• Sri Lankan constitution: The strategy of doublespeak0

     By Ana Pararajasingham    It is hard to refute the assertion that the conflict in Sri Lanka between the Sinhala-dominated state and the Tamil people is directly attributable to the unitary constitution under which the island was granted its independence by Britain in 1948. Unitary constitutions crafted on the principle of “one person, one vote”

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  • President Erdogan’s visit to Iran and emerging Turkey-Iran relations!0

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    • October 30, 2017

    – Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal 30/10/2017 Even as it is losing intentional prestige and credibility as a real mediator for peace anywhere in the world, USA is committed to shielding terrorist Israel by misusing its veto from any international punishment at the UN. As the Turkish diplomatic profile taking a final shape in recent times,

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  • Why India Lacks a Great Power Status1

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    • October 30, 2017

    It is evident that to become a regional hegemon; one has to believe in an expansionist policy that means expanding across one’s territory and building the most powerful state in one’s region. Also, the state also has to check the power of the other states in its region for dominance. No doubt, India practices the

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  • Self-Determination Means Different Things in Quebec, Catalonia and Punjab0

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    • October 29, 2017

    By Kanwar Sandhu on 28/10/2017 While the UN Charter provides for the right of self-determination of peoples, not all cases are the same. Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh’s statement on the subject has opened a Pandora’s box. Canadian leader Jagmeet Singh. Credit: Reuters/Mark Blinch Earlier this week, the Canadian leader Jagmeet Singh opened a Pandora’s box

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  • How Israel is helping Myanmar army against Rohingya1

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    • October 29, 2017

    Shailaja Neelakantan | NEW DELHI: Israel has refused to stop supplying arms to the Myanmar army, which human rights groups say is involved in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims+ , saying, “the matter is clearly diplomatic”, reported online news portal Middle East Eye (MEE). Not just that, Israeli arms companies like TAR Ideal Concepts

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  • TIBETANS SHOULD BELIEVE THAT INDEPENDENCE POSSIBLE0

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    • October 28, 2017

        Some of the recent observations and comments made in social media by the number of Tibetans living as refugees or citizens in other countries give an impression that some of them may be losing confidence that independence of Tibet would happen in their lifetime. Some of them seem to think that such hope

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  • India is not a democracy but ‘demon-o-cracy’0

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    • October 28, 2017

    India as per its constitution, is a secular nation but secularism has been blatantly misused by the majority of political parties in the country. The Congress party, which held power for most of the period since independence from the British rule in 1947, openly indulged in communal appeasement. The following case is an apt example

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  • Hamid Karzai’s Call for a Grand Afghan Assembly Can Shake Up Politics in the Country0

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    • October 28, 2017

     By Anand K. Sahay on 27/10/2017  The former president’s public decision to lead political activity in that direction fundamentally means asking questions arising out of the US presence in Afghanistan. Former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai calls for urgent loya jirga to “resolve the crisis in the country”, October 12, 2017. Credit: YouTube Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s

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  • Hadiya Knows What She Wants. Why Is Nobody Listening?0

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    • October 28, 2017

    By K. Satchidanandan on 27/10/2017 The case in Kerala is not about religion. It is about a woman whose basic rights are being curtailed by the courts, her parents and self-styled protectors. Shafin Jahan and Hadiya. Credit: Facebook/Hadiya The case in Kerala around Hadiya – a woman formerly named Akhila who converted from Hinduism to Islam of

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  • ‘They shot my two daughters in front of me’: Rohingya tell heartbreaking stories of loss and forced migration0

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    • October 28, 2017

    A military crackdown has led to staggering 600,000 people fleeing Myanmar on foot since late August. Ronan Lee, Author provided Ronan Lee, Deakin University If there’s anything positive about the sprawling Rohingya refugee camps near Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, it’s that the residents – despite their appalling recent experiences and obvious deprivation – are at least

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  • Crown Prince Mohammed’s vow to moderate Saudi Islam: Easier said than done0

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    • October 28, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent disavowal of the kingdom’s founding religious ideology had a master’s voice quality to it. His words could have literally come out of the mouth of his Emirati counterpart and mentor, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, but with one major difference: the UAE unlike the

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  • Southeast Asia’s Democratic Decline in the America First Era0

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    • October 27, 2017

    President Trump’s administration appears little troubled by the sharp democratic decline in Southeast Asia—but it should be, for economic and security reasons. Expert Brief by Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia October 27, 2017         Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shakes hands with U.S. President Donald J. Trump in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2017. Joshua Roberts/Reuters Southeast

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  • World Uyghur Congress Stockholm Youth Advocacy Training Seminar Concludes0

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    • October 27, 2017

    Posted on October 16, 2017, in News Training & Capacity Building WHAT’S NEW WUC Events World Uyghur Congress, 16 October 2017 The World Uyghur Congress held a successful Uyghur youth advocacy training workshop in Stockholm, Sweden over the weekend, which brought together many interested Uyghur participants eager to speak and eager to learn about how

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  • Xi Jinping heralds ‘new era’ of Chinese power at Communist party congress0

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    • October 27, 2017

    At start of week-long meeting, president tells delegates in 3hr 23min speech to ‘strive with endless energy toward national rejuvenation’  Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives for the opening of the 19th national congress of the Communist party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters Wednesday 18 October 2017 00.54 EDTLast

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