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All posts by Surinder Gosain

The Shocking Reality of Child Marriage in the U.S. By Tharanga Yakupitiyage - admin

While stories of child marriage are commonly associated with the Global South, lesser known are the cases closer to home: in the United States. Across the world, child marriage has persisted and the United States is no exception. Across all 50 states in the North American nation, marriage before the age of 18 has remained legal. “These are old laws that were just never changed because people didn’t realize this was happening,” said Fraidy Reiss, the Executive Director of Unchained at Last, an organization fighting to end child marriage in the U.S. Based on available data, Unchained at Last estimates that over quarter of a million children were married in […]

By admin |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

US Pull-out from Paris Deal: What it means ? By Martin Khor - admin

Martin Khor is Executive Director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva. Trump indicated the US is open to re-negotiating the Paris agreement. But European leaders quickly responded there is no such possibility. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS By withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement, President Donald Trump abdicated not only leadership but membership of the community of nations cooperating to tackle climate change, the most serious crisis facing humanity. Trump’s announcement was shocking, even though it was not unexpected. It was shocking for showing the extreme lengths to which the President would go to deny scientific opinion on climate change and defy […]

By admin |June 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Panjab University: Politics, Financial Crisis and Student Unrest By Ronki Ram - admin

On April 11, 2017 Panjab University (PU) was lucky enough to be escaped from what could otherwise turned out to be a bloody Vaisakhi. It was engulfed by a whirlpool of politicking, financial crunch and student unrest. Students were agitating over fee hike of various courses across the disciplines. Education, they argued, needs to be provided by the government free of cost. Education in PU, however, was never provided free of cost at any point of time in its long history. It was being run on the basis of tuition and examination fees collected from a large number of students enrolled in its various affiliated Schools, Colleges and in various […]

By admin |May 15, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Repression, an update on Global Censorship By Tharanga Yakupitiyage - admin

In Minnesota, supporters gather at a rally for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in November 2016. Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Censorship tactics have become more complex, posing new challenges for journalists and non-journalists alike, a new report finds. In its annual “Attacks on the Press” report, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has documented a range of censorship cases from around the world and revealed a new world of media repression. “[Censorship] is definitely becoming more sophisticated and complex and is occurring at a variety of levels,” CPJ’s Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch told IPS. CPJ’s Executive Director described these new strategies as “repression 2.0” in the report, stating; “Repression 2.0 is an […]

By admin |May 15, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

In Memoriam: Sufi Amba Prasad by PARMINDER S. BHOGAL - admin

(Sufi Amba Prasad’s 100th martyrdom day falls on 21 January 2017) On the morning of 21st January, 1917, ‘Sufi’ Amba Prasad, then in the captivity of “ The East Persia Cordon” of the British Indian Army, under the command of Brigadier General Reginald Dyer stationed at Shiraz in Iran was to face the firing squad. The previous day, his compatriot Kedar Nath Sondhi had faced the same on his way to martyrdom. As the dawn broke, the guards opened the door of the condemned cell, they found Sufi Amba Prasad sitting calm and motionless, in “deep Meditation”. Even when called out, he did not move. The curious English guard then […]

By admin |March 18, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Do People Really Need Change? Exploding the Myth of Third Alternative. By Ronki Ram - admin

Punjab has never imagined the ‘political’ without the ideal of some religion. It was for this reason that the ‘political’ remained eclipsed under a sort of paradigm apparently religious/sacred but inherently engaged with politics. It always reacted fiercely and sporadically while responding to the ‘political’. But at the crucial hour, invariably, the response of the civil society remained indifferent. Babar Akalis, Naxalites, and the Sikh radicals failed to exhort the people in Punjab when the state was haunting them. An ordinary Punjabi found it difficult to build a link between their struggle and the promised alternative politics. If at all, some turned sympathetic to their kind of politics, it was […]

By admin |March 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Beware of the New US Protectionist Plan, the Border Adjustment Tax – Part 1. By Martin Khor - admin

PENANG (IPS) – A new and deadly form of protectionism is being considered by Congress leaders and the President of the United States that could have devastating effect on the exports and investments of American trading partners, especially the developing countries. The plan, known as a border adjustment tax, would have the effect of taxing imports of goods and services that enter the United States, while also providing a subsidy for US exports which would be exempted from the tax. The aim is to improve the competitiveness of US products, drastically reduce the country’s imports while promoting its exports, and thus reduce the huge US trade deficit. On the other […]

By admin |March 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Tax Evasion Lessons from Panama -Jomo Kwame Sundaram - admin

Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LAMPUR (IPS) – Unlike Wikileaks and other exposes, the Panama revelations were carefully managed, if not edited, quite selective, and hence targeted, at least initially. Most observers attribute this to the political agendas of its main sponsors. Nevertheless, the revelations have highlighted some problems associated with illicit financial flows, as well as tax evasion and avoidance, including the role of enabling governments, legislation, legal and accounting firms as well as shell companies. US President Obama criticized ‘poorly designed’ laws for […]

By admin |March 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Trump Needs Lessons in Geopolitics : Musharraf -By David White - admin

LONDON (IPS) – US President-elect Donald Trump has shown he has much to learn about South Asia,Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview with IPS. But he counted on Trump having an open mind. Pervez Musharraf Musharraf was commenting on statements made by Trump in a radio talk show during his presidential campaign in September, when he described India as being “the check to Pakistan”. “I think that these statements do cause worry,” Musharraf said. However, he thought that Trump had a “fresh” and “uninitiated” mind on the subject.. “He maybe lacks full understanding of international issues and regional geostrategic issues here, confronting us,” Musharraf said. “But he […]

By admin |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Open Letter to PM on Demonetisation Effects on Farmers - admin

January 5th 2017 The Prime Minister, Government of India. Dear Prime Minister, Namaste! The signatories to this open letter to you represent lakhs of farmers of this country across various states and regions. We have been deeply distressed at the hardships that rural India in general, and farmers including agricultural workers have been going through from the time that you brought in demonetization of 86% of India’s currency on November 8th 2016, in the name of curbing black money in our economy. Right from the beginning, it was clear that our rural and agrarian contexts/economies were not kept in mind and measures not taken specifically for these vulnerable and critical […]

By admin |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment