be complete until there were no others left. Such a theocracy would be the ultimate charcoal burning social structure.
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The Root Of India-Pakistan Conflicts
(Americans should visualize a future American Jinnah substituting “Christianity” in place of “Hinduism” and adopting similar positions.)
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ISIS' sex slave market: How Islamic State is wiping out Iraq's Yazidi minority
it’s not clear why the organization recently decided to free a group of Yazidi women. One explanation is that it was seeking to inflict shame on the greater community after violating the women’s dignity.
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Geography, Culture, Rootedness, A Large Heart-1
From the inscription of the Persian emperor Darius in the 4th century BCE to the Andhra inscription of 14th century CE, the term Hindu has had a consistent inner meaning of a cultural, spiritual and geographical nature. It has defined the one constant defining genome sequence in the ever-evolving national organism of the Hindu nation.
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Media’s visceral dislike of Modi
The idea that a Government will go out of its way to ensure the safety and security of its citizens in difficulty overseas marks a wonderful departure from the indifference to ordinary citizens that was once the hallmark of Indian diplomacy.
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.The most racist places in America, according to Google
research has shown that the prevalence of racist attitudes can contribute to poor health and economic outcomes among black residents.
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America’s race challenge
America, especially white America, needs to acknowledge that there is a problem with policing methods specifically, and race relations, in general.
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The American Guilt Syndrome
Islamic leaders should immediately set up a panel to amend the sharia (Islamic Law), especially as it pertains to non-Muslims, so as to be compatible with democracy and pluralism.
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Threat of China Asian stability key to global order, Japan panel says
Reduced U.S. involvement in the region would result in China "occupying a dominant position, creating serious challenges for Japan," said the report, authored by seven young researchers.
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Is Rahul Taking Congress To Greater Misery?
In fact, it was the Congress that favoured industrialists in its tenure by giving coal blocks for free in some cases and throwaway prices in most of the allotments, by hiking gas price in favour of Reliance Industries, by allotting 2G spectrum at far below market price, by allotting land to real estate companies. A notorious symbol of this being party president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and his association with DLF.
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Preparing for worst, as hoping for best futile
For one thing, thanks to the Islamisation of Pakistan’s society and Army during the dictatorship of General-turned-President Zia-ul-Haq, the ISI and the country’s Army are split down the line on the issue of terrorism and Islamist fundamentalism.
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We, The Nation(s) Of India
Despite internal dissent, Americans have deep pride of heritage, and have constructed awe-inspiring monuments to their founding fathers and heroic wars. Where are Delhi’s monuments honouring the wars of 1857 or 1971, Shivaji, the Vijayanagar Empire, Ashoka, or the peaceful spread of Indian civilisation across Asia for a millennium? Where are the museums that showcase India’s special place in the world?
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Tarek Fatah: Breaking Down Jihadi Terror
In fact, India and Israel are probably better equipped about these problems then the US will ever be. You have a 13% Muslim population just as Israel has 20% Muslim population. Only Israel and India can figure out what is happening. But Saudi money is so prevalent in the West that everyone thinks that Iran is the problem and not Pakistan.
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A savage new world of terrorism
Today, there are increasing numbers of ethnic jihadi outfits, — consisting mainly of recent converts to Islam, who are in a position to supply “more and more fighters” for the cause.
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How The World Bank Broke Its Promise To Protect The Poor -3
It is no longer the only lender willing to venture into struggling nations and finance huge projects. It is being challenged by new competition from other development banks that don’t have the same social standards
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How The World Bank Broke Its Promise To Protect The Poor -2
“When you lose a loved one, someone consoles you,” the 74-year-old said in a recent interview. “But when you lose your home, there is no consolation.”
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How The World Bank Broke Its Promise To Protect The Poor
The latest draft of the new policy, released in July 2014, would give governments more room to sidestep the bank’s standards and make decisions about whether local populations need protecting, they say.
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Jaitley wants US to alter 'unjust' social security regime
"Indians contribute - according to research done by Jacob Kirkegaard at the Peterson Institute - about $3 billion annually to the US government by way of social security contributions, which they will never receive back,
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There is a new atmosphere of trust in our nation: Modi
Narendra Modi was not the cause Indians made a mark here, you are the cause Indians have made a mark here: PM to diaspora
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Where is India in the Encounter of Civilizations?
It turns out that the disruptive forces have become stronger and more institutionalized and more organized but worst of all they have become internationalized and linked with global forces.
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Doctrine that leans on pillars of hate-violence
Islamist terror is no longer targeted only against non-Muslims. It’s is now mainly inter-Islamic. The Shia and Sunni divide has converted several Muslim countries like Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya etc, into live-war theatres
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High on potential, and high on hopes too
Mr Modi does not go to France (and Germany) to explore the possibility of ‘smart cities’ or speak to the French People of Indian origins living overseas in the Reunion Island; he goes there to push his Make in India baby, first and foremost in the defence sector.
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How Narendra Modi reworked Rafale deal, and why it’s a winner
The Modi government decided to cut through the red tape, which included everything from offset rules to pricing. Abandoning the 'Make in India' mantra for 36 planes, Modi was able to do two things.
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Hindus are on the Hit List
These sellers of Jesus use threat, intimidation, violence, hate, bribes… in fact, every imaginable dirty trick in the book to convert Hindus. But a GharWapsi makes the CBCI (Catholic Bishops Conference of India) say – ‘Christians are under attack ever since the Modi government has taken over.
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China's 'string of pearls' gets looser
Sri Lanka is in the center of this string, and the strategy could falter if this pearl were to break free.
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Yemen crisis: Rescuing Indians tough as they do not follow advisories, says VK Singh
there are a lot of people who wait till the last minute in most cases to avail a free trip back home. "Moment evacuees are in safe zone, they start complaining about small things like not getting a spoon," he said.
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Garissa University massacre: Al Shabaab on a revengeful warpath
Jihadists declaring religious war against ‘infidels’ interfering in Muslim lands is, of course, not unique to Kenya. But what is undeniable is that the Kenyan government’s intention of uprooting terrorists across the border has backfired.
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Christianity withering away in Christendom
Increasingly faithless Europe cannot but eventually morph into Eurabia. Switzerland may have banned the minaret, France may have banished the burqa and centre-right Germans may be rallying against Islamism, but these are at best feeble attempts at building a dyke after Europe has been flooded by Islam.
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Christianity withering away in Christendom
Increasingly faithless Europe cannot but eventually morph into Eurabia. Switzerland may have banned the minaret, France may have banished the burqa and centre-right Germans may be rallying against Islamism, but these are at best feeble attempts at building a dyke after Europe has been flooded by Islam.
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Iran and world powers reach framework agreement on nuclear deal
After eight days of negotiations, EU's Federica Mogherini and Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif announce 15-year deal, during which Iran's nuclear program will be limited and subject to strict oversight.
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Saudi muscle-flexing in Yemen
it seems like Saudi Arabia is taking its position as the big brother in the Sunni world a little too seriously — unfortunately, it’s doing so in a manner that’ll only bring about more death and bloodshed to the region.
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The great game folio: Pakistan in Yemen
Pakistan and its army figured prominently in the plans of Britain and America for securing the (oil) “Wells of Power” in the Gulf after World War II.
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Washington must swallow its pride
The Government of India must reassess the validity of its votes against Israel and Sri Lanka in various international fora, not least the UNHRC.
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Obama to Netanyahu: U.S. will reassess Israeli-Palestinian peace policy
the president said that the U.S. is focused on reaching a comprehensive deal that would prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and that would assure that its nuclear program is of a peaceful nature
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UBC professor talks about destruction of cultural heritage by the Islamic State
we can certainly try to make more concerted efforts, if looted antiquities do show up in Europe and over here in North America, to apprehend the objects.
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United Nations Investigators Accuse ISIS of Genocide Over Attacks on Yazidis
Yazidi women and girls were abducted and sold or given into sexual slavery as spoils of war, said witnesses who also cited the rape by extremist fighters of two girls, ages 6 and 9.
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The source of most terrorist activity in India lies across our borders: Rajnath Singh
“Differentiating terrorists into good and bad categories has failed miserably. If the ISI and the Pakistan Army stops their support to certain terror outfits, I have no hesitation in saying that the security situation in South Asia will improve significantly,”
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Beijing unravelling
it is in India’s interests to assess and anticipate the likelihood of various possibilities, and do anything in its power to realise an optimal outcome.
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Hard-right shift delivers upset election win for Netanyahu
"The citizens of Israel expect us to quickly put together a leadership that will work for them regarding security, economy and society as we committed to do - and we will do so," Netanyahu said in a statement.
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Religious conversions: Seeking equal standards in good faith
The Roman Catholic Church, for many decades, simply denied the sex-abuse epidemic. But as the church started losing followers in record numbers in Europe and the US (primarily to Atheists & Unaffiliated, but also to other faiths), they were forced to confront this problem.
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Beijing’s Cat’s Paw: China may improve relations with India, but not at Pakistan’s expense
Andrew Small quotes a Chinese expert as saying: “If China decides to develop formal alliances, Pakistan would be the first place we would turn. It may be the only place we could turn”.
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Indians Of Indian Ocean And Beyond
Indians began to migrate overseas in the 19th century. The overseas Indian community, estimated at over 25 million, roughly the population of Haryana, is found on every continent.
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US backs UN on Boko Haram regional force
Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria in its six-year insurgency and last week pledged allegiance to the Islamic State which has created a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.
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How The West Deals With Rape
even if rape may be common in the West (“one in four women will be a victim of sexual violence”) the Western self-narrative claims that the number of rapists in the West is comparatively small, they being serial offenders, and they are motivated by their own perverted dispositions.
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Emails Show Clinton's Aides Ran Interference During Benghazi Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/hillary-clinton-emails-benghazi/2015/03/07/id/628813/#ixzz3TmDHcf16 Urgent: Rate Obama on His Job Performance. Vote Here Now!
The emails are emerging while Clinton, the frontrunner among potential 2016 Democratic nominee candidates, is being criticized over revelations that she used a personal email account through a private server during her entire tenure as secretary of state.
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India's Daughter: We need to look beyond BBC's nauseating moralising
while we will call our killings fake encounters, the US assassinations will be couched in legalities and presidential findings. This is what I call the effective use of the technology of power, where a patently illegal act can be sanctified by using verbal and technological techniques to paint it differently in India and the US.
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Rape in India – Why it becomes a worldwide story
a rape in a Cab in New Delhi made it all the way into the New York Times while an estimated 700 rapes on that day in the US merited no mention.
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Alan Dershowitz: Obama 'Obligated' to Answer Netanyahu's 'New' Proposal
"The prime minister (Netanyahu) said, 'If the world leaders are not prepared to insist that Iran changes behavior before a deal is signed, at the very least, they should insist Iran changes behavior before a deal expires,'" said Dershowitz.
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Idaho Senate Invocation Protested By Lawmakers Because Of Hindu Prayer
Nuxoll says she declined to attend because she believes the United States is a Christian nation. "Hindu is a false faith with false gods," she said. "I think it's great that Hindu people can practice their religion but since we're the Senate, we're setting an example of what we, Idaho, believe."
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How China is exploiting Edward Snowden… or thinks it’s exploiting Edward Snowden
China has dropped some of the world’s leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance.
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Meet ISIS: Saudi Arabia's Newest Frankenstein
All across the Middle East right now, ISIS is wiping out Shia communities left and right.
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Meet ISIS: Saudi Arabia's Newest Frankenstein
Unfortunately for Saudi Arabia, ISIS, the anti-Shia insurgency it helped to create, is now rumbling about taking over Saudi Arabia when it's done wiping out the Shias in Iraq and Syria.
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China's counter-terror draft strikes fear in tech firms
The implications for Silicon Valley companies, ranging from Microsoft to Apple Inc, have set the stage for yet another confrontation over cybersecurity and technology policy, a major irritant in US-China relations.
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More India-Israel joint defence projects on anvil
India is Israel's largest buyer of military hardware and it was the first visit by any Israeli defence minister to this country after they established full diplomatic ties in 1992.
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Yemen's deposed president flees house arrest, plans to withdraw resignation
According to Al Jazeera, Hadi said all political decisions made since September 21 -- the start of what he called a Houthi coup -- are invalid. That would include his under-pressure resignation.
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British police launch appeal to find 'Syria-bound' schoolgirls
The three girls, two of whom were named as British nationals Shamima Begum and Kadiza Sultana, were pupils at the Bethnal Green Academy.
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Why the Islamic State has its eyes on Libya
Europe, in particular, becomes a viable target for the Islamic State from Libya, which the author notes "has a long coast and looks upon the southern Crusader states, which can be reached with ease by even a rudimentary boat."
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ISIL and al-Qaeda seeking legitimacy in the name of religion: Obama
“They do depend upon the misperception around the world that they speak in some fashion for people of the Muslim faith, that Islam is somehow inherently violent, that there is some sort of clash of civilisations,” he said
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Obama administration to allow sales of armed drones to allies
Globally, a few countries — including the United States, Israel and China — already operate their own armed drones.
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In joining war on ISIS, Egypt is now a target
The Islamic State’s method of operating throughout the Middle East has initiated numerous geopolitical innovations that include, inter alia, attacks by Arab states against other Arab states. It has thus succeeded in blurring sovereign borders in a way that no Arab leader has done since Saddam Hussein occupied Kuwait in 1990.
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Netanyahu tells incoming IDF chief: Next four years will be worse
The next four years will be no less difficult. To my assessment, they will be even tougher. We will require every tool, every person, because there's no mercy for the weak in the Middle East. Only the strong ones survive.
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Franklin Graham: 'Storm Is Coming' After 21 Christians Beheaded
"Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world?" Graham wrote.
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Jordan leads the Arab world in the fight against extremists
On the military side, the Jordanians have for weeks been bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.
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New IS video purports to show mass beheading of Christian hostages in Libya
The militants had been holding 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians hostage for weeks, all laborers rounded up from the city of Sirte in December and January. It was not clear from the video whether all 21 hostages were killed.
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Modi way to foreign policy
India would prefer to resolve its differences with any power through deft diplomatic engagement rather than completely aligning itself with a particular power.
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Obama’s curious turn of phrase
Recently Obama asked Congress to approve a billion dollars of civil and military aid to Pakistan. This over and above the billions already given. The military aid, incidentally, is at a six-fold increase from US$ 42.2 million in 2014 to US$ 265 million in 2016. One of the reasons given for this increase was improving ties with India! Could he be serious?
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How America Made ISIS
We essentially destroyed the Iraqi state, while fostering a Shia leader who would oppress enough Sunnis in enough ways to create a situation in which ISIS would be welcomed or tolerated throughout significant areas of the country.
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U.S. idealist Kayla Mueller's road to ISIS captivity went through West Bank
According to the ISM, Mueller worked and lived in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, staying with a family called Al-Kurd, “to try and prevent the takeover of their home by Israeli settlers.”
