DisOccupied: Couple launches platform ranking brands related to Israeli military support

A Palestinian and Kashmiri couple has launched a website called 'DisOccupied' aimed at cataloguing all the brands they have found to indirectly support the Israeli military. Nadia and Shehzad, the husband-wife team, have implemented a ranking system on their platform, categorising companies into four levels of caution for consumers, from 'avoid' to 'OK to buy.'
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Kashmir

Little progress in saving Kashmir’s endangered hangul deer

Dachigam National Park forest guard Ghulam Ahmad Bhat films a rare sighting of a hangul deer herd in Kashmir, November 2023 (Video: Ghulam Ahmad Bhat) An ‘extinction vortex’ An illustration of Kashmir’s elusive hangul deer, from The deer of all lands: a history of the family Cervidae, living and extinct by Richard Lydekker (Image: Alamy) Genetic sampling reveals a more hopeful picture Questions over
| Nature, conservation, endangered species

Birdwatchers in Kashmir benefit science and conservation

Kashmir’s growing birding scene Recommended Can bird sightings help science in Kashmir? The orange bullfinch, a species that breeds only in and around Kashmir (Image: Alamy) Reyan Sofi watching birds in Hokersar wetland, Kashmir (Image: Adeeb Ahmad) Recommended Birdwatchers step into conservation The ibisbill, a rare and unique wading bird that lives along mountain streams in the Himalayas and northern China (Image: Alamy) An ethical way forward for
| Nature, biodiversity, birds

Kashmir gets a taste of Turkiye with traditional ice cream

In 2018, during a trip to the Indian capital, New Delhi, two friends came across a frozen delicacy that would change their lives forever – traditional Turkish ice cream, Anadolu Agency reports. Blown away by the unique flavour, they sought to bring this delight to their home town, the scenic Srinagar, capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. Aabid Naseer, a computer science
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, India

Eid in Kashmir: 'Our food brings us together'

Rubeena Akhtar has a lot to do before Thursday, the day Indian-administered Kashmir will celebrate Eid Al-Adha, or the "Feast of Sacrifice". Relatives and friends will be coming over all through the day and Akhtar wants everything to be perfect. She has already made her trip to the neighbourhood baker to stock up on pastries, cookies, cakes and Kashmiri "kulchas"
| Article, Asia & Americas, India

Greece shipwreck: No bodies or burials as Pakistan village mourns lost sons

There is an air of mourning in Bandli, a small village nestled among lush green hills in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Anadolu Agency reports. Grief has gripped this village since last week's shipwreck off the coast of Greece, a tragedy that has claimed the lives of hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers. Bandli, which lies over 200 kilometres (125 miles) south-east of
| Asia & Americas, EU, Europe & Russia

What next for Jammu and Kashmir’s medicinal plants, as pharmaceutical companies move in?

Recommended Government assurances Recommended How medicinal plants are regulated in Jammu and Kashmir The root and rhizome of Podophyllum hexandrum, which grows across the Himalayan region, are used in traditional medicine (Image: Alamy) Delays setting up BMCs A man collects water chestnuts, which are used in ayurvedic medicine, from Wular Lake in Jammu and Kashmir (Image: Sajad Hameed / Alamy) If [the expansion of the pharmaceutical industry] will
| Nature, Livelihoods, biodiversity

Global News Dispatches: 4 Stories

In Jammu and Kashmir, Eviction Drive Sparks Anger and Protests From a Cross-Section of Society New International Sanctions Announced on Myanmar’s Junta as Airstrikes, Arrests Keep Country on Edge Pakistani Brothers Finally Leave Guantanamo Bay After 20 Years Without Charge or Trial Attacks by Israeli Settlers on West Bank Result in Death of 65 Palestinians in the First Two Months of 2023
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Best of 2022 on The Third Pole: The complexity of saving Himalayan biodiversity

Biodiversity is in the headlines as 2022 comes to an end, with a “historic” deal to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 agreed at a global summit in Montreal, Canada. Dubbed by some commentators a “Paris Agreement for nature”, conservationists hope that the outcome of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity CoP15 will reset governments’ long-standing neglect of biodiversity conservation, while
| Nature, biodiversity, endangered species

2021 in retrospective: Authoritarian practices threatened journalists and restricted media freedom in South Asia

