Putin Creates New Anti-Corruption Department | News | The Moscow Times
The Kremlin announced Tuesday that President Vladimir Putin had founded a new department in the presidential administration specifically devoted to fighting corruption, the latest government initiative to combat one of the country's most stubborn problems.
december 2013
Afghanistan the “Saudi Arabia of lithium” - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan Online Newspaper
The Afghanistan’s natural resources are considered to be a silver lining for the economy of Afghanistan, as the NATO-led international coalition security forces are preparing to leave the country. The withdrawal of the NATO troops and reduction of international community’s aid to Afghanistan has created fears of economic crisis among the Afghans, however, there are Read the full article...
august 2013
allAfrica.com: Kenya: GSU Carrying Out Security Operation Along Kenya, Ethiopia Border
[The Star]More than 150 GSU officers and other security personnel have been deployed near Todonyang along the Kenya-Ethiopia border following the killing of ten fishermen during a raid by militiamen from the neighbouring country. Turkana Senator John Munyes has also petitioned the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Coordination, Joseph Ole lenku to deploy the military in the area to help deal with the militia.
august 2013
EU wants Sri Lanka to ensure justice for families of protesters shot dead by troops during demonstration over polluted water - Asia - World - The Independent
The EU has called on Sri Lanka to ensure the families of protesters shot dead by troops during a demonstration over polluted water receive justice.

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august 2013
IRIN Asia | Analysis: How to disarm Philippine rebels | Philippines | Conflict | Governance | Security
COTABATO/ACEH, 13 August 2013 (IRIN) - The Philippine government and Muslim rebels in Mindanao are inching forward in peace negotiations aimed at ending a long-running insurgency, but the toughest negotiations are likely to centre on how to disarm thousands of insurgents, officials and analysts say.
august 2013
IRIN Africa | Fear of rebels still haunts Mali's herders | Mali | Economy | Environment | Governance | Migration | Natural Disasters | Refugees/IDPs | Security
GAO, 13 August 2013 (IRIN) - Despite the victory of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in Mali's peaceful presidential elections at the weekend, sporadic violence continues in the north, where for months herders have been cut off from accessing traditional routes in search of pasture for fear of attacks by bandits and rebels.
august 2013
Russia in largest war games since Soviet era - CNN.com
Russia is in the midst of its biggest war games since Soviet times, with 160,000 troops, 130 planes, 70 ships and thousands of tanks and armored vehicles participating in the country's Far East, according to media reports.
august 2013
Iraq's escalating violence can no longer be separated from the civil war in neighbouring Syria because "the battlefields are merging," the U.N. envoy to Iraq warned Tuesday.
august 2013
Security Ministers Departure to Worsen Afghan Security Situation
The dismissal of two key security ministers in a critical time when the country is going through the security transition could be considered a serious blow to any government. It could also jeopardize the gains.

august 2013
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august 2013
Establishing a no-fly zone to protect Syrian rebels would require hundreds of U.S. aircraft at a cost of more than $1 billion per month, with no assurance that it would change the momentum in the civil war there, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday.
july 2013
Amid Controversy, New Pussy Riot Video Targets Oil Industry
The punk performance-art group Pussy Riot has released a new music video lashing out at the oil industry, Igor Sechin, who is the head of Russia’s largest oil company Rosneft, and others.
july 2013
Video: North Korean ship caught smuggling weapons and missile material through Panama Canal - Telegraph
Panama's president said a North Korean ship was intercepted attempting to smuggle suspected sophisticated missile material from Cuba through the Panama Canal, at which point the captain tried to kill himself.

july 2013
Syria: Britain to send 5,000 chemical weapon protection hoods - Telegraph
The Government has announced it will provide £650,000 in "non-lethal" aid to the Syrian opposition, including 5,000 hoods to protect against chemical weapons attacks,

july 2013
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Combat aircraft took a 40-percent share in overall Russian arms exports last year, keeping a trend that has become prominent in the past few years, a senior defense official said.
july 2013
Rebels 'disguised as women' launch attack near Goma in Congo - Africa - World - The Independent
Fresh fighting has erupted in eastern Congo, following the arrival of armed men disguised in women’s clothing, say residents.
july 2013
IRIN Africa | New returnees in South Sudan living on the margins | South Sudan | Conflict | Health & Nutrition | Refugees/IDPs
ARU, 15 July 2013 (IRIN) - Benjamin Mogga heads the community protection committee (CPC) in Aru, a dusty South Sudanese town hugging the road between Juba and the Ugandan border. He volunteered for the position three years ago and is responsible for the more than 200 returnees in his area, helping them reintegrate into the community and ensuring that they have access to justice. It has not been an easy job.
july 2013
Uzbekistan Media: We Should Join NATO, Conquer Eurasia | EurasiaNet.org
A recent piece in Uzbekistan's state-sanctioned media has advocated joining NATO and taking over the territory of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and most of the rest of Eurasia. The piece, published on 12news.uz, was taken down shortly after being published, but was preserved on inoSMI.ru.

The piece, at nearly 9,000 words, offers a number of controversial (to put it kindly) claims: that Tajiks are merely Persian-speaking Uzbeks, that Uzbekistan is the successor state to the Mongol Golden Horde, that the agreement between Russia and Kyrgyzstan to develop hydropower plants is invalid because it misspells "Kyrgyzstan," among many others. Its main thesis, however, is that the "threats of a natural-technical character" -- namely proposed hydropower plants in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan -- are the gravest security threats facing Uzbekistan, comparable to a nuclear bomb. And the solution is that Uzbekistan should join NATO.

The piece is a bit out there, but Uzbek analysts point out that it must have been officially sanctioned. “This site [12news.uz] is not just semi-official, it’s official,” dissident political analyst Tashpulat Yuldashev told uznews.net. "It's curated by Dilshod Nurullaev, former Security Commission chairman and advisor to the President," he said. "There is total censorship in Uzbekistan, and such a politically charged article would not have been allowed to be published without permission from the very top." That assertion was backed up by another Uzbek analyst to The Bug Pit.

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july 2013
The Himalayan Times - Gold smuggling on the rise - Detail News
KATHMANDU: The recent trend of smuggling gold into India from China through Nepal has alarmed the law enforcement agency.

Amid mounting concerns about cross-border crime, police have not been able to keep a tab on the smugglers save in some cases.

According to sources, around 40 kg of precious yellow metal is pushed into Nepal from China via Tatopani Customs in Sindhupalchowk on an average day. Nepal Police statistics show the law enforcement agency has seized 56 kg of undeclared precious yellow metal since January.

The yawning gap between the amount of smuggling and seizure paints a gloomy picture of the government’s ability to curb the crime. On July 10, the Central Investigation Bureu (CIB) rounded up four members of an organised smuggling racket with 35 kg of hallmark gold, the single largest seizure of the precious yellow metal ever in the country.

The officials intercepted a container truck used for smuggling gold at Koteshwor leading to the arrest of smugglers, including its mastermind Mohan Kumar Agrawal, 47, of Sunsari. The gold meant to be supplied to India was found hidden in the cavity of a front bumper of the truck, which was bound to Nepal through Tibet.

Police also seized 16 kg of smuggled gold from a rented room in Khaiwatole, Bouddha, leading to the arrest of five people, including Gampo Bhotiya, 42, of Darjeeling, India, an alleged kingpin of the smuggling racket. The gold without invoice receipt was tucked under the upper soles of the shoes they were wearing. The gold was also about to be smuggled to India. On June 8, the CIB arrested two smugglers and seized five kg hallmark gold from a van parked in Mahabouddha.

The illegal consignment was brought to Kathmandu from China via Tatopani Customs by dodging authorities. A senior police official blamed lack of resources and hi-tech mechanism for the failure to rein in the trade.

