Tuesday Headlines

A group of six Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and with explosives strapped to their bodies stormed a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan Tuesday, killing at least 126 people, mostly students. More than 100 others have been wounded in the attack.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bloody attack, reports the London Telegraph.

Donor Countries Need To Meet Developing Nations’ Tech Needs The global middle class is expected to grow from 1.8 billion in 2009 to 4.9 billion by 2030. Much of this will occur in developing countries where 70 percent of global economic activity will emerge by 2050, write Daniel F. Runde andJeremiah Magpile of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

However, as these countries develop so to do new challenges, particularly with regard for the need for infrastructure and technological advances. The authors contend that donor nations need to adopt new approaches to providing assistance to meet those needs and to “leverage science and technology to build institutional and human capacity in developing countries and foster an enabling environment for future innovation, and ultimately economic growth.”

US Is Losing The War Against ISIS
Tom Rogan writes in National Review of the war against ISIS that “every day that ISIS grows in strength, Iraq’s sectarian infection deepens,” which is also “suffocating any chance for consensual politics.”

The devolution into chaos is, in turn, feeding future jihadists.

“This division of sectarian hatred is also a growing threat to international security. The chaos feeds on itself, whether it’s ISIS selling jihadism to malcontents across the globe, or Iran flexing its muscles and setting off fears in the Sunni Arab monarchies (fear of Iran is one reason Kuwait and Qatar allow their citizens to donate to fanatical Salafi-Jihadists). In recent weeks, ISIS has been circulating pamphlets among its holy warriors that prescribe child rape. And every day, those who oppose ISIS are tortured, executed, and then desecrated; a recent video shows a Syrian soldier being decapitated and then used as a toy by a crowd of children. With an enemy such as this, failure is not an option,” he asserts.

Rebels Make Gains In Syria
Meanwhile, according to the BBC, Al-Nusra Front fighters and allied rebel factions have seized two Syrian army bases in the northern Idlib province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Fighters from al-Nusra Front and Jund al-Aqsa launched an offensive Sunday on the Wadi Deif base, outside the town of Maarat al-Numan and near the main highway linking Aleppo with Damascus, and had overtaken it by Monday.

Rebel fighters now appear to be in control of much of the countryside in Idlib province, though President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have maintained control of the city of Idlib, the provincial capital. Meanwhile, after backing a U.N. effort to negotiate local cease-fires in Syria, beginning with Aleppo, EU foreign ministers indicated they would engage with Iran and Russia, as well as Gulf countries, on Syria, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Russia’s Future In Europe Depends On Dealing With Its Past
Russia needs to come to terms with its past – what the Germans call Vergangenheitsbewaltigung – before it can have a constructive future in Europe. Paertel-Peeter Pere EU Observer.

When that time comes and if governments will then say we can finally resume normal relations with a fellow European nation, there will have to be a huge and inevitable change preceding that choice of words.

Europe will need to help Russia reconcile its past and help it to finally overcome the traumas Communism created. Only that will prevent a Putin 2.0. Only that can allow Russia become genuinely European, even if with a Russian twist to it.

In the 1990s and 2000s there was no emphasis put on this. After the collapse of the Soviet Union this malaise was left to linger on in Russia, only for someone like Putin to capitalise on it by restoring the Soviet anthem etc.

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