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Narendra Modi's international balancing act
Xi surprised many by saying: "I have full confidence in the future of China-India relations, and I believe that real progress will be achieved in growing this bilateral relationship in this new year."
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Charles Krauthammer On The President’s Prayer Breakfast Remarks And Brian Williams
What the hell is he doing bringing India into this? I mean, it’s the first time I’ve heard India drawn into this discussion. Here he is essentially insulting, and it’s because it’s a Hindu country.He won’t say in the name of Muhammad and in the name of Allah. He won’t use those words.
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Islamic radicalisation in UK frightening: Prince Charles
The frightening part is that people can be so radicalised either through contact with somebody else or through the internet, and the extraordinary amount of crazy stuff which is on the internet," he said.
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VHP hits back at Obama, calls him ‘stooge of Church’
"Obama seems to like his natural allies more than his friend. He made such statements in India and abroad after meeting certain people here on his visit. It is well known that Church plants people in politics."
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'Aberrations' don't alter India's history of religious tolerance: Govt on Obama remark
best example of tolerance was sitting next to President Obama, that is His Holiness the Dalai Lama, when the statement was made. "It's a part of India's tolerance that even he found it comfortable and India found it comfortable to absorb him in the society,"
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All eyes now on US in fight against militants
Turkey is not allowing the base to be used for U.S.-led air strikes against the Islamic State. This is a major operational constraint for the U.S. military, whose planes have to make combat missions from the remote coast of the Persian Gulf.
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Jordanian escalation against ISIS may lead to surge in terror attacks in Kingdom
Jordanian fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, a day after King Abdullah called for more action against the group.
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American Impunity Abroad and at Home
But what does torture of terrorism suspects by the CIA have to do with "Ferguson," anyway? All too much. The connection lies in the demonstrated fact of impunity for those who hold brute power. How is it that CIA interrogators on one hand, and urban and suburban police officers on the other, can intimidate, brutalize, and even kill hapless and/or innocent unarmed civilians, and get away with it?
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Fiji removing Union Jack from its flag to get rid of 'outdated' British colonial symbols
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Moussaoui calls Saudi princes patrons of al-Qaida
In a statement Monday night, the Saudi Embassy said that the national September 11 commission had rejected allegations that the Saudi government or Saudi officials had funded al-Qaida.
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Even before King Abdullah's death, the Saudi-US relationship was rapidly changing
According to Citibank, shale oil and new Arctic oilfields may see US production doubling to 14.2 million barrels per day by 2020. That could leave the US free to become a net exporter, to the tune of 4.7 million barrels per day of oil and liquefied natural gas. The current US need to import 2 million barrels per day, much of it from Saudi Arabia, may soon simply evaporate.
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The dark side of Winston Churchill’s legacy no one should forget
"I hate Indians," he once trumpeted. "They are a beastly people with a beastly religion."
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India eyes U.S. aircraft carrier technology as arms ties deepen
It would also represent a shift away from India's traditional reliance on Russian military hardware, particularly if, as some experts expect, it leads to knock-on orders for U.S. aircraft in the longer term.
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Scared of ISIS, Iraqi brothers seek refuge in India
Back home in Baghdad their parents and their 16-year-old sister wait for peace to return to Iraq. Until then, they have said, the boys should do their best to stay put in "safe India".
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Islamic State threatens to invade Saudi Arabia
IS militants have also called upon the sympathizers in the country to attack from within.
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Kerik, Harvey: Obama 'In Denial' on Iran, Taliban, Islamic Terror
"Until we realize who the enemy is and we become offensive against that enemy in a very, very broad range, we're not going to be able to win this war."
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How India must fight against the ISIS without upsetting Muslims at home
A concerted international effort is needed to first contain and then comprehensively defeat the ISIS, failing which the consequences will be disastrous for the region.
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Not as extremists say!
Supporters of terms like ‘those are not from us’ is a behaviour of burying heads like an ostrich in the sand. If those are really not from us, then from where did they come?
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Bobby Jindal Warns of Muslim 'No-Go Zones' in US
"If you don't want to be an American, don't come to America," he told Perkins. "If we're not careful, the same no-go zones you're seeing now in Europe will come to America."
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Saudi Transition To New King Disguises Many Problems Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/012315-736181-despite-seamless-transition-saudi-not-as-stable-as-it-seems.htm#ixzz3Q5xxLC00 Follow us: @IBDinvestors on Twitter | InvestorsBusinessDaily on Facebook
"diplomatically Saudi Arabia has largely aligned itself with the United States while spiritually propagating a form of Islam at odds with modernity ... financing madrassas (religious schools) preaching the austere Wahhabist creed throughout the world," producing "the unintended consequence of nurturing a jihadist fervor that would eventually menace the Saudi state and its allies." Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/012315-736181-despite-seamless-tr
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Death of Saudi King Abdullah brings uncertain new era for US in Middle East
the death of the 90-year-old King, along with this week's collapse of the U.S.-supported government in Yemen, was a "worst-case scenario" because it removed another obstacle to Iran expanding its reach in the region.
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Former Senate Intel Chair Strikes Back At CIA For Spying
"That access, and the subsequent review of committee staff emails, breaches the constitutional separation of powers between Congress and the executive branch,” she added.
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Middle East Saudi King Abdullah’s death sets up complex succession process
While observers in Riyadh widely predicted a smooth transition to Salman, his poor health means his rule could be relatively short. Should there be a power struggle to succeed him, it could leave a vacuum in the Middle East at a critical time.
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Africa: Ten Reasons Why 2015 Is a Crucial Year for Africa
Africa is poised to receive the global attention it deserves at top-level international meetings on financing for development, new global development goals and climate change.
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Nigeria: Amnesty Publishes Before and After Satellite Images of Boko Haram Nigeria Attacks
Among the more harrowing accounts was one claiming that a woman had been shot while giving birth
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Churches Burned and Shops Raided in Charlie Hebdo Protests in West Africa
Demonstrators said they were angered by the latest front cover of Charlie Hebdo this week
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Paris attack: Pope speaks out against insulting religions
"You can't provoke, you can't insult the faith of others, you can't make fun of faith,"
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Muslims Around The World React To Charlie Hebdo's New Cover
“Unless we learn to respect one another it will be very difficult in a world of different views and differing cultures and civilizations," said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif
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How Fringe is Islamic Fringe?
The Muslim world is rife with stories of free thinkers, non-believers, heretics, women and ethnic minorities being oppressed — many a times under state sanctioned laws.
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Does Netaji lie buried in Siberia’s Road of Bones?
Leading out of Yakutsk is the Kolyma highway that was built at the instance of Stalin. Prisoners built this road and the Gulag conscripts who died were interred into the fabric of the highway. For this reason the highway is called the Road of Bones. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose could be one conscript who lies buried here
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Libya spirals downward as the West looks the other way
While Syria’s war is fought along the Arab world’s Sunni-Shiite divide, in Libya the contest pits the region’s secular Sunnis against Islamists (along with minority Berbers).
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Far right in Europe sees opportunity after wave of terror in France
the far right sees an opening in the new atmosphere of angst that could help bolster its long-standing critiques of Islam and calls for tighter security and immigration caps.
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Central Command Twitter, YouTube Accounts Appear Hacked by ISIS
The Pentagon, which devotes a great deal of effort to its social media accounts, said the incident amounted to mere digital "vandalism."