Experts said higher demand for gold during the wedding season and shortage of Indian currency — especially to pay for the under-invoiced imports from India — have fuelled smuggling of the precious yellow metal from China lately.

According to bullion traders, commercial banks sell a total of 20 kg gold daily, while demand in the domestic market stands at 40-45 kg.
july 2013
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Four police officers were killed by unidentified gunmen in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, the republic's Interior Ministry reported Sunday.
july 2013
Pakistan Taliban says its fighters in Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
Armed group says first batch of fighters have arrived and have set up a command and control centre to begin operations.
july 2013
Britain to offer military training to Burma to help end ethnic conflicts - Telegraph
Britain will offer Burma military training and official assistance to tackle its internal conflicts during a groundbreaking official visit by President Thein Sein to meet David Cameron.

july 2013
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POLICE have charged a 10-year-old boy with firing a rock at a truck carrying explosives on the Great Northern Highway.
july 2013
Americans go nowhere fast on an Afghanistan highway from hell | The Times
For the Soviets, it was a death trap. For the US, it has been a money pit. It is a...
july 2013
Hostages alive from Somali pirate-held boat that sank
At least three, and perhaps all, of the 15-man crew of a merchant vessel that sank last week while being held by Somali pirates are alive, their families said Saturday.
july 2013
Sudan wants tangible evidence to prove the end of support to rebel groups - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan
July 14, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said they are still waiting for evidence proving that Juba has stopped its support to the rebel groups and ended its relation with the SPLM-N.

These statements were released on Sunday evening following the weekly meeting of the NCP political sector. Some hours before, the security services emailed to the news rooms of the local newspapers a report alleging that SPLM-N deputy leader Abdel Aziz El-Hilu and Gibril Ibrahim of JEM have arrived on Saturday to Juba heading to Kampala where the rebels schedule to hold a leadership meeting.

"We are still waiting for tangible evidence proving the end of relations with the so-called SPLM-North and Revolutionary Front, and the stoppage of support which, in our view, is still continuing in a way or another", said media secretary Yasir Youssef on Sunday.

He further called on Juba to accept the recent initiative of Thabo Mbeki, chairman of the African Union mediation between the two countries over the centreline on the border between the two countries.

"We call on the South Sudanese government to accept it and to implement it on the ground and to show more seriousness on the stoppage of support (to the rebel groups) and to end its relations with the (SPLM-N)", he further said.

Juba rejects the Sudanese allegations of support to the SPLM-N and SRF rebels, and accuses Khartoum of supporting its rebels including David Yau Yau in the troubled Pibor county of Jonglei state.

Last Friday, the South Sudanese vice-president Riek Machar chaired a meeting with the concerned ministers and services to prepare a visit of an African team of experts to discuss the determination of centreline which is necessary to implement the buffer zone.

The meeting further discussed a new letter dated on 7th July by the Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir which continues to put pressure on South Sudan on the 60 days ultimatum of oil shutdown plan as Khartoum insists that Juba was harbouring and supporting the rebels.

july 2013
Intelligence agencies suspect that the well-established drug cartels in China's Xinjiang province are pushing fake currency into India with the help of Pak spy agency ISI.

july 2013
Pakistan attempts to infiltrate among Afghan security forces - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan Online Newspaper
Defense officials in western Afghanistan are saying that Pakistan is trying to infiltrate among the Afghan security forces through fake Afghan national army identity cards in a bid to carry out insurgency activities. The officials further added that Afghan security officials and institutions have taken necessary precuations in this regard. Gen. Taj Mohammad Jahid commander Read the full article...
july 2013
Dead Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky convicted of tax evasion | World news | guardian.co.uk
Russian who died in prison while awaiting trial is found guilty along with British client William Browder

A Moscow court has convicted the late investment fund lawyer Sergei Magnitsky of tax evasion after Russia's first posthumous trial.

