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All posts by Surinder Gosain

Who pays the bills? – Irfan Husain - admin

ACCORDING to a news report, ex-president Asif Zardari returned to Karachi after over a year of self-exile in a private plane. There has been much speculation in the media about his political strategy for the coming months. But all I want to know is who paid for the plane? And not just the plane, but who funded his months of high living in Dubai, London and New York? After all, Zardari has denied all the many corruption charges levelled against him over decades. So if he’s as clean as he claims to be, where does all the money come from? And it’s not just Zardari, but most of the political […]

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

Food Insecurity: An Agent for Violent Conflict -By Dominique Von Rohr - admin

ROME (IPS) – Up to two billion people live in countries affected by violence, conflict and fragility. Often, such political instability goes hand in hand with food insecurity. “Conflicts have pushed over 56 million people either into crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity”, Kimberly Flowers, Director of the Global Food Security Project, said at this years’ John McGovern Lecture held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The number continues to grow with the escalation of conflicts and violence in countries like Syria, Yemen or South Sudan. Families can no longer afford regular meals because of rising food and fuel costs. Credit: IPS However, since […]

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

P M finds solution to water dispute, end Indus water treaty with Pak - admin

Last week in election bound Punjab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi found a solution to a nearly intractable river water dispute amongst Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.  End Indus water treaty with Pakistan that had settled river water distribution in 1960 between the  two warring nations with the help of World Bank. “I have created a task force to study the Treaty and end all water flowing Pakistan “. While it is true that under the Treaty excess water from the three rivers of Punjab can be legitimately stopped from flowing to Pakistan, to reopen the river waters issue with Pakistan is more part of political rhetoric. This does not address the […]

By admin |December 6, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Fidel Castro, a Larger-than-Life Leader in Tumultuous Times – Mario Osava - admin

RIO DE JANEIRO (IPS) – Among the many leaders who left their mark on history in the 20th century, Fidel Castro – who died Nov. 25 at the age of 90 – stood out for propelling Cuba into a global role that was unexpectedly prominent for a small country, in an era when arms were frequently taken up to settle national and international disputes. The Cold War imposed certain political choices as well as the consequences in terms of hostilities. By choosing Communism as its path in 1961, two years after the triumph of the revolution, Cuba became a pawn that infiltrated the enemy chessboard, facing the risks posed by […]

By admin |December 6, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Journalists Honoured for their Courage, Resolve – Tharanga Yakupitiyage - admin

NEW YORK (IPS) – Journalism has become one of the world’s most dangerous professions, making the courageous achievements of this year’s four International Press Freedom Award winners particularly meaningful. The four winners from El Salvador, India, Turkey and Egypt were honoured for their courageous achievements by the Committee to Protect Journalists at the 26th International Press Freedom Awards on November 21. “These awardees are truly remarkable journalists, all of whom have carried out their work with the knowledge that doing so puts them in real danger,” said CPJ’s Board Chairman Sandra Mims Rowe. “It is heartening to see such resolve, and to know that even under the most threatening conditions, journalists will always find a […]

By admin |December 6, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Pervez Musharraf Sets out ‘Higher’ Comeback Plans -David White - admin

LONDON (IPS) – Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf says he intends to make a second bid for a political comeback next year, aiming to return from self-imposed exile to forge a new party that would bridge ethnic and sectarian divides. In an exclusive interview with IPS in London, Musharraf said he wanted to have “something effective on the ground” in Pakistan by June next year so that the new political entity could contest general elections scheduled for March 2018. He was prepared to go to court in Pakistan to face any charges against him as long as he was allowed to move around. He laid out his plans in a […]

By admin |December 6, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Journalist Murders: The Ultimate Form of Censorship – Lindah Mogeni - admin

(IPS) – The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the killing of more than 800 journalists globally since 2006. A measly seven percent of these murders have been solved. The protection of journalists and fighting against impunity is part of the UN’s 16th Sustainable Development Goal – to ensure public access to information and to protect fundamental freedoms. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released their annual impunity index which ranks countries based on the number of journalist murders over the past decade. CPJ’s 2016 global impunity index, published ahead of the third International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on November 2nd, ranks Somalia, Iraq, Syria, […]

By admin |November 15, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Take a Deep Breath? But 9 in 10 People Worldwide Live with Excessive Air Pollution! – Baher Kamal - admin

Air pollution in Cairo, Egypt. Credit: World Bank/Kim Eun Yeul ” Source: UN News Centre ROME (IPS) – The warning is sharp and the facts, alarming: 92 per cent of the world’s population live in places where levels exceed recommended limits. And 6.5 million people die annually from air pollution. And the warning comes from the leading United Nations agency dealing with health, which rolled out its most detailed profile of the scourge ever in a bid to slash the deadly toll. “Fast action to tackle air pollution can’t come soon enough,” the Geneva-based UN World Health Organization (WHO) top environmental official Maria Neira on 27 September said of the […]

By admin |October 4, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Will Canada Recognise Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Developing Countries Too? - admin

By Aruna Dutt Indigenous women and children in Guatemala are among those affected by Canadian mining companies. Credit: Danilo Valladares/IPS While Canada’s long-awaited support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples brought hope and celebration last week, it’s not yet clear whether the rights of Indigenous people in developing countries harmed by Canadian mining companies will also be included. The Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, told IPS that Canada’s support for the Declaration is a “breath of fresh air.” For almost a decade, Ottawa had voted against the Declaration, a global set of collective human rights covering an array of indigenous issues. The Conservative government […]

By admin |June 4, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Climate change increases slums in Bangladesh - admin

By Rafiqul Islam Abdul Aziz stands with one of his children in Dhaka’s Malibagh slum. He came here a decade ago after losing everything to river erosion, hoping to rebuild his life, but has found only grinding poverty. Credit: Rafiqul Islam/IPS Abdul Aziz, 35, arrived in the capital Dhaka in 2006 after losing all his belongings to the mighty Meghna River. Once, he and his family had lived happily in the village of Dokkhin Rajapur in Bhola, a coastal district of Bangladesh. Aziz had a beautiful house and large amount of arable land. But riverbank erosion snatched away his household and all his belongings. Now he lives with his four-member family, […]

By admin |June 4, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment