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|Friday 24 February to Friday 03 March 2017|



 








SOUTH ASIA

1. INDIA. INDIA and NEPAL have finalised preparations for conducting the 11th annual ‘Surya Kiran’ Joint Exercise at PITHORAGARH, in UTTARAKHAND from 7 to 20 March, focusing on Counter-Insurgency drills. These Infantry Battalion-level joint manoeuvresare held alternately in INDIA and NEPAL with the aim of promoting Military relations and increasing interoperability in joint Counter-Insurgency Operations especially in mountainous terrains. In addition to fighting insurgencies, both Armies stand to benefit mutually from each other`s experience in the fields of Environmental Conservation, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and a number of other areas of common interest.

2. PAKISTAN. Leaders of IRAN, TAJIKISTAN, TURKEY,KYRGISTAN, UZBEKISTAN and TURKMENISTAN representing over 450 million people from Asia and Europe arrived in PAKISTAN to attend the 13th Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) Summit on 28 February. AFGHANISTAN however, has reduced the participation level in ECO due to on-going daily tensions with PAKISTAN. The summit takes place after a gap of 5 years and the theme is ‘Connectivity for Regional Prosperity’. CHINA has been invited as a special guest as the plans for enhancing connectivity in the ECO region are convergent with CHINA’s ‘One-Belt-One-Road’ and CHINA-PAKISTAN Economics Corridor initiative. The ECO Summit is considered to be more important for PAKISTAN and AFGHANISTAN than other member countries in the context of establishing massive development schemes such as the TURKMENISTAN-AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-INDIA pipeline project.

SOUTH EAST ASIA

3. CHINA. The top Chinese Diplomat, State Councillor YANG JIECHI told the ‘China Daily’ that leaders from about 20 countries representing ASIA, EUROPE, AFRICA and LATIN AMERICA have agreed to participate in a Silk Road summit in BEIJING in May 2017. They include SRI LANKA, UK and RUSSIA. Despite recent Diplomatic differences between the USand CHINA, the possibility that President TRUMP attending the conference has also been raised following a meeting recently in NEW YORK between Mr.TRUMP and JACK MA, head of ‘Alibaba’, the Chinese e-commerce trade establishment. President XI JINPING’s landmark ‘One Belt, One Road’ or Silk Road aims to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure projects including railways, ports and power grids across ASIA, AFRICA and EUROPE. Observers agree that, for SRI LANKA, Maritime Silk Road seems to be the best opportunity for regional economic integration since it could provide opportunities to overcome the unequal development.

4. SOUTH KOREA. South Korean and US troops began the Joint Military Exercise ‘Foal Eagle’ on 1 March, amid heightened tensions following the latest launch of a Ballistic Missile by the NORTH KOREA on 12 February. Meantime, an agreement was signed on 28 February enabling the US Forces Korea (USFK) to set up a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in SEONGJU, NORTH GYEONGSANG Province in response to the North Korean Missile threat.

MIDDLE EAST

5. SYRIA. The report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on SYRIA covering the July-December 2016 period has been released based on interviews with victims and witnesses especially in ALEPPO. It also adds an analysis of forensic evidence and satellite imagery pointing out to the use of banned Chemical Weapons and “Surrender or Starve” tactics by the Government and Pro-Government Forces. The report also reveals that Opposition Rebel Groups had carried out indiscriminate shelling using civilians as "human shields" both of which are war crimes. Both RUSSIA and CHINA vetoed an UN Security Council resolutionon 28 February, aimed at imposing sanctions on SYRIA over accusations of using Chemical Weapons against its own people.

6. IRAQ. US backed Iraqi Forces battled their way to within firing range of MOSUL's main Government buildings on 28 February, a major target in the offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the Western side of the city. The defeat of the Islamic State in MOSUL, would crush the IRAQ wing of the Caliphate, the group's leader ABU BAKR AL-BAGHDADI declared in 2014 coveringIRAQ and SYRIA. The USCommander believes USbacked Forces will recapture both MOSUL and RAQQA - Islamic State's Syrian stronghold within six months. The US Defence Department handed its draft plan for defeating both Daesh and Al-Qaeda in SYRIA and IRAQ, to President TRUMP on 28 February, covering all aspects of Military, Diplomatic and Financial measures for achieving the objective.

EUROPE

7. FRANCE. DOMINIQUE MOISI, Senior Counsellorat the Institute Montaigne in PARIS said that the battle against Islamist terrorism is important but it should not overshadow the imperative to protect democracy in Europe from right-wing populism which is slowly and steadily raising its head. He stated that, to accept the victory of the National Front’s MARINE LE PEN in FRANCE’s Presidential election in May 2017 on the premise that it is better than allowing radical Islamism to proliferate, is to ignore the lessons of World War II and reality. MOISI points out that Europe today has become a model of fear rather than behaving according to national interests and values. A win for the National Front in FRANCE would surely cause the disintegration of the democratic institutions of Eurozone and the EU.

8. UNHRC/GENEVA. Expatriate Tamil organisations, World Tamil Forum (WTF), France Tamil Human Rights Centre, the Transnational Government of Tamil Elam (TGTE) and a group of Lankan Tamil Human Rights Activists are presently monitoring the developments, concerning SRI LANKA at the 34th UNHRC nsessions which commenced on 27 February, in GENEVA. They plan to hold rallies in GENEVA on 6 March demanding the implementation of the UNHRC resolution of 2015, with marches and demonstrations in several European cities to pressure the UNHRC not to grant further time in implementing the commitments made in the resolution.


|Friday 17 February to Friday 24 February 2017|



 








SOUTH ASIA

1. INDIA. US Professor NOAM CHOMSKY raised concerns that the water dispute between INDIA and PAKISTAN may lead even to a Nuclear War. Mr. CHOMSKY and other critics suggest that Prime Minister NARENDRA MODI’s threats to deprive PAKISTAN of its share of water under the Indus Water Treaty are a sign that could make the former UN Secretary General KOFI ANNAN’s warning in 2001 that fierce competition over freshwater resources would lead to wars, a reality. Prominent environmentalists have repeatedly been pointing out that in the coming decades, a rise in sea levels and flooding is expected to displace millions of people permanently. The fast-melting Himalayan Glaciers would affect not only the ecological balance and weather patterns of the region but also severely damage Freshwater Supplies and Agriculture.

2. BANGLADESH. The Police Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit arrested REZWANUL AZAD RANA, a former Islamist student at one of the country’s top Universities on 20 February. He had been on the run since the start of his trial for the murder of blogger AHMED RAJIB HAIDER in February 2013. The death sentence had been passed on him in December 2015 for the crime, which was the first of a string of such attacks targeting secular writers and activists, foreigners and religious minorities. Extremists involved with the groups such as Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Anasarullah Team (ABT) are trying to dominate BANGLADESH society by suppressing liberal minded citizens. They even target Muslim expatriates who continue to write and publish.

3. PAKISTAN. In six back-to-back attacks claimed by ISIS and Taliban since 12 February, suicide bombers had killed over 10 people in the LAHORE and SINDH Provinces. PAKISTAN protested that Afghan soil was being used as a base for militants to carry out attacks in PAKISTAN and handed over a list containing 76 names of ‘most wanted terrorists’ on 21 February, insisting that AFGHANISTAN take immediate action against them. Borders with AFGHANISTAN have been closed since 16 February and NATO supplies, trade and business activities with AFGHANISTAN and the Central Asian Republics remains suspended. The PAKISTAN Army launched a nation-wide anti-terrorist Operation targeting sanctuaries of militants on 22 February.

