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CARTOONS OF DEFIANCE

Charlie Hebdo is going to come out next Wednesday, the day it comes out every week – in the true spirit of the rightful and needed defiance of the terror attack on its office in Paris yesterday that killed its 10 staffers including its four cartoonists. And they are going to print 1 million copies. In past, the average circulation ...

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JE SUIS CHARLIE – YES, “I AM CHARLIE”

It happened in real time, almost at the same time it broke in France. The Twitter feeds of news carriers and Twitterati in general broke the news to France, and to the world that the Paris office of the weekly satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ was under attack, facing heavy gunfire from terrorists armed with Kalashnikovs, and a rocket launcher as ...

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AN INDIAN AND A PAKISTANI SHARE PEACE NOBEL: NOTHING REALPOLITIKAL ABOUT IT

It was all so good. It looked brilliant on screens wherever the broadcast was being shown. The rounds of applause were spontaneous. The value addition of musical performances by artists from India and Pakistan was a treat to eyes and ears. It happens like this every year, except the value addition. What was announced two months ago had its final ...

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WHY THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE IS STILL THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS RECOGNITION (BUT WITHIN A FRONTIER)

Peace Nobel is still the most talked about and speculated for Nobel Prize given its ‘political nature’ and the ‘emphasis’ on socio-political themes attached with the decision-making process that gives enhanced recognition to an issue and draws worldwide attention that many ‘powers’ don’t like; or highlights an issue that has been always there with activists working on to bring changes ...

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PEACE NOBEL 2014: KAILASH SATYARTHI’S FIELDWORK WITH MALALA YOUSAFZAI’S SYMBOLISM

The 5-member Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize committee, with election for three out of its five spots slated later this year, chose to play it safe by awarding two names no one would criticize, at least the names who made for the headlines and generate subsequent rounds of controversy. Malala Yousafzai, who makes for headlines and is a favourite of the ...

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JAMES FOLEY & STEVEN SOTLOFF

One had worked for the development sector. Before that, he was a teacher. Before taking journalism fully again, he worked with an aid agency in Iraq on a development project. First he moved to Afghanistan. Then he was in Libya where he was abducted by Muammar Gaddafi loyalists in 2011 and was in captivity for over 40 days but refused ...

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CHINA OFFICIALLY SLAMS THE DOOR: NO ‘OPEN ELECTION’ IN ‘AUTONOMOUS’ HONG KONG

Being the largest functional democracy, we the Indians are inadvertent stakeholders in the democratic affairs of our two neighbours, Pakistan and China, because an undemocratic dispensation is basically confrontational in nature and the situation worsens when there are contentious boundary and territory issues involved, like we have with Pakistan and China. And without any hesitation, it can be said these ...

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IROM SHARMILA RE-ARRESTED: PATHETIC IRONIES OF THE STATE CONTINUE

It was expected. It has been happening ever since. We have seen it happening year after year – Irom Sharmila is released and is re-arrested. And yes, we know, the state has been behind it- complicit, willingly and comfortably. Her annual release is basically technical in nature otherwise the state would not let her go, unless the court rules so, ...

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HONG KONG MARCH: DEMOCRATIC SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND KICKING

The protest march on the annual handover day in the Central Business District of Hong Kong was an expected success and that is the big news about it, this beautiful banner photograph from the South China Morning Post coverage tells us. There were clashes with police and over 500 were arrested, that is the big news about it. The protesters ...

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HONG KONG MARCH: THE INSPIRING SHOTS

Photo: South China Morning Post The protest march on the annual handover day in the Central Business District of Hong Kong was an expected success and that is the big news about it, this beautiful banner photograph from the South China Morning Post coverage tells us. There were clashes with police and over 500 were arrested, that is the big ...

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