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Pakistan’s Jihadist Heartland: Southern Punjab

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Once-tolerant southern Punjab has become a base for jihadist groups. Socio-economic grievances, political alienation and poor education provide a near endless source of recruits. To reverse the tide, the government must end a climate of impunity, block hate speech, improve rule of law, and refocus counter-terrorist action to target all jihadist groups… Source: Pakistan’s Jihadist Heartland: Southern Punjab – International Crisis Group Read More »

No slowdown for India despite global uncertainty, Jaitley says

[TOKYO] Despite “considerable” uncertainty in the global economy, India’s growth is set to continue its world- beating pace, according to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.. “I don’t think we have a slowdown in sight for the reason that there is a lot of economic activity generated by increased public funding, foreign investment, and urban demand moving up,” Mr Jaitley said in an interview on Monday while visiting Japan, where he hopes to… Source: No slowdown for India despite global uncertainty, Jaitley ... Read More »

Thousands of Muslims demand right to pray at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

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ISTANBUL // Thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul’s world famous Hagia Sophia museum on Saturday to demand the right to pray there. An imam led a prayer in front of the vast building that was once a Greek Orthodox basilica, then a mosque and now a museum before crowds called for it to be restored as a Muslim place of worship. “Let the chains break, open Hagia Sophia,” chanted the crowds who gathered on the plaza in front of ... Read More »

Indian states must take steps against attacks on African nationals – Asia Times

The murder of a Congolese youth in Delhi in street altercation points to racial hatred and has come as a big embarrassment for the Indian government. Such attacks have happened in other Indian cities too. It is sad that in the land of Mahatma Gandhi, who had relentlessly fought against racial discrimination in South Africa, African youth, mostly students or job-seekers, are feeling unsafe. They are often labelled as “drug-peddlers” and denied homes on rent.. The recent murder of a 29-year-old ... Read More »

Russia Ready to Improve Ties With Turkey But Ankara Should ‘Act First’

Moscow is ready to restore relations with Turkey, but the first step is up to Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. According to him, it is still unclear why Turkey hit the Russia’s Su-24 military aircraft. Vladimir Putin announced Russia’s willingness to resume relations with Turkey, but said the Ankara government should make concrete steps in this direction… Source: Russia Ready to Improve Ties With Turkey But Ankara Should ‘Act First’ Read More »

Saudi Arabia and Iran fail to reach deal on Hajj

Riyadh accuses Iranian officials of walking out of talks despite offers for “solutions” to Tehran’s demands.. Saudi Arabia and Iran have failed to reach a deal on arrangements for Iranians to attend this year’s Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, with officials from both countries trading accusations on who was to blame for the impasse. Saudi officials accused their Iranian counterparts of walking out of talks early on… Source: Saudi Arabia and Iran fail to reach deal on Hajj – AJE News Read More »

Refugee leaves Cambodia after being deeply unhappy with move from Nauru

Now only one refugee remains in Cambodia under Australia’s controversial $55 million agreement… Source: Refugee leaves Cambodia after being deeply unhappy with move from Nauru Read More »

Turkish singer steps down as UNESCO goodwill ambassador in protest of Turkey stance

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Revered Turkish singer Zülfü Livaneli, who has been holding a post as UNESCO goodwill ambassador since 1996, has resigned, accusing the organization of “hypocrisy”, Turkish daily newspapers reported on Wednesday. Livaneli noted in his resignation letter that UNESCO has remained silent in the face of human rights violations, attacks on free speech and… Source: Turkish singer steps down as UNESCO goodwill ambassador in protest of Turkey stance – Turkish Minute Read More »

What does appointment of new Turkish prime minister mean for Moscow?

RBTH asked Russian and Turkish experts if there any hope of normalizing relations between the two countries under the new head of the Turkish government.. Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) elected Binali Yildirim as the new head of the party at its extraordinary congress on May 22 and, in accordance with Turkish law, appointed him as the new prime minister… Source: What does appointment of new Turkish prime minister mean for Moscow? | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Poisoned at work: 13-year-old among hundreds sickened on tobacco farms

Ayu vomits every year while harvesting tobacco on her family’s farm near Garut in West Java. She is one of hundreds of children believed to be poisoned by their work… Source: Poisoned at work: 13-year-old among hundreds sickened on tobacco farms Read More »

The Iranian Moment and Turkey

Turkey is in a critical position as a consequence of both its proximity to multiple crises and its unique exposure to deteriorating security relationships in both the south and the east. It must keep regional conflicts from further undermining the country’s internal security. It must also strengthen ties to NATO and EU partners whose demands on Turkey are set to increase, but… Source: The Iranian Moment and Turkey | The German Marshall Fund of the United States Read More »

China donates Rp2 billion to Indonesian Red Cross

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Chinese company PT Bauing Construction Group has donated Rp2 billion to the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI). The donation was symbolically presented by President Director of PT Bauing Construction Group Gu Shao to PMI Central Board Chief Executive Ginandjar Kartasasmita in the presence of Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta on Tuesday. “We thank you for the donation. These funds will be used to overcome the… Source: China donates Rp2 billion to Indonesian Red Cross – ... Read More »

The Children Of Crisis | Kailash Satyarthi

For the first time ever, the international community will come together in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May, 2016, to discuss the serious humanitarian crisis that the world is facing. At the summit, the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, along with our partners, will bring together leaders at a discussion on protecting children. Through a high-level panel, we will aim to build a strong political will to bring the issues of child labour, slavery and deprivation from education ... Read More »

Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned by Australia face jail

Four Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned to their country by Australia will appear in court on Thursday, facing up to seven years in jail for trying to flee. Four others have already been jailed for between two and three years for illegally leaving the country, despite written assurances from the Vietnamese government – according to the commander of Operation Sovereign Borders – that they would not be charged or punished for leaving… Source: Inkl: The Guardian – AU – Vietnamese ... Read More »

China and US tensions: what are the sticking points

Analysis Beijing: A cornerstone of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, the United States’ strategic ‘pivot’ to Asia has long been seen by Beijing as a cynical ploy to counter its rise. This week Barack Obama made history by announcing the lifting of a decades-old US arms embargo on Vietnam, its former Cold War enemy, a move sure to raise eyebrows in China. Entering the final months of his presidency, Obama is in Vietnam and Japan to underscore Washington’s commitment to the region, putting potential ... Read More »

In historic move, U.S. lifts arms sales embargo to Vietnam

HANOI — The Obama administration announced Monday that the United States would fully lift a longstanding U.S. embargo on lethal arms sales to Vietnam, a decision that reflects growing concerns about China’s military clout and illustrates the warming bilateral ties between the former enemy nations. President Obama unveiled the new arrangement at a news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang during the… Source: In historic move, U.S. lifts arms sales embargo to Vietnam – The Washington Post Read More »