The Battle to Defeat Confessional Politics in Lebanon and Beyond

By Daniel Brumberg From Algiers to Baghdad, some quarters of the Arab world are now witnessing an uprising of a mobilized and angry middle class which––by dint of its education, economic interests, institutional resources, and globalized consciousness––is seeking a deep and sustained process of democratization. For many regional powers, not least of which Iran, this … Continue reading “The Battle to Defeat Confessional Politics in Lebanon and Beyond”

Russia-Ukraine relations take leap of faith

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) to have first face-to-face encounter in Paris on December 9, 2019  The relationship of the famous Ukrainian oligarch and billionaire Ihor Valeriyovych Kolomoyskyi with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky lends itself to various interpretations. Both Kolomoyskyi and Zelensky (rather, his spokesperson Iuliia Mendel) are … Continue reading “Russia-Ukraine relations take leap of faith”

Several arrests at relatively calm Sinterklaas arrival

Several people Including the head of radical nationalist group Pegida were arrested in Apeldoorn at the national arrival of Sinterklaas, the winter holiday folklore character who brings gifts to children. Police say that most of those arrested were protestors who refused orders to move to a cordoned off area for demonstrations.Submitted by Zack Newmark on … Continue reading “Several arrests at relatively calm Sinterklaas arrival”

The Greatest Intellectual Property Theft in History: Operation Paperclip

The initial purpose of what began as Operation Overcast was to plunder Germany of all its scientific and industrial knowledge after World War Two. The plan was to steal documents and working samples, but the depth and breadth of German … The post The Greatest Intellectual Property Theft in History: Operation Paperclip appeared first on … Continue reading “The Greatest Intellectual Property Theft in History: Operation Paperclip”

Dozens of Murdered Women Are Missing From Puerto Rican Police Records, New Report Finds

Carmen Castelló used to use the term “seguimiento de casos,” or case tracking, when she worked as a social worker managing client caseloads. Now it’s the name of the Facebook page she uses to track cases of murdered and disappeared women in Puerto Rico, information that became key to building the first-ever database of femicides on the island. … Continue reading “Dozens of Murdered Women Are Missing From Puerto Rican Police Records, New Report Finds”

Plundering Iraq, by Eric Margolis

Victor Hugo said of the devastated Balkans in the 19th century: ‘The Turks have passed by here. All is in ruins or mourning.’ Welcome to modern Iraq. The British were always masters of efficient imperialism. In the 19th century, they managed to rule a quarter of the Earth’s surface with only a relatively small army…

Jewel Changi Airport accorded Special Jury Award at MAPIC Awards 2019

Nov 15, 2019 Picture:  SINGAPORE, 15 November 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel), a lifestyle destination situated at the heart of Singapore Changi Airport, has been accorded the Special Jury Award at the MAPIC Awards 2019 – a prestigious industry event which honours the world’s most outstanding retail real estate projects, held … Continue reading “Jewel Changi Airport accorded Special Jury Award at MAPIC Awards 2019”

3 Exhibitions to Kick off on Nov. 16 at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Just Reopened after Renovation

Nov 15, 2019 Picture:  TOKYO, Nov. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), which was reopened just this past spring after renovation, will hold three rotating exhibitions and an MOT collection exhibition simultaneously from Nov. 16 (Saturday). The first of the exhibitions is a solo exhibition, “Dumb Type – Actions + … Continue reading “3 Exhibitions to Kick off on Nov. 16 at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Just Reopened after Renovation”

AI for 5G Billing Data Acceleration Program Wins TM Forum “Outstanding Catalyst-Innovation” Award

Nov 15, 2019 Picture:  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — AI for 5G Billing Data Acceleration Catalyst Program, in which Whale Cloud is a key participant, has won the Outstanding Catalyst-Innovation award from TM Forum during Digital Transformation Asia 2019. The award was presented on November 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Catalyst … Continue reading “AI for 5G Billing Data Acceleration Program Wins TM Forum “Outstanding Catalyst-Innovation” Award”

Secutech Thailand 2019 draws to a successful close following positive response to inaugural ‘smart city solutions week’