Read More: Pakistan bans TikTok for the second time (March 2021) Read More: Indian farmers’ protests: Twitter withholds, then restores, prominent accounts by government order Arrest, threat and death in custody Read More: Protests erupt in Bangladesh after writer arrested under the Digital Security Act dies in prison Read More: Arrest of Indian climate activist Disha Ravi over protest ‘toolkit’ draws backlash Read More:
| Activism, Advocacy, Bangladesh

A new chapter in Greece's Middle East military strategy

Analysis: Concerns about Turkey's regional assertiveness have pushed Greece to adopt a more proactive foreign policy, with Athens building new military and diplomatic alliances. "Against the Iranian axis, a resounding and strong regional alliance has been formed. Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf countries, and the State of Israel are members of this alliance."  The New Democracy party has pursued
| In-depth

Azerbaijan invites allies Turkey and Pakistan to 'rebuild Nagorno-Karabakh'

The three countries' top diplomats discussed reconstruction efforts and an initiative to combat global Islamophobia. Azerbaijan has invited companies from Turkey and Pakistan to help rebuild the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, parts of which were recaptured by Baku last year. On Wednesday, Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov praised the support given to Baku by
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Are kids happier with our slower life?

see also What back-to-school looks like for kindergarten students in China Egypt homeless, street children hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic scourge Photos: Sky-high outdoor classroom for children in COVID-19-hit Indian Kashmir Nigeria academy looks to spread ballet among Lagos poor The pressure is off when childhood is no longer seen as an ‘enrichment opportunity’ but instead as an unfolding experience
| Opinion|off-the-cuff|

A Khutbah For Kashmir

He was tested many times but he proved his steadfastness, resolve and dedication. He had a natural inclination to worship one God and dislike for idol worship from the very beginning of his conscious life. He broke idols into pieces instead of bowing down before them. He was thrown into a huge furnace of fire but came out unhurt because
| #Islam, Worship, Digital Rally for Kashmir

'Bleak domineering vision': Amnesty says human rights at risk as Asia Pacific's strongmen rise

The year has been dominated by repression but also by resistance, says the human rights organisation in its annual review The year across the Asia-Pacific has been dominated by repression, but also resistance, as the two largest countries on Earth sought to impose a “bleak domineering vision” for the region, according to Amnesty International’s annual human rights review. The
| Asia Pacific

Pakistan Is Cleaning Up Trump’s Mideast Mess

The Middle East has always been a difficult region for the West, especially for the United States. During the Cold War era, America’s efforts to establish its hold over the region’s key oil-producing countries backfired, resulting in anger and resentment in those countries. Be it the CIA-backed coup to overthrow the Mossadegh government in Iran for nationalizing the oil
| cia, financial action task force, intra-afghan talks

Indians Rise Up Against Hindu Supremacy

India’s government has pushed through a dangerous new bill that has provoked a mass uprising . The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) offers a fast-track to legalization for Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist and Jain immigrants from bordering nations while explicitly denying one religious group the same privileges. For years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been chipping
| assam, bangladesh, bharatiya janata party

Reasons to be fearful – the international news review of 2019

This year world leaders struggled to manage the fallout from the erratic tenant in the White House – as China flexed its imperial muscles. We look back at the events that created the most turbulence Click here for 2019’s reasons to be cheerful A year of high anxiety was rendered more alarming by intensifying clashes of
| World news

Israeli weapons are heading for the East — with no concern for human rights

We don't know all the countries Israel's secretive arms industry is targeting for future sales. What we do know is that the people of Myanmar, Kashmir, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Palestine, and others will pay the price. The post Israeli weapons are heading for the East — with no concern for human rights appeared first on +972 Magazine .
| Israel arms exports, India-Israel relations, Azerbaijan

50+ academics and activists condemn Indian Consul-General’s call for Israeli model in Kashmir, and call for military embargo on Israel

50+ academics and activists condemn Indian Consul-General’s call for Israeli model in Kashmir, and call for military embargo on Israel In the News By calling for a military embargo on Israel, we also call for ending the ties that are facilitating the current siege and crackdown in
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MUSLIM COUNCIL OF BRITAIN LAUNCHES CROSS-PARTY ELECTION PLEDGES

The 2019 General Election and British Muslims: Muslim Council of Britain Launches Cross-Party Election Pledges   Today the Muslim Council of Britain, the country’s leading British Muslim representative body is calling on political parties and prospective candidates to commit to a set of pledges ahead of the General Election.   The commitments were developed following extensive surveying its affiliates and
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Far-right Euro MPs lead landmark trip to Indian Kashmir

Nearly 30 Euro MPs, drawn mainly from extreme right-wing parties, will on Tuesday be the first international delegation to visit Indian Kashmir since authorities imposed a security clampdown in August to back the ending of the region's autonomy. The post Far-right Euro MPs lead landmark trip to Indian Kashmir appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| India, News, Politics

Is Xinjiang Inspiring Modi’s Crackdown in Indian Kashmir?