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Dershowitz: French 'Played Footsie' With Terror; Obama Rally Snub a 'Blunder'
"The time has come also for President Obama to acknowledge that this is a problem of Islamic extremism
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Gorbachev Issues New Warning of Nuclear War Over Ukraine
Gorbachev, who is widely admired in Germany for his role in opening the Berlin Wall and steps that led to Germany's reunification in 1990, warned against Western intervention in the Ukraine crisis. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.Newsmax.com/Newsfront/gorbachev-nuclear-war-ukraine/2015/01/10/id/617762/#ixzz3OgDBI9nI Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
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Was Lal Bahadur Shastri Murdered
“after he became the Prime Minister…[Shastri] was emphatically working that there should be a fresh probe into Netaji’s disappearance”.
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Obama On Situation In Paris: Terrorists 'Have Nothing To Offer But Hatred And Human Suffering'
"We stand for freedom, hope, and the dignity of all human beings and that’s what the city of Paris represents to the world," Obama added.
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Egypt's President Calls For A 'Revolution' In Islam
the Islamic world is "making enemies of the whole world. So 1.6 billion people (in the Muslim world) will kill the entire world of 7 billion? That's impossible ... We need a religious revolution."
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“The Crisis Pope Francis Faces”,
As the “infallible Supreme Pontiff” for millions of Catholics, Pope Francis has the best papal opportunity in many years, if not centuries, to fix the broken Catholic Church. This may also be the final papal opportunity to clean up the “holy mess”.
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Pope Francis Overlooks Women as New Cardinals
As expected, “”rubber stamp” journalists and opportunistic apologists, including pathetically many women, have praised Francis for advancing to the 19th Century with his latest appointments with greater geographical diversity, while underplaying Francis’ failure to move into the 21st Century with even a token appointment reflecting gender equality.
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Women vs. Pope, Adam’s Ribs Strike Back !
it is incomprehensible to me as an experienced international lawyer why Pope Francis, evidently a “hands on” and savvy Jesuit pope, is mishandling so badly the priest abuse scandal.
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Fareed Zakaria: Blasphemy and the law of fanatics
When governments try to curry favor with fanatics, eventually the fanatics take the law into their own hands. In Pakistan, jihadis have killed dozens of people whom they accuse of blasphemy, including a brave politician, Salmaan Taseer, who dared to call the blasphemy law a “black law.”
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German fears of Islam rising as anti-immigrant protests grow
A grassroots movement called PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, warns Germany is being overrun by Muslims and has held weekly rallies with up to 18,000 people in Dresden.
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Boko Haram kills over 2,000 in Nigeria, destroys 16 villages in Baga city
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes by the conflict in the northeast, with insecurity preventing them from returning to vote in their towns and villages.
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9 Top Targets ISIS Could Strike Next
the U.S. State Department issued a Worldwide Travel Alert that, in addition to describing potential safety threats for those abroad, listed potential terrorist targets within U.S. borders.
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WATCH: Maher on Paris shooting: We have to stop saying 'we should not insult a great religion'
It's not my fault that the part of the world that is most against liberal principles is the Muslim part of the world.
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Modi throws open doors to people of Indian origin around the globe
The energetic leader's popularity has already won over some high-profile individuals, including Arvind Panagariya and Arvind Subramanian, two of the world's top economists
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Grenades Thrown at Mosque in France, Day After Charlie Hebdo Attack: Officials
a woman police officer was killed and a street sweeper were shot and gravely wounded at the southern edge of Paris, in a pre-dawn attack.
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Atheists in Saudi Arabia find their voice
Several days ago, an angry mob burned a Hindu temple in Pakistan to the ground after rumors circulated that a Quran had been desecrated by one of its members.
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Arvind Kejriwal: India’s biggest scam(ster)
What makes this funding to Kejriwal a criminal activity is the fact that he in 2002 was still a government servant and therefore not entitled to receive it. Government servants are not permitted to float NGOs without due permission.
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Rise of America's Secret Military
A review of open source information reveals that in 2012 and 2013, U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) were likely deployed to — or training, advising, or operating with the personnel of — more than 100 foreign countries.
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Nepal Struggles with Christian Conversions
within a period of four years since 2011 when the last census was conducted, more than 2.5 lakh people have converted to Christianity.
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Misunderstood Muslims? Islam faces pressures from all sides
Muslim countries are also facing pressure from a growing number of extremists aiming to push Muslim society in the opposite direction.
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Cracks within ISIS are starting to show
there were a large group of fighters who wanted to leave ISIS. For this reason they were imprisoned and later executed for the crime of “apostatising” from the religion.
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In 2015, focus on Central Asia
India lags behind not just China but all other major players in the region — definitely the US and Russia but also Iran and Turkey.
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Despite war against terror, attacks have increased five-fold in 13 years
The incidents took place in 87 countries, out of which lives were lost in 67, according to the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace, which analysed the GTD data.
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‘Jihad habit’ & the DNA that can’t be changed
Whereas Hillary Clinton is shown with her famous "You can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to only bite your neighbours,'' admonition of Pakistan, Kerry is shown defending the country, saying "there are things that Pakistan has done, as complicated as this relationship is.''
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Peshawar changes nothing for India
Why should the Afghans cooperate when they seek revenge for the almost daily multiple attacks on Kabul and rest of Afghanistan launched by the Haqqanis, Afghan Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami — the first two sheltered and sponsored by Pakistan?
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German Journalist Reports ISIS Planning the "Largest Religious Cleansing Strategy in History"
He said it now has “dimensions larger than the UK,” and is supported by “an almost ecstatic enthusiasm that I have never encountered in any other warzone.”
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Jurgen Todenhofer Witnessed ISIS As No Western Journalist Ever Has, And Here's What He Saw
One of the people we met had just finished his law degree, he had great job offers, but he turned them down to go and fight … We met fighters from Europe and the United States. One of them was from New Jersey. Can you imagine a man from New Jersey traveling to fight for the Islamic State?
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Report: India weighs dropping support for Palestinians at UN in wake of closer ties to Israel
Modi is considered somewhat exceptional in Indian politics because of his pro-Israel positions, which he does not hesitate to express publicly.
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Indian, British, US agencies & officials failed to stop 26/11 despite getting leads: NYT report
The USA was not aware about of the Indian and British agencies' activities but learned about it through other sources and warned the Indian security officials several months before the attack.
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$100 bn in just 24 hours: Putin's India visit exerts immense pressure on others
This is a win-win situation for both the sides as Russia is the only country that is willing to do business with India and set up new nuclear power plants despite the tough liability laws.
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Respect our Communism: Cuba tells U.S. to respect its governing principles
Castro confirmed he will take part in a Summit of the Americas in Panama in April, potentially setting up a first meeting with Obama since they shook hands at Nelson Mandela’s funeral a year ago.
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What are all of these people doing in the name of Islam?
there is such a seemingly nonstop stream of violent and hateful acts coming out of the Muslim world this year.
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When change does not come, it must be forced
Despite the obvious futility of seeking international mediation and a UN role in Jammu & Kashmir, Mr Sharif is obsessed with creating conditions to keep international attention focused on Jammu & Kashmir, even if this involves promoting terrorist violence throughout India.
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Sinking oil: Saudi Schadenfreude
Aware of the instability that low oil prices mean for the region, the recently held Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meet also sought to underline greater unity among the Arab monarchies amid the emergence of ISIS and other jehadi organisations coupled with the impact of declining oil prices on national budgets.
