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Conflict in the streets and the heart: The struggle of a 20-year-old Queer from Jammu and Kashmir

June is celebrated as Pride month around the world. The people from the LGBTQI+ community are advancing in human rights in many parts of the world, however in many other places life is still not so easy. The dire state…

Civil Society Leaders Present “Green Wish List” for a Healthy Environment and Democracy

28 June 2022, Quezon City. Ahead of the Philippine presidential inauguration this coming Thursday, civil society leaders made a pitch for priority action points to ensure a healthy environment and democracy under the new administration. Through a “green wish list,”…

Chinese scientists find way to create life by ‘reprogramming’ stem cells

A cocktail of three chemical compounds was key to getting mature cells to make embryonic and supportive tissues. A team of Chinese biologists has developed an alternative method to the natural way of creating life, which relies on the use…

PM Hasina’s Speech at the Inauguration of the Padma Bridge

On the 25th of June 2022, Bangladesh inaugurated the Padma Bridge, the country’s most anticipated infrastructure project. The grand ceremony took place at the bridge premises. Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, as guest-of-honor, took the podium at 10:49 AM…

BT Patrollers: A new brand of volunteerism

In line with the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month this June, environmental watchdog group BAN Toxics revives its volunteer program through the launch of “BT Patrollers.” The Bantay Toxics Patrollers (BT Patrollers) is the new external arm of the…

Quartet: Remembering the China Man

PROSE POEM     #1.The Turtle Pond Mornings, as a child, I watch him go down the stairs The China man, clad in all white, who lives upstairs. Newspaper in hand, all ready for a day’s work, But, before anything…

Sex, Motherhood, and Extinction: The Unique and Extinct Saint Helena Giant Earwig

ENDANGERED/EXTINCT SPECIES/ ESSAY Let’s talk about sex It’s a shame that one can’t observe the courtship ritual of Saint Helena Island’s (SHI) earwig. Because within this bug group, courtship is a surprisingly elaborate affair. First, the male taps and strokes…

India Readies to Welcome a Tribal President

If one believes in the simple mathematical calculation and minimum political honesty of public representatives in the Indian Parliament and State legislative assemblies, the largest democracy on Earth is expecting a lady tribal President in New Delhi next month. As…

EcoWaste Coalition Warns Paint Consumers vs. Leaded Products

24 June 2022, Quezon City. The toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition is warning consumers against the purchase and use of paint products containing lead, a hazardous chemical banned in paint manufacturing. The group aired its latest lead paint warning after…

Glimpse of the Chin State and Beyond: One Year after the Military Coup in Myanmar

PART 3: A PERSONAL JOURNEY FROM YANGON TO MATUPI, CHIN by PEN   The author traveled to Matupi, Chin state (native land) from Yangon on January 1, 2022. It was not safe to travel across the country since the…

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