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Asian Giants Look to the Energy-rich Arctic

In recent years, the U.S. Geological Survey has estimated that the polar north may hold up to 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil resources*—potentially as many as 160 billion barrels—and as much as 30 percent of the world’s untapped natural gas supplies.   With climate shifts in the Arctic raising temperatures and reducing sea-ice coverage, the region has become …

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Will Immigration Reform Impact the Medicare Trust Fund?

Last year, the Senate passed the historic and bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, or S. 744. Since then, the House of Representatives has talked a lot about immigration reform but has failed to move the legislative process forward. That inaction carries a hefty cost by delaying the significant economic and social benefits of enacting immigration reform. …

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Venezuela and the “Curse of Oil”

With attention focused on dramatic events in Ukraine, another anti-despotic uprising at the other end of the earth has not received the media treatment it deserves. And yet the struggle in this second battlefield for freedom, Venezuela, could have a greater impact on reshaping international politics. Democratic change in Venezuela could reverse the Leftist-autocratic trend that started in Latin America …

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Nepalis Fear as India Dykes Mahakali River

Last June, a flood in the Mahakali river – which marks a part of Nepal’s western border with India – swept away almost half of Khalanga Bazaar, a town that is the headquarters of Nepal’s Darchula district. The cause of the flood is still a debate. Most locals blame Indian officials, alleging that they opened the gates of the Dhauliganga dam upstream. This has been consistently …

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The Enduring Tragedy of Syria

  National Security Advisor Susan Rice summed up the three-year-long civil war in Syria on Feb. 23 on NBC’s  “Meet the Press” program with the statement: “It’s a horrific war.”   Then, she added, “This is not genocide.” Her statement seemed to suggest that the widespread ethnic cleansing that resulted in 2.7 million Syrians fleeing to other countries and 6.7 …

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Beijing Redoubles Counter-terrorism Efforts in Xinjiang

On 15 January, authorities in Beijing arrested the outspoken critic of government policies in Xinjiang, Ilham Tohti. Tohti, an Uyghur scholar, has called into question the dominant government narratives on aggressive economic development for the Uyghur and the extent of Uyghur ‘terrorism’.   Just days after Tohti’s arrest the Xinjiang regional government announced that it would double the public security bureau’s ‘counter-terrorism’ …

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Fact-fudging in Gujarat

Journalist Manoj Mitta’s investigative book, The Fiction of Fact-Finding: Modi and Godhra, deserves more than just a book review. The author has clinically revealed the convoluted process through which Chief Minister Narendra Modi of the Indian state of Gujarat was declared to have not been culpable in the communal riots of 2002.   Modi is now the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in India’s general elections. To prove that …

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Indonesia Needs Confidence in Economic Integration

Indonesia has benefited significantly from opening up to trade and investment. It responded without hesitation to plummeting revenues from oil exports in the early 1980s with sweeping reforms to reduce tariffs, non-tariff barriers, red tape in customs clearance and procedures for obtaining business permits. These reforms spurred the expansion of light-manufacturing industries and helped the economy reach a steady rate of …

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Pakistan May Launch Major Operation Against Taliban

Pakistan is on the verge of launching a major military operation in North Waziristan tribal region near the country’s porous border with Afghanistan after talks with the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (the umbrella organization of dozens of Pakistani extremist groups) for bringing peace to the country collapsed. Reports from North Waziristan, considered a bastion of TTP and its Al-Qaeda affiliates, suggests …

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Pakistan Purchases F-16s From Jordan

According to Pakistani sources, Pakistan’s Air Force has purchased one squadron of F-16 multi-role fighter aircraft from Jordan. The 13 F-16s were in service in the Royal Jordanian Air Force and will be inducted into the Pakistani air force next month. The deal has been finalized, approved by both countries, as well as the United States. The 13 aircraft are the same …

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