SOUTH EAST ASIA

4. THE PHILIPPINES. Senator LEILA DE LIMA, who had led the People’s Power against dictator FERDINAND MARCOS in 1986, stated on 21 February that the PHILIPPINES President RODRIGO DUTERTE is a ‘serial killer’ who should be forced out of office and that the Constitution allows for a majority in the Cabinet to force him to step down by ruling that he is mentally incapacitated. The Government has already charged DE LIMA with orchestrating a drug trafficking ring when she was Justice Secretary in the previous Administration and would be detained if the Court issues an arrest warrant. Meanwhile, the Chief of the Philippines, Commission on Human Rights, JOSE GASCON is investigating allegations that DUTERTE was involved in murders while Mayor of DAVAO in Southern PHILIPPINES.

5. NORTH KOREA. CHINA’s ban imposed on North Korean coal imports which is a key economic lifeline for NORTH KOREA seems to be an attempt to defuse criticism for not doing enough to rein in the Government of President KIM JONG UN. NORTH KOREA defied the world with its latest missile test (Pukguksong - 2) on 12 February and is also suspected of the assassination of KIM’s half- brother KIM JONG NAM in MALAYSIA two days later. The UN and US sanctions on NORTH KOREA have now proved meaningless and CHINA fears that more embargoes could destabilise the Communist country and send thousands of refugees, across their shared border. Therefore, CHINA’s decision is clearly a cooperative gesture to the US administration in return for an initiative on negotiations with NORTH KOREA. The US too has to recognise the specific importance of CHINA in the North Korean issue and moderated its approach to sensitive crises such as TAIWAN and the South China Sea.

EUROPE

6. BRITAIN. The British Parliament debated a public petition with over 1.8 million signatures demanding to cancel a state visit by US President DONALD TRUMP on 20 February. Prime Minister THERESA MAY who became the first foreign leader to meet TRUMP in January invited him to the UK within 7 days in office. Critics say that his predecessor BARACK OBAMA had to wait 758 days before receiving the same invitation and the British Government offered this state visit because it is desperate for a trade deal with the US. Thousands of protesters rallied outside Parliament on the day claiming that TRUMP is normalising racism, misogyny and Islamophobia.

7. SWEDEN. The Swedish Intelligence Agency SAPO has assessed the national terror threat status as ‘high’, the second highest level on a 5-point scale, as around 150 people from SWEDEN have returned from fighting with the ISIS in IRAQ and SYRIA. The Swedish Crime Prevention Agency (BRA) has registered a record number of crimes per capita in 2015 in which year SWEDEN took in the highest number of asylum seekers per capita in Europe.

8. GERMANY. The Intelligence Agencies in BERLIN accuse RUSSIA of orchestrating a propaganda and disinformation campaign ahead of GERMANY’s federal elections in September. STEPHEN MAYER of the Intelligence Committee of the German Parliament said that the aim of the Russian strategy is to dilute Chancellor ANGELO MERKEL’s chances of re-election to a fourth term. Western media has strongly come out against Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN for interfering in foreign elections in the West, while funneling support for pro-Russian rightwing populist parties in Europe and that PUTIN is seeking to rebuild RUSSIA’s empire more than 25 years after the fall of the USSR.

NORTH AMERICA

9. US. Lt Gen H. R. McMASTER, a counterinsurgency strategist was named the new National Security Advisor by the TRUMP administration on 20 February, after the unprecedented resignation of the retired 3-star General MICHAEL FLYNN, once the head of Military Intelligence after details of his calls with Russian ambassador SERGEY IVANOVICH KISLYAK were made public. Meanwhile, the US Justice Department and Congress are both investigating possible links between TRUMP’s campaign advisors and the Russian Government.

OCEANIA

10. AUSTRALIA. ELAINE PEARSON, AUSTRALIA’s Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for International Judges and Prosecutors to ensure Accountability for war crimes on 17 February, endorsing the 2015 UN Human Rights Council report of the OHCHR investigation of SRI LANKA. In the meantime CAIRE MALLISON, National Director of Amnesty International Australia on 22 February condemned the Justice system’s treatment of Aborigines who make up about 3 % of population 24 million and said Aborigine Children are 24 times more likely to be detained than non-indigenous Australian children.