Nov 15, 2019 Picture:  HONG KONG –( ASIA TODAY )– Displaying a collective enthusiasm to build a safer future, 8,576 industry professionals journeyed from all corners of Asia to attend the 7th edition of Secutech Thailand, which finished its four day run on 31 October. With smart city solutions as a core theme, exhibitors and … Continue reading “Secutech Thailand 2019 draws to a successful close following positive response to inaugural ‘smart city solutions week’”

IFEMA joins the United Nations Global Compact

Nov 15, 2019 • The world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, comprising more than 13,000 entities from more than 170 countries • Joining represents a commitment to respect human rights, labour standards, the environment and the fight against corruption • A step forward in the work of IFEMA and its dedication to promoting the Sustainable Development … Continue reading “IFEMA joins the United Nations Global Compact”

Erdogan Rounds Up ‘People’ Reporters After ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Snub

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has begun arresting reporters for People magazine on terrorism charges after the publication once again passed him over for its annual ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ award. Within minutes of the magazine awarding singer and EGOT winner John Legend the honor for 2019, Erdogan’s forces had hauled away dozens of journalists and … Continue reading “Erdogan Rounds Up ‘People’ Reporters After ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Snub”

Posters showing anti-racism activist Afriyie as Zwarte Piet hung across Den Haag

Posters featuring anti-discrimination activist Jerry Afriyie as Zwarte Piet were plastered all over Den Haag late Friday night and early Saturday morning. The posters use a digitally-manipulated portrait of Afriyie, turning him into the racist caricature he has led a charge against for years. Hundreds of posters were affixed along the parade route for the … Continue reading “Posters showing anti-racism activist Afriyie as Zwarte Piet hung across Den Haag”

Gov’t wants to use advertising revenue to fund Eurovision Song Festival: report

Minister Arie Slob plans to use better-than-expected advertising revenue from Ster to cover the government’s contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Rotterdam next year, sources told De Telegraaf. Ster is the foundation that provides advertising to the Dutch public broadcasting system.  Submitted by Janene Pieters on November 16, 2019 – 09:00

Why No Disney Princess From India? 4-YO Makes Her Mom Start This Great Initiative

Snow White, Elsa, Jasmine, Moana, Rapunzel…. The list of Disney princesses is endless. “But, why is there no Disney Princess from India?” This innocent question posed by 4-year-old Sahana Prasanna to her mother, Aishwarya Rajan Babu, has led to a movement of sorts! Looking to buy a doll? This dancing doll made out of paper … Continue reading “Why No Disney Princess From India? 4-YO Makes Her Mom Start This Great Initiative”

Chennai, Learn Hydroponics from Techie-Turned-Farmer Who Grows 6000 Plants!

Just a few months ago, Chennai was parched bringing everything to a standstill. Such a serious calamity inspired Rahul Dhoka, an Industrial Biotechnologist to start a hydroponics farm that grows 100 per cent organic food at 90 per cent less water. This weekend, learn hydroponic farming from the man who nurtures 6,000 plants! Click here … Continue reading “Chennai, Learn Hydroponics from Techie-Turned-Farmer Who Grows 6000 Plants!”

B’luru Doctor & Anonymous Civic Group Turn Dump Yard Into Park for Grandparents!

A vast dump yard. Heaps of stinking garbage surrounded by a horde of disease-causing insects and swarming packs of flies and mosquitoes. An area which would reek obnoxiously, all day long. Eight years ago, when Dr Hemant Kumar Agarwal began constructing his house in Domlur, Bengaluru, he was utterly repelled by the above scenario in front … Continue reading “B’luru Doctor & Anonymous Civic Group Turn Dump Yard Into Park for Grandparents!”

