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Bangladesh fights malicious Facebook postings, online hate

Fake news has been a recent focus of real news lately. Fictional news stories created for the Internet clicks and ad dollars they generate have been identified as a problem both in the U.S. and elsewhere, including, of all places, Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a constitutional democracy committed to protecting the rights of its citizens. As in the U.S., Bangladesh has ...

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Pakistani general invites India to accede

ON DECEMBER 21, Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Amir Riaz invited India to accede to an ambitious project on the establishment of a China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The invitation was extended as part of reconciliatory rhetoric, which Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif had adopted some time ago in order to ease the tension building between the two nuclear powers. (Events ...

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What we need to guard

Our freedom fighters and members of the Constituent Assembly who drafted free India’s Constitution attached great importance to fundamental rights. They did not subscribe to the fallacy that fundamental rights are a gift from the state to its citizens. They rightly believed that individuals possess basic human rights independently of any Constitution by reason of the fact that they are ...

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Free speech curtailed in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar as prosecutions soar

Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has come under fire for apparent suppression of free speech with multiple prosecutions after public criticism of regime policies.  For decades, the punishment for speaking out against Myanmar’s rulers was simple and guaranteed: a very long stretch behind bars. The new democratic government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, which took power last April, insisted ...

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Burkini ban: New wave of French ‘mission civilisatrice’

When Aheda Zanetti invented the burkini, it was about fitness and fun, she says. This was in Australia in 2004, and the idea was to find a way for Muslim girls and women to participate in and enjoy the country’s beachy, sporty lifestyle. This was the sunny, hopeful origin of a garment now banned in 15 French coastal resorts – ...

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In Latin America, people disappear but crimes remain

Back in 2012, in the southern Peruvian city of Ayacucho – birthplace of the Maoist guerrilla outfit Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) – I found myself carrying a small white coffin containing the remains of a man named Alejandro Aguilar. As I recounted at the time in a blog post for the London Review of Books, Aguilar had been an itinerant ...

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Using human shields as a pretext to kill civilians

Human shields have been making headlines for some time. Before the recent fray between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and Iraqi army in Fallujah, the United Press International released an article entitled “Iraqi forces halt Fallujah advance amid fears for 50,000 human shields”. Indeed, not a day has passed in the past ...

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In Afghanistan, terrorism can’t win over tolerance

“Death is a fact of life, but we can’t stop living because we might die someday”, Jamshid Zafar, a student who was killed in the at the American University of Afghanistan had written on his Facebook page. He continued living not realising that “someday” would arrive so soon, or so brutally. For 15 years the targets of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan ...

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A requiem for Risha, a tomb for Tonu

A CLASS Eight girl called Risha was knifed to death near her school. Her alleged killer was a man who had been stalking her for several months. She was killed a few minutes away from her school, a reminder of our almost zero level of safety. But it is actually not a matter that concerns anyone too much because what ...

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