The court also convicted Magnitsky's former client William Browder, a Briton who has spearheaded an international campaign to expose corruption and punish Russian officials he blames for Magnitsky's death in a Moscow jail while awaiting trial in 2009.

Browder was sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison for tax evasion. He lives in Britain and Russia's options for jailing him are limited. Interpol has refused to include him on its international search list after deciding that Russia's case against him was political.

Magnitsky died after a year in jail during which he said he was mistreated and denied medical care in an effort to get him to confess to tax evasion and give evidence against Browder, who is head of the investment fund Hermitage Capital Management.

The Kremlin's human rights council has said there is evidence suggesting Magnitsky was beaten to death, but the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has dismissed allegations of torture or foul play and said last year that Magnitsky died of heart failure.

Russian authorities closed the case against Magnitsky after his death but reopened it in 2011, a move that former colleagues say was illegal because they did not have the consent of his relatives.

"This show trial confirms that Vladimir Putin is ready to sacrifice his international credibility to protect corrupt officials who murdered an innocent lawyer and stole $230m from the Russian state," Hermitage Capital said in a statement.



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july 2013
Zardari’s security chief killed in suicide hit
Karachi - Our Staff Reporter/Afp - President Asif Ali Zardari’s chief security officer Bilal Sheikh was killed along with three others in a suicide attack in Karachi on Wednesday. A dozen others, including policemen and Bilal’s private guards, were injured. The bomber blew himself up in the middle-class neighbourhood of Gurumandir in central Karachi, close to an office for ...
july 2013
Was the Egyptian Military Planning a Coup From the Very Start? | Mother Jones
This is a pretty fascinating report about Egypt from the New York Times:

The streets seethe with protests and government ministers are on the run or in jail, but since the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, life has somehow gotten better for many people across Egypt: Gas lines have disappeared, power cuts have stopped and the police have returned to the street.

....As the interim government struggles to unite a divided nation, the Muslim Brotherhood and Mr. Morsi’s supporters say the sudden turnaround proves that their opponents conspired to make Mr. Morsi fail. Not only did police officers seem to disappear, but the state agencies responsible for providing electricity and ensuring gas supplies failed so fundamentally that gas lines and rolling blackouts fed widespread anger and frustration.

....It is the police returning to the streets that offers the most blatant sign that the institutions once loyal to Mr. Mubarak held back while Mr. Morsi was in power. Throughout his one-year tenure, Mr. Morsi struggled to appease the police, even alienating his own supporters rather than trying to overhaul the Interior Ministry. But as crime increased and traffic clogged roads — undermining not only the quality of life, but the economy — the police refused to deploy fully.

....Despite coming to power through the freest elections in Egyptian history, Mr. Morsi was unable to extend his authority over the sprawling state apparatus, and his allies complained that what they called the “deep state” was undermining their efforts at governing.

If this is true, it certainly puts the military coup in a different light, doesn't it?
july 2013
Central Security conscript shot dead by alleged smugglers near Rafah | Egypt Independent
A Central Security conscript was killed early Thursday morning after alleged smugglers shot him near the eastern border.

A security source in North Sinai said the victim, Islam Ramadan Saeed, 22, a central security conscript in the governorate, was killed after smugglers shot him when he attempted to stop them south of the Rafah land crossing and Karm Abu Salem crossing.

Meanwhile, a border guard and five soldiers were injured when a jeep they were riding overturned while they were chasing a group of armed men in Central Sinai.

The injured victims were transported to Arish Military hospital for treatment.

Unknown armed men fired heavily at the Mizan checkpoint at the entrance to Arish on Thursday.

The checkpoint forces exchanged fire with the armed gunmen, who were riding a four-wheel vehicle. There have been no reports of injuries.

july 2013
Corruption one of greatest crises Iraq faces, confirms Integrity Committee - IraqiNews.com
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The parliament Integrity Committee described the corruption at the state departments as one of the greatest crises Iraq is experiencing today.

