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  Before landing in Kashmir this year, I thought I had more or less of an understanding of what loaded words as conflict or occupation implied. I always tried to keep myself informed. However, when I went to the valley two months ago, I realised how little I knew about the place. Most of my certainties vanished. One in particular did, which has drastically changed my way of looking at the occupation now. I used to believe that the way of resistance through non-violent artistic, cultural and intellectual activities could exist in such places, and that the youth was not

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Nothing that any one writes will suffice. Our words are dead today. They ring hollow. Our souls are dead today. As the funerals take place across the city, as the walls of homes shake and wail and absorb the pain of mothers, fathers, daughters, brothers, sisters, and friends, as the earth cries at what is being put in to it, as each step of family members without their children or with injured children, is filled with heaviness, as Lady Reading Hospital, that ever busy, efficient institution, so accustomed to patients of brutal violence continues to function — patients in, patients

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Jokowi Widodo was sworn in as president of the world’s third-largest democracy, Indonesia, on October 20 amid an atmosphere of high hopes amongst supporters, winning a narrow victory over former Military Prabowo in July. The Jokowi Presidency marks the first time a member outside of the political and military elite has been elected as President and his campaign promised a government who would represent hope and change. Jokowi announced his Cabinet line-up on Sunday October 26. After delaying the announcement for three days, speculation arose that Jokowi was wrangling with leaders in his coalition who were insisting on nominating problematic

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As the country reels from the massacre in Peshawar, MA Mistry assesses whether peace will ever prevail in Pakistan given the lack of unity between civilian and military leaders.   “Attacks on civilians are a sign of weakness, they are not sign of strength. Who but a coward kills people in a volleyball field? Children! For God’s sake, is that the depths in which we have fallen?” Remarks made by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani at Chatham House in London, two weeks before the most deadly attack on Pakistani soil, which claimed the lives of more than 130 children. The return

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Part I Why I didn’t attend the ‘million march for Kashmir’ By Rabia Latif Khan This year October 26 saw the coming together of many British Kashmiris to London for a demonstration to highlight the forgotten conflict in Kashmir. For many disillusioned Kashmiris it was a welcome step in pushing for greater dialogue on the conflict. However, upon learning that the march had been organised by the former Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir my support for the march dwindled. As a proponent of ‘azadi’ in its literal and absolute sense – meaning no India, no Pakistan and a free Kashmir,

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Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded is know in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, this typhoon devastated the Philippines and portions of South East Asia on 8 November 2013. The deadliest and the strongest storm ever recorded, killing at least 6,300 people in Philippines alone, with an estimated 3000 plus bodies still missing. As of January 2014, bodies were still being found. The epicenter of the typhoon was the island of Talcoban and the area of Leyte. Beneficiaries of the ‘Adopt Albuera Campaign,’ a rehabilitation initiative jointly mounted by Mindanao NGOs for the village of Tabgas in Albuera,

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The devastating floods that hit most parts of Kashmir region left a trail of damages, loss, and memories that one may never forget. The Kashmir Walla team has visited all the flood affected areas for the last one month and documented the stories told by the survivors. Below here we bring you three such stories from three different areas of Kashmir. Kutt’ie Bund When water from Vishu stream broke the embankment and entered Arigutan village, two kilometres from Kulgam town on the evening of September 5, Mohammed Yosuf Wani, 50, a mason, was in the village. He had sent his

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  Vishal Bhardwaj’s obsession with the Bard is common knowledge. After the seamless adaptations of Macbeth to the Mumbai underworld and Othello to the crass Uttar Pradesh heartland, Bhardwaj’s muse this time around is Hamlet. Shakespeare continues to fascinate the literary intelligentsia and laymen alike, for his plays are timeless and transcend geographical boundaries. Perhaps there couldn’t have been a more potent backdrop to Hamlet than what we have here – the tumultuous Kashmir of the 1990s. The movie both fascinates and disappoints, though in its entirety it is sure to leave the audience with a lingering feeling of uneasiness

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Menolak Lupa – refuse to forget, slogan behind the Munir movement for justice for Indonesia’s “disappeared.” Photo courtesy ‘Anti Tank’ Indonesia. This week marked the ten year anniversary of the assassination of leading Indonesian Human Rights defender Munir Said Thalid, activists as well as ordinary citizens commemorated his death at events across the country, renewing calls for the Indonesian government to hold those responsible for his death to account. Munir was an outspoken critic of Indonesia’s armed forces during Suharto’s authoritarian regime (1965-1998), at risk to his own personal safety he brought to light human rights violations committed across the

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