AFRICA

11. SOUTH SUDAN. The UN has officially declared a man-made famine in SOUTH SUDAN caused by War and Economic collapse. It is estimated that 100,000 people are facing starvation while one million people are on the brink of famine as war rages on in the world’s newest country. A 3-member US delegation is due to visit SOUTH SUDAN on 23 February to assess ways to end the war and bring peace in the troubled east African nation. They are to meet key Government officials, including President SALVA KIIR to assess for themselves and to understand the circumstances under which the national dialogue was declared and whether it is inclusive and restorative.


|Friday 10 February to Friday 17 February 2017|



 








SOUTH ASIA

1. INDIA. JEFF SMITH an Analyst writing in ‘Foreign Affairs’ notes that CHINA’s growing involvement in sensitive ports such as Chinese-operated South Container Terminal in the Port of COLOMBO so close to INDIA feeds INDIA’s long standing concerns about Chinese encirclement. CHINA reiterated in the first week of February that it did not plan to use the Port for Military purposes but INDIA says that visits by Chinese Submarines have continued in spite of INDIA’s protests. The analyst is of the view that CHINA, reaching for the Indian Ocean has to be considered with extreme care as it opens another front between the two Asian powers, raising Geopolitical risk of investing in South – East Asian markets.

2. PAKISTAN. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar a Pakistani Taliban linked armed group launched a suicide attack in LAHORE, on 13 February, during a rally attended by hundreds of pharmacists protesting against changes to a drug sale law. Five Police Officers were among the 15 killed and the group warned that such murderous attacks would continue. Local militant groups like Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) retain the ability to carry out terrorist attacks of this nature despite Military led offensive on extremism.

3. AFGHANISTAN. Amid recent political tensions between PAKISTAN and AFGHANISTAN, there are concerns over the treatment of millions of Afghan refugees in PAKISTAN. PAKISTAN had 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees and just over one million undocumented Afghans inside the country. Of them around 600,000 were sent back in 2016. Human Rights Watch on 13 February identified the Pakistani action as the ‘World’s largest unlawful mass, forced return of refugees in recent times’.

SOUTH EAST ASIA

4. JAPAN. Japanese Prime Minister SHINZO ABE arrived in the US and held discussions with President DONALD TRUMP. A joint communiqué was issued on 10 February reaffirming US commitment to defend JAPAN through Nuclear and Conventional Military capabilities. Further, both countries oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine JAPAN’s administration of SENKAKU DIAOYU islands.

5. PHILIPPINES. President RODRIGO DUTERTE has threatened to stop the 2014, Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the US, which allows the regular presence of rotating US military personnel, claiming that the US is creating a permanent weapons depot on Philippine soil despite opposing restrictions under the agreement. DUTERTE signalled his intention to separate the Philippines from the long standing US security umbrella last September. In January, he secured Chinese funding for large infrastructure projects including a hydroelectric dam, an irrigation project and a railway network in LUZON. If CHINA can steer the PHILIPPINE’s away from the US sphere of influence, the US may lose a key partner in its South China Strategy.

6. NORTH KOREA. South Korean Intelligence claims that KIM JONG-NAM, the half-brother of the North Korean leader was assassinated on 13 February at KUALA LUMPUR International Airport by two female North Korean agents. After an assassination attempt in 2012, KIM JONG-NAM, who was living in exile in MACAU had made an appeal to KIM JONG-UN to spare his life and that of his family. Analysts consider that the killing could have been ordered by the President KIM JON-UN over reports that KIM JONG-NAM was about to defect to the EU, US or SOUTH KOREA. Meanwhile, KIM MYONG-CHOL, Executive Director of the Centre for North Korea-US Peace said on 15 February that an imposter had been playing the part of KIM JONG-NAM for several years at the behest of SOUTH KOREA and the man killed on 13 February is not the half-brother of the North Korean President.