The Rappateur of the Committee, Khalid al-Alwani said “We had repeatedly urged the government to form supervisory authorities inside the state departments, because it is unacceptable to classify Iraq at the forefront of the corrupt countries.”

“The corruption is more dangerous than the terrorism, but they are two sides for the same coin,” he added stressing “Without the corruption at the security institutions we would be able to fight the terrorism.”

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july 2013
Turkmen leading figure accuses Kurds of being behind Tuz Khurmatu bombings - IraqiNews.com
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The leading Turkmen figure, Mohamed al-Bayati stressed that the devastating explosion that took place in Tuz Khurmtu on Thursday that claimed dozens of lives from the Shiite Turkmens makes us point the accusation figures at the Kurds since they prevent the government forces to enter the district.

34 policemen were killed and injured on Thursday morning when car bomb exploded in Tuz district.

Bayati added “Today bombing proves what we said previously that the targeting of the Turkmens has political dimension and aims to displace the Turkmens where these attacks are considered to be another way to apply the article No.140 of the Constitution.”

He called on “The ministerial commission tasked to consider the situation in Tuz Khurmatu to hold emergency session today to implement what they agreed on during their last meeting and pressurize the Kurds through the Council of Ministers.”

“If the targeting of Turkmens continued in light of the government’s disability to provide security, then we will call for conducting sit-in and block the roads and this time it will cover all the Turkmen areas in Iraq,” Bayati assured.

The post Turkmen leading figure accuses Kurds of being behind Tuz Khurmatu bombings appeared first on Iraq news, the latest Iraq news.
july 2013
Egypt Condemns Iranian 'Interference' After Tehran Comments
Egypt has accused Iran of "unacceptable interference" in its domestic affairs after Tehran criticized the army's removal of Islamist President Muhammad Morsi.
july 2013
Defense agency looks for ways to spend - In the Loop - The Washington Post
(This article has been updated.)

Spend the money! Spend it all! Spend it now!

That’s the distinct impression created by a recent e-mail sent by Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) contracting and budget officers to their colleagues.

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july 2013
BEIRUT: Syrian rebels fired into the air to disperse a protest by civilians in a rebel-held district of Aleppo against a blockade preventing food and medicine reaching government-held areas of the northern city, residents said today.

Rebel fighters have stopped supplies entering western parts of Aleppo for weeks.

The tactic is aimed at weakening the supply routes of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces but thousands of civilians are now going hungry, residents say.

Video footage posted on the Internet yesterday showed dozens of civilians in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Qasr protesting at a rebel checkpoint which prevents supplies from entering the western section of the city, home to 2 million people and held by the army.

Although insurgents and the army control different parts of the country, civilians are normally allowed to cross freely to shop or meet family members and friends.

The footage, posted by the opposition Bustan al-Qasr Information Office, showed men at the protest chanting, “the people want an end to the blockade.”

A rebel fighter brandishes a pistol and then a gunshot is heard as the video ends.

An opposition activist group called the Aleppo Martyrs said rebels fired at the protesters, killing one person and wounding several others. But a resident at the protest said the man was killed prior to the protest by army sniper fire as he tried the cross between rebel and government-held territory.

More than 100,000 people have died in Syria’s two-year conflict. It started because Assad’s force fired live ammunition against pro-democracy protests, leading to an armed revolt.
july 2013
Armenia May Hand Gas Monopoly to Russians - Institute for War and Peace Reporting - P212
Controversy as government considers ceding total control of gas distribution and sales network.

Opposition politicians in Armenia are furious that the government is considering handing over its remaining stake in the natural gas monopoly to the Russian corporation Gazprom. 



