Jerusalem, The Final Nail in The Coffin
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Jerusalem, The Final Nail in The Coffin

In October, Britain announced a yearlong celebration of the Balfour Declaration at its centenary. In the first week of December, the US announced its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Considering the already ablaze situation in the Middle East and…

From Democracy to Mobocracy and Secularism to Hindutva
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From Democracy to Mobocracy and Secularism to Hindutva

Ashraf Lone India’s democracy, social setup and secularism is in grave danger. And this danger has become more visible now. The pace with which Indian society is indoctrinated with the hatred of muslims, dalits and other marginal communities is increasing…

In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence
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In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence

Not a day passes without a prominent Israeli politician or intellectual making an outrageous statement against Palestinians. Many of these statements tend to garner little attention or evoke rightly deserved outrage. Just recently, Israel's Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, called…

Unseen and Real US ‘War on Terror’ in Africa
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Unseen and Real US ‘War on Terror’ in Africa

There is a real - but largely concealed - war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, an invigorated Russia and a rising China. The outcome of the war is likely to define the…

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Israel Step Closer to Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City

The Israeli government is planning a series of measures aimed at fully denying Palestinians their legal rights in Jerusalem and precluding any future peace settlement based on sharing the city between Israel and a future Palestinian state. One of the…

Mothers of Disappeared of Kashmir Ask for Justice
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Mothers of Disappeared of Kashmir Ask for Justice

Ashraf Lone I was recently talking to a mother, who is still waiting for his son's return. Although she was not wailing, but her moist eyes were saying it all. The pain and agony was visible on his face. She…

Kashmir at Crossroads
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Kashmir at Crossroads

Kashmiris are considered one of the hospitable and pacifists in the world. History is witness to the fact that they never endorsed violence. That is why right from Kalhana's Kashmir, they are being ruled by the outsiders. Be it Afghans,…

The Politics of Secularism
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The Politics of Secularism

Professor Mohammad Sajjad Given the multichromatic civilisational character of India coupled with pluralistic tolerance ideologies for centuries continuing to inform even the national movement, post-Independence India chose certain ideals as a way forward. A distinctive variety of secularism and socialism…

Commemoration; A purposeless exercise
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Commemoration; A purposeless exercise

Commemoration in general is celebration in which tributes are paid to a person for his contribution towards society, community, country or world. Also in commemoration the events of significance are remembered. Commemorating special occasions creates sense of community, inculcates sense…

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Whitewashing: The Media’s Two Narratives on Terrorism

Within hours after Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, allegedly detonated a pipe bomb in New York City on December 11, severely injuring himself and wounding four others, a most comprehensive official and media narrative emerged. The formulation of the narrative…

The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar?
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The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar?

When I learned of the death of Kamal al-Assar, a few years ago, I was baffled. He was only in his 40s. I remember him in his prime, a young rebel, leading the neighborhood youth, armed with rocks and slingshots,…