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Pope Francis Wrote Cuban Book In 1998 "Dialogues between John Paul II and Fidel Castro
Francis has frequently emphasized the need for dialogue to forge peace
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Pope Francis Wrote Cuban Book In 1998 "Dialogues between John Paul II and Fidel Castro"
Francis has frequently emphasized the need for dialogue to forge peace
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Yazidis cheer Kurds on Iraqi mountain for breaking Islamic State siege
Thousands of members of the Yazidi religious minority were killed or captured by the Islamist militants.
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Middle East Updates / U.S. says three top ISIS leaders killed in airstrikes in Iraq
"All those Yazidis that were trapped on the mountain are now free," Barzani said.
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Despite billions in aid, U.S. unable to get Pakistan to confront militants
The inability of Pakistan’s security forces to protect a military-run school has raised doubts regarding safety of Pakistan’s atomic arsenal .
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Narendra Modi second in list of 30 top-performing world leaders
The survey results were published by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Centre for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and were analysed by Anthony Saich, a China expert at the school.
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Meet the Christian soldiers fighting for their lives against ISIS
The violence and targeting of minorities by radical jihadist groups including Islamic State has led tens of thousands of Christians to flee their towns and villages in Iraq and Syria.
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India Could Have Split West Pakistan in 1971
India’s war objectives in 1971 were greatly curtailed following an instance of high treason committed by a member of Indira Gandhi’s government?
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Surgeon general nominee Vivek Murthy, opposed by gun lobby, confirmed
As surgeon general, Murthy, 37, will serve as the nation’s top spokesperson on public health issues.
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Peter King: Sydney Attack Part of 'Changing Face of Terrorism'
King maintained it was critical to have intelligence from communities to "try to stop it before it happens." Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.Newsmax.com/Newsfront/australia-terrorism-cafe-hostages/2014/12/15/id/613094/#ixzz3M2Mfh7gk Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
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ISIS publishes guidelines for sexual relations with slaves
The pamphlet, written in Q&A form, was published about a month ago and states, the MEMRI report says, that having sex with non-Muslim slave women is permissible, even when these are young girls, and that one may beat them and trade in them.
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Three dead, four injured as Sydney siege ends
The state's premier expressed disbelief that the attack could happen in Australia — a place he dubbed "a peaceful, harmonious society which is the envy of the world."
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Hostage taking in Sydney cafe sparks fears of Islamist-linked attack
a spokesman for the Islamic State urged supporters in Western nations, including Australia, to attack civilians or military personnel at home.
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Indian police arrest engineer who glorified Islamic State on Twitter
The son of an employee of the state electricity company in the eastern state of West Bengal, Biswas became interested in 2009 in radical Islamic literature
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Oil Prices – Has Putin been shown his place?
In 1986, at the height of US-Saudi involvement in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union, President Ronald Reagan leaned on his Gulf ally to turn on the oil tap in an effort to hamstring the Soviet economy.
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Modi to Putin: Russia to stay India's top defence partner
"Even if India's options have increased, Russia remains our most important defence partner," Modi told reporter
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PM Modi to ask Russian President Putin to get his choppers from India
India has already laid the ground for taking forward the close ties by stating that it has clearly spelt out that it "cannot be party" to any economic sanctions against its old friend.
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GMO Food It’s Worse Than We Thought
Since the introduction of GMO foods, many cancers and other diseases have skyrocketed in humans. Can this really be a coincidence?
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CIA to Release Post-9/11 Torture Report From Senate Intelligence Committee
"This report is about making sure people understand what happened and then how it happened, so it doesn't happen again,"
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Ally only in name, and trusted no longer
So long as the US needed action points on Pakistan’s soil, both the military and the mullah could play their double game with Washington, DC. But in the second decade of the 21st century, that US need has largely disappeared.
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Germans take to the streets to protest against 'Islamisation'
Thousands have defied sub-zero temperatures to join weekly marches each Monday in Dresden under the banner of Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of Europe, or Pegida.
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Faujis who defended France: Little is known of Indian soldiers who fought World War I, in the war’s centenary it’s time to honour them
Mahatma Gandhi, who returned to his homeland for good from South Africa in January 1915, supported the war, as he had supported the British in the Boer War.
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How India Lost Afghanistan
reason for India’s inertia is that its ruling political party was too inward-looking and occupied with domestic rivalries to formulate an effective national policy.
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Climate Change: Lima Will See A Tough India
Javadekar has pointed out that India has already revised the target of producing 20,000 MW of solar energy to 100,000 MW by 2022. He has called this a “game changer” and pointed out that this would help save about 50 million tonnes of coal a year.
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Iran versus the Islamic State
Iran has armed and supported Iraqi Kurds for decades as they have drawn off tens of thousands of Iraqi troops that might otherwise have been deployed against Iranian forces.
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Obama's Uneasy Relationship With The Pentagon
at the Pentagon, senior officials say there is growing frustration with a lack of policy direction and clarity from the White House that has hampered the military's ability to quickly respond to fast-moving events around the world.
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Hong Kong students on hunger strike want government to talk
Civil servants were forced to stay at home on Monday morning and the city's legislature was suspended after protesters broke through police lines and occupied a major road outside the complex overnight. Student-led demonstrators are demanding free leadership elections for the semi-autonomous Chinese city, with the main protest camp continuing to block a long stretch of a multi-lane highway in central Hong Kong for over two months.
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Islamic State may possesss nuclear material stolen from Iraq: Report
A dirty bomb is a speculative radiological weapon that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives. It is claimed the device includes uranium from a stash of 40 kilograms looted by IS.
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Extremist preacher asks to kill women and children who oppose jihadis
He said that the Mujahideen must kill people who do not believe in the extreme version of Islam, "wherever they find them".
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The myth of 'de-radicalization' of Islamic radicals​
“To ask ‘former radicals’ to de-radicalize radical Islamists is like asking Marxists to convert Communists into liberal democrats,
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German envoy Steiner organizes satsang, invites Smriti
An embassy statement said Sri Sri will speak on how to bring different cultures together and foster the mutual understanding between people in Europe and India.
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At European Parliament, Pope Bluntly Critiques a Continent’s Malaise
“The time has come for us to abandon the idea of a Europe which is fearful and self-absorbed,” the pope added.
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Macaulayism, Muslim extremism: RSS lists out 5 biggest enemies of Hindutva in India
The "five sinister anti-Hindu forces" or M5 "disguise themselves in various forms, places and various periods of time".
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Modi Abroad: Triumph and Sour Grapes
Those used to the earlier ways cannot imagine that the new Prime Minister has generated a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement about a new India. The main reason is, world leaders see a resurgent India in Modi’s vision and action.
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US-assisted Taliban surge bad for India
The most significant development that India can ill afford to ignore is that the US no longer regards the Mullah Omar-led Afghan Taliban as an Al-Qaeda “affiliate” and is no longer prepared to regard the Taliban as a terrorist challenge.
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At least 45 dead in suspected Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
"There is no compulsion in religion and I am still searching for the motive behind mass killing and destruction by some people under the guise of entrenching certain religion.
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Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State
Nizar bin Obaid Madani, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, decried the emergence of factions in the Middle East "that use terrorism and violence in the name of religion. They are wreaking havoc. They are killing and destroying everything.
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spiritual Leader And Activist, Travels To Iraq To Promote Yazidi Rights
“This is the one of the worst genocides of the 21st century. Yazidis are an ancient community on the verge of extinction. Several members of this community visited me here in the United States and pleaded for help to rescue the people from the ISIS onslaught. Christians, Yazidis and Kurdish Shias are languishing in camps in Erbil, Duhok and Khazir. Yazidis who were a community of 23 million have now been reduced to 1 million over the years.”
