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  Reporting on torture or other ill-treatment in 141 countries over the past five years, Amnesty International, has come up with a new global survey of more than 21,000 people in 21 countries revealing fear of torture exists in all these countries. More than 80% want strong laws to protect them from torture but more than a third believe torture can be justified. In India, almost three quarters of respondents (74%) felt torture was sometimes necessary – the highest numbers in any of the countries polled (with same as in China also). In Indonesia, Pakistan and South Korea the majority

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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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Edward Snowden As the intrigue surrounding Edward Snowden’s whereabouts and his travels around the world continue unabated, the furore over his leaking of classified US programmes to spy on users of the internet continues to grow. An ex-CIA contractor with access to vast amounts of top secret information at the US National Security Agency, Snowden’s disclosures are creating waves around the world, raising memories of the Cold War and leading to serious pressure on bilateral relations between the US on the one hand and Russia and China on the other. The disclosures also add further pressure on the US government

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By News Desk The Guinness World Records has four records on Jammu and Kashmir- a disputed region divided between India and Pakistan since 1947. The records are from the Indian side of the region. The Guinness World record calls Kashmir region as the “largest militarized territorial dispute” on the planet and also records that the region has “world’s highest battlefield, highest military base and the longest speech ever given to the United Nations was delivered on Kashmir.” Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement in the world. It says, according to the CIA World Factbook, the dispute between

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By Richard Stone In a world that often seems dominated by rancor, an opportunity to have even-tempered discussion on a controversial issue is itself a cause of hope. So what to think when such an occasion is ruptured by verbal violence? Such was the case when the Community Alliance sponsored a panel about Kashmir, the water-rich (thus strategically important) region bordered by India, Pakistan and China. David Barsamian can be heard every Wednesday at 11 a.m. on KFCF 88.1 FM. David Barsamian, one of America’s most wide-ranging and respected independent journalists (and a frequent visitor to the region in question), was to

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Screenshot of Noam Chomsky speaking at University of Massachusetts at Amherst in September 2012 By Noam Chomsky [W]hen I was thinking about these remarks, I had two topics in mind, couldn’t decide between them — actually pretty obvious ones. One topic is, what are the most important issues that we face? The second topic is, what issues are not being treated seriously — or at all — in the quadrennial frenzy now underway called an election? But I realized that there’s no problem; it’s not a hard choice: they’re the same topic. And there are reasons for it, which are

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By C. Rohan The visit of the Prime Minister to Myanmar, the first after 25 years is marked a new chapter in India’s foreign policy. This visit is important primarily for three reasons. Firstly, India’s changing status as an emerging power and its increasing involvement in international politics; secondly, its global commitment to democracy promotion along with the United States; thirdly, to counter China. India’s self claim and to some extent, its acknowledged status as an emerging power, its involvement in international politics is bound to increase. As U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to India pointed out, “For

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On January 30, 2008, Indian army blasts a residential house where suspected Kashmiri militants fighting troops were holed up, in Batpora village some 60 kilometers south of Srinagar. Photo: Javed Dar For decades Indian-held-Kashmir has been going through a turbulent time. Once people were fighting the Dogra rulers for their rights and then after the partition of British India people had to live in an atmosphere where they had no power over their land. The princely state Jammu and Kashmir shared borders with Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and China. After 1947 war between India-Pakistan the demography changed. The lust of land

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By Fahad Shah World’s rank two website, facebook.com, a social networking site which has 800 million users throughout the world, in its Maps, shows the Pakistan side of Jammu and Kashmir as an independent part, naming it as “Azad Kashmir”. Another disputed state of India, Arunachal Pradesh, and Aksai Chin, a part of Jammu and Kashmir, are also shown as disputes with China with a dotted line as sharing border with both India and China. This comes after Facebook has been updating the interface and changed the users profile page to its new feature Timeline. The map is showed in

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Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of “keeping us safe” or “promoting democracy” or “protecting their strategic interests.” Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of

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