A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Lebanese have been demonstrating in the streets against corruption and for democratic rights. The protesters come from all economic classes and religious/ethnic groups. Like the Arab Spring uprisings that began in 2010, these protests are spontaneous and without traditional leaders. And they are sending corrupt political parties and foreign … Continue reading “A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq”

Coming to Terms With the US Role in Central America

On March 11, 1999, President Bill Clinton took an unprecedented step. During a four-nation visit to Central America, he expressed regret for the role the United States had played in a brutal counter-terrorism campaign that had caused the deaths of thousands of civilians in Guatemala’s civil war. President Clinton’s apology followed the publication of the … Continue reading “Coming to Terms With the US Role in Central America”

Deriving Strength From Cancer-Afflicted Dad, 22-YO Punjab Girl Cracks UPSC!

“I was in the hospital with my father who has been battling cancer for the last few years when the Civil Service Examination (CSE) results were declared,” says Ritika Jindal, AIR 88 (UPSC). Many aspire for the CSE, their reasons, different; but Ritika Jindal’s resolve to be an IAS officer gained strength from her father’s strength. … Continue reading “Deriving Strength From Cancer-Afflicted Dad, 22-YO Punjab Girl Cracks UPSC!”

Video: With Russia’s Support Syrian Army Kicks Off New Offensive in Southern Idlib

On November 14, the Syrian Army backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces launched a limited offensive on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its Turkish-backed allies in southern Idlib. Government forces liberated the town of Luwaybidah and the nearby … The post Video: With Russia’s Support Syrian Army Kicks Off New Offensive in Southern … Continue reading “Video: With Russia’s Support Syrian Army Kicks Off New Offensive in Southern Idlib”

Trump Weakens Protections for Toxic Pyrethroid Pesticides

Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency proposed today to weaken protections for 23 pyrethroids, a class of insecticides linked to autism, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and known to be highly toxic to bees and fish. These reduced safeguards were requested by a … The post Trump Weakens Protections for Toxic Pyrethroid Pesticides appeared first on Global Research.

It’s Official: Dysfunctional Impeachment Resolution against Donald J. Trump. H. RES. 13

According to Rep.Sherman: “Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia.” The NYT candidly states without a shred of evidence that the Russian lawyer is “connected the Russian government” intimating that she is a stooge of the Kremlin. The post It’s Official: Dysfunctional Impeachment Resolution against … Continue reading “It’s Official: Dysfunctional Impeachment Resolution against Donald J. Trump. H. RES. 13”

Nigeria: Ogun signs MoU with Britain on urban renewal

London, Nov. 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Ogun State government, South West Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British government, through its High Commission in Nigeria towards bringing urban renewal and public transportation up to speed with global best practices.  Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, who signed on behalf of … Continue reading “Nigeria: Ogun signs MoU with Britain on urban renewal”

Nigerian president, Buhari returns home 2 days before schedule

London, Nov. 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)- Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has cut short his two-week private visit to London two days ahead of his announced scheduled time Buhari who touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Friday evening was received by his all powerful Chief of staff , Abba … Continue reading “Nigerian president, Buhari returns home 2 days before schedule”

Rwanda turns to solar irrigation system to beat drought, ensure food security

London, Nov. 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Rwanda has turned to solar irrigation system to combat erratic rain patterns, characterised by increasingly longer periods of droughts to ensure food production and sustain the livelihoods of those dependent on agriculture. Agriculture is the backbone of Rwanda’s economy, it’s the key to the country’s growth and poverty reduction strategy, employing … Continue reading “Rwanda turns to solar irrigation system to beat drought, ensure food security”

Nigeria installs world’s largest Migration Data System at Abuja airport to curb transnational organised crime

London, Nov. 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The government of Nigeria has officially opened its new Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS), the biggest and most comprehensive in the world, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja The Nigeria Immigration Service, opened the new Migration Information and Data Analysis System to enable immigration and border officials … Continue reading “Nigeria installs world’s largest Migration Data System at Abuja airport to curb transnational organised crime”

Nigeria: Lagos govt begins payment of N35,000 as new minimum wage November

London, Nov. 16, 2019, (AltAfrica)-Lagos State government, South West Nigeria Governor, concluded arrangement to pay N35,000 as the new minimum wage for it’s workers beginning from November, 2019. PM News reports that the decision was arrived at after series of meetings and discussions between the Lagos State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC) and Lagos … Continue reading “Nigeria: Lagos govt begins payment of N35,000 as new minimum wage November”