• The Gulf crisis produces snail-pace social change and a dangerous arms race0

    By James M. Dorsey A two-month old crisis pitting Qatar against an alliance led by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is proving to be a double-edged sword.On the one hand, it has revived momentum for unprecedented, albeit snail-paced social reforms, initially sparked by Qatar’s winning bid for the 2022 soccer World Cup. Those

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  • NE Dispatch: Former IB Chief Interlocutor for Manipur Peace Talks; Majauli Has Shrunk by 28%0

    By Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty on 12/08/2017 A roundup of this week’s news from the northeast. The UPF/KNO peace talks with representatives of the central and Manipur governments in New Delhi. Credit: Twitter Manipur: Centre appoints former IB director as interlocutor for the KNO/UPF peace talks On August 9, the Narendra Modi government named former director of

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  • INDIAN SCIENTISTS TAKE OUT PROTEST MARCH– SHOULD THEY COMPLAIN OR INTROSPECT?0

    Recently, some scientists across India participated in a ‘March for Science’ demanding greater budgets for research and curbs on “pseudo-science.” They demanded that the Government of India allot at least 3% of the GDP for scientific and technological research. They also wanted the government to allocate 10% of the GDP for science education. The protest

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  • Book Review: The prima materia of Myanmar Buddhist Culture by Shwe Lu Maung0

    By Habib Siddiqui Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a resource rich country in southeast Asia, bordering Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, and Thailand. The country of nearly 52 million people is going through a mammoth change these days. The old men of the military that ran the country for more than half a century have been displaced

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  • Darshan Lal becomes first Hindu in Pakistan’s Cabinet in 20 years0

    WorldFP StaffAug, 06 2017 For the first time in twenty years, Pakistan’s Cabinet will have a Hindu member. President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday sworn-in the new Cabinet led by interim prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, which also included Dr Darshan Lal, a PML-N legislator from Sindh province. According to Reuters, Lal was allotted the responsibility

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  • Taliban Leader Feared Pakistan Before He Was Killed0

    By CARLOTTA GALL and RUHULLAH KHAPALWAK AUG. 9, 2017 The vehicle that was carrying Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the Taliban leader, was destroyed by a drone strike last year in Ahmad Wal, Pakistan. Credit Abdul Malik/Associated Press KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — In the hours before he was killed in an American drone strike, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour,

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  • India: Sense of fear, insecurity growing among Muslims!0

    12th Vice President of India. Image credit : Wikipedia. -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Outgoing Vice President of India and outstanding Indian educationalist Hamid Ansari has rightly said that India is fast moving toward a terrocracy* as Muslims are being targeted by a powerful section of majority Hindus, and there is a feeling of unease and

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  • Silent for Decades, Chinese-Indians Interned at Deoli After 1962 War Are Ready to Speak0

    By Devirupa Mitra on 11/08/2017 The former internees settled in Canada and the US will hold a peaceful demonstration before the Indian high commission in Ottawa on August 24. A memorial in Canada for the Chinese-Indian internees of Deoli. Credit: Facebook/Association of India Deoli Camp Internees 1962 New Delhi: In two weeks, a group of elderly Chinese-Indians

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  • Human Security Challenges in India1

    By Huma Tariq Due to its fastest growing economy, India is home to the world’s richest people, but it is also a home to the world’s poorest people because its wealth is hardly redistributed across the population. According to World Bank Ranking, India is in top ten growing economies of the world. India’s economic prospects

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  • The Sinister Origins Of The World Bank & IMF0

    The unwritten goal of the World Bank and the IMF – one that has been enforced with a vengeance – has been to integrate countries into the capitalist world economy. Despite all the rhetoric about development and the alleviation of poverty, the central function of these multilateral lending institutions has been to draw the rulers

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  • A Story of Racism in India0

    A Story of Racism in India By Sadiya Abubakar on 10/08/2017 They look at us with eyes that say ‘I know you are an African, you are poor, you were once slaves and now you have come here for salvation from poverty’ – that is the only image of Africa Indians have. African students in Bangalore

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  • Genocides of Tamils and Indo-Sri Lanka relations!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Sri Lankan regime, committed only to protect and promote majority Sinhalese, continues to attack the helpless Tamil fishermen on the sea but Lankan-Tamil relations have been ancient. The relationship between India and Sri Lanka is more than 2,500 years old with both countries having a legacy of intellectual, cultural, religious and linguistic

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  • Future of AAP: Kejriwal under Congress-BJP scanners! (Part-1)0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that came to power in Delhi as a rude shock to the then leading parties like Congress and BJP ruling the state capital state alternatively since the Delhi state came into being. Arvind Kejriwal, the crusader for social causes, led the political regime change in Delhi and

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  • Pakistan’s New Patriarchs0

    Pakistan’s New Patriarchs Mohammed Hanif AUG. 10, 2017 Malala Yousafzai during an interview in Nigeria in July. Credit Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters KARACHI, Pakistan — There is an increasingly popular formula for political TV talk shows in Pakistan. A young, well-groomed and articulate woman introduces one or two or sometimes six middle-aged, gray-haired men, and asks them

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