Author Archive for World

How Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Can Deescalate India-Pakistan Tensions

Monday, March 4th, 2019

By Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari Senior Fellow INSSSL India and Pakistan joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as full member-states in the 8-9 June 2017 SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. Before the addition of the two South Asian nations, the SCO consisted of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The now eight-member SCO also […]

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The New Colombo Plan and Australia’s Asian Future

Monday, March 4th, 2019

By Grant Wyeth Courtesy The  Diplomat The program’s true success will come when wider Australia society begins to feel a greater affinity with Asia. In late February Julie Bishop, Australia’s former foreign minister, declared that she would not recontest her parliamentary seat in the forthcoming election (set for May). Having resigned her position in the cabinet in […]

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Wing.Com Abhinandan’s gunslinger mustache is the in-thing in India

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia New Delhi, March 4 (Russia Today): The Indian fighter pilot who was captured by Pakistan after his plane was shot down in enemy territory has sparked a bizarre new mustache trend following his triumphant return home. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman entered the spotlight and reached hero status after he ejected and landed on […]

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Surprise! ‘Progressive hero’ Justin Trudeau is a fraud and a hypocrite

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Danielle Ryan Courtesy RT Danielle Ryan is an Irish freelance writer based in Dublin. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Nation, Rethinking Russia, teleSUR, RBTH, The Calvert Journal and others. Follow her on Twitter @DanielleRyanJ Justin Trudeau is in trouble — big trouble. But who could ever have guessed that the media darling and international […]

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Meet India’s first officially certified caste-less and religion-less person

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Chennai, February 26 (NDTV/WION): Since her birth 35 years ago MA Sneha, an advocate in Tiruppattur, has remained without any caste or religion. Whether it was her birth or school certificate, the columns on caste and religion remained blank. Recently, the Tamil Nadu government issued Sneha a formal certificate that she is a caste […]

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First VISUALS of Indian pilot handover by Pakistan released

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Courtesy RT The first video of captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman crossing the border back into India after he was released by Pakistani authorities has been unveiled. In the video footage, Abhinandan is walked to a heavily guarded border crossing by Pakistani officers, before being handed over peacefully to Indian forces, who walk him across […]

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Can the Kremlin Finally Realize the North-South Transit Corridor?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

By: Paul Goble Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 16 Issue: 26 February 26, 2019 04:31 PM Age: 23 hours One of Vladimir Putin’s earliest proposed mega-projects—first announced on September 12, 2000—calls for the creation of a North-South transportation corridor linking Russia with the Caspian littoral states, including Iran, as well as India and Sri Lanka. Such a transit […]

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Harrow Tamil community want Mayor of Harrow to resign

Monday, February 25th, 2019

By Adam Shaw Courtesy This is Local London Campaigners have called on the Mayor of Harrow to resign after she was pictured with senior military figures during a visit to Sri Lanka. Cllr Kareema Marikar visited the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, Mahesh Senanayake, and Brigadier Priyanka Fernando during a trip last year. She posted pictures […]

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Why Is China Active in the Indian Ocean?

Monday, February 25th, 2019

By Dr. Satoru Nagao, Hudson Institute Courtesy Ceylon Today For some Sri Lankans, China’s presence in their country appears to be making a positive contribution to bilateral relations. China has contributed to Sri Lanka’s economy, building roads, ports, airports, a financial city, and more. Even during Sri Lanka’s war against terrorism, China provided the government with […]

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Modi washes the feet of sanitary workers at the Kumbh mela

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

 Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Allahabad, February 24 (News 18): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday performed Ganga Arti and washed the feet of sanitation workers during his visit to Prayagraj to attend the Kumbh Mela. The Prime Minister, who took a dip in the Ganga, was taking part in the Swachh Kumbh Swachh Aabhaar” award function, […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Stranded Saudi sisters fear for their safety in Hong Kong, as clock ticks on hopes for asylum

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

 Jennifer Creery Courtesy hongkongfp.com Under the cover of darkness, the two Saudi sisters snuck out of their family’s holiday home in Sri Lanka and boarded a flight to escape the years-long abuse they endured back home. But instead of a new life, Rawan and Reem – who are using pseudonyms – found themselves stranded in Hong […]

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Real ‘obscene masquerade’: How BBC depicted staged hospital scenes as proof of Douma chemical attack

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Vanessa Beeley is an independent investigative journalist and photographer. She is associate editor at 21st Century Wire. Courtesy RT In an extraordinary turn of events, corporate media appears to have been exposed again as an extension of state foreign policy, by a member of the establishment media cabal, manufacturing consent for regime change in Syria. Riam […]

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Did the US trick India and China into war in 1962?

Friday, February 15th, 2019

By Mohan Guruswamy/The Asian Age Courtesy NewsIn.Asia New Delhi, February 13: It is now well known that in 1971, as the Indian armed forces were scything through Bangladesh, then US President Richard Nixon’s National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger met a high-ranking Chinese official (believed to be Huang Hua) to urge the People’s Republic to open a […]

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GoldVenezuela’s Gold: 3 Times State Wealth in Western Banks “Mysteriously” Vanished

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Courtesy RIA Novosti Self-proclaimed Venezuelan interim president Juan Guaido has praised the Bank of England’s reported refusal to allow Caracas to repatriate $1.2 billion worth of gold bullion, branding the move a “protection of assets.” Sputnik looks at a few other times Western governments and banks froze, or outright stole, the sovereign wealth of other […]

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From the Arab Spring to Venezuela, Turkey’s allergy to outside intervention

Monday, January 28th, 2019

By BARÇIN YİNANÇ [email protected] Courtesy Daily News  Due to the intensity of the agenda in Turkey I had no time to read about the political situation in Sri Lanka, so it was only after arriving on this beautiful island in the first week of last December that I realized the country was in the midst of a very serious political […]

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How Britain stole $45 trillion from India And lied about it.

