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  • Media: Now A Danger To Democracy Read more >

    Media: Now A Danger To Democracy

    SUKUMAR MURALIDHARAN. Thursday, October 13,2016 NEW DELHI: Since the September 18 attack on an Indian army post in the north Kashmir town of Uri, the media in this country has plunged into a mood of bellicosity, extreme even by its usual standards. It was a matter of some convenience that in the near-religious fervour with […]

  • U.N. Rights Commissioner  Calls Trump ‘Dangerous’ Read more >

    U.N. Rights Commissioner Calls Trump ‘Dangerous’

    GENEVA — A top United Nations official joined the criticism of Donald J. Trump on Wednesday, warning that his election would threaten international stability. While much of the recent furor against Mr. Trump has focused on a 2005 recording in which he made exceptionally vulgar remarks about women, the United Nations high commissioner for human […]

  • Saudi Arabia condemns passage of US 9/11 law Read more >

    Saudi Arabia condemns passage of US 9/11 law

    US law that would allow families of victims to sue Saudi government a matter of “great concern”, foreign ministry says. The US Congress voted to allow relatives to sue for damages related to the September 11, 2001 attacks [EPA]The US Congress voted to allow relatives to sue for damages related to the September 11, 2001 […]

  • Sri Lankan Civil Society Calls On Indian Government To Release HRD Khurram Parvez Read more >

    Sri Lankan Civil Society Calls On Indian Government To Release HRD Khurram Parvez

    (Khurram Parvez; Image- scroll.in) (SLB/23rd September 2016) Number of Sri Lankan Civil Society groups and individuals has called on the Indian Government to release Mr. Khurram Parvez, Chairperson of the Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) and Program Coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS). Mr. Parvez was barred by immigration authorities in […]

  • Intolerance In the Time of Modi Read more >

    Intolerance In the Time of Modi

    (Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during Independence Day celebrations in Delhi, 15 August 2016,  REUTERS/Adnan Abidi) This statement was originally published on pen-international.org on 19 September 2016. An inefficient legal system and what amounts to unchecked abuse of vague and overbroad legislation have contributed to a chilling effect on free speech within […]

  • States May Shut My Office Out – But They Will Not Shut Us Up; Neither Will They Blind Us – Rights Commissioner Zeid Read more >

    States May Shut My Office Out – But They Will Not Shut Us Up; Neither Will They Blind Us – Rights Commissioner Zeid

    (UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Photo: AFP)) Human Rights Council. Opening Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, 13 September 2016. Mr President, Excellencies, Colleagues and Friends, I am honoured to open this first session of the Council’s second decade. After two years […]

  • Newspaper Journalist Murdered in India Read more >

    Newspaper Journalist Murdered in India

    Bangkok, August 24, 2016 – Authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat should credibly investigate the murder of journalist Kishore Dave and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Dave, Junagadh bureau chief for the regional daily Jai Hind, was found dead in his office on August 22, according […]

  • Europe’s Freedom of Speech Fail Read more >

    Europe’s Freedom of Speech Fail

    Even historic defenders of speech like Denmark and the United Kingdom are starting to choose “social harmony” over free expression. By Jacob Mchangama Over the past decade, there has been a global decline in respect for freedom of expression. And Europe’s democracies — traditionally understood to be places in which these rights are both honored […]

  • 3 Factors that Could Hold Europe Together Read more >

    3 Factors that Could Hold Europe Together

    Written by Jennifer Blanke. Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. – William Butler Yeats “But we are strong, each in our […]

  • I Want My Country Back Read more >

    I Want My Country Back

    This was never a referendum on the EU. It was a referendum on the modern world. BY LAURIE PENNY. This morning, I woke up in a country I do not recognise. David Cameron’s big gamble – the future of Britain against his personal political ambitions – has backfired so badly that we’ve blasted clean out […]

  • Torture in American Style, Reveled Read more >

    Torture in American Style, Reveled

    (Documents detail how to enforce sleep deprivation, limit the caloric intake of food and the correct positions required for waterboarding) The CIA has declassified documents about the brutal interrogation techniques it used on terrorist suspects following the 9/11 attacks. Among the 50 guidelines, disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information request by the American Civil […]

  • U.N. Secretary-General Front-Runner Faces Internal Uproar Read more >

    U.N. Secretary-General Front-Runner Faces Internal Uproar

    (Helen Clark is one of the leading candidates to succeed Ban Ki-moon, but critics inside Turtle Bay say she’s weakening the U.N.’s promotion of human rights.) By Colum Lynch. Helen Clark, the U.N.’s development czar, has emerged as a front-runner in the race for U.N. secretary-general, inspiring international hopes that a powerful woman could lead […]

  • Buddhist Heritage Emerging As A Major Plank in Asian Diplomacy Read more >

    Buddhist Heritage Emerging As A Major Plank in Asian Diplomacy

    By P.K.Balachandran COLOMBO: Buddhist heritage is emerging as a major plank in Asian diplomacy. South, South East and East Asian countries are using Buddhism and their Buddhist heritage to build bridges with each other, going beyond traditional parameters like geographic proximity and strategic and economic necessity. India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first […]

  • Polls: Sanders Has More Potential to Beat Trump Read more >

    Polls: Sanders Has More Potential to Beat Trump

    Recent data show Sanders has double-digit lead in support over Republican candidate while Clinton would face tight race. Sanders has performed best in “open” primaries, which independent voters are allowed to participate in [EPA] By Ryan Rifai. Recent polls have demonstrated that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds a much higher potential to defeat Donald […]

  • Duterte, Who Promised to KiIl All criminals,  Wins Philippine Presidential Election Read more >

    Duterte, Who Promised to KiIl All criminals, Wins Philippine Presidential Election

    Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte speaks to supporters during an election campaign rally ahead of the presidential and vice presidential elections, in Manila on May 7, 2016 (AFP Photo/Mohd Rasfan) Ayee Macaraig. Manila (AFP) – Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte stormed to a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to poll monitor data released Tuesday, […]

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