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India – New Humanism: let’s meet Fernando…..

When Fernando first landed in India, in February 1979, little did he realize that our country would eventually become a very important part of his life. This new environment was a shock for every one of his senses. Sight, smell,…

Jammu children pray for Peshawar military school victims

School children in Jammu (Kashmir) observe two-minutes of silence and light candles to pray for the victims who were killed in the attack at the army run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, during the school’s Annual Day – on Wednesday, 17…

Reclaiming Pacifism in East Asia

Today, East Asia stands at the crossroads, not least due to Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s efforts to accelerate the long-pursued attempts by the Liberal Democratic Party to change Japan’s peace constitution – and more specifically, its Article 9 that renounces…

Around Hong Kong for 80 days

Hong Kong’s last Occupy site, in Causeway Bay, on this otherwise cheerful Monday morning 15 December, was the focus of attention of the remaining occupiers, the police and the public plus a bevy of cleaners waiting in the wings. Under…

Hailing Nepal court for convicting killer of journalist

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed its contentment that a Nepal court has convicted and sentenced five perpetrators involved in the killing of a Nepali journalist in Dailekh district of western Nepal. In a recent unprecedented verdict the Dailekh…

Bangladesh: the Bauls, mystical poet-musicians

On finding an article on the Bauls of Bangladesh I was moved to recall my own encounters with these musical mystics during my travels on that countries extensive waterways, going from the capital Dhaka down to near Bagerhat where our…

A Quick Glance at Indonesia-Malaysia

Coming from Malaysia, the two neighbours are incredibly different. Indonesia, richer in ancient cultures, larger in territory, an archipelago of thousands of islands, has GDP per capita of 3,500 while Malaysia is 11,500; three times plus more. By Johan Galtung*…

Understanding violence through children’s lives

“Children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today. They are entitled to be taken seriously. They have a right to be treated by adults with tenderness and respect as equals. They should be allowed to grow into whoever…

The Chinese baby and the British bath water

A prominent figure on the Hong Kong political scene and someone who should know better, a lot better, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee – legislator and chair of the New People’s Party – has written an editorial for the South China…

Indian Ocean: UN Warns of Uptick in Clandestine Migration Despite ‘Horrific’ Dangers

Human Wrongs Watch More people are risking their lives to cross the Indian Ocean on smuggler’s boats despite the great risks involved, including the prospect of “horrific violence,” the United Nations refugee agency on 5 December 2014 warned.  Speaking at a…

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