MIDDLE EAST

7. IRAQ. Iraqi Forces on launched an air attack 12 February, destroying a meeting of top IS commanders. The strike led to the death of 13 Daesh Commanders. After a string of major losses in both IRAQ and SYRIA, the ISIS strongholds of MOSUL and RAQQA have been both under attack from forces backed by a US led coalition. However, whether the strike has been successful in killing the world’s most wanted terrorist, ABU BAKR AL- BAGHDADI, remains unclear.

8. SYRIA. Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed on 13 February, that the Syrian Government carried out chemical attacks during the final weeks of the battle for ALEPPO conducted from 17 November to December 13. HRW further says that the pattern of the Chloride attack shows that they were coordinated with the overall Military strategy of the offensive and there was no Russian involvement in the attacks carried out by using helicopters. The findings of HRW have been submitted to the UN Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) joint investigative panel for implementing punitive measures.

EUROPE

9. BRITAIN. BRITAIN finalised the work involved in its National Cyber Security Agency (NCSC) as a part of BRITAIN’s communications spying agency GCHQ. The NCSC is due to spearhead efforts to combat Cyber-Attacks and implement preventative measures such as better securing state websites and email accounts. As a part of its bid to tighten security, the Government is opening 100 posts at the NCSC, to be filled by private sector employees on secondment from their permanent Jobs. The UK is preparing for a major ‘Category 1’ Cyber-Attack sooner or later, as warned by US intelligence agencies which have accused RUSSIA of such interference.

NORTH AMERICA

10. US. US President DONALD TRUMP took the unusual step of publicly denouncing a Judgment when he criticised the Court of Appeal in SAN FRANCISCO for upholding on 9th February, restraining order made by US District Judge JAMES ROBERT on 3 February that blocked key provisions of TRUMP’s travel restrictions. The lawsuit has been brought by the states of WASHINGTON and MINNESOTA. Meanwhile, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated on 13 February that a series of immigration raids have been carried out by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to round up and remove gang members, drug dealers and other criminals following the Presidential decree. The US has an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants at the moment.


|Friday 03 February to Friday 10 February 2017|



 








SOUTH ASIA

1. INDIA. Since the URI Army Base attack in JAMMU and KASHMIR in September 2016, INDIA has signed a number of emergency arms deals especially with RUSSIA, ISRAEL and FRANCE on 6 February confirming contracts worth 200 billion Indian Rupees (INR) to ensure its Armed Forces could join the battle on short notice. Indian Finance Minister ARUN JAITLAY announced a 10 % increase in the country’s Defence Budget for the upcoming fiscal year to 2.74 trillion Indian Rupees.

2. AFGHANISTAN. United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Annual Report for 2016 released on 6 February has documented 11, 418 conflict-related civilian casualties, including 3,498 killed and 7,920 injured. Of the victims 3,512 were children, (923 dead and 2,589 injured) and these numbers are the highest since the UN documented information on the Afghan conflict since 2009. Ground Military engagements followed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), suicide and complex attacks, as well as targeted and deliberate killings remain the causes of civilian casualties. The report also documented increase in attacks perpetrated by Daesh / Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), particularly targeting Shia Muslims. Meanwhile, at the request of the Afghan Government the UN Security Council on 3 February removed sanctions against GULBUDDIN HEKMATYAR, paving the way for him to return to AFGHANISTAN as part of a peace deal signed by the President ASHRAF GHANI along with his Militant Group, Hezb-i-Islami, in September 2016.

SOUTH EAST ASIA

3. INDONESIA. Foreign Minister RETNO MARSUDI expressed INDONESIA’s deep regret at the US President’s executive order concerning 7 Muslim countries, pointing out that the policy which discriminates on the basis of religion hampers efforts for International cooperation in the fight against Terrorism. INDONESIA is among 40 Muslim majority countries that are not affected by the ban. ISIS operations have been prominent in Muslim majority INDONESIA and MALAYSIA but not active in any other ASEAN country. These two countries are also home to foreign fighters who owe allegiance to ISIS.

