Asia

19.07.2017

The Spiritual Shadows of Shahidul Alam

The Spiritual Shadows of Shahidul Alam

By Shahidul Alam Bait Ur Rouf, the Bangladeshi mosque of Dhaka where this photography was done, is a work of art. The sculptural quality, the use of light, the tranquility of the space, the intelligent use of geometry and the natural ventilation, are some of the features… »

16.07.2017

Enforced disappearances continue in Pakistan

Enforced disappearances continue in Pakistan

Pakistani officials answered to the UN Commission on Human Rights over forced abductions carried out by the military and intelligence services. It is the first time that United Nations authorities review Pakistan’s policies on human and civil rights. In the past few years cases of enforced disappearances have reached a… »

11.07.2017

Hundreds of thousands gather in Turkey to ‘revolt against injustice’

Hundreds of thousands gather in Turkey to ‘revolt against injustice’

Opposition declares massive rally in Istanbul the beginning of a pro-democracy movement by Julia Conley, staff writer for Common Dreams Turkey’s opposition leader declared a new beginning for the country and demanded reforms to the country’s current government at a huge pro-democracy rally in Istanbul… »

06.07.2017

Can you be both gay and Muslim? Interview with Wajahat Abbas Kazmi of “Allah Loves Equality”

Can you be both gay and Muslim? Interview with Wajahat Abbas Kazmi of “Allah Loves Equality”

Sexual orientation, religion, family pressure, freedom of choice, and discrimination. These are just some of the  issues we discussed with Wajahat Abbas Kazmi, a filmmaker and young Pakistani Amnesty International activist in Italy. You moved to Italy at the age of 14 and are now 31. Can… »

22.06.2017

Asia-Pacific: Farming Rice and Fish Together to Reduce Poverty

Asia-Pacific: Farming Rice and Fish Together to Reduce Poverty

Rice is a major food commodity and staple food for many, and adding fish to flooded rice paddies has been a farming tradition practiced in a number of Asian countries for many centuries—even for more than 1000 years in some Chinese areas, the United Nations reports. With… »

11.06.2017

Nationwide protests oppose ‘anti-conspiracy’ bill, as Japan moves to remilitarize

Nationwide protests oppose ‘anti-conspiracy’ bill, as Japan moves to remilitarize

By Lisa Torio June 8, 2017 for Waging Nonviolence Since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “anti-conspiracy” bill entered the upper house of parliament in early April, thousands of people across the country have taken to the streets in protest. Demonstrations against the… »

28.05.2017

Economic boost in NE India after PM inaugurates country’s longest river bridge

Economic boost in NE India after PM inaugurates country’s longest river bridge

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday 26th of May inaugurated the country’s longest river bridge in eastern Assam over the Lohit River, a major tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra. PM Modi, who arrived in the morning hours from New Delhi, dedicated the new bridge to the nation and named… »

17.05.2017

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: an ancient route renewed

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: an ancient route renewed

China’s Belt and Road Initiative revives history for modern trade, development and renewable energy across Asia Stretching thousands of kilometres, across mountains and deserts, the Silk Road holds a special place in history. Traversed by Marco Polo and named after one of its most precious goods, the trade route facilitated… »

14.05.2017

Belt & Road: China welcomes heads of state, international bodies at global cooperation forum

Belt & Road: China welcomes heads of state, international bodies at global cooperation forum

Beijing is hosting a high-level international cooperation forum, dubbed “One Belt, One Road,” which brings together dozens of heads of state and government, along with financial organizations and hundreds of business representatives and entrepreneurs. “Spanning thousands of miles and years, the ancient silk routes embody the spirit of peace and… »

14.05.2017

China pledges $124bn to Silk Road initiative

China pledges $124bn to Silk Road initiative

China has pledged as much as $124 billion to a project which is meant to revive the ancient Silk Road intercontinental trade route. The Belt and Road initiative could be the world’s most expensive multi-modal transportation project. It is expected to funnel investments worth up to $502 billion into… »

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