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july 2013
Satellite? We used Rommel’s maps to help ditch Gaddafi | The Times
British military planners prepared for the 2011 intervention in Libya with the help of German maps that drew on the...
july 2013
Chinese Firms Find Troubles in Crisis-hit Sudan
When Chinese clothing wholesaler Chan Cui Xiao signed a deal with a Sudanese businessman to export colorful bed sheets to the African country he was confident of making good money.   A few months later he is in serious financial trouble - he shipped his goods to Sudan but did got paid and has rushed to the country to try to track down his local business partner.   The Sudanese had sent him credit and bank financing letters, and as Chan had done business that way in Egypt and other ...
july 2013
For generations, many executive jobs at Swiss companies were traditionally filled with army officers. But the arrival of foreign firms, indifferent to Swiss ways, and a drop in domestic support for the army is threatening the once cosy system. (Photo: Keystone)
july 2013
A brand-new U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan. And nobody to use it. - The Washington Post
The U.S. military has erected a 64,000-square-foot headquarters building on the dusty moonscape of southwestern Afghanistan that comes with all the tools to wage a modern war. A vast operations center with tiered seating. A briefing theater. Spacious offices. Fancy chairs. Powerful air conditioning.

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july 2013
Chinese firm to cooperate with Iran on oil pipes manufacturing | Manufacturing and Industry | AMEinfo.com
Iran's Arvand Free Trade Zone (FTZ) has signed a memorandum of understanding with China's Hang Seng Oil Pipeline Manufacturing Co to cooperate in the field of production of specialised oil pipelines in the FTZ, Fars news has reported. "The investment will be made in three phases for the establishment of the industrial site of Arvand FTZ in an area of about 15 hectares," said FTZ managing director, Mehdi Nikpey.
july 2013
Asia Times Online :: Armenians protest at sale of gas stake to Gazprom
Armenian opposition politicians are furious that the government may hand over its remaining 20% stake in the country's natural gas monopoly to give Russia's Gazprom total ownership, in order to secure concessions on the high gas price now charged by the joint venture. - Marianna Ghahramanyan
july 2013
U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels stalls amid congressional disagreements - The Washington Post
The Obama administration’s month-old plan to arm opposition fighters in Syria has stalled as a result of congressional disagreements over whether and how to aid the rebels seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

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july 2013
Zamili calls parliament to oversee arms deals Iraqi government concludes - IraqiNews.com
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Member of the parliament Security & Defense Committee, Hakim al-Zamili, called the parliament to monitor the arms deals the Iraqi government concludes.

The General Commander of the Armed Forces, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had stressed during his last visit to Moscow that there are no obstacles hinder the implementation of the arms deal Iraq concluded with Russia in 2012.

Zamili told Iraqi News (IraqiNews.com) “We are with arming the Iraqi army to have strong reliable army, especially the region is witnessing unrest, on condition that these deals contain no corruption.”

“The politicians should be away from the arms deals to ensure fair deals,” he added.

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july 2013
Defence chief Rhys Jones says Jon Stephenson did... | Stuff.co.nz
A jury has heard of Defence Force emails suggesting the Defence chief wanted journalist Jon Stephenson discredited to quell calls for an inquiry into SAS activities in Afghanistan.
july 2013
Three South Sudan states agree to impose death penalty on cattle raiders - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan
June 19, 2013 (RUMBEK) - A border security conference attended by top officials from South Sudan's Lakes, Unity and Warrap states on Wednesday agreed to impose the death penalty on those convicted of cross border cattle raiding.

Tri-State Conference on Cross Border Security Issues - Rumbek Communique 19th June 2013

The decision to impose the death penalty was one of 14 harsh security measures agreed upon at the tri-state cross border meeting held from 17-19 June in Rumbek, the Lakes state capital.

The event was attended by the Unity state governor, Taban Deng Gai, his Lakes state counterpart, Matur Chut Dhuol and the deputy governor of Warrap, Akec Tong Aleu.

Also present were county commissioners, minister and security advisers from the three states.

Under the agreement, fines for those convicted and compensation for people whose cattle is stolen, have been standardised.

