Ethiopia – World Banks response to Inquiry Dismissive of Abuses

The World Bank should fully address serious human rights issues raised by the bank’s internal investigation into a project in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the bank’s vice president for Africa. The bank’s response to the investigation findings attempts to distance the bank from the many problems confirmed by the investigation . . . → Read More: Ethiopia – World Banks response to Inquiry Dismissive of Abuses

Sectarian divides can be eliminated

SHIKARPUR on Jan 30, Peshawar on Feb 13, Rawalpindi on Feb 18. In less than three weeks, suicide bombers have targeted three imambargahs packed with worshippers. Outside of Syria and Iraq, Pakistan is the world’s deadliest country for Shia Muslims. Hazara are fleeing Balochistan, and barricades surround segregated Shia urban neighbourhoods. The government said yesterday . . . → Read More: Sectarian divides can be eliminated

The comedy of blood

(By David Swanson) This is the serious part of tonight’s event, except that Lee often deals with very serious topics. So what I mean is: this is the unfunny part of tonight’s event, except that I’m going to talk about the United States government. One of my favorite things that Mark Twain didn’t really say . . . → Read More: The comedy of blood

Pakistan’s social network failure

The ruling elite is blind to the writing on the wall

Despite being in a constant state of denial the IS (the Islamic State or Da’ish) is here. In cahoots with the TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan), Pakistan is emerging as their new killing field.

Shi’a minority is being slaughtered like sitting ducks. Jindullah, a splinter group . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s social network failure

How India’s Brahmin Hindus killed millions of Sikhs

(Dr Awatar Singh Sekhon)Sardar Inderbeer Singh of the Internationally Disputed Areas of Jammu and Kashmir (IDA:JK) wrote on his Timeline of Facebook: “Saka nankana Saheb de shaheedaan nu yaad kardey hoiee saari [fb] sangat ikk vaar zarur likho ji < dhan gursikh shaheed>” wrote that the Sikhs must write about the Genocide of Nankana Sahib . . . → Read More: How India’s Brahmin Hindus killed millions of Sikhs

Israel faces boycott from over 100 artists

Along with more than 600 other fellow artists, we are announcing today that we will not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with Israel. We will accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government. Since the summer war on Gaza, Palestinians have enjoyed no respite from Israel’s . . . → Read More: Israel faces boycott from over 100 artists

Ishaq Dar refuses to disclose his assets

(By Mateen Haider) Ministry of Finance has rejected Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) demand of disclosing the assets and income sources of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

The spokesman of finance ministry said that demanding the same thing again is mere “mischief mongering, height of ignorance and harping on the same string”.

He said that Dar, in his . . . → Read More: Ishaq Dar refuses to disclose his assets

The abandoned children of Gaza

Baby Salma died of hypothermia at just 40 days old. Her body was drenched with freezing rainwater. It was frozen “like ice-cream”. Gaza was hit by a severe winter storm called “Huda” in January. Salma was its youngest victim.

I meet Salma’s mother, Mirvat, and 14 members of her extended family . . . → Read More: The abandoned children of Gaza

How the world lost a great Muslim visionary

When Malcolm X was assassinated, Time Magazine wrote that he had been “a pimp, a cocaine addict and a thief. He was an unashamed demagogue. His gospel was hatred.” The New York Times, America’s liberal bible, called him “an extraordinary and twisted man, turning many true gifts to evil purpose.”

That his . . . → Read More: How the world lost a great Muslim visionary

In the name of humanity

More than 1,000 people formed a “ring of peace” Saturday outside Oslo’s main synagogue at the initiative of a group of young Muslims.

The event in the Norwegian capital follows a series of attacks against Jews in Europe, including the terror attacks in Paris in January and in neighboring Denmark last week.

One of . . . → Read More: In the name of humanity