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As Colorado River Dries, the U.S. Teeters on the Brink of Larger Water Crisis

The levels in the nation’s largest freshwater reservoir, Lake Mead, behind the Hoover Dam and a fulcrum of the Colorado River basin, have dropped to around 25% of capacity. The Bureau of Reclamation, which governs lakes Mead and Powell and water distribution for the southern end of the river, has issued an ultimatum: The seven states that draw from the Colorado must find ways to cut their consumption — by as much as 40% — or the federal government will do it for them.

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Afghanistan: Assassination of Al-Zawahiri Reveals Tensions Within the Taliban

For Afghanistan, al-Zawahiri’s death may have dire implications. Accusations of cooperating with the Americans will affect the already divided Taliban leadership – which could lead to bitter internecine fighting within it. And the presence of a terrorist as prominent as al-Zawahiri supposedly under the protection of senior Taliban cadres will not help US-Taliban relations. It is a direct breach of the Doha accords.

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Pakistan’s Punjab Province Delivers Stunning Electoral Rebuke

Now that the election stunner is in, the most frequently asked question remains the consequences of the changed parliamentary calculus in Punjab. The first casualty of this change will be the government of Mian Hamza Sharif, whose government in Punjab has lost its majority.

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Pakistan May be Headed to More ‘Neutrals’-instigated Turmoil

An elaborate strategy was finalized at a meeting of the top military brass to influence the July 17 Punjab bye-elections, prepare a favorable public opinion for General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension in service, strengthen MQM in Karachi, rebuild the army's public image and intensify the crackdown on the dissenting journalists, social media producers and influencers. Analysts say if true and implemented, this strategy will prove to be dangerous, divisive, and destabilize Pakistan even more.

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In Afghanistan, a Quiet Epidemic of Mass Psychogenic Illness

 Reliable statistics on anything are hard to come by in Afghanistan, but Human Rights Watch estimates that depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress affect half of Afghanistan’s population.

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Shooting of Shinzo Abe is a Huge Shock for Japan and the World

The 2022 Upper House election will now remain under the shadow of one of the most disturbing events in Japan’s modern political history.

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Boris Johnson Resigns as PM – Here’s Who Could Replace Him

Johnson was not a typical leader, and his successor will have a difficult job. They will need to strengthen the Conservative party before the next general election (which could come sooner rather than later). They will need to distance themselves from the more problematic aspects of Johnson’s legacy, while steadying the ship and appealing to the electorate.

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Intensifying Heat Waves Threaten South Asia’s Struggling Farmers

As climate change, and particularly heat waves, worsen for South Asia’s farmers, women are increasingly left to try to make crops grow in the oppressive heat.

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Uzbekistan Protests Both a History Lesson and Warning for West

The tiny independent region of Karakalpakstan is one of many places chafing against arbitrary borders imposed by former empires.

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Earthquake Poses Test of US Resistance to the Taliban

Will the administration take additional steps to help Afghanistan or sit on the sidelines because it won’t recognize the government?

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