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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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U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Democracy Now! Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The tsunami’s immediate death toll was more than 15,000, with close to 3,000 still missing. Casualties are still mounting, though, both in Japan and much farther away. The impact of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown on health and the environment is seve ...

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Taiwan: Sunflower Student Movement

Sunflower Student Movement March 22, 2014 Kerim What is happening1 in Taiwan? The best introductory text to the events immediately preceding the protest is this piece by J. Michael Cole in The Diplomat: Thousands of Taiwanese were surrounding and occupying the Legislative Yuan (LY) in Taipei on March 19 after legislators from the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) expedited the review process of a servi ...

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