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UN to Assess Rights of Women in Cambodia

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UN to Assess Rights of Women in Cambodia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia announced Thursday she will be visiting the country Monday to assess the enjoyment of rights by women and indigenous peoples in the country. “I will be focusing on discrimination during my second official visit to Cambodia, examining the situation of marginalised and [...]

Narendra Modi Addresses World Sufi Forum

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Narendra Modi Addresses World Sufi Forum

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressed the World Sufi Forum in New Delhi on Thursday. The Forum has been convened by the All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board, to discuss the role of Sufism in countering rising global terror. The Forum, will debate long-term alternatives to counter rising issues of radicalization and use [...]

Obama Asked to Condemn ISIS Mass Killings as Genocide

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Obama Asked to Condemn ISIS Mass Killings as Genocide

Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus urged President Obama to meet Thursday’s congressionally mandated deadline to condemn the mass killing of Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities by Islamic State terrorists as genocide. “The slaughter of Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities by ISIS is a crime against humanity and must be [...]

Putin Discusses Syria and Ukraine with Obama

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Putin Discusses Syria and Ukraine with Obama

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation Monday with the U.S. President Barack Obama. The two leaders exchanged assessments of the course of implementing the statement by Russia and the United States, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group, on cessation of hostilities in Syria. The leaders stated that the Russian-US initiative, supported [...]

Hindu Rulers Support Shady Hindu Event in India

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Hindu Rulers Support Shady Hindu Event in India

The BJP government wants to spread the message of Hinduism under the garb of the World Culture Festival. By Rakesh Raman The Hindu government BJP headed by a Hindu Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India has ignored the advice of courts, environmentalists, and NGOs to support a shady Hindu festival. Called ‘World Culture Festival,’ the [...]

China Urged to Reform Rights-Abusing Laws

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China Urged to Reform Rights-Abusing Laws

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) should reject or revise laws that undermine domestic and international human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to NPC Chairman Zhang Dejiang. The NPC, the highest organ of state power in China, begins its annual meeting in Beijing on Saturday. “Since Xi Jinping became president, the Chinese [...]

Turkey Government Steamrolls Press Freedom: Amnesty

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Turkey Government Steamrolls Press Freedom: Amnesty

The government takeover of Zaman newspaper is the latest deeply troubling episode in the Turkish authorities’ ongoing onslaught on dissenting media, Amnesty International said Friday. According to the state news agency Anadolu, at the request of the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, a court appointed trustees to take over the newspaper’s management. “By lashing out [...]

Can Kanhaiya Kumar Achieve Social Democracy for India?

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Can Kanhaiya Kumar Achieve Social Democracy for India?

Kanhaiya and his supporters can promote socialism or social democracy in India. But they will succeed only if their arguements are loaded with plenty of content and knowledge. By Rakesh Raman After his release on bail from jail Thursday, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar delivered a politically charged speech to a [...]

Security Council Imposes New Sanctions on North Korea

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Security Council Imposes New Sanctions on North Korea

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution that imposes new sanctions and tightens some of its existing measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), due to the country’s ongoing nuclear and ballistic missile-related activities that “threaten international peace and security.” “Today’s unanimous action by the Security Council has sent [...]

Student Protests Spreading Like Wildfire in India

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Student Protests Spreading Like Wildfire in India

The Modi-government’s new target is the student communities in India for the RSS aims to capture the vulnerable minds of the youth in order to spread its philosophy of Hinduism in the country. By Rakesh Raman As the BJP government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has let loose the state police forces against the [...]

Civil Unrest in India: Youth Congress Gheraos Parliament

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Civil Unrest in India: Youth Congress Gheraos Parliament

As the civil unrest is increasing in India against the high-handedness of the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various categories of people are protesting across the country. Close on the heels of a protest call given by the communist parties, today the youth wing of Congress is organizing a gherao of Indian [...]

Communist Party Condemns Sedition Case on Sitaram Yechury

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Communist Party Condemns Sedition Case on Sitaram Yechury

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has condemned the registering of a case of sedition against Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the CPI(M), and other leaders of opposition parties, in Hyderabad. The First Information Report (FIR) has been lodged by the police ostensibly because these leaders had extended support to the [...]