The Majority of the World’s Population Lives Inside This Circle

Where it’s at, and the periphery Back in 2013, a meme circulated quickly off of a Reddit post that showed the incredible population density of the southeast corner of Asia. As Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardins notes, the satellite map showed, quite simply, that “more people live inside this circle, than outside of it”. THE POPULATION EPICENTER We are in the business of … Continue reading “The Majority of the World’s Population Lives Inside This Circle”

Plus de 250 000 réfugiés rohingyas ont reçu une pièce d’identité de l’ONU

Les Nations unies ont indiqué, hier vendredi, avoir distribué des pièces d’identité à plus de 250 000 Rohingyas réfugiés au Bangladesh après avoir fui des violences en Birmanie, pays qui ne leur reconnaît pas la nationalité birmane. «Plus d’un quart de million de réfugiés rohingyas de Birmanie ont été enregistrés et munis de cartes d’identité … Continue reading “Plus de 250 000 réfugiés rohingyas ont reçu une pièce d’identité de l’ONU”

Les projets secrets d’une unité de propagande britannique visent les musulmans français

Un contrat consulté par MEE montre que la France compte parmi les pays ciblés par l’Unité de recherche, communication et information du Home Office pour influencer l’opinion publique musulmane dans le cadre d’un programme secret de lutte contre l’extrémisme. Une obscure unité de propagande du gouvernement britannique qui confie en privé qu’elle s’efforce de « … Continue reading “Les projets secrets d’une unité de propagande britannique visent les musulmans français”

Illegal Bt Brinjal In India: A Call To Initiate Criminal Proceedings Against Regulators And Corporations

What is the point in central government orders and carefully thought out regulatory norms if government officials and regulators act with blatant disregard? This is precisely what we now see happening in India where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are concerned. India has the greatest brinjal germplasm in the world with 2,500 varieties, including wild species. … Continue reading “Illegal Bt Brinjal In India: A Call To Initiate Criminal Proceedings Against Regulators And Corporations”

Existe-t-il un islam européen ?

Plusieurs scientifiques, notamment dans les sciences sociales, ont tenté de savoir s’il est possible de parler d’un islam typiquement européen. Le politologue allemand Bassam Tibi, par exemple, a inventé la notion d’« euro-islam » déjà en 1995 dans l’ouvrage édité Islams d’Europe : intégration ou insertion communautaire ?, notion qui est encore aujourd’hui très débattue. Selon Bassam Tibi, les musulman·e·s … Continue reading “Existe-t-il un islam européen ?”

16 rescued, 3 bodies recovered, 70 African migrants perished after smuggling boat capsizes off Tunisia

London, May 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-As many as 70 migrants trying to reach Europe from Libya drowned Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, and at least 16 other people from the boat were rescued, according to U.N. migration officials and Tunisia’s state news agency. The International Organization for Migration called it the deadliest … Continue reading “16 rescued, 3 bodies recovered, 70 African migrants perished after smuggling boat capsizes off Tunisia”

Justice Department’s Four-Year Effort to Strip Citizenship From Kansas Man Flops in Federal Court

The federal government lost a four-year battle to strip U.S. citizenship from a Kansas HVAC specialist on Thursday, with a federal court ruling that the Department of Justice had failed to make the case that Afaq Ahmed Malik had improperly obtained it. The case against Malik, who runs a heating and cooling repair company in … Continue reading “Justice Department’s Four-Year Effort to Strip Citizenship From Kansas Man Flops in Federal Court”

Iran’s Nuclear Deal Threat

by Aveek Sen Iran recently announced a series of steps to reduce its commitments to the nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). It announced that, invoking articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, it will not abide by stockpile limits for enriched uranium (LEU) and heavy water. Further, Iran announced that … Continue reading “Iran’s Nuclear Deal Threat”

Russia’s Nuclear Power Exports Are Booming, Now Bring In as Much as Weapons Sales

Lower prices, state-of-the-art technology, de-politicized maintenence and supply, and the financing to build it is the package only the most ideological can decline Russia’s state-owned agency Rosatom is on a tear. The company operates 35 nuclear power stations in Russia that produce 28GW of power, and it is actively exporting its nuclear technology to countries … Continue reading “Russia’s Nuclear Power Exports Are Booming, Now Bring In as Much as Weapons Sales”

Ethiopie : payés 23 euros par mois pour fabriquer des vêtements Calvin Klein ou H&M