The ongoing crackdown by the Xi administration in the Xinjiang region has been described as an effort to “re-engineer” the Uyghur identity and as a form of “cultural genocide.”
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article

India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill 100 million, trigger global cooling

THE YEAR is 2025 and militants have attacked India's parliament, killing most of its leaders. New Delhi retaliates by sending tanks into the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan. The post India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill 100 million, trigger global cooling appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| India, News, Pakistan

Iran Reacts to Developments in the Kashmir Valley

by Giorgio Cafiero Without doubt, the Indian government’s bold decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian constitution, thereby ending the special legal autonomy Kashmir has enjoyed for over 70 years, has left Tehran in a difficult position. Fostering closer… Continue Reading  
| Analysis, India, Iran

Narendra Modi’s Authoritarian Islamophobia Playbook

India is currently home to the second-largest Muslim population in the world (194.8 million), and by the year 2060, it will have the largest Muslim population (over 333 million,  according  to the Pew Research Center). Although Muslims constitute nearly 15% of the Indian population today, we are witnessing the meteoric rise of right-wing Hindutva nationalism under Prime Minister
| Homepage Slider, International, Uncategorized

Protest: The King Is Dead, Long Live the King

by James M. Dorsey Protest is back on the front burner. Protesters occupy streets in cities ranging from Hong Kong and Moscow to Khartoum and Algiers. They would likely do so in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, were it… Continue Reading  
| Algeria, China, Russia

Kashmir trims its big fat weddings after Indian lockdown

AFTER a year-long countdown, Arshi Nisar's wedding plans are in tatters, with the Kashmiri bride-to-be fearing for her guests' safety as an Indian security and communications clampdown on the Himalayan valley leaves residents on edge. The post Kashmir trims its big fat weddings after Indian lockdown appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| Culture, India, News

Diverging Gulf Responses to Kashmir and Xinjiang Ripple Across Asia

by James M. Dorsey Recent diametrically opposed responses to repression of Muslims by China, India and other Asian countries highlight deep differences among Gulf states that ripple across Asia. The different responses were evident in Gulf reactions to India’s unilateral… Continue Reading  
| China, India, Qatar

This Time, the World Is Watching in Kashmir

by Shubh Mathur “The hasty stroke goes oft astray.” This piece of remembered wisdom from The Lord of the Rings seems to be an apt description of the Indian military siege of Kashmir. On August 5th, at midnight local time,… Continue Reading  
| India, Foreign Policy in Focus, Kashmir

Kashmiris are living a long nightmare of Indian colonialism

INDIA'S decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in early August, and the repression and communications blackout that followed, is another step in India’s long history of colonising Kashmir. The post Kashmiris are living a long nightmare of Indian colonialism appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| India, News, Pakistan

Zimbabwe heats up, Yemen donors fail to pay up, and how women’s savings groups add up: The Cheat Sheet

Our editors’ weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe. On our radar Zimbabwe’s government digs in Zimbabwe’s season of discontent is reaching a critical point. Police banned and broke up an opposition demonstration in Harare last Friday, and then this week prohibited protest gatherings in Bulawayo and
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Zimbabwe heats up, Yemen donors fail to pay up, and how women’s savings groups add up: The Cheat Sheet

Our editors’ weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe. On our radar Zimbabwe’s government digs in Zimbabwe’s season of discontent is reaching a critical point. Police banned and broke up an opposition demonstration in Harare last Friday, and then this week prohibited protest gatherings in Bulawayo and
| News

The Kashmir Crisis Spotlights What a Civilizational World Looks Like

by James M. Dorsey India’s decision to deprive Kashmir of its autonomy, alongside a clampdown in the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang and US-backed Israeli annexation of Arab land, is the latest indication of what a new world order… Continue Reading  
| India, civilizationalism, James Dorsey

Palestinians show solidarity with Kashmir at protest outside Indian Embassy in Washington DC

India’s treatment of Kashmir is eerily similar to Israel’s treatment of Palestine, and those that are fighting for Palestinian rights have taken notice.
| Activism, American Muslims for Palestine, Kashmir

