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Trudeau debunks historic electoral reform - Dr P R Kalia

“In betraying electoral reform, it’s not just that Trudeau has broken his promise. At an ethical level, he has broken the hope and promise of reform, of moving from the sick old politics to new, positive and healthy public democratic values.  Canadians are ready for real democratic change.” Discarding his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections, on February 1 in a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Justin Trudeau made clear that electoral reform — once top of mind for the Liberal government — is no longer on the agenda. Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate, & […]

By Dr P R Kalia |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

Pakistan to End Impunity for Rapists - Irfan Ahmed

Protesters gather outside the Lahore Press Club in the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province on July 12, 2016 to demand justice for victims of sexual violence. Credit: Irfan Ahmed/IPS LAHORE (IPS) – Amid a wave of reforms to tighten the country’s laws on honour killings and sexual assault, on Feb. 2, the Sindh Assembly passed a law making DNA testing in rape cases mandatory in the province. It follows on the heels of a unanimous vote by Pakistan’s Parliament last October to plug gaps in the criminal justice system and boost the rate of conviction in rape cases. The conviction rate for rape in Pakistan has been less than four […]

By Irfan Ahmed |February 11, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

For South Asian Policy-Makers, Climate Migrants Still Invisible . - Manipadma Jena

Tasura Begum straightens up from picking a bushel of green chilis and looks at the mighty Padma River flowing by, wondering whose life it ruined today. She remembers how she and her husband fretted about the river getting closer and closer to their thatched hut and tiny farm in Bangladesh’s Beparikandi village until, on that fateful day, they watched it engulf all their hopes and dreams. “Despite the clear writing on the wall, the magnitude of climate change as an additional ‘push’ factor remains largely invisible in the migration discourse.” –Harjeet Singh of ActionAid Soon her husband had to take a job as an unskilled construction worker in Saudi Arabia […]

By Manipadma Jena |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Spread of the ‘Far Right’ is Worrying - Dr P R Kalia

Libertarian economic policies, aggressive and nostalgic ‘ethnic nationalism’, fascist designs of the populist politicians, a refugee wave, anti-globalisation and virtually absence of the ‘Left’ has been the face of present-day politics to the detriment of ‘have nots’. Approximately, since the dawn of 21st century we are witnessing an amazing amount of people willing to go with the ‘far-right parties.’ Rooted in conservative ideology they discard globalization, practice ‘ethnic nationalism’ and in collaboration with libertarian economic strategies are pushing for policies that include glamorizing the military; a strict law and order regime;flag-waving populism; anti-democratic instincts (less tolerance, anti-intellectualism); the smearing of opponents (to impugn critics of the military as being unpatriotic); […]

By Dr P R Kalia |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

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

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 Mario Osava |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

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