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Power and culture bar women peace negotiators in Asia

Patriarchal values in Asian politics and reluctance among mediators to include women have led to poor female representation in peacemaking, said the world’s largest privately-owned mediation organization.

Murder of MQM leader Imran Farooq in London

On 16 September, one of the senior most MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq living in exile in London since 1992 was stabbed to death. He was returning from a nearby pharmacy wher he worked at 0530 pm and was stabbed to death by an unknown attacker near his house.

A Portentous Incarceration

The end was never in doubt; President Rajapaksa would confirm Gen. Fonseka’s jail sentence and the bête noire of the Ruling Family would be duly incarcerated. Only the blindly optimistic would have expected the Rajapaksas to show any mercy to an enemy to whom they have denied all justice.

Clinical trial capacity remains challenge for TB vaccine development

While progress is being made in the development of new vaccines against tuberculosis (TB), sufficient clinical trial capacity remains a major challenge, researchers reaffirmed at the Second Global Forum on TB Vaccines in Tallinn, Estonia (21-24 September 2010).

Verdict on Ayodhya land dispute: Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa welcomes

The ruling DMK Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and the main opposition AIADMK supremo J Jayalalitha has welcomed the verdict on Ayothia land dispute delivered by Lucknow bench of Alahabad High Court on Thursday.

Imprisoning Sarath Fonseka: Time for saner counsel to prevail?

The ratification of the second Court Martial decision by the President and the likely jailing of the former Army Commander will generate much heat and debate. There will be those who will argue that justice has been served, and other who will argue that a war hero has been politically victimized.

Inauspicious signs for Pakistan

After occupying Afghanistan, the US conceptualized several plans to destabilize, denuclearize, secularize and fragment or balkanize Pakistan. Gen Musharraf was persuaded to cut off links with Mullah Omar led Taliban regime in Kabul, help US in militarily occupying Afghanistan, and to become a frontline state to fight US war on terror. Once Afghanistan was occupied, Pakistan was forced to accept pro-India non-Pashtun heavy regime led by Hamid Karzai hostile to Pakistan.

Mahinda Rajapaksa on the right direction: Sri Lankas bid for observer status at Organisation Islamic Conference

President Mahinda Rajapakshe reported to have held meetings with Heads of Arab Muslim states at the sidelines of his recent visit to UN, among other matters of bilateral and multilateral interests President has expressed his nations intention in securing observer status at Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents.

No more Kandhamals!

In August 2008, one of the worst communal genocide attempts on the Christian community occurred in Orissa's Kandhamal district, among India's poorest places. Over 100 people including women, differently-abled, children, Adivasis and Dalits were killed.

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