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
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Kashmir: A Place Without Rights

Image: A Kashmiri Muslim woman walks in front of a concertina razor wire of Indian government forces closing a road in the deserted city center during a curfew like restrictions, a year after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, in the city center on August 05, 2020 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India.
| International and Foreign, Anti-Muslim discrimination, India |

India: A year of throttling journalism in Kashmir

News On the first anniversary of the Indian government’s sudden decision to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its semi-autonomy and simultaneously disconnect telecommunications there, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has examined the current state of press freedom in this northern territory with the help of its journalists. In the light of their alarming accounts, RSF calls on the Indian government to immediately
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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 |

Pakistan re-arrests four men acquitted in Daniel Pearl murder case

Pakistani authorities ordered on Friday four men, including a British militant, convicted of the 2002 murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, to be detained for three months despite a lower court’s ruling to overturn their convictions. The High Court in the province of Sindh on Thursday acquitted the four, including Briton Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was sentenced to
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Pakistani politicians, religious leaders demand end to Israeli illegal occupation

Pakistan political parties and religious leaders expressing solidarity with the oppressed nation of Palestine on Tuesday demanded an end to Gaza Siege and illegal occupation of Palestinian land by the Zionist regime. They made the remarks during a video conference to mark the Land Day of Palestine organized by Palestinian Foundation of Pakistan in southern city of Karachi.
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'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
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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
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Muslim leaders gather in Malaysia for summit shunned by Saudi

Leaders and senior representatives from some 20 Muslim nations flocked to the Malaysian capital on Wednesday to discuss issues agitating Muslims globally at a summit Saudi Arabia decided to snub, and Pakistan ducked out of attending. No agenda for the Kuala Lumpur Summit has been released, but it could address age-old disputes in Kashmir and the Middle East, the
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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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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 |

India, Pakistan sign pact on cross-border temple visits

India and Pakistan signed an agreement on Thursday allowing Indian pilgrims to cross the border to a Sikh shrine in Pakistan, rare cooperation between the nuclear-armed rivals at a time of tension and clashes elsewhere on their frontier. The pact will introduce visa-free access from India to the Pakistani town of Kartarpur, home to a temple that marks the site
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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 |

Pakistan PM stresses ‘avoiding military conflict’ in Gulf as he concludes Saudi visit

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed “avoiding of military conflict and pursuing constructive engagement of all parties” as he concluded his talks with the leadership of Saudi Arabia on the current Gulf situation, PM House said Wednesday. The statement issued on the conclusion of Imran Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia said, “the Prime Minister conveyed Pakistan’s readiness to facilitate efforts
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Pakistan opposition heading towards large scale anti-government protest

As major opposition parties in Pakistan are flexing muscles to hold anti-government protest, the authorities in the country have prepared themselves to tackle the opposition move. Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman announced a protest rally on October 31 which he named “Azad March” is basically an anti-government move. He already had warned the government against creating hurdles in the
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For Some in Kashmir Marriage Equates to Sexual Slavery

This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group. The post For Some in Kashmir Marriage Equates to Sexual Slavery appeared first on Inter Press Service .
| Asia-Pacific, Editors' Choice, Featured |

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 |

50 Days of Kashmir Under Lockdown – in Pictures

It is 50 days into the lockdown in Kashmir since roads were blocked off, schools shut, and internet and communication services stopped. On Aug. 5, India’s federal government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a curfew in the Muslim-majority area after amending the law to revoke the partial autonomy and statehood of Jammu and […] The post 50
| Active Citizens, Asia-Pacific, Civil Society |

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 |

Kashmir: How Modi’s Aggressive ‘Hindutva’ Project has Brought India and Pakistan to the Brink – Again

Abdullah Yusuf is a lecturer in politics at the University of Dundee. The post Kashmir: How Modi’s Aggressive ‘Hindutva’ Project has Brought India and Pakistan to the Brink – Again appeared first on Inter Press Service .
| Armed Conflicts, Asia-Pacific, Crime & Justice |

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 |

British Muslims urges Uk Government to speak out and uphold international law regarding Kashmir

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) urged recently, the British Government to demand a halt to the provocative actions by India as they continue to lay siege on Kashmir and curtail further the rights of its people. Hundreds of thousands of Indian troops occupy the region, its political leaders are under house arrest, and communication has been all but cut
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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 |

Kashmiri militant calls for Pakistan military intervention in disputed region

A Kashmiri militant commander said on Sunday that Pakistan should send troops to protect the people of India-controlled Kashmir if the United Nations does not send peacekeepers, after New Delhi revoked its autonomy last month. “It’s binding upon the armed forces of Pakistan, the first Islamic nuclear power, to enter India-occupied Kashmir to militarily help the people of the territory,”
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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 |

Global watchdog to monitor Pakistan’s progress in tackling militant funding

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will monitor Pakistan’s progress in implementing a proposed plan against financing for militant organizations ahead of a meeting in October, the international watchdog body said on Friday. Its Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) met in Canberra this week to discuss reports on countries including Pakistan, which was last year placed on a
| News |

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 |

China says U.N. council members think India, Pakistan should refrain from unilateral action in Kashmir

U.N. Security Council members believe India and Pakistan should refrain from taking unilateral action over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir, China’s U.N. envoy said on Friday after the council met on the issue for the first time in decades. The 15-member council met behind closed doors at the request of China and Pakistan after India removed the decades-old
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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 |

OIC-IPHRC strongly condemns ongoing security clampdown in Indian Occupied Kashmir

The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) joined the international community in strongly condemning the ongoing security lockdown/curfews and communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) by the Indian occupation forces, which remained in place even during the festive period of Eid al-Adha. The expert body of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation said in a statement issued on Wednesday
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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 |

Requesting UN Security Council meeting on Kashmir,

Declaring himself as an ambassador for raising the Kashmir issue at international fora, Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday sternly warned of stronger response from Pakistan in case of any misadventure by Narendra Modi led government across the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Imran Khan said wars were no solution to the issues, but in case it was imposed upon Pakistan,
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‘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 |

Red tape is being weaponised in India to declare millions stateless | Shoaib Daniyal

In Assam, a draconian exercise forces people to prove ‘genuine’ Indian heritage – or be branded illegal immigrants Anti-immigrant hysteria is sweeping the world: it has powered Trump , enabled the Brexit vote and is roiling the politics of continental Europe. And while the damage done by this politics has been well documented in the west, one
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Red tape is being weaponised in India to declare millions stateless | Shoaib Daniyal

In Assam, a draconian exercise forces people to prove ‘genuine’ Indian heritage – or be branded illegal immigrants Anti-immigrant hysteria is sweeping the world: it has powered Trump , enabled the Brexit vote and is roiling the politics of continental Europe. And while the damage done by this politics has been well documented in the west, one
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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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