International

India in crisis

By Lal Khan  The patterns of social and economic development in India are so uneven that the country can be presented as a museum of historical materialism. Housing about twenty percent of world’s population, India hosts more than forty percent of its poverty. At the same time, it was the largest buyer of arms from the military industrial complexes around the ...

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Editorial: Canadian Concerns Over Human Rights Violation in Balochistan

Though, the human rights violation in Balochistan is not being taken seriously by the state authorities, the world community is becoming aware of this burning issue and concerns are being expressed.  Recently the Canadian foreign affairs’ minister has expressed worries over human rights abuse in Balochistan. This move came in response to a letter of the coordinator of International Voice ...

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Bangladesh top Jamaat-e-Islami leader sentenced to 90 years in jail

A special Bangladesh court convicts Ghulam Azam, the former leader of Jamaat-e-Islami party of masterminding atrocities during the 1971 war of independence. Bangladeshi officials and judicial sources say Azam was sentenced to 90 years in jail for his involvement in mass killings during the war. “He was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt in all five charges. The tribunal observed that ...

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Noam Chomsky: The Arab World And The Supernatural Power of the United States

Mohammed Attar Interviews Noam Chomsky   ( July 14, 2013, Beirut, Sri Lanka Guardian) During his recent visit to Beirut, American thinker and philosopher Noam Chomsky met with a group of independent Syrian media activists, aid workers and individuals active in cultural and economic spheres. Chomsky had made it clear that he had come to listen to them; to lend ...

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Mandela; Godfather Of Neo-Apartheid South Africa

By Thomas C. Mountain As Nelson Mandela lays on his death bed his legacy as the godfather of neo-Apartheid South Africa has been firmly established. Today in South Africa life for many if not most is nearly as precarious and undignified as when Mandela was first inaugurated as President some 20 years ago. So the best way to describe “modern” ...

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Egyptian Army Coup Topples Islamist President Mursi

By Johannes Stern & Alex Lantier The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, following four days of nationwide mass protests, has placed power in the hands of a military junta which is committed to the defense of the economic interests of the country’s ruling class and to the geo-political aims of American imperialism. The removal of the hated Mursi regime ...

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Freedom of speech: A good lesson from Bangladesh

  A Bangladeshi court on June 28, 2013, sentenced nine junior opposition politicians to life in prison for murdering a newspaper journalist, who had published a series of reports on corruption. The court in Bangladesh sentenced the junior opposition leaders for the murder of a journalist Gauatam Das killed in 2005. Gautam Das, 33, Faridpur bureau chief of Bengali daily Samakal, was strangled ...

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Bangladeshi jailed for Facebook death threat to PM

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi university lecturer was sentenced to jail in absentia on Thursday for threatening to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and defaming her on Facebook, a prosecutor said. A court sentenced Hafizur Rahman Rana, a lecturer at a prestigious university, to seven years in jail for posting the comments last April during a protest on campus, prosecutor Tapash Kumar ...

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US aims to salvage Afghan peace talks with trip to Hamid Karzai

By Ben Farmer, Doha James Dobbins was expected at the Afghan president’s palace after flying from Qatar, with the US still trying to soothe Afghan anger over last week’s opening of a Taliban political office in the Gulf state. The veteran diplomat, who is Washington’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, must also revive long-running security talks with Kabul after they were cancelled by ...

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US and Afghanistan reaffirm commitment to Taliban talks

By Reuters A White House statement said Mr Obama and Mr Karzai held a video conference call in which they also talked about US and Afghan plans for the handover of security to Afghan forces as US troops seek to exit by the end of 2014. A brazen assault by Taliban militants on Tuesday cast doubt on attempts at peace talks. ...

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