Les employés des usines textiles d’Éthiopie sont les moins biens payés au monde. Loin derrière ceux du Bangladesh (…) L’Éthiopie, qui ambitionne de devenir le principal centre manufacturier du continent, a séduit les investisseurs en mettant en avant la disposition des salariés à travailler pour moins de la moitié du salaire des travailleurs du Bangladesh, … Continue reading “Ethiopie : payés 23 euros par mois pour fabriquer des vêtements Calvin Klein ou H&M”

Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders For Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran

A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the … Continue reading “Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders For Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran”

Rooh Afza: How Hamdard’s Ruby-Hued Refresher Became an Indian Summer Staple

I was never very keen on visiting relatives. The forcefully tight embraces that squeezed the life out of you and the dramatic display of love by pinching the cheeks till you squirm in pain—are integral parts of the annual visits to the extended family and friends—an event I dread even today. However, like most things … Continue reading “Rooh Afza: How Hamdard’s Ruby-Hued Refresher Became an Indian Summer Staple”

Yamin Hazarika: Assam’s First Lady cop, A Single Mom to 2 Kids & Icon to Millions

For an entire generation of young women from the Northeast, the late Yamin Hazarika was a hero. Assam’s first woman police officer was a trailblazer, who not only inspired other women to stamp their authority in traditionally male-dominated professions like the police but also had the conviction to live life on her own terms. Besides … Continue reading “Yamin Hazarika: Assam’s First Lady cop, A Single Mom to 2 Kids & Icon to Millions”

Cyclone Fani : au moins 42 morts et d’importants dégâts matériels

Après avoir touché l’Est de l’Inde avec des vents de 200 km/h, puis le Bangladesh, le cyclone Fani a laissé derrière lui beaucoup de dégâts matériels et plusieurs dizaines de morts. Au moins 42 personnes ont été tuées dans les deux pays, selon un bilan établi dimanche par les autorités. Un bilan beaucoup moins sévère … Continue reading “Cyclone Fani : au moins 42 morts et d’importants dégâts matériels”

Des juristes proposent de faire de l’animal une personne juridique

Certains animaux, macaques, dauphins et pigeons, par exemple, se reconnaissent dans le miroir. a_m_o_u_t_o_n /Pixabay, CC BY-NC-NDEn 2012, sous l’impulsion d’une équipe de chercheurs dont le célèbre astrophysicien Stephen Hawking, la Déclaration de Cambridge proclamait l’existence d’une forme de conscience animale. Si cet événement a marqué un tournant historique dans la perception des animaux, le … Continue reading “Des juristes proposent de faire de l’animal une personne juridique”

Iran, India, and EU Scramble to Formulate Afghanistan Policy

by Aveek Sen With the Trump administration in a mad dash to exit Afghanistan, most of its partners are left confused, including Afghanistan, the European Union (EU), and India. The EU has hinted multiple times that its approach to peace is different from that of the United States. Afghanistan, too, has been critical: Afghan National … Continue reading “Iran, India, and EU Scramble to Formulate Afghanistan Policy”

What Past Civil Wars Tell Us About the Future of Syria

Photograph Source: Mahmoud Bali (VOA) – Public Domain When Syrian government soldiers first recaptured the small village of Deir Hafar from Isis in 2017, they found the black-painted but hurriedly abandoned Islamic “court” strewn with piles of documents. These hundreds of pages contained terrible proof of how the Syrian civilians there had behaved under at least … Continue reading “What Past Civil Wars Tell Us About the Future of Syria”

Sri Lanka, ISIL and Religious Tribalism

Sri Lanka has been a primarily Buddhist land since King Ashoka’s son Mahinda preached there in the third century BCE. At present 70% of the population is Buddhist, 13% Hindu, 10% Muslim and 7% Christian. (Surely there are secular people, atheists, Marxists, etc. but these are historical communities and identities.) It has been a site … Continue reading “Sri Lanka, ISIL and Religious Tribalism”

High Levels of Toxic PFAS Chemicals Pollute Breast Milk Around the World

Decades after DuPont and 3M first discovered that the perfluorinated chemicals making them fortunes could be transmitted from mothers to babies, millions of women around the world are passing dangerous amounts of these toxic compounds to their children, according to a report published on Monday. Women’s breast milk in many countries now contains chemicals belonging to a … Continue reading “High Levels of Toxic PFAS Chemicals Pollute Breast Milk Around the World”

Fourth Shift Chicago                  

Photograph Source: The Two Dimension Collection – CC BY 2.0 “Instead of committing suicide, people go to work.” – Thomas Bernhard  Zigzagging from crisis to crisis, Decline Chicago-style went full south in the wake of Vietnam, the gold-grain-OPEC hit, and the free-market killing floor of the Chicago School. Boss Friedman’s projects ran from the Heartland … Continue reading “Fourth Shift Chicago                  “

Élections indiennes : la fin de l’ère Modi ?

