Flood relief by caste, creed Print E-mail
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By Zofeen T. Ebrahim

 

With just the clothes on their backs, Moora Sanafdhano, 68, and his family of nine waded through waist-deep flood waters swirling through their village of Allah Ditto Leghari, saving themselves in the nick of time.

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Five lessons from Lib Dem conference Print E-mail
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The Institute for Public Policy Research held five fringe events at the Liberal Democrats conference; IPPR Associate Director, Will Straw, sets out five lessons from the fringe:

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South Asian countries urged not to let their beaches be used as dumping grounds Print E-mail
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South Asian countries must not allow the use of their beaches as dumping grounds for the west’s chemically contaminated and extremely hazardous ships. This was the crux of a seminar organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Islamabad, said a press release on Friday.

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The lessons we never learn Print E-mail
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By Farooq Abbasi

 

Almost a year from now, I remember browsing through images of the Pakistan flood victims as I sat alone in the night shift at work. I saw the hopelessness in the faces of the victims, and today I see similar expressions on this year’s flood affectees as a video plays in front of me on the television screen – a troubling reminder of government negligence perhaps?

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Review: The Home Coming Print E-mail
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By Shiroma Silva

 

It’s bleak, it’s double edged, tight, wry and very witty. Yes it’s Harold Pinter, the grand auteur of British theatre, this time played by the Royal Shakespeare Company at its home in Stratford upon Avon. Directed by David Farr, Pinter’s play remains engaging and as ever watchable.

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Libya: overcoming the challenges Print E-mail
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By Shahira Amin

 

The world has been watching with bated breath as a third Arab authoritarian regime collapses. Crowds of jubilant Libyans continue to throng the capital’s Green Square to celebrate the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year reign of tyranny and oppression.

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‘Pakistan views India as the perpetual enemy and the US as an unfaithful ally’ Print E-mail
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By Malik Siraj Akbar

 

It’s a rare opportunity to come across an American diplomat who understands the South Asian culture and speaks fluent Urdu and Hindi. Former ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer, 66, is one of those rare individuals who are not only aware of the cultural nuances of the Indo-Pak region, but happens to be an elegant speaker of Hindi and Urdu.

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Marriage, Divorce and living together in Desi-land Print E-mail
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By Zachary Latif

 

Divorce and living together pre-marriage still seem fairly uncommon in India (let's not even touch on the rest of the subcontinet) though Omar Abdullah seems to be ending his marriage to marry a divorcee journalist, who’s had two live-in relationships (that should be a huge step forward for this sort of thing in India I guess).

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Britain continues to pay lip service to human rights when exporting weapons Print E-mail
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By Ben Mitchell

 

It’s business as usual in the murky world of the arms trade. This week, ahead of the biennial Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition, Liam Fox, the defence secretary, delighted in telling us just how “proud” he is of the UK’s arms manufacturers.

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We need to stand up for human rights in the Indian sub-continent Print E-mail
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By  Barry Gardiner

 

Tomorrow I will be speaking alongside other members of Labour Friends of India in a debate in Parliament on “human rights in the Indian sub-continent”. We want to take the opportunity of this debate to remind the world of how India, the world’s most populous democracy, continues to be a beacon of tolerance, peace and democracy in the face of some of the most serious security threats faced by any country in the world.

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Sindh rains: Govt scrambles as UN prepares to launch aid appeal Print E-mail
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By Shahbaz Rana/Z Ali

 

Heavy rains continued to lash Sindh relentlessly on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 270, as authorities scrambled to cope with rising flood waters, and the UN prepared to launch a flash appeal for international assistance.

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EDL leader agrees with Breivik’s opinions, threatens Britain’s entire Muslim population Print E-mail
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By Jai

 

The English Defence League’s leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka “Tommy Robinson”) recently gave an interview to the Norwegian media and made the following dubious statements about the mass murdering Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik: “We share some of his opinions, and his fear, but not what he did in Norway 22 July. I do not think he is insane. I think that his approach was insane…Breivik dared to come forward with his opinions, and was tough, in some regards. People need to understand that Breivik is not alone in these feelings.”

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How to create a Telegraph migration scare story Print E-mail
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By Matt Cavanagh

 

Yesterday’s Daily Telegraph deployed the familiar combination of Andrew Green from Migration Watch and a controversialist, self-publicist Tory MP – on this occasion Dominic Raab – to stoke fear of an “EU crime wave”.

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