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Syrian Kurds Liberate Kobani from ISIS

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Syrian Kurds Liberate Kobani from ISIS

By Rakesh Raman The People’s Defense Units (a.k.a. Yekîneyên Parastina Gel or YPG), which is the national army of Syrian Kurdistan, claimed Monday that it has taken back the Syrian city of Kobani from the Sunni extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after nearly four months of fighting. Earlier, U.S. Army Gen. [...]

Communist Party: Barack Obama, Hands Off India

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Communist Party: Barack Obama, Hands Off India

The Polit Bureau of Communist Party of India (CPI-Marxist) has voiced its strong protest in view of the U.S. President Barack Obama’s ongoing visit in India. Obama is visiting India as the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on January 26. The CPI-M has warned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government [...]

Repression in China Growing at Cost to Party Power

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Repression in China Growing at Cost to Party Power

Chinese Communist Party repression has intensified under the leadership of Xi Jinping, but has also trapped the party in a vicious circle whereby increasing coercion breeds growing resistance, requiring ever more intense crackdowns, according to a new Freedom House report, The Politburo’s Predicament. “There is a clear change in how Xi Jinping is managing the [...]

Obama Seeks Congress Nod to Use Force Against ISIS

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Obama Seeks Congress Nod to Use Force Against ISIS

President Obama is seeking Congress support to use force against ISIS because the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve to combat ISIS terrorism has proved to be ineffective. By Rakesh Raman In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama called on Congress to authorize the use of military force against [...]

John Kerry to Discuss Plan with UK to Defeat ISIS

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John Kerry to Discuss Plan with UK to Defeat ISIS

While the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve to combat ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terrorism is underway, the U.S. has decided to take more active steps against the terrorist outfit. The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to London, U.K. on Thursday, January 22, to consult with the [...]

Communist Party’s Opposition to Fuel Prices in India

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Communist Party’s Opposition to Fuel Prices in India

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has expressed its displeasure over the handling of fuel prices by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In a statement issued Saturday, CPI(M) said the Central Government has for the fourth time since November hiked the excise duties on petrol and diesel which will bring [...]

Can ‘Clean India’ Clean India? No Way.

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Can ‘Clean India’ Clean India? No Way.

After the initial ballyhoo, Narendra Modi doesn’t know what to do with this ‘Clean India’ thing which has become an albatross around his neck. By Rakesh Raman More often than not, Bollywood movies are made for the intellectually challenged Indian hoi polloi. And, in particular, actresses have hardly any role in these movies. But those [...]

Pakistan Urged to Address Human Rights Issues

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Pakistan Urged to Address Human Rights Issues

Close on the heels of United Nations’ (UN) advice to Pakistan to protect the human rights in the country, leading human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Obama administration should press Pakistan’s government to address both new and longstanding human rights problems. In this regard, HRW has written a letter to US Secretary of [...]

China Bans Muslim Women Dress Burqa to Curb Terrorism

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China Bans Muslim Women Dress Burqa to Curb Terrorism

By Rakesh Raman As Muslim community at large is getting increasingly alienated world over because of the Islamic terrorism, China is among the many countries that have shown their opposition to the Muslim traditions. In a distinct crackdown on Muslims, China has banned the wearing of burqa, a traditional Islamic garment that covers women’s faces. [...]

President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

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President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

The U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20, at 9pm ET. White House has made special arrangements for Americans to share exclusive content on their social networks, and to share their experiences. There will also be the option to discuss President Obama’s remarks with White [...]

Left Parties to Protest Against President Obama’s Visit in India

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Left Parties to Protest Against President Obama’s Visit in India

Six Left parties in India – the CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML)-Liberation, AIFB, SUCI(C) and RSP – have planned to protest against the U.S. President Barack Obama‘s visit in India on the country’s Republic Day, January 26. In a joint statement, these parties have said that the Narendra Modi government and the BJP have unleashed the forces [...]

Israel-U.S. Cooperation to Ensure Regional Security. Target: Islamic State

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Israel-U.S. Cooperation to Ensure Regional Security. Target: Islamic State

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hosted the Israel Defense Forces chief of the General Staff at the Pentagon Thursday for talks on regional security and bilateral cooperation. U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and Israeli Lt. Gen. Benjamin Gantz met to discuss various aspects of Israel-U.S. cooperation. Gantz said he is not [...]

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