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Hello, Prime Minister Modi. Don’t Bamboozle Me with Your Shallow Words

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Hello, Prime Minister Modi. Don’t Bamboozle Me with Your Shallow Words

If India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is really interested in the development of the country, I expect him to be bold enough and make those promises which can be measured empirically. By Rakesh Raman India is a country of fanatics or fans. Here every Tom, Dick, and Harry is a fan to every other Tom, [...]

Oleksandr Klymenko Critical of Ukrainian Military Tax

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Oleksandr Klymenko Critical of Ukrainian Military Tax

Former Ukrainian Minister of Revenues and Duties Oleksandr Klymenko offered his assessment of the recently enacted military tax to support ongoing army activity in the strife-torn Eastern regions of Ukraine. “I’m not going to enter into a debate about the fairness of this new tax, which places the burden of military actions on the shoulders [...]

Unofficial 51-Star American Flag Shows Puerto Rico as a US State

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Unofficial 51-Star American Flag Shows Puerto Rico as a US State

At the request of customers from Puerto Rico, Online Stores says it has produced the first commercially available 51-star American flag. It symbolizes the possible conversion of Puerto Rico from a US Territory into US state. Social media followers of the US Flag Store, the flag division of Online Stores, offered their thanks and support [...]

Muhammad Ali — Saved By The Bell

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Muhammad Ali — Saved By The Bell

Crest Mountain Press celebrates this 4th of July with a new book about Muhammad Ali and his support for Vietnam POWs/MIAs. Saved By The Bell, a new book about Muhammad Ali championing the cause of freedom for American POW families, tells the story of POWS left behind and forgotten after the Vietnam War. It is [...]

Muslim Democrat Prize Goes to Tunisia’s Nahdha Bloc

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Muslim Democrat Prize Goes to Tunisia’s Nahdha Bloc

The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) has bestowed its 2014 Muslim Democrat of the Year Award to the Nahdha Bloc in the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA). During its 15th Annual Conference, CSID president Dr. Radwan Masmoudi announced to the Nahdha Bloc leader, Mr. Sahbi Atig, that the prize was awarded [...]

White House Celebrates Maker Faire with #NationOfMakers

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White House Celebrates Maker Faire with #NationOfMakers

The first-ever White House Maker Faire is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 18. In addition to the Maker Faire, June 18 will also be a nationwide Day of Making, where communities across America will share and celebrate their involvement in the Maker Movement. The Maker Faire celebration is encouraging others to use the [...]

Venezuelan Opposition Leader to Receive Democracy Award

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader to Receive Democracy Award

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will honor Venezuelan opposition leader and Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado with its 2014 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award. Machado has been the target of numerous accusations by the Venezuelan government and death threats since calling on citizens to publicly demonstrate against President Nicolas Maduro. Upon traveling to Washington, [...]

What Should be the U.S. Policy on Human Rights?

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What Should be the U.S. Policy on Human Rights?

In a new survey nearly two-thirds of Americans say human rights should be a central feature of U.S. foreign policy. When it comes to the United States being the “world’s policeman” there are certain things that can trigger the U.S. getting involved in another country. In the not-too-distant past, the stories about what might be [...]

Meet the Uneducated Education Minister of India

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Meet the Uneducated Education Minister of India

The decision of the government to appoint an incapable education minister will certainly send a wrong message among the Indian masses. By Rakesh Raman The chattering classes in India went into a sudden state of shock and disbelief last week when they heard that an uneducated female – Smriti Irani – has managed to become [...]

BJP to Muslims: When in India, Do as the Hindus Do

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BJP to Muslims: When in India, Do as the Hindus Do

Going by the BJP’s interpretation of Hinduism as a way of life, the writing on the wall is very clear for Muslims: When in India, Do as the Hindus Do. By Rakesh Raman In every election in India, Indian voters think they vote to elect a good political candidate over a bad one. But actually [...]

My Urgent Message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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My Urgent Message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi

To Mr. Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India New Delhi From: Rakesh Raman Dear Mr. Modi, I am an ordinary man of your country. I have come to know from unreliable sources that you are a man with a great vision. You can provide the right governance to all citizens of India. You can achieve [...]

Stripping Putin Impersonator Accepts Webby Award for LGBTQ Rights

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Stripping Putin Impersonator Accepts Webby Award for LGBTQ Rights

Leading advertising agency M&C Saatchi NY hired a Vladimir Putin impersonator to strip down to rainbow skivvies and accept the People’s Voice Award for Social Urban & City Innovation for #VirtualPride at the 18th Annual Webby Awards. It was announced Tuesday, May 20. The Putin impersonator entered the stage in a tear-away suit, revealing a [...]

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