The resolutions agreed upon included;

Criminalization of cattle rusting activities

Legalization of blood compensation among the three states

Opening of Security road in the three states borders to facilitate easy movement

Establishment of joint inter-state courts along borders

Deployment of joint mobile forces in hotspot area along the common borders

Regular exchange of visit by state officials of either states

Encouragement of inter-state sports competition along the common borders

UNMISS to coordinate donor conference

Tri States to strongly encourage border trade

Tri State to agree on common strategies for comprehensive civilian disarmament

Tri state to secure their common borders from firearms proliferation

Establishment of tri state follow up mechanisms for the implementation of the resolutions and recommendations of security committees

Tri state to agree on legal framework on armament of civilian population

There shall be strong political will and financial commitment by the tri state governors

However, although the agreement was signed by the three governors, it is yet to be adopted the three state parliaments.

june 2013
Foreign investors, wary of endemic corruption and an expanding government role in the economy, are hanging back, depriving Russia’s economy of essential capital.

june 2013
Syria crisis: US senators seek to block arming rebels | World news | guardian.co.uk
The Friends of Syria group is to meet in Doha to discuss arming the Syrian opposition as Senators in the US try to block the move

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june 2013
The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: The New York Times still refer to Syrian rebels as "starved for arms"
"Recent videos from Syria have shown some sophisticated MANPADS in action, such as the FN-6, a Chinese-made surface-to-air missile, and the SA-24, a Russian product. Both are fairly recent models with heat-seeking capabilities, making them very dangerous not only to military craft, but also to civilian planes."
june 2013
Military, civilian officials, forced to return properties seized from suspects - DominicanToday.com
Santo Domingo.- Officials, military or civilian, will have to return properties they utilize illegally, after they were seized from people accused of money laundering and drug trafficking.
june 2013
Armenia ‘Unfazed’ By Reported Russian Arms Supplies To Azerbaijan
Armenia played down on Wednesday media reports that Russia has begun delivering $1 billion worth of tanks and other military hardware to Azerbaijan, saying that Baku will not gain a decisive military advantage in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
june 2013
Silenced mobile phones in Nigeria add to school raid chaos | The Times
Nigeria has outlawed satellite phones and switched off its mobile phone network in the northeast of the country after Islamic...
june 2013
Gun battle at UN compound in Mogadishu ends - Africa - Al Jazeera English
Somali and African Union forces regain control of compound in Somali capital after attack kills at least 15 people.
june 2013
Security sector under pressure to explain ‘illegal’ political plans | SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell SW Radio Africa 19 June 2013 The security forces in Zimbabwe are under pressure to explain why some of its members are planning to represent ZANU PF in the forthcoming elections, despite the new Constitution explicitly barring this. In a show of open allegiance to ZANU PF, some serving members of the [...]
june 2013
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Russia’s state-owned Gazprom Company is considering full control of its subsidiary distributing fuel in Armenia.
june 2013
Sierra Leone: Investigate Alleged Rebel Arms Supplier | Human Rights Watch
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 The Sierra Leone authorities should open a criminal investigation of a suspected arms supplier for his alleged involvement in international crimes during Sierra Leone’s civil war. This would be Sierra Leone’s first purely domestic prosecution in relation to war crimes or crimes against humanity committed during its 11-year armed conflict, which ended in 2002.

(Nairobi) – The Sierra Leone authorities should open a criminal investigation of a suspected arms supplier for his alleged involvement in international crimes during Sierra Leone’s civil war.

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june 2013
Russia Supplies Iraq with Attack Helicopters Iraq...
Interfax Russian news agency mentioned on Tuesday, that its country will provide Iraq with military attack helicopters type Ka-52 Alligator
june 2013
Ninawa Blast Targeting Oil Pipeline Kills 2 Iraq...
Two police officers were killed and two were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near a crude oil pipeline in Ninawa province, local police said Tuesday (June 18th).
june 2013
Palestinian boys train to fire Kalashnikov assault rifles | Demotix.com
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Military trainers of Al-Qassam Brigades "the military wing of Hamas" teach Palestinian schoolboys, on their summer vacation, how to fire Kalashnikov assault rifles during a military camp.

