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Pakistan’s Contain(er)ed Revolution

When real revolutions happen in significant countries – as in Iran in 1978 or Egypt in 2011 – millions of people pour out on the streets throughout the country and bring everything to a standstill. In the current “revolution” underway…

Seven Reasons to Claim Water for Life, Not for Coal

Human Wrongs Watch By Helena Meresman*, 1 September, 2014, Greenpeace – Safe, affordable and accessible water is one of our planet’s scarcest natural resources. Many people don’t have access to fresh water for sanitation, agriculture, or even to drink. Yet, global water consumption by the…

Statelessness: Hoping to Acquire a Nationality, Put Down Roots

Human Wrongs Watch Brussels, 1 September 2014, (UNHCR)* by Valeriia Cherednichenko – Three years ago, Railya Abulkhanova told a UNHCR film crew that she felt like a tumbleweed. “It rolls . . . with the breeze it rolls away. That is what it is.…

China and the New Democracy of Mao

In Hong Kong media yesterday morning (Monday 1 Sept, 2014) Headline Daily reported in its columns, under the title, “NPC sets framework for chief executive election”, that deputy secretary-general Li Fei of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee urged Hong…

Is Burma’s Anti-Muslim Violence Led by “Buddhist Neo-Nazis”?

Human Wrongs Watch By Ray Downs*, Vice –TRANSCEND Media Service — When most Westerners think of Buddhism, they think of smiling men with potbellies and inspirational quotes from Phil Jackson. “Buddhist neo-Nazi” sounds like a contradiction in terms. But in Burma, vicious anti-Muslim sentiment…

Tell National Fruit to drop the charges

Demand justice for Andy today! Tell Natural Fruit to drop the charges! Andy Hall with our brothers and sisters at the Migrant Workers Rights Forum. Press release: Migrant Workers Rights Network Andy Hall is preparing for a trial that could cost…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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