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Did Dubai Do It? Middle East Crisis
When change starts or depends on our staying power, it is not self-sustaining — the most important value in international relations. When it starts with them, it can be self-sustaining.
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U.N. Urges Arab World to Denounce Islamic State
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, a member of the Jordanian royal family and the first Muslim to be named high commissioner for human rights, on Tuesday urged the Security Council to back efforts to overturn the Islamic State’s “ideology of violence.”
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A Second Frenchman Is Identified as Appearing in ISIS Beheading Video
two Frenchmen’s prominent place in the video served both as a reminder of the Islamic State’s success in recruiting disenchanted young Europeans, and as an advertisement seeking even more recruits.
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Is Terrorism Really Dead?
there was a whopping 61% increase in the number of people killed in terror incidents in 2013 as compared to 2012. There were more than 10,000 recorded terrorist events across 161 countries which resulted in the loss of 17,958 lives!
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The New Cold War: How India Should Respond
Be it in Donetsk or Kobane, the powerful West finds itself helpless, its own impotence staring it in the face while all its tried-and-tested weapons seem blunt and rusted. It is confused, rendered insecure and—crying for help.
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War with Isis: Islamic militants have army of 200,000, claims senior Kurdish leader : 8 Times bigger than estimated
Proof that Isis has created a large field army at great speed is that it has been launching attacks against the Kurds in northern Iraq and the Iraqi army close to Baghdad at the same time as it is fighting in Syria.
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Parents of beheaded U.S. aid worker heartbroken but ‘incredibly proud’ of son
The Indianapolis man, a former U.S. Army Ranger who founded a relief organization, converted to Islam while in captivity and took the first name Abdul-Rahman.
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Islamic State Claims It Has Beheaded American Hostage Peter Kassig
A recent report in the New York Times revealed that ISIS militants subjected some of the hostages to brutal torture, including waterboarding and mock executions.
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Networking for growth and development
India and Australia are set to expand military cooperation. We have to remember that western Australia is located on the shores of the Indian Ocean. It would be useful to establish institutional links between our Andaman and Nicobar Command and its counterparts in nearby Perth.
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Opposition Figures Claim ISIS,Al-Qaida Agree To Cooperate In Syria
the meeting included an IS representative, two emissaries from Nusra Front, and attendees from the Khorasan Group, a small but battle-hardened band of al-Qaida veterans from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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US, India clear roadblock that threatened WTO pact
Both countries said, however, their agreement should clear the way for immediate implementation of a global deal that's designed to increase trade by reducing customs red tape.
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500 Top Australian CEOs Will Attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lecture
Mr Rughani said mining and education are the two sectors that offer huge opportunity for partnership. "Australia's mining, energy and resources are the best in the world...
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U.S. and China Reach Climate Accord After Months of Talks
As part of the agreement, Mr. Obama announced that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. That is double the pace of reduction it targeted for the period from 2005 to 2020.
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$300,000 an Hour: The Cost of Fighting ISIS
The New York Times reported that the U.S.-led coalition and various forces on the ground have helped halt the Islamic State's rapid advance in Iraq and Syria, and even reversed some of the group's territorial gains in Iraq.
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Countries Without Militaries
"Traditionally [those countries] weren't subject to invasion," explained Peter Stearns, a George Mason professor who edited the 2013 book Demilitarization in the Contemporary World.
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Some troubles are over, others on the horizon
China has joined hands with its Iron Friend, Pakistan, to assist Afghanistan in achieving peace, stability and prosperity. A bigger contradiction is inconceivable. Kabul, Tehran and New Delhi, openly and subtly allege that Islamabad is at the root of cross border terrorism against them.
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Catalan independence hopes high in symbolic vote on split from Spain
"No, I'm not voting. This will not make any difference and I'm against (independence) anyway. I'm Catalan but I'm Spanish too,"Roberto Ruiz said.
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Secessionist Movements In America Refuse To Die
In Texas it’s, well, predictably Texan, where many dream of establishing a government based on limited powers and Christian values.
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New Pentagon Papers
US had earlier taken lightly similar reports, including those from India especially in the aftermath of 26/11, that pointed direct fingers at Pakistan. It did business with Pakistani military dictators and Generals ranging from Ayub Khan to Yahya Khan to Zia-ul-Haq to Pervez Musharraf — all of whom used militant outfits to target India.
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Want to see an Asian as Britain's PM in the future, says Cameron
"One day, I want to hear that title Prime Minister followed by a British Asian name,"
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NYPD Fears Drone Attacks by Terrorists
And how difficult is it to obtain a drone? One website touts "The 10 Best Drones You Can Buy Right Now."
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In Canada, Anti-Muslim Bullying On The Rise Following Ottawa Attacks
Imam Syed Soharwardy, founder of Muslims Against Violence in Calgary, said he has also received a flurry of recent complaints, but said they were minor. "Yes, there has been a backlash, but the overwhelming majority of Canadians are civilized and tolerant," he said. "We've seen a number of examples of that."
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Islamic State Carries Out Third Mass Killing in Iraq in Recent Days
The United Nations mission in Baghdad said Saturday that at least 1,273 Iraqis were killed in violence in October
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PM Narendra Modi to visit Myanmar & Australia in November
Delhi is a key development partner for Myanmar. The BJP-led NDA government has coined a new terminology 'Act East' taking step forward from previous regimes 'Look East Policy' to expand economic, strategic and socio-cultural partnerships with the region.
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Islamic State militants allegedly used chlorine gas against Iraqi security forces
The Islamic State’s reported chlorine attacks appear to have been largely ineffectual. The attack on the police officers last month is the only one officially documented.
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Boko Haram seizes 25 girls from town in Nigeria
The insurgents have repeatedly bombed public places since launching an uprising demanding an Islamic state in religiously mixed Nigeria five years ago.
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Growing radicalisation of the Indian youth
Since Daesh’s sudden eminence with the capture of Mosul (Iraq) in June, the black flags have been spotted intermittently in Srinagar
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Hate-India icon has a change of heart
While Mr Kissinger is a much chastened man, India cannot easily forget the shabby and insulting treatment it received from him.
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'No question of India joining NPT as non-nuclear weapon state' .
"As a responsible nuclear power India has a policy of credible minimum deterrence based on a No First Use posture and non-use of nuclear weapons against non- nuclear weapon states," Ambassador D B Venkatesh Varma said.
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India ready for nuclear no-first-use agreements
Varma said India will be introducing again a draft resolution on "measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction".
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Remarks on Secretary Kerry's Trip to Jakarta, Indonesia
Special Briefing Senior State Department Officials En Route to Jakarta, Indonesia
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US State Secretary John Kerry in Southeast Asia; will seek support against IS
Authorities in Indonesia and Malayasia have watched with alarm as scores, possibly even hundreds, of their nationals are believed to have gone to Syria and Iraq to join the fight for a hardline Muslim caliphate.
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Kurdish Women Fight on Front Lines Against Islamic State A Third of Kurdish Fighters Are Women, Defying Mideast Attitudes and Altering Kurdish Society
The overriding motivation that Kurds give for fighting the insurgents is to save their ancestral homeland from destruction. Yet many women combatants also cite a more personal crusade. Across the territory in Syria and Iraq that it now controls, Islamic State has reinstituted slavery, prohibited women from working and threatened to kill those Muslims, including Kurds, who don’t adhere to their ideology.
