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  • Majority of UN Members Refuse to Fund UNHRC’s Sri Lanka Probe0

    Photo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena at the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 23. 18 June 2021 But would the West Respect the Majority Will? Viewpoint by Sugeeswara Senadhira COLOMBO (IDN) — Majority of members of the UN, especially from the Global South, have refused to

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  • US Withdrawal from Afghanistan and National Security0

    Image credit: The writers 18 June 2021 Viewpoint by Manish Uprety F.R.A.S. and Jainendra Karn Manish Uprety is an ex-diplomat & ALCAP’s Special Advisor for Asia & Africa and Jainendra Karn is a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not

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  • G7 Judged a ‘Colossal Failure’ for All the World to See0

    Photo: G7 leaders with their family members. @GretaTunberg 17 June 2021 Viewpoint by Jon Queally* PORTLAND | USA (IDN) — Anti-poverty groups, climate campaigners, and public health experts reacted with outrage and howls of disappointment Sunday after the G7 leaders who spent the weekend (June 11-13) at a summit in Cornwall, England issued a final

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  • An Indian Ocean Island That Comes with an Expiry Date0

    Top photo: Thalif Deen, the writer. By Thalif Deen* NEW YORK (IDN) — Just after a band of mercenaries tried to oust the government of the Maldives, I asked a Maldivian diplomat about the strength of his country’s standing army. “Standing army?”, the diplomat asked with mock surprise, “We don’t even have a sitting army.”

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  • From Battlefield to Fighting COVID — Sri Lankan Armed Forces Fight Invincible Terrorism0

    Photo: As directed by the Sri Lanka President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, together with authorities in the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Defence, the Army has thrown its full weight behind this national priority. Credit: Sri Lanka Army. Viewpoint By Sugeeswara Senadhira    21 May 2021 COLOMBO (IDN) — Today marks an important

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  • Viewing Post-American Afghanistan Through Looking Glass0

    Photo: Debris of Afghan civil war: A boy runs past a destroyed Soviet-made armoured tank on a Kabul street, Afghanistan. (File photo) In Depth News Viewpoint by M.K. Bhadrakumar       10 May 2021 The writer is a former Indian diplomat. This article was first published in the Indian Punchline. NEW DELHI (IDN) — Ex-CIA officer Bruce Riedel at Brookings

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  • ‘Human Rights’ and Ecological Crisis in Sri Lanka0

    IDN (In Depth News) Photo: Sri Lanka Sinharaja Forest Preserve. CC BY-SA 2.0 Viewpoint by Dr Asoka Bandarage The writer, a scholar and practitioner, has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Mount Holyoke (where she received tenure), Georgetown, American and other universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad COLOMBO (IDN) — The recent UN Human Rights

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  • UN Condemns ‘Shameful, Cowardly’ Attacks on Peaceful Protesters in Myanmar0

    Photo: People across ethnic and religious divides hold vigil in Yangon, Myanmar. Unsplash/Zinko Hein. Source: UN. IDN (In Depth News) By J Nastranis NEW YORK (IDN) — UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned in the strongest terms, the killing of dozens of civilians, including children and young people, by security forces in Myanmar on March

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  • Two Years On: Geopolitics of The 2019 Easter Sunday Crime in Sri Lanka and Cover-Up0

    IDN (In Depth News) Photo: Catholics, Buddhists and Muslims hold silent protest to demand the truth about the Easter Sunday massacre. Credit: SL Time, Colombo Page News Desk. The Weaponization of Religion Amid Hybrid Cold War in The Indian Ocean Region Viewpoint by Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake The writer is a cultural and medical anthropologist with research

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  • Profit Hungry Modi Government Ready to Risk Famine in India0

    Photo: The “Billionaire Raj” is preparing to turn India back from a country of hunger (on the 2020 Global Hunger Index, India is 94th out of 107 countries) to a country of famine. Child who starved to death during the Bengal famine of 1943. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Viewpoint by Justin Podur*      19 March 2021 This

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  • India’s Farmers’ Protests Threaten to Overturn the Political Landscape0

    Photo: A visual from a section of the Indian farmers’ protests on 3 January 2021. CC BY-SA 4.0   Viewpoint by Vijay Prashad* NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts (IDN) — For the past three months, Indian farmers and agricultural workers have been in the middle of a difficult struggle against the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tens

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  • India’s Farmers Fight for Their Rights and Existence0

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    • December 21, 2020

    Photo: File photo | Karnataka State Farmers Association members take part in a protest rally | PTI In Depth News (IDN)           21 December 2020 Viewpoint by Sonali Kolhatkar This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Sonali Kolhatkar is the founder, host and executive producer

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  • The Rich Historical Archive That Is the Indian Ocean0

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    • December 15, 2020

    Photo: The Indian Ocean could play a major role in future climate change. Credit: Earth.com By Isabel Hofmeyr and Charne Lavery*     15 December 2020 In the run-up to the COP26 climate change conference scheduled for November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland, The Conversation has prepared a five-part series entitled Oceans 21 examining the history and

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  • RCEP Augurs Hope for 10 ASEAN States and Their 5 Partners0

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    • November 30, 2020

    Image source: JUST 1 December 2020 Viewpoint by Chandra Muzaffar This article is being reproduced from the Website of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST) presided over by Dr Chandra Muzaffar. KUALA LUMPUR (IDN) – Amidst the gloom generated by the twin health and economic crises, the birth of the Regional Comprehensive Economic

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