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During Its Civil War, Sri Lanka Was a Garrison State; Will The Easter Attacks Turn It Back Into One?

The Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka against Christian targets that killed hundreds raises obvious concerns of remilitarizing a society still getting over the scars of war. The worst violence the country has seen since its longstanding civil war ended almost exactly ten years ago is naturally being discussed at least partly in that war’s context. But while the means of warfare are similar, the motivations are different.

Read Here – Modern War Institute

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Why Can’t India and Pakistan Stop Fighting Over Kashmir?

Pakistan has an army that cannot win the wars that it starts, and nuclear weapons that it cannot use, so it must demonstrate that India’s hegemonic goals are not unchallenged. This means that Pakistan must attack India through proxy actors under its nuclear umbrella, just to demonstrate that India has not defeated it or forced it into accepting the status quo. The easiest setting for any such demonstration is Kashmir—and that means the issue isn’t going to be resolved anytime soon.

Read Here – The National Interest

India Sent Alert, But Why Sri Lanka’s Guard Was Down

India passed on specific intelligence earlier this month to Sri Lankan authorities that a terrorist attack was imminent there. However, Sri Lanka’s guard was clearly down, with the country shut down since April 12 for the Sinhala-Tamil new year, Good Friday and Easter. It speaks of how much Sri Lanka has got used to its peace of the last decade that the warnings were not considered actionable by the security apparatus.

Read Here – The Indian Express

Also Read: What’s Behind The Terrorist Attacks In Sri Lanka?

Bombs Kill More Than 200 In Sri Lankan Churches, Hotels On Easter Sunday

Over 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago. Seven people were arrested and three police officers were killed during a security forces raid on a house in the Sri Lankan capital several hours after the rash of attacks, some of which officials said were suicide bombs.

Read Here – Reuters

Also Read: Why Sri Lanka Risks Return To Violence

 

Arab Leaders Call For Palestinian State, Condemn US’s Golan Move

Arab leaders meeting in Tunis have issued a renewed call for the establishment of a Palestinian state and condemned a move by the United States to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. Held in Tunisia’s capital, the 30th Arab League summit kicked off on Sunday against the backdrop of ongoing wars in Syria and Yemen, instability in Libya and mass anti-government protests in Algeria and Sudan, as well as a continuing boycott of Qatar by four fellow bloc members.

Read Here – Al Jazeera

Facebook’s Vulnerabilities Highlighted During A Terrible Week

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has had a very bad week, even in the context of a very bad year. The week of bad news actually started March 8 with a proposal from U.S. senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to break up the company. Then there was the longest-ever outage of Facebook’s social network and services, which almost overshadowed news of a criminal investigation into its data-agreements with other companies…But the ultimate blow came on Friday with the massacre of 50 people in New Zealand, live streamed on Facebook.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Also read: Why Tech Didn’t Stop The New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

India’s China Problem In Pakistan

The deadly terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir last month has triggered renewed questions about China’s continued protection of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. Will China continue to block international sanctions against JeM’s leader, Maulana Masood Azhar, who has claimed credit for the attack?

Read Here – Project Syndicate

We Should Have Seen This India-Pakistan Crisis Coming

This new crisis—and the attack that provoked it—should come as no surprise, given two notable trends over the last few years. First, JeM has been resurging after a period of relative inactivity, along with the public re-emergence of its leader, Masood Azhar…The other trend that makes the current India-Pakistan crisis unsurprising is the changing dynamics of instability in Jammu and Kashmir where the nature of the insurgency has shifted and become more locally driven in recent years…

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Also Read: Drivers, Decisions, Dilemmas: Understanding The Kashmir Crisis And Its Implications

Sri Lanka Political Crisis Deepens As One Dies In Shooting

One man died and two others were injured when shots were fired on October 28 in Sri Lankaas a constitutional crisis over the shock sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe turned violent. Bodyguards for Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga fired live rounds as a mob loyal to Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena besieged the Cabinet member in his office, police said.

Read Here – The Hindu

There’s No Path To Victory In Afghanistan

This month, for the first time, the U.S. armed forces are recruiting young men and women who weren’t yet born when the invasion of Afghanistan took place. The war has been going on for 17 years now (17-year-olds can enlist with parental consent), making it the longest war in American history. Yet we are no closer than we have ever been to accomplishing our objectives, in part because those objectives have been so sketchily, inconsistently, and unrealistically defined.

Read Here – Slate

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