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The Reason You Can't Always Hear the Moderate Muslim Voices
Without political freedoms it is impossible to expect religious freedom. And when the state is religiously extreme, as in Saudi Arabia and Iran, it is impossible to imagine moderate Muslims having the freedom to promote a tolerant view of Islam.
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Boko Haram agrees to release schoolgirls, Nigeria says
Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates as “Western education is sinful,” has killed thousands of people in its fight to create an Islamic state in the vast scrubland of Nigeria’s impoverished northeast.
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C.I.A. Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels
many past attempts by the agency to arm foreign forces covertly had a minimal impact on the long-term outcome of a conflict. They were even less effective, the report found, when the militias fought without any direct American support on the ground.
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ISIS jihadists boast of enslaving Yazidi women
“After capture, the Yazidi women and children were then divided according to the sharia amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations,” the article said
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The Guilty Men (and a Woman) Behind ISIS
it was the manner in which the war against the USSR was fought in Afghanistan which gave birth to al-Qaeda. After the collapse of the Taliban in 2001, the organisation was in dire straits. The Libyan operation revived al-Qaeda and gave it cash, sanctuaries and recruits on a scale not even seen except during the 1990s, when Bill Clinton assisted the group to take over Afghanistan. This post-2011 gift of oxygen to a terror force comprising of Wahabbi extremists was reinforced by assistance given b
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China's Prez Xi's visit: Why Modi and India came out on top
it was full of jousting and probing, as each man tried to figure out how far the other could be pushed, and they used tried and tested methods of insulting each other diplomatically.
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''Drug-crazed'' Islamic State militants indulging in genocide in Kobane
locals believe pills found on dead IS soldiers are amphetamines, which fire up the fighters` greed for killing.
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LoC firing: Pakistan exposed in spar with India at UN
Even as anti-India rhetoric is all time high, there are reports that the World Bank estimates losses caused to Pakistan’s economy by recent political turmoil at around $6 billion or roughly Rs 580 billion.
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With Narendra Modi in driver's seat, US ties take historic turn
Modi's aim was to converge his domestic priorities with his foreign policy, which explains why the joint statement bears such a strong stamp of the prime minister himself. Modi put his shoulder to the wheel to turn India's US policy to align itself to India's domestic transformation and its global aspirations.
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Prime Minister Modi is a boon for Washington
In the face of America's shrinking military and its deleterious effect on Washington's ability to "show the flag" across the planet's great reaches, India's value as a strategic partner has risen astronomically
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Mad to join ISIS
Hundreds of mostly young men have travelled from Europe and North America to join forces with the brutal group of jihadists, which has declared an Islamic "caliphate".
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Need to exterminate ISIS: Bobby Jindal
This is not about containing them. It's not about expelling them. It's about hunting them down and killing them. Obviously, we've got to complete that effort. America must prepare our defense forces not just to be able to win wars but to decisively win wars,
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Even if we defeat the Islamic State, we’ll still lose the bigger war
oil — not freedom, democracy or human rights — defined the principal American interest, and stability was the goal.
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India, US working on choking support to D-Company
India's decision to grant visa on arrival to American citizens which was announced by Modi there was not on “strict reciprocity”.
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Silly debate over DD’s live telecast
It speaks volumes for the priorities of India’s media and political class that the substantive features of the RSS chief’s margdarshan was overwhelmed by a silly controversy over whether or not Doordarshan should have facilitated a live telecast from Nagpur.
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Panetta Memoir: White House Too 'Eager to Rid Itself of Iraq'
Many critics of the president's pullout have blamed it for the chaos engulfing Iraq today, with the radical Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, laying siege to that country as well as Syria.
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Islamic State beheads second Briton, threatens to kill ex-U.S. Army Ranger
“The United States strongly condemns the brutal murder of United Kingdom citizen Alan Henning by the terrorist group ISIL,” President Obama said in a statement. “Standing together with a broad coalition of allies and partners, we will continue taking decisive action to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.”
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Foreign nations’ proxy war in Syria creates chaos
without strong U.S. leadership, and better partnership by such prickly nations as Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the coalition is likely to splinter and the fratricide will begin again.
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Full text of Speech by RSS Sarasanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat on Vijaya Dashmi–2014, Nagpur
unless the momentum of that vicious cycle of terror is uprooted, it is not possible to rescue the world from the cyclic waves of terror which keeps on emerging in a new shape every time due to the acts and tendencies of self centeredness and selfish greed since centuries.
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Obama, Modi vow to boost strategic ties, create model for world
"We have a vision that the United States and India will have a transformative relationship as trusted partners in the 21st century. Our partnership will be a model for the rest of the world," they said in their statement said.
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Modi’s visit a chance for Obama to improve relationship, enlist India in his Asia policy
Stephen P. Cohen, a senior fellow specializing in South Asia issues at the Brookings Institution, said the timing of Modi’s visit presents both opportunities and challenges for the White House.
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Modi Vs The Old Elite
It’s not just a visa-denying US, but the home-grown, rich and self-appointed guardians of pseudo-secular values that have seen their arrogance shredded and dust-binned.
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Obama: U.S. misjudged the rise of the Islamic State, ability of Iraqi army
United States has made the same mistake in evaluating fighters from the Islamic State that it did in Vietnam — underestimating the enemy’s will.
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Once-banned Modi woos diaspora at giant New York rally
"A government alone cannot achieve development for the whole country, but it can be done if the public were to participate in the development work," Modi said.
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Muslim Scholars Release Open Letter To Islamic State Meticulously Blasting Its Ideology
Enumerating its atrocities — the mass rape of women, the gunning down of children, the starvation of religious minorities — Obama concluded: “No God condones this terror.”
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Muslims Around The World Rally Against Extremist Antics Of Islamic State
U.S. Muslim leaders and scholars issued an open letter Wednesday denouncing Islamic State militants point by point, notably on "the killing of innocents" and jihad.
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Great expectations from PM Narendra Modi's US visit
"Our relationship is founded on the principle that a strong India is in the US interest. A consequential partnership in addressing challenges globally is not only in the US interest, but also the global interest," the Indian-American official said previewing the Modi visit.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Visit to the United States
It encompasses interaction in the fields of economics and trade, energy and climate change, cyber-governance, counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, and defense issues, as well as health and immigration.
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Nigeria: Troops killed man acting as Boko Haram leader
"Nigeria knows too well the destructive effects of terrorist activities,"
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Narendra Modi buries Nehru’s Panchsheel
Culture and Shared Values have displaced pacifist platitudes as the primary conversation filler.
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NRI outfit says Modi's Madison Square Garden event is sold out
The event will also be streamed online at www.pmvisit.org, with English subtitles and audio translation -- ensuring that as many people as possible could be part of ''what promises to be one of the largest ever gatherings to hear a foreign leader speak on American soil.''
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Kenya Warns of Mosque Closures
Kenya would close down mosques that are suspected of radicalizing youths into extremist groups like al-Shabaab
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Pope Francis: Christians Joining Jews in Suffering Religious Persecution Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.Newsmax.com/Newsfront/francis-christians-jews-persecution/2014/09/18/id/595508/#ixzz3DmVBEWY2 Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
"Pope Francis told us privately that he believes we are in World War Three," said Lauder. "But unlike the first two world wars, instead of happening all at once this war is coming in stages.
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From Glasgow girl to 'bedroom radical' and ISIS bride-1
Aqsa is said to be influenced by watching sermons online and coming in contact with people through social media that helped her make the trek from Glasgow to Syria.
