Thousands sign petition for secession in Texas

By Amanda Holpuch

Texas Nationalists say secession is possible as 77,000 sign petition, despite governor Rick Perry backing the union.

Less than a week after Barack Obama was re-elected president, a slew of petitions have appeared on the White House’s We the People site, asking for states to be granted the right to peacefully withdraw from the union.

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Ethiopian tribes pay the high price for rapid development

A drive to become a world leading sugar producer threatens the livelihoods of thousands of people in rural areas.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Lower Omo Valley in south-western Ethiopia is a vast and rugged region of mountains and valleys, inhabited largely by nomadic agro-pastoralist tribes numbering some 200,000 people. Many live a simple existence, living in . . . → Read More: Ethiopian tribes pay the high price for rapid development

Burma’s forgotten children

Things are moving fast with Burma. Today it was reported that 651 high-ranking political dissidents had been released by the Burmese government, a move that comes after the government struck a rare ceasefire with the ethnic minority group, the Karen, after 60 years of civil war.

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American People & American Government – DIVIDED

Even as a major hurricane hit America’s eastern seaboard, the administration was determined to expand the war in Libya while threatening the regime in Syria. Is there any limit to government’s appetite to create more problems for our nation and economy?

Americans may be tempted to celebrate the apparent victory of U.S.- and NATO-backed rebels . . . → Read More: American People & American Government – DIVIDED

India: Repression Behind Boom – Whither Democracy?

Behind India’s economic boom are states selling out their poor, arming and funding private militias to kill indigenous tribal people, and burn and forcibly evacuate villages to clear land for mining corporations, selling their rivers, implementing draconian laws against speaking out. Renowned physician-activist Binayak Sen helping the poor gets life sentence on December 24th, 2010, . . . → Read More: India: Repression Behind Boom – Whither Democracy?

Why I am not leaving Pakistan

I remember watching “George ka Pakistan” and enjoying it. Obviously, as a foreigner residing in Pakistan, I could empathise with much of his experience and I liked the fact that his Urdu (at that stage) was worse than mine.

So it was with some sadness and, to be honest, a little anger, that I read George’s . . . → Read More: Why I am not leaving Pakistan

The high cost of ignorance

DESPITE its lush forests, golden beaches and ancient temples, for me the most inspiring sight in Sri Lanka are the thousands of boys and girls in crisp uniforms walking to and from their schools across the island twice a day.

I never fail to be impressed by the fact that apart from uniforms, the government . . . → Read More: The high cost of ignorance