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After Trump’s Syria Attack, What Comes Next?

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(RPI) Thursday’s US missile attack on Syria must represent the quickest foreign policy U-turn in history. Less than a week after the White House gave Assad permission to stay on as president of his own country, President Trump decided that the US had to attack Syria and demand Assad’s ouster after a chemical attack earlier […]

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India’s Pluralism under Siege

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Dr Moin Qazi [themify_quote]“The increasing tendency towards seeing people in terms of one dominant ‘identity’ (‘this is your duty as an American’, ‘you must commit these acts as a Muslim’, or ‘as a Chinese you should give priority to this national engagement’) is not only an imposition of an external and arbitrary priority, but also […]

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A Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Is in the Making

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Amb. Sergio Duarte  10 Apr 2017 – The nine possessors of nuclear weapons and most of their allies chose to ignore the negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. This unprecedented initiative resulted from a proposal by South Africa, Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico and Nigeria and was […]

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After Trump Bombed Syria, Are We All Neocons Now?

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(RPI) House and Senate Republican leaders McConnell and Ryan are praising President Trump’s missile strike on Syria last week in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack on civilians, while when President Obama proposed the same thing in 2013 they strongly opposed the plan. Meanwhile, the mainstream media and even many “progressives” are turning pro-Trump after […]

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AAPI’s 35th annual convention kick held at Indian Consulate

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Ajay Ghosh “It’s very great joy that I want to invite you all to come and be part of the 35th annual American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Convention 2017 to be held at the brand new state of the art Convention Centre, at the prestigious Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey […]

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Do poor Indians and Chinese need Australian coal?

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This has reference to the news items that the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will arrive in New Delhi today on a four-day visit. It is widely expected that he will advocate for, among other things, increased coal and Uranium export from Australia to India. The issue of coal export to India gains significance in the […]

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APPOINT COUNSELORS TO COMPACT MENTAL DISORDERS IN CHILDREN

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North East Institute of Social Science and Research (NEISSR)  commemorated  the World Health Day on 7th April, 2017 on the theme “Depression- let’s talk” .The programme was conducted to signify the importance of health which is not only the absence of disease but a state of complete physical, mental and social being and understand the […]

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What a Policy of Real Solidarity With the Syrian People Looks Like

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[themify_quote]The U.S. does not have to choose between backing the Assad regime or extremist groups. There is another choice: Syria’s homegrown pro-democracy resistance.[/themify_quote] After the release of horrifying images of Syrian civilians killed by chemical attacks on Tuesday, there were predictable demands that the United States should “take action” against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. […]

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Trump's strike on Syria: A convenient distraction

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Ibrahim Al-Marashi (Al Jazeera) [themify_quote]It’s not the first time a US president launches missile strikes that do not amount to much but boost ratings.[/themify_quote] 8 Apr 2017 – The United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a government-controlled Syrian air force base in the Homs province, purportedly where the nerve agent sarin was loaded on […]

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What’s Really Happening in Syria

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[themify_quote]A Consumer Fraud Lawyer’s mini Primer[/themify_quote] The U.S./NATO line 5 Feb 2017 If you try to follow events in the mainstream media, you may have noticed that they routinely refer to Syrian President Bashar al Assad as a “brutal dictator”. Assad is supposed to have responded to peaceful protests with repressive violence and by “killing […]

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The U.S. Attack on al-Shayrat Airfield

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Rochard Falk In early morning darkness on April 7th the United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian al-Shayrat Airfield from two American destroyers stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean. It described the targets as Syrian fighter jets, radar, fuel facilities used for the aircraft. It asserted prior notification of Russian authorities, and offered […]

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‘Trump attacked the very people fighting Islamic State’

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A rush to judgement? A one-off attack? Or maybe the start of a major military offensive in Syria? Scholars, analysts and journalists offer their opinions on the Trump administration’s decision to attack the Syrian military on Friday [7 Apr 2017]. Rick Sterling, investigative journalist and member of the Syria Solidarity Movement “The attack that was […]

