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Even by the violent standards of Karachi, the size of the arms haul uncovered in a raid on Wednesday is astonishing.
White smoke has emerged from the Security Council, where the powerful 15-member body, has selected a new U.N.
There is something to be said for strategic ambiguity. India's claim of a surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) in divided Kashmir has been met with Pakistani denial. At least one side is being economical about the truth, although it may well, in fact, be both. Perhaps it is just as well.
Concerns about relations between Singapore and China have flared again, after the Global Times claimed that Singapore had pushed to include an international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea in the final document of the recent Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit.
Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama was in Hangzhou for a G-20 meeting and, while there, held what is likely to be his last substantive bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two men may meet again at the Nov. 19-20 APEC leaders' meeting in Lima, Peru but, by then, there will be a new American president waiting in the wings.
One would imagine that a document listing individuals described as "proscribed persons under the law" would be of paramount importance for Pakistan, a country in the throes of a do-or-die battle against militancy.
"Know Thyself" is an ancient Greek aphorism, which is known as "gnothi seauton" in Greek and "nosce te ipsum" in Latin. It came from the ancient Egyptian proverb, and was attributed by Plato to his mentor Socrates.
Frustrated by Pakistan's refusal to bow to Indian diktat, encouraged by its strategic partnership with the U.S., alarmed by the renewed revolt in India-held Jammu and Kashmir and humiliated by the killing of 18 Indian soldiers in Uri, Narendra Modi is on the path of war against Pakistan.
Though there is a strong demand for a deeper regional integration in South Asia, the progress has been rather slow. Actual implementation of agreements often does not match the declared ambitions, and in this context, lack of political will and leadership, institutional weaknesses, and capacity and resource constraints have been argued to be the major impeding factors.
A reader recently told me on a postcard that he found my columns entertaining. This of course pleased me greatly. One way to entertain readers, I think, is to appeal to their sense of variety.
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