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Seagrave’s “The Marcos Dynasty

The Marcos Dynasty By Sterling Seagrave Harper & Row, 1988 What a revelation. Like many, I had heard some dubious things about The Marcos family but had not looked into their affairs or read about their times though I was in the Philippines just prior to their ousting-departure. The kids and I joined humanist pals demonstrating against their regime which my son Christian still recalls - being sent back ...

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India: no Park should remain isolated from others in these difficult times

Here we are, together, for this auspicious occasion in Madhubani. Madhubani, that was once graced by the visit of Gandhiji, a model of active non-violence. Madhubani, not very far from the places where Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavir were born and spread their message. I am happy, thankful and honoured to be here. Today we inaugurate the Multipurpose Hall of our Park for Study and Reflection named Narhi. Someb ...

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Mahatma Gandhi – The Jews In Palestine

The Jews In Palestine By Mahatma Gandhi Published in the Harijan 26-11-1938. Several letters have been received by me, asking me to declare my views about the Arab-Jew question in Palestine and the persecution of the Jews in Germany. It is not without hesitation that I venture to offer my views on this very difficult question. My sympathies are all with the Jews. I have known them intimately in South Africa ...

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Open Letter to the President of the Philippines

Mr. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III Dear Mr. President, As the gentle breeze of the bamboo nose flute reaches you, we raise our plight to your attention as we anticipate your report during your 5th annual State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 28, 2014. We commend you for embarking on the campaign to cleanse the government of corruption and gearing governance towards ‘tuwid na daan’ (straight path) which w ...

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Jokowi gets six percent margin to win Indonesia presidency

Karishma Vaswani was among ther first to report on Indonesia's controversial election result,for BBC world news, saying “Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has been declared the winner of Indonesia's hotly contested presidential election.” The election commission reported that Mr Widodo - widely known as Jokowi - won 53.15% of the vote with his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, getting 46.85%. Security was tigh ...

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Malaysian link to terror in Syria

Since April 2014, the Malaysian media has carried numerous stories of Malaysians who are directly or indirectly linked to terrorist groups operating in Syria, and to a lesser extent, Iraq. We are told that they see themselves as “jihadis” who are fighting for an Islamic cause. There are unconfirmed reports that some of them have been killed in the on-going conflict in Syria. By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar Police i ...

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Hong Kong – half million take to streets!

In Hong Kong there was a sit-in following a rally of a half a million citizens on July 1, the anniversary of the handover of the former British colony Hong Kong to China in 1997. China has promised Hong Kong a direct vote for the next chief executive in 2017 instead of election via committee, but still insists that a committee approve the candidates. Over 500 citizens arrested later. “There were 98,600 poli ...

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Gaza: no place to run

Israel continues its attacks on Palestine ignoring all calls for a ceasefire or cessation of the hostilities and as is usual the missiles of the Jewish state cause massive damage to the Palestine cities while the haphazardly directed rockets of Hamas mostly fall of un-populated areas, largely being a symbol of resistance. The UN has expressed its concern over the civilian casualties, saying that at least 70 ...

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Assam scribes urge clemency for Al-Jazeera journalists

Joining the international chorus for the FreeAJStaff campaign, an active scribes’ body of India has come out with the demand for immediately releasing of all journalists, who have been jailed in Egypt for allegedly taking side with the banned Muslim Brotherhood group ‘endangering Egypt's national security’. Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), a northeast India based scribes’ body, has also appealed to the Egypt ...

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Lack of Toilets Keeps Women Out of Politics

By Stella Paul MALLAMPETA, India, Jul 4 2014 (IPS) - Nine months after she was elected head of her village council, 36-year-old Krupa Shanti has overseen some significant changes in this rural outpost of Mallampeta, 570 km away from Hyderabad, capital of the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. “Since I took over, 300 people have got their Below the Poverty Line (BPL) ration cards and are receiving ...

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