4. THE PHILIPPINES. The NORWAY mediated peace talks between the PHILIPPINES Government and the Communist rebels of the New People’s Army fell apart as President RODRIGO DUETERTE on 3 February lifted the six months old ceasefire 2 days after the rebels abandoned their own ceasefire and returned to renewed violence. President DUETERTE demanded that the rebel leaders temporarily freed to join the peace talks in Europe return to the country and go back to prison. However, DUTERTE asked Guerillas to abandon the rebellion with an offer of land reforms and housing. The President prohibited Police and the National Bureau of Investigation from enforcing his anti-crime drive due to corruption and enlisted the Military and Anti-Narcotics Agency for the offensive.

MIDDLE EAST

5. YEMEN. Military observers seem to consider the US Navy SEAL Operation conducted on 7 February in YEMEN against the AQAP (Al-Qaeda in YEMEN) as pointing to some of the tactics the TRUMP administration intends to employ in its declared objective of removing Islamic terrorism. The Yemeni Government has banned US Special Operations with immediate effect.

EUROPE

6. RUSSIA. The Government arrested SERGEI MIKHAILOV, a senior official in the Centre for Information Security, FSB’s Cyber Intelligence Branch, on 8 February, along with RUSLAN STOYANOV, the head of Computer Incident Response Investigations at the Kaspersky Lab, which makes antivirus programmes. The FSB and the GRU have reportedly operated groups nicknamed “Cozy Bear” and the “Fancy Bear” respectively to steal electronic data and release them during the US Presidential Election. In another indication of high level turmoil over Cyber Intelligence issues, the newspaper KOMMERSANT reported that the Director of the Centre for Information Security ANDREI GERASIMOR too has been removed. He is also the Deputy Director for Counter Intelligence at the FSB.

7. ROMANIA. After 5 days of continuous mass demonstrations unparalleled in the three decades since the end of Communism, the Government of Prime Minister SORIN GRINDEANO repealed the controversial emergency decree on 5 February that would have weakened the anti-corruption laws. People claim that Government decree brought on the ground that the jails were too crowded would have decriminalised various abuses of political power. Such crimes would have been punishable by jail only if the sums involved exceeded 200,000 lei (US $ 47,500). LIVIU DRAGNEA, the head of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) which came to power in December 2016 is in jail and he too would have been released since he has been charged for stolen only US $ 27,000.

NORTH AMERICA

8. US. Critics point out that the QUEBEC Mosque attack which came within days of the announcement of President DONALD TRUMP’s travel ban, may not be the first and last proof that the US move is counterproductive and may very well lead to increased radicalisation and terrorism and that such policies could be a source of inspiration for far right groups or individuals. They cite the 2011 massacre of 77 youth in NORWAY by ANDERS BEHRING BREIVIK who had admitted that he had been inspired by the LTTE.

AFFRICA

9. SUDAN. Sudanese President OMAR AL-BASHIR accused Egyptian intelligence of supporting SUDAN'S opposition forces and Iran of attempting to spread Shiite Islam in SUDAN. AL-BASHIR, a close ally of SAUDI ARABIA facing genocide charges at the International Criminal Court blamed the US for handing over IRAQ to Iranian control by ousting SADDAM HUSSEIN. IRAN controls four Arab capitals, including DAMASCUS, BAGHDAD, LEBANON'S BEIRUT through Hezbollah and YEMEN'S SANAA through Shiite rebels. SUDAN is in the Saudi led military coalition battling Shiite rebels in YEMEN.




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China Pushes Afghanistan, Pakistan Back Toward Peace Process (313)

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Is Food Security Breaking Through in Paris Climate Talks? (351)

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Climate talks: 4C rise will have dire effect on world hunger, UN warns (295)

Suu Kyi meets Myanmar president, army chief for power shift talks (349)

Sino-Indian Border Talks Not Enough to Defuse Tensions (362)

Russia Picks Nuclear Allies For Imminent War With NATO (318)

South Asian Leaders Meet on Sidelines of Paris Climate Talks (298)

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Can China Rebuild Its Special Relationship With Malaysia? (281)

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El Nio: food shortages, floods, disease and droughts set to put millions at risk (287)

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