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India’s Women Lose the Election

By Manipadma Jena for IPS NEW DELHI, Apr 21 2014 (IPS) - “Men just do not want to give up their seats, it’s as simple as that,” says 67-year-old candidate in the Indian election Subhhasini Ali, voicing a gloomy view across women’s groups in India. Ali, a two-time member of Parliament and key functionary of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), an arm of the Communist Party of India-Marxists ...

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Multilingualism in Bangladesh

We belong to an age where global distances are decreasing rapidly. To be an active part of the global village, co-operation through exchanging our various diversities is a continuous necessity. Diversities exist at all levels of life, and in every nook and corner of the world. Among the components, language is undoubtedly the most marked. Language allows understanding of each other and can unite different t ...

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Missile Frigate Abu Bakr visits Hong Kong

The BNS Abu Bakr, a Bangladesh navy missile frigate, was in transit Hong Kong for a couple of day 13 April to 15 April 2014, on its way to Qingdao for the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) and Multilateral Maritime Exercise (MMEx) held in this port city in China's Shandong province. In Hong Kong a friendly get-together and party was held on board the Abu Bakr, organised by the Consulate and the ship’s ...

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Peace in Mindanao – the Hard Work Starts Now

By Marte Hellema* and Augusto Miclat Jr.** On 27 March a historic agreement was signed in the Malacanang Grounds in the Philippines. The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) promises to bring peace, stability and prosperity to a region that has been terrorized by violent conflict for decades. But those wh ...

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Philippines: A Day with Yolanda Victims

Recalling typhoon Yolanda that hit the Philippines so severely, Pressenza revisits the scene with a letter of appreciation to all those who helped out in those very difficult days and to remind the world that the plight on many continues today. We also gain insight into how it feels to be among the victims and to be a family member away from the scene. A Day with Yolanda Victims by:  Niday R. Mayor          ...

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Closing media enterprises in northeast India

When the media fraternity of Assam intensifies its activities for electoral coverage relating to India's national election for 16th Lok Sabha starting on April 7, the sad news broke. The management of Shillong Times Private limited has closed down the publication of Sangbad Lahari, a Bengali daily newspaper simultaneously published from Guwahati and Shillong. By Nava J. Thakuria As the closure notice (Ref n ...

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Is India on a Totalitarian Path? Arundhati Roy on Corporatism, Nationalism and World’s Largest Vote

By Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! As voting begins in India in the largest elections the world has ever seen, we spend the hour with Indian novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy. Nearly 815 million Indians are eligible to vote, and results will be issued in May. One of India’s most famous authors — and one of its fiercest critics — Roy is out with a new book, "Capitalism: A Ghost Story," which dives into Indi ...

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Afghanistan’s Tryst with History: A Crucial Weekend for Afghans

On Saturday April 5, Afghans will gear up for their tryst with history by taking part in elections. This presidential election is by far the most significant event in 2014 in Afghanistan, and possibly one of the most important in the contemporary history of the country. Evidently, Afghan leaders throughout history have left the Palace (Aarg – now the presidential palace) only under the gun by either abdicat ...

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Sri Lanka: Patriotism without justice is pure bluff

Human beings, however poor or however oppressed, seek justice in the same way. Even a tuberculosis patient looks for fresh air. All wisdom traditions have associated justice as having the same character as fresh air. To deny justice is to deny a fundamental condition of being human. If a person cannot get fresh air in the normal way, they have to be provided with air through artificial means of giving oxyge ...

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UN Human Rights Experts Denounce Land-grabbing, Forced Evictions in Viet Nam

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts on 26 March 2014 called on the Vietnamese Government to “intervene urgently” in a case of forced eviction of the last remaining residents of Con Dau, a small village located on the outskirts of Da Nang city in the centre of the country.* “This appears to be a clear case of land grabbing for the benefit of private entrepreneurs and at the expense of ...

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