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No Losar in Tibet, but...
Claude Arpi | 23 Feb , 2020 0 comments
No Losar in Tibet, but...

On February 11, Xinhua announced that the Tibetan New Year activities had been called off ‘amid virus outbreak’.  The news agency said: “Large-scale traditional religious activities during the Tibetan New Year, which falls on February 24 this year, will be suspended this year in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region...

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Hezbollah now most Prominent Threat to US
Manish Rai | 20 Feb , 2020 0 comments

After the killing of Major General Qassem Suleimani the loudest voice (After Ayatollah Khamenei) threating United States came from Hezbollah. Secretary General of Hezbollah Sheik Hassan Nasrallah in his public speech said the US military in the Middle East would pay the price for the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, warning that...

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Sri Lankan Refugees- Another Memorable Judgement
Dr V Suryanarayan | 19 Feb , 2020 0 comments

India has not ratified the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees nor the 1967 Protocol. Nor has India enacted so far a national refugee law. With the passing of the Amendment to the Citizenship Act different yardsticks are being applied to the refugees in different parts of the country. While the refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and...

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How killer Corona virus has dented President Xi's mandate
Claude Arpi | 12 Feb , 2020 0 comments

Dynasties in the Middle Kingdom go through cycles. The Emperor of a strong and just dynasty brings peace and prosperity to the people with the ‘Mandate of Heaven’. With time, the system becomes corrupt and the people start suffering. Disasters strike. The Emperor loses his mandate after a peasant (or people’s) revolt, leading to major changes,...

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Pakistan: Where ‘Larger’ Interests Render Humans Disposable!
Nilesh Kunwar | 07 Feb , 2020 0 comments
Pakistan: Where ‘Larger’ Interests Render Humans Disposable!

If Islamabad’s decision not to evacuate its students studying in Wuhan, which is the epicenter of the Coronavirus epidemic reflects sheer irresponsibility, then the reasons that it has given for doing so are even more appalling. How can a democratically government that’s supposed to be “Of, by and for the people,” abdicate its...

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