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  • Community-Based Engagement Critical to Achieving SDGs0

    By Santo D. Banerjee 25 July 2019 IDN NEW YORK (IDN) – The eight-day High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was eclipsed by reports indicating that current efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being undermined by climate change and escalating inequalities. Yet, the situation is not irredeemable, concluded the Forum and called for an increased critical

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  • Outrage After German Ambassador to India Visits Paramilitary RSS Headquarters0

    By OFMI* 25 July IDN This article is the eighth in a series of joint productions of South Asian Outlook and IDN-InDepthNews, flagship of the International Press Syndicate. NAGPUR, India (IDN) — Controversy is raging after Germany’s Ambassador to India, Walter Lindner, visited the Nagpur, Maharashtra headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on July 17 despite the group’s

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  • An Aborted University and Squandered Opportunity in Sri Lanka0

    Viewpoint by Dr. Ameer Ali 25 July 2019 IDN A modern Muslim university is an absolute need of our time, and it will be a sound first step to reform even the madrasas eventually, writes Dr. Ameer Ali, a lecturer in economics at the School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia. The aborted university project

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  • Iran at the Edge of a Cliff as the Bomb Question Hangs Fire0

    Trump Scrapped Security Council Endorsed Nuclear Deal Viewpoint by Jonathan Power 25 July 2019 IDN LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – There’s never been a full-scale war between two nuclear-armed states. If Iran one day did cross the nuclear threshold the same deterrence will apply. No one rational would want to provoke their own incineration. Columbia university

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  • Moulding Muslim Culture in Sri Lanka Echoes Chinese Uighur Experiment0

    by Dr Ameer Ali 11 July 2019 The writer is a lecturer in economics at the School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia. PERTH (IDN) – The July 7 ‘Rally of the Un-Enlightened‘, that fizzled out without the expected turnout of 10,000 Buddhist monks, was the most emphatic demonstration yet by the majority

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  • Sri Lanka’s Strategic Location Incites US-China Rivalry0

    By Kalinga Seneviratne 4 July 2019 SINGAPORE (IDN) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled a scheduled visit to Sri Lanka on June 27 as part of his ‘Indo-Pacific’ tour citing “unavoidable scheduling conflicts”, according to the United States Embassy in Colombo. But they might more precisely have said, the visit was dropped “due to unavoidable

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  • Tunisia Forces Bangladeshi Migrants to Return Home0

    IDN-InDepthNews | 27 June 2019 By Lisa Vives, Global Information Network New York (IDN) – A shipload of desperate Bangladeshi migrants was told to turn the boat around and go home by Tunisian officials or be deprived of food, water and medicines. The migrants, trapped on a merchant ship off Tunisia for three weeks, were

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  • Beware the Early Warning Signs of Legitimising Repression of Minority Rights0

    Photo: Screenshot of IISS Video of China’s defense chief Wei Fenghe addressing the Shangri-La Dialogue meeting in Singapore, June 2, 2019. Viewpoint by James M. Dorsey 6 June 2019 James M. Dorsey – a senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, an adjunct senior research fellow at the National University

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  • Ancient Silk Route Hub Gets Ready for Modern Tourism0

    By Kalinga Seneviratne 30 May 2019 BUKHARA, Uzbekistan (IDN) – The city of Bukhara was a major trading hub of the ancient Silk Routes that connected Asia to the Arab world and Europe. With the Uzbekistan government’s lifting of restrictions on foreign tourists in 2016 and global interests on the ancient Silk Routes gathering momentum,

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  • Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile, Affirms Willingness for Dialogue with India0

    By Ayaz Gul 30 May 2019 This article first appeared on Voice of America on May 23, 2019. ISLAMABAD (IDN-INPS) – Pakistan says it has successfully conducted a “training launch” of a ballistic missile capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads up to 1,500 kilometers. The move came amid Pakistan’s heightened military tensions with

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  • The UN Security Council Must Stop US Going To War With Iran0

    May 22, 2019 By IDN By Jonathan Power* Amnesty International reported on March 11 that an Iranian lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, has been sentenced to 38 years in jail and 148 lashes. She has dedicated her life to defending women accused of removing their hijabs in public. The persecution of human rights dissidents in Iran appears

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  • Human Survival Lies in the Balance as the Charade of NPT Diplomacy is Wearing Thin0

    Viewpoint by Dr Joseph Gerson* 17 May 2019 NEW YORK (IDN) – Expectations for the outcome of this year’s NPT Preparatory Committee were low at best. Not surprisingly, given the nuclear powers’ reliance on their genocidal and omnicidal arsenals and pressures building for nuclear weapons proliferation, these expectations were not exceeded. As the Bulletin of

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  • Karzai Blames U.S., Pakistan For Afghanistan Chaos0

    Photo: Snapshot of Hamid Karzai’s Interview with NTV Russia. Courtesy: Office of Hamid Karzai. By Kalinga Seneviratne    16/6/2018 BONN (IDN) – Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blamed the United States and Pakistan for the chaos created in his country over the past two decades. He firmly believes that the West, including Germany, should

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  • Sri Lanka Celebrating Independence In Chains Of Its Own Making 0

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    • February 4, 2018

    February 4, 2018 IDN By IDN By Kalinga Seneviratne While Sri Lanka “celebrates” 70 years of independence from British colonial rule this month, its sovereignty is being threatened as never before since gaining independence in 1948 – tempting one to remark that Sri Lanka is celebrating ‘independence in chains’. The strategically placed Indian ocean island

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