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Russia: Bloggers Deconstruct Isolationist Propaganda | Global Voices

As Russia is approaching another parliament (2011) and presidential ( 2012) election cycle, the voices of state propagandists get louder. The upcoming election process, tamed and controlled by the Russian President’s office and the ruling party “United Russia,” will be happening in the context of the Arabian “Spring of Nations 2.0.” This fact inspires pro-Democracy activists, as well as regime ...

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Peace talks bring hope for Philippines | Xinhua

MANILA, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) — The Government of the Philippines ( GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) successfully concluded their first round of formal talks in six years on Tuesday, paving the way for cracking one of the hardest nuts in the Philippines. In a joint statement released Tuesday in Oslo, Norway, both sides agreed to complete the peace ...

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CIA Spy Captured in Pakistan; No Drone Attacks Since | The Guardian, Institute for Public Accuracy

CIA American who sparked diplomatic crisis over Lahore shooting was CIA spy Raymond Davis employed by CIA ‘beyond shadow of doubt’ Former soldier charged with murder over deaths of two men Davis accused of shooting one man twice in the back as he fled The American who shot dead two men in Lahore, triggering a diplomatic crisis between Pakistan and ...

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Avoiding Water Wars: Water Scarcity and Central Asia’s Growing Importance for Stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan | ReliefWeb

Water scarcity is often overlooked, underfunded, and undervalued within foreign policy. Yet a government’s ability to provide and manage access to water is critical for ensuring political, economic, and social stability. In Central and South Asia, particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the impacts of water scarcity are fueling dangerous tensions that will have repercussions for regional stability and U.S. foreign ...

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PAKISTAN: Remittances radically change lives – study | IRIN Asia

LAHORE, 22 February 2011 (IRIN) – A new study by the International Organization of Migration (IOM) working with the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics investigates the impact – on 500 households in nine high-migration districts – of remittances from Saudi Arabia. The study, commissioned by the Pakistan government, aims to compile empirical data on the social and economic impacts of ...

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Chinese Security Officials Respond to Call for Protests | NYTimes.com

BEIJING — Skittish domestic security officials responded with a mass show of force across China on Sunday after anonymous calls for protesters to stage a Chinese “Jasmine Revolution” went out over social media and microblogging outlets. Although there were no reports of large demonstrations, the outsize government response highlighted China’s nervousness at a time of spreading unrest in the Middle ...

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Bahrain: The Social Roots of Revolt Against Another US Ally | Global Research

Many Bahrainis have witnessed huge wealth sloshing around their diminutive country of less than 600,000 indigenous people (perhaps another 300,000 are expatriates, official figures are vague). But so little of that wealth has found its way into creating jobs and decent accommodation. More than 50,000 Bahraini families are estimated to be on waiting lists for homes. Some families have been ...

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World Vision responds as thousands displaced due Thai-Cambodia border conflict | World Vision via ReliefWeb

More than 30,000 villagers living near the borders of Thailand and Cambodia were affected when the fighting erupted around the Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province. The exchange of fire started on the first week of February and lasted for four days. “World Vision is concerned about the affected families – especially the children and babies – who are ...

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Long-awaited Philippine peace talks open in Norway | BBC News

Peace talks between the Philippine government and communist rebels have resumed in Norway, more than six years after the last round broke down. The negotiations near Oslo are aimed at ending the 42-year insurgency, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives. Talks got under way just hours after the arrest of a top guerrilla leader. Read more here: BBC ...

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