- Written by Andrew Mitrovica, Al Jazeera
War brings supposedly disparate parts of the US together to rally around the flag, yellow ribbons and even Donald Trump. The American experience has shown that a well timed war or news of a 'triumphant' special forces encounter can be a useful tonic for a faltering presidency, writes Mitrovica [Reuters]The American experience has shown that a well timed war or news of a 'triumphant' special forces encounter can be a useful tonic for a faltering presidency, writes Mitrovica [Reuters]
- Written by Lukman Harees, Colombo Telegraph
Meethotamulla Garbage Dump Collapse which sadly happened when the nation was celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, was not just a disaster for the people of the area , but one where the stench was felt far beyond its’ boundaries. For, it was yet another disaster which could have been avoided if the successive governments have seriously given an ear to the anguish and agony of those who have been continuously suffering in these hazardous environs. They say only a sleeping man can be awakened; not one who feigns sleep.
- Written by Saikat Bhattacharyya, Regionalrapport.com
Rise of Modi to the helm of power in democratic India is not much different from the rise of Hitler to the power in Germany which also took place under democratic electoral system. But rise of Hindu Fascism is not all of sudden in India. It is a gradual process and from the very beginning Hindu fascism is embedded deep inside construction of Indian nationalism. Only a few pockets of resistances against Hindu fascism remain in Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal.
- Written by Mehdi Hasan, Theintercept.com
AUNG SAN SUU KYI IS ONE of the most celebrated human rights icons of our age: Nobel Peace Laureate, winner of the Sakharov Prize, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an Amnesty International-recognized prisoner of conscience for 15 long years.
These days, however, she is also an apologist for genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass rape.
- Written by Nilofar Ahmed, Dawn.com
IT is said that Hazrat Aisha was six years old when her nikah was performed with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Makkah, and nine years old when she moved in to live with her husband in Madina after Hijra.
This piece of misinformation has led to the wrong view that child marriage has the sanction of Islam.
- Written by Nbcnews.com
Despite being one of the poorest nations in the world, Afghanistan may be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world, valued at nearly $1 trillion, scientists say. Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The U.S. Geological Survey began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after U.S.-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004.
- Written by BR Ambedkar, Scroll.in
As we witness yet another incident of violence in the name of stopping cow-slaughter by groups of vigilantes known as gau-rakshaks, we revisit BR Ambedkar’s 1948 work The Untouchables: Who Were They and Why They Became Untouchables?, which grapples with many of the issues that continue to plague India even today.
- Written by Reader Correspondent, Kashmirreader.com
Khan Sahib/Srinagar: Farooq Ahmad, 27, was picked up by the army’s 35 RR in Utligam village, tortured, forcibly dipped several times in the icy cold water of a stream, and was later tied in unconscious state to the bonnet of an army jeep as a human shield to prevent protesters from targeting the army patrol, Kashmir Reader has learnt.
A resident of Chill Brass village, Farooq is now unable to move and his one arm is bandaged due to fracture.
- Written by Roman Dobrokhotov, Al Jazeera
This week the world witnessed yet another chemical attack in Syria. After horrendous footage from Khan Sheikhoun showed children suffocating from sarin gas and relatives crying over piles of dead bodies, Russia was forced to react. But while Washington used the attack as an excuse for missile strikes on a regime-held airbase in southern Syria, Moscow did the exact opposite - it used it as an excuse for more excuses. And the excuse was produced quickly:
- Written by Mukhtar Master, islam21c.com
‘Innocent until proven guilty’, is the principle known as the presumption of innocence. It is the principle that assumes innocence putting the burden of proof on the accuser. This principle applies in most countries now, thankfully, including the UK, and was enshrined as a basic human right under article 11 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. For Muslims this has been enshrined in the Law since fourteen centuries earlier, as the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhī wa sallam) said: “Al-bayyina ʿalā al-Muddaʿī—[the duty] to clarify is upon the claimant.”