How Will Kashmir Affect the Afghan Peace Process?

by Fatemeh Aman Commentaries are calling India’s unilateral move to end the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir that had prevailed since India’s independence a geopolitical “earthquake.” A major geological earthquake normally has significant ripple effects as the affected tectonic plates… Continue Reading  
| Afghanistan, India, Pakistan

What’s Happening in Kashmir Looks a Lot Like Israel’s Rule Over Palestine

by Abdulla Moaswes The last few weeks have seen a sharp escalation in tensions in the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the territory’s long-standing autonomy, putting it on lockdown and plunging the region into chaos.… Continue Reading  
| India, Israel, Israel Palestine

‘Till the soldiers return the keys’: unyielding resistance in Palestine and Kashmir

Even though these differences exist between the histories of India and Israel, Kashmiris have expressed solidarity with Palestine because of a sense of resonance with their own experiences. While effective United Nations interventions are needed for Kashmiris and Palestinians, their resistance against these settler/(post) colonial projects continue.
| Opinion, India, Israel

Solidarity and unity in opposing global militarization: BNC statement on Kashmir

BDS movement: "In this grave moment, we stand in solidarity with the people in Kashmir. Our oppressors are united, and our struggles will be stronger if we too unite."
| Activism, BDS, Kashmir

Modi ushers in a new intolerant India and revokes multicultural democracy

THE Hindu Nationalist government of Narendra Modi, with unexpected suddenness, has abolished the special constitutional status of the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The post Modi ushers in a new intolerant India and revokes multicultural democracy appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| Culture, India, News

Solidarity and Unity in Opposing Global Militarization: BNC Statement on Kashmir

Solidarity and Unity in Opposing Global Militarization: BNC Statement on Kashmir BNC Statement In this grave moment, we stand in solidarity with the people in Kashmir. Our oppressors are united, and our struggles will be stronger if we too unite.
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India: The Next Apartheid State?

It has long been called the most dangerous place in the world. Still, few Americans know anything about the place; nor could they point out the troubled region of Kashmir on a map. Yet for 62 years India and Pakistan have contested for control of the province. In fact, a long-running insurgency there has even … Continue reading "India:
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What’s happening in Kashmir looks a lot like Israel’s rule over Palestine

By revoking autonomy from Kashmir, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking a page straight out of the Israeli playbook. By Abdulla Moaswes The last few weeks have seen a sharp escalation in tensions in the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the territory’s long-standing autonomy, putting it on lockdown and plunging the region into […] The post What’s
| Analysis, 1948, Absentee Property Law

Kashmir’s Agony Fueled by Modi’s Rightwing Regime Echoes Across the World

All it took was a blink of an eye to realize that India’s rightwing government outmaneuvered old-style colonialism by repackaging it as “democracy in action”. Whether described as a double takeover or colonialism squared, the [...] The post Kashmir’s Agony Fueled by Modi’s Rightwing Regime Echoes Across the World appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Articles, Commentary, Benjamin Netanyahu

Kashmir and Palestine share the struggle for self determination against colonial occupation

Zainab Ramahi says supporting self-determination for Kashmir and Palestine must include resisting ethno-nationalism and racial supremacy. "This can begin by placing Hindutva and Zionism in this context," Ramahi writes, "and understanding these long-running 'conflicts' for what they are: colonialism."
| Opinion

Jammu and Kashmir Loses ‘Special Status’

Terror grips the most militarized zone in the world after India’s Central Government terminated Jammu and Kashmir’s 70-year-old "special status" as the first step towards stripping the disputed region of statehood entirely. Internationally infamous as the world’s hottest potential nuclear flashpoint, J&K originally acceded to India in 1947 only on the condition that the newly-formed … Continue reading "Jammu
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Kashmir: A Battleground for Middle Eastern Rivals

by James M. Dorsey Thought that sectarianism was a pillar of the Saudi-Iranian rivalry? Think again, think Kashmir where the two countries’ geopolitical rivalry and Turkish ambitions cross sectarian lines. With Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey competing for Indian Kashmiri… Continue Reading  
| Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey

NZ Sikh Community Donates $39,000 to Christchurch Victims

New Zealand’s Sikh community has donated $39,000 (NZD $60,000) to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack, Kashmir Walla reported. “No amount of money can change what has happened, or bring back the lives lost. But we can offer our support to victims and their families, so they don’t have to bear this burden alone,” said Auckland-based Jaspreet Singh Rajpura
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