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Displaced women and children from Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon seeking sanctuary at the evacuation camp they have erected in front of the Provincial Capitol of Bukidnon in Malaybalay City. Photograph by Richard Gadit Touted as the ‘Land of Promise’ because of its rich natural resources, Mindanao is home to more than a half of the estimated mineral wealth in the Philippines, which amounts to an approximation of 12.6 Billion US Dollars. The ninth largest island in the world has the largest reserves of copper, gold, aluminum and iron, inviting the world’s biggest extractive industry players—BHP Billiton, Xstrata, Anglo-American, Sumitomo, Rio

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Hari Singh Eighty six years after an instant love affair blossomed at Tosamaidan in Kashmir between the Kishtawari royal beauty “Jani” and British Colonel Thorpe leading to the first British Kashmiri transnational marriage, a member of Kashmiri royalty falls in love with a British girl  but with entirely different consequences. The story is referred to briefly by Lord Birdwood and Youssef Saraf in the “Two Nation Theory and Kashmir” and “Kashmiris Fight for Freedom.” However, it is reproduced here with reference to an article by Anne de Courcy in the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, on January 10, 2002. It was

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A gridlock is witnessed on Sharae Faisal as a blanket of fog covers buildings and limits visibility for motorists on November 22 morning. Photograph by Rashid Ajmeri/Express Edith Sitwell said, ”Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home,” and is winter for the people of Karachi. When sellers with carts begin roaming with roasted munchies, when the thick woolen blankets, sweaters, and shawls are once again unloaded from those huge iron boxes, the people in Karachi gear

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An old woman walks through the remains of her neighbourhood. Chaoyangmen district, Beijing. I remember the rush of excitement as I recognized the characters flashing in neon. Having spent a moderate amount of time studying them – and others that I would presumably need during the upcoming endeavour. I felt assured as I walked through the doors. “You have to try the Chinese hot pot,” a friend of mine had urged me prior to my departure. Having spent two months traveling through China by himself, he had returned with an abundance of new experiences, many of them culinary. “Chengdu has

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Line of Control, dividing the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two parts, between India and Pakistan. National census is accepted as the most authentic source of statistical information about the population of a country. However, it is not possible to trace accurate figures of Kashmiris in Britain as they are not recognised in the British ethnic monitoring system including census as a distinct ethnic category. Instead they are counted as Pakistanis if originating from the Pakistani occupied ‘Azad’ Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) and Indian if originate from the Indian occupied ‘Jammu and Kashmir’ (J&K).  Therefore, we have to rely

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Development is enabling safety and security so that people can go about their in everyday lives. In areas of the world prone to conflict, such as the region of Balochistan, civil violence, terrorism, fragmented systems of power and the reduced capabilities of government authorities such as police or military makes it difficult for outsiders, and particularly Western associated organisations, to operate. Many programs within this region prove to be dismal failures, or perceived by locals as token efforts. Diaspora driven development projects in the region could have a positive impact on development in Balochistan. In this short article I describe

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Afghanistan has most definitely experienced the most hardship of any country in the world, successively for decades. The geographic location of this nation has seen every empire try and conquer it using it for a trade route, from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, there is no empire that has not left its mark upon this land. This is clearly evident in the diverse appearance of all the people, no other country in the world can boast such an ethnically mixed gender of population. The decades of war and hardship in particular, the treatment of women and children, is by

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