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11.09.2016 IDN InDepthNews

Kazakhstan claims ‘moral right’ to push for banning nukes

Kazakhstan claims ‘moral right’ to push for banning nukes

By Ramesh Jaura BERLIN | ASTANA (IDN) – The fact that President Nursultan Nazarbayev shut down the Semipalatinsk test site “against the interests of the Soviet military authorities” even before the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan became “fully independent”, is not widely known. The decision reflected a strong political will,… »

06.09.2016 Deutsche Welle

Laos and the US: blood and secrets

Laos and the US: blood and secrets

Barack Obama is the first US President to visit Laos. Yet Laos has a long and painful history with the US, stretching back over 50 years. And this history is made up of a secret war, a secret army and a secret city. The history of the US intervention in… »

23.08.2016 IDN InDepthNews

August 29 reminds of the UN’s unfinished agenda

August 29 reminds of the UN’s unfinished agenda

By Ramesh Jaura for InDepthNews. For the seventh year in succession, the world would commemorate on August 29 the International Day against Nuclear Tests, which would coincide with the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan inherited from the Soviet… »

17.08.2016 Pressenza London

The Raksha Bandhan festival in Jammu, India

The Raksha Bandhan festival in Jammu, India

By Shilpa Thakur,  Photo Journalist. Indian women shop for ‘Rakhis’ or sacred threads in a market ahead of Raksha Bandhan festival in Jammu, India, 16 August 2016. The Raksha Bandhan, a Hindu festival celebrating the bond between sisters and brothers will be marked on 18 August. On… »

17.08.2016 Nava J. Thakuria

Defying diktat north-east India celebrates Independence Day

Defying diktat north-east India celebrates Independence Day

By Nava J Thakuria The people of India, except in Kashmir valley and parts of Manipur, celebrated 70th Independence Day on 15 August with great enthusiasm. Braving the odd, when the country witnessed violent acts in  Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur and also in Assam, patriotic citizens came in large… »

17.08.2016 IDN InDepthNews

Japan Shows the Way to Good Life with Little Growth

Japan Shows the Way to Good Life with Little Growth

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – The announcement was made on August 15 by Japan’s Finance Ministry: In the last quarter of the year the Japanese economy grew at an annualised rate of 0.2%. “One wonders if the economy will remain at a standstill for the rest of… »

15.08.2016 Pressenza IPA

Tony Henderson: A legend departs

Tony Henderson: A legend departs

Pressenza is devastated to learn of the passing away of our Asia-Pacific Editor, Tony Henderson, on Sunday the 14th of August, in the arms of his wife Mila, at the age of 74. Tony, originally from England’s North East region of Tyneside never lost his accent despite spending the majority… »

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