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17.08.2020

Bells Toll for India’s Diversity and Democracy

Bells Toll for India’s Diversity and Democracy

Viewpoint by Shastri Ramachandaran * August is a month of memories for India with memorable dates redolent of history, freedom and politics. August 15, with that unforgettably evocative ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, is, doubtless, the most important of the dates observed. Inextricably linked to… »

16.08.2020

Beyond the White-West vs China Cultural Clash

Beyond the White-West vs China Cultural Clash

On July 22, the Texas Tribune reported that the Trump administration had ordered the closing of Houston’s Chinese Consulate. The Chinese Government retaliated by closing the US consulate in Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwest Sichuan province. Chengdu was an important diplomatic outpost for the US, covering a large… »

09.08.2020

Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons – UN chief

Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons – UN chief

UN Secretary General António Guterres on Sunday marked 75 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki with praise for the hibakusha, the survivors, who transformed their decades-long plight into a warning about the perils of nuclear weapons and an example of the triumph of the human spirit. »

08.08.2020

5 Reasons Chinese Students May Stop Studying in the US

5 Reasons Chinese Students May Stop Studying in the US

Nearly 400,000 Chinese students were enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities in 2019 – more than one-third of the country’s international students. A sharp decline in the number of these students would spell financial trouble for U.S. colleges and universities, given that Chinese students spend US$15 billion in tuition payments. Their departure… »

08.08.2020

Why Taiwan Is at the Heart of a Geopolitical Struggle to Produce Cutting-Edge Computer Chips

Why Taiwan Is at the Heart of a Geopolitical Struggle to Produce Cutting-Edge Computer Chips

Geopolitical contests between the U.S. and China hinge on technology more than the ability to deploy a gunboat somewhere; Taiwan could resemble a prototype for a tech proxy war. By Marshall Auerback The media likes to dabble in war game fantasies between the 21st-century great powers China and the U.S.,… »

05.08.2020

An Open Letter to the People of Japan From Concerned Peace Organizations and People of the United States

An Open Letter to the People of Japan From Concerned Peace Organizations and People of the United States

—In observance of the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Japan— We, the undersigned, representing a coalition of concerned peace organizations and people of the United States, are advocating for abolition of nuclear weapons globally. We are gathering here to express our sincere regrets and apologies for our nation’s… »

31.07.2020

‘Heart-Breaking’ Accounts of Women Detained in DPRK

‘Heart-Breaking’ Accounts of Women Detained in DPRK

By Jaya Ramachandran A new UN report says that women forcibly returned to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are subjected to torture, ill treatment, sexual abuse, and other violations. The report published by the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) on July 28… »

23.07.2020

Covid and climate disasters in South Asia

Covid and climate disasters in South Asia

Response measures have forced coastal communities in South Asia to choose between a super cyclonic storm or shelters with no physical distancing. South Asia, one of the world’s poorest and populous regions of the world, is struggling with control measures as Covid cases continue to rise. This public health crisis is being compounded by… »

20.07.2020

Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state

Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state

The author’s identity has been kept anonymous for safety reasons. Starting in 2017, the Uyghur community living in China has been subject to increased targeting and indiscriminate imprisonment by the Chinese authorities. This policy of racial and religious profiling has led many young Uyghurs to leave… »

14.07.2020

Laos Has Tackled COVID-19, But It Is Drowning in Debt to International Finance

Laos Has Tackled COVID-19, But It Is Drowning in Debt to International Finance

By Vijay Prashad On June 11, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)—a country of 7 million in Southeast Asia—said it had temporarily prevailed over COVID-19. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said that his country had “gained an important victory in the first campaign against this vicious enemy.” The first… »

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