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

by Jason Hickel  Courtesy Al Jazeera 19 Dec 2018 Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, and his wife, Lady Edwina Mountbatten, ride in the state carriage towards the Viceregal lodge in New Delhi, on March 22, 1947 [File: AP] There is a story that is commonly told in Britain that the colonisation of India – as horrible […]

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Sri Lankan becomes third woman to enter shrine

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Courtesy  DECCAN CHRONICLE. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed that a third woman” had indeed visited the sannidhanam.  The woman identified as Sasikala, reached Sabarimala on Thursday night with her family. Plainclothed officers escorted her to the temple and she prayed in front of the sanctum sanctorum at 9.30 pm. Pampa: Amidst confusion over the visit of […]

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How women are treated in Hindu temples in India

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Prevention of women entering Temples by Orthodox Hindus in Kerala. This kind of discrimination against women and also lower castes happens all the time in Tamil Nadu and also especially in Northern Sri Lankan Kovils and Temples. But such things are hardly reported. Before the rise of the LTTE, there were protests in Mavattipuram and […]

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Oil-based economy? Russia’s non-energy exports go boom

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Courtesy RT Volume of non-resource shipments from Russia is going to set a new record by the end of the current year, hitting $147 billion, Andrey Slepnev, Chief Executive of the Russian Export Center said on Friday. The figure is compared to the previous record that was fixed in 2013, when the country’s non-energy exports […]

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Back to USSR: Record number of Russians regret collapse of Soviet Union

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Courtesy RT The number of Russians who want to go back to the USSR has reached 66 percent in 2018, setting a 15-year record, a fresh poll revealed. It’s an 8 percent increase compared to last year when 58 percent of those surveyed said yes” to the question if they regretted the fall of the Soviet Union, […]

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Dead end: UK’s Theresa May has led her party & country into an impasse

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

John Laughland, Courtesy RT British Prime Minister Theresa May is a politician who holds on to power through defeats. Even though she survived a no-confidence vote held within her own Conservative Party this week, it was also a sort of defeat. She achieved high office (Home Secretary) thanks to David Cameron, who failed to gain […]

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How the West destroyed Sukarno -The First President of Indonesia

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

By Paul Lashmar and James Oliver Courtesy Independent (UK) UK Foreign Office `dirty tricks’ helped overthrow Indonesia’s President Sukarno in 1966. Over the next 30 years, half a million people died. In autumn 1965, Norman Reddaway, a lean and erudite rising star of the Foreign Office, was briefed for a special mission. The British Ambassador to Indonesia, […]

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Washington’s Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

By Garry Leech November 23, 2018 “Information Clearing House“ –   For those who have been following Venezuela closely in recent years there is a distinct sense of déjà vu regarding US foreign policy towards that South American nation. This is because Washington’s strategy of regime change in Venezuela is almost identical to the approach it […]

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Khashoggi’s body parts found in garden of Saudi consul general’s home – sources

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

RT.com  Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to Sky News sources, who added that he had been cut up” and his face disfigured.” With no photographic evidence to support the Sky News sources’ claim, gruesome and unverified images of body parts – supposedly Khashoggi’s – have been making the […]

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Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights and the US – EDITORIAL

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Editorial Courtesy The Daily Mirror Liberal-minded Sri Lankans have for long looked on the US as a bastion of democracy, a defender of freedom, democratic values and a promoter of human rights the world over. The various statements made by the different arms of the US government condemning perceived human rights violations -as during Sri Lanka’s […]

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Maldives opposition claims presidential election victory

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS Solih, candidate from the coalition of opposition parties, calls for ‘just and peaceful society’ after claiming victory. Maldives opposition has claimed victory in the tense presidential election after its officials and an independent newspaper reported results from 90 percent of the ballot boxes which showed Ibrahim Mohamed Solih bagging 58 percent of the votes. […]

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As Maldives goes to presidential polls today, India has reason to be worried

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Courtesy scroll.in Another term for Abdulla Yameen could mark the death of the strategic Indian Ocean nation’s India-first foreign policy. On September 21, Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives, told a press conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he is living in exile, that he expects his opposition coalition to win the presidential election […]

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PENNSYLVANIA IS TRYING TO LOOSEN SEX ABUSE LAWS AFTER SCATHING REPORT ON 300 CATHOLIC PRIESTS

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

By Carter Sherman  Courtesy Vice News One Catholic priest raped a 7-year-old girl while she was in the hospital after getting her tonsils out, then raped her again when she was 13. Another raped an altar boy hundreds of times, reportedly telling him, This is what all good altar boys do.” Yet another regularly raped five sisters […]

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As presidential election nears, “nationalistic” Maldivian regime gets tough with India

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

By P.K.Balachandran/BDNew24.com Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, August 12: With the Presidential election due in a little more than a month, the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) led by President Abdulla Yameen, appears to be stepping up its nationalist rhetoric to contrast with the internationalism of the opposition coalition led by the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). […]

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US-led coalition admits use of white phosphorus in Mosul amid mounting criticism

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Courtesy RT A New Zealand general has confirmed that the US-led coalition fighting in Mosul has used munitions loaded with white phosphorus. It comes amid mounting criticism over the use of the multipurpose weapon, which can be extremely dangerous to civilians. Over the past few weeks an increasing number of claims have pointed to the […]

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