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From Glasgow girl to 'bedroom radical' and ISIS bride-2
''We are against all this ISIS carrying on. This is no Islam. Islam is peace. Any killing we are against, whoever it is. That's what we have been taught by our prophet -- peace be upon him," Muzaffar says.
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Vatican Car Used To Smuggle Drugs
Pope Francis has come down hard on drug usage, calling drug addiction "evil" and frequently condemning the legalization of recreational drugs.
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Saudi Arabia's Top Clerics Condemn Terrorism, Citing Quran
The kingdom's Grand Mufti, who heads the state-appointed Council of Senior Scholars, has already described militants of Islamic State and al Qaeda as Islam's foremost enemy in a series of public comments in recent weeks.
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The Key to Defeating ISIS Is Islam
Too many times we have seen revolutions in the Middle East replace tyrants with other forms of tyranny.
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FACTBOX: Where are the world's stateless people?
An estimated 10 million people worldwide are not recognised as nationals by any country.
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India-China ties from “Inch towards Miles”
“India and China are bound by history, connected by culture, and inspired by rich traditions. Together they can create a bright future for the entire mankind.”
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Politics, religion, have given jihadis a free run
Some consciously, others more on the ‘liberal’ ground, are seeking to divert public attention to the serious implications of the theological attractions the Islamists are spreading not just in India but in almost every country in the world.
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Why Arab world united against Islamic State
it is still not clear to what extent Arab nations will support western forces and coordinate with them.
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Pope Francis: World's Many Conflicts Amount to WW III Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.Newsmax.com/Newsfront/Pope-Francis-WWIII/2014/09/13/id/594457/#ixzz3DGVFUCN0 Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
"Greed, intolerance, the lust for power. These motives underlie the decision to go to war and they are too often justified by an ideology ...," he said.
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After killing US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Islamic State video claims UK hostage David Haines beheaded
Cameron condemned the killing and said he would bring the killers to justice.
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Islamic State behead UK citizen David Haines, threaten to kill another Briton
a week after the barbaric Islamic State released a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, they claim to have decapitated a British aid worker David Haines
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ISIS: Why The World Is Afraid
According to Matthew Olsen, a senior US counter-terrorism official, ISIS was “an extremely dangerous organisation operating in a chaotic part of the world”
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Politics and the long war in Iraq
Neither Kurdish nor Shi'ite troops will be welcome in Sunni regions, hence the Sunni tribes will be decisive in ousting IS.
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So, are we deceiving ourselves yet again?
As long as you’re honest and you articulate what you believe to be true, somebody somewhere will become your enemy, whether you like it or not.”
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U.S. journalist beheaded by ISIS was Israeli citizen, Foreign Ministry says
An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Satloff was a dual American-Israeli citizen.
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Love Jihad in India and Europe – Its Historical and Empirical context and Denial by vested Interests
The concept of Love Jihad had started in UK specifically and Europe in general, specifically by Pakistani Muslim youth where they targeted White, Sikh and Hindu women using different “techniques”.
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The fight against Islamic State belongs to the Sunni Arab states
There has been an important breakthrough, however. After years of barely concealed hatred, the Saudis and Iranians have started talking again.
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Amnesty accuses Islamic State militants of ethnic cleansing in Iraq
Amnesty report documented the abduction of hundreds of Yazidi women and children. It said the fate of most of the abducted women and children is still unknown.
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Gulf monarchies agree to help counter Islamic State jihadists
"If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," Saudi King Abdullah warned.
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ISIS and the Crisis of Meaning
Long term, ISIS and the lure of other violent extremism in Islam and other religions will only be stopped if we are all invested in reaching out to young people. We have to be available to listen to their concerns, empathize with their sense of alienation, and help them find constructive ways to engage societal injustice.
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IS, Frankenstein’s monster unleashed
Had the U.S. and its allies refrained from arming jihadists to topple Mr. Assad, would the Islamic State have emerged as a lethal, marauding force?
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Events in Iraq, Syria and Russia further stoke debate about Obama’s worldview
Obama’s detractors revived criticism that his foreign policy is based on retreat from the world, typified by the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq three years ago, a lack of direct action in Syria and an economics-first approach to driving Russia’s military back from Ukraine.
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British society must share the blame for creating ‘jihad generation’, strategist says
Amin called for a task force to be set up to bring together a team of experts from the Government, religious communities, civil society and young Muslims themselves, to serve for a minimum of five years and in addition to the government's much-derided Prevent strategy, to "defeat the coherent message of international terrorists who've hijacked religion for their own ends".
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Outrage over Isis beheading of US journalist James Foley – live updates
This is a poison, a cancer, what’s going on in Iraq and Syria and it risks spreading to other parts of the international community and affecting us all directly.”
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France seeks international meeting to tackle Islamic State
"I believe the international situation is the worst we've seen since 2001," Hollande said. "We are not dealing with a terrorist group like al Qaeda, but a quasi-terrorist state, Islamic State."
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British national may have beheaded US journalist James Foley, David Cameron breaks holiday
European extremists fighting with IS posed a security threat if they attempted to return home.
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Crucifying India -2
A report written priot to elections 2014.Now that the NaMO has become PM national security agencies should keep a close watch on developments around the globe.in this context recent Papal visit to Korea and his publicized assertion that the church is not out to 'conquer' Asia.But in the same news AP has reported that Asia is a 'region the Vatican sees as having enormous growth potential to offset dwindling numbers in the US and Europe.'
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Crucifying India-1
This article was written prior to elections 2014.Now that NaMo has become PM with absolute majority outwardly they may be showing signs of wooing Modi.But they are perhaps only buying time to strike and their agenda od crucifying India has not changed.Flow of funds to NGOs floated by their cronies should be closely monitored with its end use.
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Arab world is back to square one
The proclamation of the Islamic caliphate in eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq has large implications,
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India says confident WTO will understand food security concerns
"Isolation doesn't matter," Jaitley told NDTV in an interview on Monday night. "Sometimes you can be the only one taking the right stand."
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Muslim Leadership Must Act for world Peace
To revive spirituality we need to focus on building better men and women, which in turn will build better institutions -- not vice versa.
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India surprised by the Indoctrinated Muslim Men Found Fighting in Iraq
In a country that is home to the world's second-largest Muslim population, and that has long struggled with low-level domestic terrorism, the possibility of a returning flow of well-trained jihadis is a chilling prospect.
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Muslim Leadership Must Act for World Peace
Because of their fear of losing power and control, Muslim leaders and Muslim majority nations have shown shameful complacency and duplicity. They have not done an effective enough job to reign in the extremists and the miscreants amongst them.
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Ransoming Citizens, Europe Becomes al-Qaida's Patron
....according to hostages released this year and veteran negotiators, governments in Europe - especially France, Spain and Switzerland - continue to be responsible for some of the largest payments, including a ransom of about $40 million paid last fall to free four Frenchmen held in Mali.
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U.S. has a long history of mistreating Latin America
American (and European) corporations have treated Latin American nations as economic colonies, taking much and leaving little.
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Developments in Iranian neighbourhood - India needs to be proactive!
India is already actively associated with the development of Chabahar port in Iran and the proposed 70km railway line between the port and Gorgan will further help develop trade. It will also help India move its goods to CIS nations.
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Opinion: The Political Implications of ISIS’s Caliphate
The region faces the threat of being partitioned and parceled out in the name of containing ISIS’s declaration of a caliphate, which, had it not been announced, would have been fabricated to create just such a response
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Indian-Americans lobbying for US Congress invitation for Modi
Indian-American groups have launched a campaign to win more lawmakers' support for a move to invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of US Congress when he visits US in September.
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