Young Palestinian boys take part in a military camp.
june 2013
The Philippines: Dismantling Rebel Groups - International Crisis Group
The Philippines has had some recent success in winding down decades-long negotiations with rebel groups, but achieving peace with the country’s biggest insurgency, in Mindanao, requires both new energy and fresh thinking.
june 2013
Hamas: Iran relations suffering from Syria conflict | JPost | Israel News
A diplomatic source in the region said Iran has provided Hamas with up to $20 million a month to help pay the salaries of nearly half of 50,000 Gaza government employees.
june 2013
The U.S. Military and the Unraveling of Africa -Truthdig
By Nick Turse, TomDispatch

A careful examination of the security situation in Africa suggests that it is in the process of becoming Ground Zero for a veritable terror diaspora set in motion in the wake of 9/11 that has only accelerated in the Obama years. U.S. “stability” operations in Africa have increased, militancy has spread, insurgent groups have proliferated and the continent has become more unsettled.

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june 2013
Russian Arms Sales To Azerbaijan On Again? | EurasiaNet.org
Russia has completed a big arms delivery worth about $1 billion to Azerbaijan, following reports that Baku was in fact suffering under a quiet de facto arms embargo from Moscow. The deals were in fact signed over the last two years, and most of them seem to have been previously reported. But they were apparently recently delivered to Baku and included, according to Reuters, "nearly 100 T-90C tanks, Smerch and TOS-1A multiple rocket launchers and Msta-A and Vena artillery cannons."

But wait, Bug Pit readers are saying. Didn't we just hear in April that Russia had cut off arms sales to Azerbaijan, in particular of several military aircraft deals that were in the works? That doesn't necessarily contradict today's news, given that the latter refers to various deals already signed. An interesting paragraph in the Reuters piece:

A source at the Russian Defence Ministry said the order had been on hold for some time to avoid upsetting the military balance in the South Caucasus, where Russia has a military base in Armenia and an agreement to defend the country if it comes under attack. But the deal had been pushed through at the behest of Russia's powerful arms industry, he said.

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june 2013
Petition filed in Supreme Court against US drone strikes in FATA – The Express Tribune
ISLAMABAD: A petition filed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday has sought the court’s direction to the federal government to stop US drone strikes which has contributed to the deaths of innocents in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Mado Jan filed the petition under Article 184(3) of constitution, listing the federation through secretaries Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Information and US diplomats as respondents.

The petitioner argued that according to a report from political authorities of North Waziristan Agency, 896 civilians in the district have been killed by drone attacks over the last five years till December 2012. The attacks also left at least 209 people with serious injured. Only 47 foreigners were killed and six injured.

Similarly, in South Waziristan Agency 70 drone strikes were carried out in the last five years till June 2012. Jan stated that 553 local civilians were killed and 126 injured in those attacks.

The petitioner mentioned that the National and Provincial Assemblies of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan passed the resolutions but the respondents did not take the necessary steps to restrain drone attacks.

He complained that TV news channels and journalists have showed no interest in demanding permission to visit the site of a drone strike and show the real picture of drone devastation.

The petitioner contended that the drone strikes, with or without the consent of respondents, against its citizens was in violation of Article 245 of the Constitution of Pakistan. Under the constitution, he argued that the Armed Forces can be called either to defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war or to act in aid of civil power.

Jan added that Pakistan’s Armed Forces are fully prepared for national defence. He quoted Brig (retd) Masood’s statement that Pakistan has the capability to shoot down drones, but the government does not wish to spoil relations with the United States.

The killing of Pakistani citizens on a large scale is an offence of murder for which US President Barack Obama and others should be dealt with in accordance with the law, Jan stated.
june 2013
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