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Why These Missile Strikes Won’t Make Things Better for the Syrian People

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Stephen Zunes Yes! Magazine [themify_quote]There are serious questions as to whether Trump’s bombing of the Syrian base has anything to do with protecting civilians.[/themify_quote] The U.S. bombing of Syria’s Al Shayrat air base has brought more death and destruction to that country and is unlikely to deter additional war crimes by the Syrian regime. It will not […]

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An Interview With Anand Patwardhan :: Gandhi and Ambedkar as liberation theologists

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For over 40 years Anand Patwardhan’s documentary films have stood for freedom of expression. He faced censorship on numerous occasions, took the government to court, and won each time. Anand is not just a filmmaker but an activist in the cause of Indian democracy, clearly under threat today. In this candid conversation with Vidya Bhushan […]

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Another Dangerous Rush to Judgment in Syria

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Robert Parry, Consortium News [themify_box] Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com).[/themify_box] [themify_quote]The U.S. government and the mainstream media rushed to judgment again, blaming the […]

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Plastic No More… Also in Kenya

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ROME, Apr 4 2017 (IPS) – [themify_quote]Good news: Kenya has just joined the commitment of other 10 countries to address major plastic pollution by decreeing a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months.[/themify_quote] The Kenyan decision comes three weeks after the UN declared “war on […]

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Australia’s Aboriginal children ‘essentially being punished for being poor’ – UN rights expert

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4 April 2017 – (UN) -Stressing that the rates of incarceration for Australia’s indigenous peoples have reached astounding, “tsunami” proportions, a United Nations human rights expert today called on the authorities to respect the peoples’ right to self-determination, to full and effective participation in society, and to step up the fight against racism. “High rates […]

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Tonga reaffirms commitment to protect whales

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Iliesa Tora Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications of Tonga (MEIDECC) The Government of Tonga has reaffirmed its commitment to the Royal Proclamation of His Majesty King Tupou IV in 1978, by re-declaring that all Tongan waters is declared a Sanctuary for Whales. The reaffirmation was announced by the Acting […]

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Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference opens in Tonga

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Marking a new approach to whale conservation in the Pacific Region, the Whales in a Changing Ocean conference was officially opened this morning in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The conference aims to assess emerging threats to whales from changes occurring in our oceans, as well as review the ecosystem and economic value of whales in the Pacific […]

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Protecting Ocean Giants in the Cook Islands

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Nuku’alofa, Tonga – The Cook Islands is a beacon of hope at the Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference, now underway in the Kingdom of Tonga, highlighting its strong testament to raising standards on ocean stewardship and management of its natural resources. Just days since announcing all water within 50 nautical miles of the island […]

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How the United Nations Should Respond in the Age of Global Dissent

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Richard Falk, Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck – New Statesman [themify_quote]Three Former UN Insiders on the Future of the World’s Most Ambitious Organisation[/themify_quote] 15 Mar 2017 – US President Donald Trump is ardently embracing a toxic form of messianic nationalism, while demeaning those who oppose him as corrupt, and dishonest enemies. His “America First” […]

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Role of Education in Preventing Violence and Promoting Peace and Welfare

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Most societies are burdened with socio-political inequalities, class, racial, religious disparities, gender discrimination, and the urban and rural divide, that lead to violence and conflict in society. Unless these structures are done away with, there is little likelihood of a peaceful, nonviolent society. While the state needs to reduce if not eliminate these inequalities through […]

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India Needs to Move Beyond Hubris

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[themify_quote]“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope[/themify_quote] India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi  now stands on the cusp of new political glory after the resounding mandate […]

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Pacific Island Forum Economic Ministers Meet on Financing for Development Solutions

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Financing for Development Solutions is the focus when the Economic Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum meet in Suva this week. Forum Economic Ministers will consider a range of regional finance options that will support the sustainable development aspirations of the region which are captured in the sustainable Development Goals and the Framework for Pacific […]

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