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UN Climate Summit 2014 — Change Is In The Air!

New York, 27 August 2014 — Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies, the UN ...

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Bangladesh: crippling cost of Climate Change Adaptation

With 140 million inhabitants, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries. It is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country’s history but they have intensified in recent years. As a result of the long exposure to these hazards, Bangladesh is a world leader in adaptation strategies but this has come with a h ...

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Cantonese closer to the classics

A reader’s Letter to the Editor appeared in the South China Morning Post by Ben, Lok Pan Tsang, of Yuen Long in the New Territories where he refers to a report titled "A question of characters", published August 18, 2014 in the same newspaper. The issue raised was that of using Putonghua as medium of instruction for Chinese language in schools. “Cantonese is the language that the majority of Hongkongers spe ...

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Births in Vietnam Confirm Genre Breach

Hanoi, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) The gender breach in births in Vietnam confirm the prediction that by 2050, more than four million men will have difficulties to find a female spouse in the country. The latest statistics presented by the director of the Population and Family Planning Department, Duong Quoc Trong, show that in the first semester of 2014, there were 144 men per every 100 women. Doung told a new ...

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Our humanist politics – Which world inspires it?

 NOTES OF AN EXCHANGE OF FERNANDO GARCIA WITH FRIENDS OF THE HUMANIST PARTY OF INDIA. India’s Semi-annual Get-together - with friends of the Humanist Movement and Silo’s Message. Madhupur (Jharkhand, India), July, 18-20, 2014. Dear friends, as you all know, I no longer collaborate with the Humanist Party of India. Maybe I am not acquainted with many details about politics in society and its formal democracy ...

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Over 20,000 fleeing terror in Myanmar

Over 20,000 People Risked Their Lives in Indian Ocean Sea Crossings in Half a Year — Many Are Muslims Fleeing Terror in Myanmar Human Wrongs Watch Over 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the Indian Ocean in the first half of this year, many of them Rohingya who fled Myanmar, according to a new report released on 22 August 2014 by the United Nations refugee agency.  Feature photo shows fish ...

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Assam journalists condemn US scribe’s beheading in Syria

Guwahati: The Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has joined in the chorus of condemnations against the abduction, murder and subsequent uploading of the visual of beheading a journalist by the militants in the conflict-ridden Syria. The scribes’ forum from eastern India expressed deepest shock at the incident and urged the media fraternity of the globe to come one and all condemning the brutal act. By Nava J. T ...

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Stop Attacks on Environmental Campaigners!

Stop Attacks on Environmental Campaigners! Human Wrongs Watch BALI, 20 August 2014 (IRIN)* – Amid increasing documentation of attacks on people engaged in environmental activism, experts are calling for a global protection regime to defend and support campaigners subjected to harassment and abuse. “We need to come up with an umbrella organization that looks after environmental activists’ rights and is in a ...

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East and Southeast Asia, World’s Largest Markets for Synthetic Drugs

East and Southeast Asia, World’s Largest Markets for Synthetic Drugs — Major Drag on Development Human Wrongs Watch 20 August 2014 – East and Southeast Asia remain the world’s largest markets for synthetic drugs, and the methamphetamine problem is showing signs of accelerating, according to senior policy, law enforcement and justice delegates at a special regional conference organized by UN Office on Drugs ...

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Boycotting armed militants on auspicious days

A decade back, when I used to contribute news based articles with photographs for various media outlets, I had an astonishing experience. I sent a photograph relating the Independence Day (I-Day) celebration in Guwahati Press Club for a New Delhi based news magazine. At that time, the observation of I-Day (also the Republic Day on January 26) in the insurgency-stricken northeast India was a mere government ...

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