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Thoughts on American presidential election 2016

Thoughts on American presidential election 2016

AMERICAN politics, as expected, has heated up since Labor Day. In less than two months, the American voters will choose between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and casino and real estate mogul Donald Trump for the highest political post in the land…

September 21, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
India set to oppose triple talaq

India set to oppose triple talaq

AS A secular state, India has remained indifferent towards reforming the Muslim marriage laws. Since the partition of India, it went to work only to reform Hindu family laws…

September 20, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Lanka govt gets prepared to take up the gauntlet

Lanka govt gets prepared to take up the gauntlet

GOVERNMENT leaders have been saying that the draft constitution will be placed before the parliament prior to the budget debate that takes place in November…

September 20, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Oil and development in middle east: A two-edged sword

Oil and development in middle east: A two-edged sword

IN THE mid-1990s, critical voices dominated the debate. An empirical study that covered 97 developing countries from 1971 to 1989 (Sachs and Warner, 1995), noted, for instance, that resource-rich economies grew more slowly than resource-poor ones…

September 19, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Europe’s Greek tragedy deepens out of sight

Europe’s Greek tragedy deepens out of sight

THE boats are still coming. The numbers may seem modest compared with the thousands of daily arrivals on Greek shores just a few months ago, before the rest of Europe decided to turn Greece into a holding pen for close to 60,000 refugees…

September 19, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Getting fooled on Iraq, Libya, now Russia

Getting fooled on Iraq, Libya, now Russia

After the British report exposing falsehoods to justify invading Iraq in 2003, a new UK inquiry found similar misconduct in the 2011 attack on Libya, but no lessons are learned for the west’s new propaganda about Russia…

September 18, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Why Oliver Stone’s Snowden is the best film of the year

IT’S the true story of an awakening. It traces the path of Edward Snowden’s career in the US military, the CIA, the NSA, and at various contractors thereof…

September 18, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
25 years since collapse of USSR, 25 years of global instability

25 years since collapse of USSR, 25 years of global instability

YES, you have read the title of this article correctly. And no, this is not a press release by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation…

September 17, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Saudi Arabia’s economic troubles and woes

THE situation in the East has become quite an enigma. At the very least, let us consider the latest statement made by the Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia, Khalid A Al-Falih. In it, he, without batting an eyelid, bluntly announced that allegedly, Saudi Arabia would not increase its production up to the maximum output…

September 17, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Accountability remains international priority for Sri Lanka

Accountability remains international priority for Sri Lanka

THE speech by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon when he was in Sri Lanka that referred to Sri Lanka along with Rwanda and Srebrenica has created political controversy. In remarks that deviated from the prepared text of his speech, the UNSG said…

September 16, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Building a refugee political movement

Building a refugee political movement

Refugees in Europe assert their political agency in many ways, but must do so informally. A new movement seeks to give refugees a seat at the policy table, writes Janina Pescinski…

September 16, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Novera Ahmed and her sculptural legacy

Novera Ahmed and her sculptural legacy

Novera Ahmed embodies the angst of her time. She isolated herself from the general trends of thought. This isolation vested her with a unique personality, turning her into a reclusive loner. She lived the silence in her art…

September 12, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

The hanging of Mir Quasem Ali

PAKISTAN’S foreign office says Pakistan is ‘deeply saddened’ by the execution in Bangladesh last week of Mir Quasem Ali. Mir Quasem was found guilty in 2014 by a Bangladeshi court of torture, multiple murders and arson…

September 11, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

BOMBS AWAY!: A 9/11 retrospective of America’s 15-year air war

In the first weeks of war in which Baghdad was taken and the invasion declared a success, 863 US planes were committed to the operation, more than 24,000 air ‘sorties’ were conducted and more than 2,700 civilians died…

September 11, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
EU-US trade seal: organised crime on a grand scale

EU-US trade seal: organised crime on a grand scale

When they call the roll in the senate, the senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘not guilty’… Teddy Roosevelt FUNERAL arrangements are already being made for the almost dead Transatlantic Trade and Investment…

September 10, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Rio’s Olympic wounds are still raw

Rio’s Olympic wounds are still raw

PROJECT 100 investigates one of the untold stories of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro: what happened to the lives of those affected by the city’s large-scale evictions programme? Between 2009 and 2015, the City Hall reported…

September 10, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Development banks and the silencing of dissent

Development banks and the silencing of dissent

EARLIER this month, the World Bank approved a comprehensive overhaul of its social and environmental framework. After four years of heated debate, the final framework includes a new provision in the vision statement…

September 9, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
Subsidising nuclear power: from cradle to grave

Subsidising nuclear power: from cradle to grave

SINCE the 1950s, US nuclear power has commanded immense taxpayer and customer subsidy based on promises of economic and environmental benefits. Many of these promises are unfulfilled, but new ones take their place. More subsidies follow…

September 9, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
The hard message from Brazil’s ‘soft coup’

The hard message from Brazil’s ‘soft coup’

With little protest from Washington, Brazil’s elected president Dilma Rousseff was ousted in a politically motivated impeachment, a ‘soft coup’ undermining South American democracy…

September 8, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed
America and the plague of ‘moral idiocy’

America and the plague of ‘moral idiocy’

IT WAS on August 12, 1949, that the nations of the world, with Nazi atrocities still in mind, updated what are known as the Geneva Accords. This constituted an effort to once again set limits on the wartime behaviour of states and their agents…

September 8, 2016 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

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