Par Andrew Korybko – Le 4 avril 2019  » Source eurasiafuture.com L’Inde entame la semaine prochaine son processus d’élections générales, qui doit durer un mois, et qui est considérée par beaucoup comme une course acharnée, qui décidera de la fermeture ou de la poursuite de l’ère Modi. Narendra Modi, le premier Ministre membre du parti BJP, avait … Continue reading “Élections indiennes : la fin de l’ère Modi ?”

Bt Brinjal Illegally Growing in India: Who Is Really Pulling the Strings?

In February 2010, the Indian government placed an indefinite moratorium on the commercial release of Bt brinjal. Prior to this decision, numerous independent scientists from India and abroad had pointed out safety concerns regarding Bt brinjal based on data and reports in the biosafety dossier that Mahyco, the crop developer, had submitted to the regulators. Campaigner … Continue reading “Bt Brinjal Illegally Growing in India: Who Is Really Pulling the Strings?”

Prédicateur, fils de magnat : les profils surprenants des terroristes présumés du Sri Lanka

Après que le Sri Lanka a été frappé, le 21 avril, par des attentats sanglants ayant fait 253 morts dans trois églises et trois hôtels de luxe, le voile se lève peu à peu sur l’identité des terroristes. Le gouvernement a annoncé que neuf kamikazes au total avaient péri au cours de cette journée. Après plusieurs jours d’enquête, les … Continue reading “Prédicateur, fils de magnat : les profils surprenants des terroristes présumés du Sri Lanka”

« On ne me laissait que deux options : voyou ou secrétaire »

« C’est pourtant quand le présent est bousculé qu’il faut revenir à la réflexion, faire passer les nuances avant les clichés. Mon livre vise justement à démystifier l’islam tel que je l’ai vécu. La pratique religieuse est toujours singulière. » (Omar Benlaala) Cet entretien a été publié dans le numéro 19 d’Article11, en avril 2015 … Continue reading “« On ne me laissait que deux options : voyou ou secrétaire »”

Ephéméride des luttes : 24 avril

L’éphéméride des luttes du 24 avril est assez explosive pour la vieille Europe. Quels murs sont tombés ? Aujourd’hui, la répression d’Etat est forte, mais la réponse l’est parfois tout autant. 1912 : A Ivry-sur-Seine, les anarchistes Elie Monier et Antoine Gaudy, de la bande à Bonnot, sont arrêtés par la police. Bonnot parvient à … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 24 avril”

China’s Grand Naval Parade Marred by Heavy Smog

 US Navy skipped the event but everyone else — including South Korea, Japan and Australia — thought better than to snub the Chinese Editor’s note: Last year for the 69th anniversary of their modern navy the Chinese staged a massive Beijing-only parade in the contested South China Sea. Having made their point, they this year for the 70th anniversary … Continue reading “China’s Grand Naval Parade Marred by Heavy Smog”

U.S. Ends OIl Sanctions Waivers for Iran

by Aveek Sen U.S. sanctions waivers for Iranian oil that the United States issued to China, India, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Taiwan won’t be renewed on May 2, according to the White House. Iran retaliated by saying that it will close the Strait of Hormuz, a major naval choke-point, through which a … Continue reading “U.S. Ends OIl Sanctions Waivers for Iran”

Millions of Bangladeshi children at risk from climate crisis, warns UNICEF

Apr 21, 2019 Picture:  According to the study – Gathering Storm: Climate change clouds the future of children in Bangladesh – the country’s flat topography, dense population and weak infrastructure make it “uniquely vulnerable to the powerful and unpredictable forces that climate change is compounding”. The threat is felt from the flood and drought-prone lowlands … Continue reading “Millions of Bangladeshi children at risk from climate crisis, warns UNICEF”

China’s green planning for the world starts with infrastructure

The United States is retreating from the global community under a president who rejected the Paris Climate Accords and denigrates NAFTA and NATO. This provides an opportunity for China to play a greater role in global affairs. This provides the backdrop for the 19th Party Congress, as China seeks to balance external influence with domestic … Continue reading “China’s green planning for the world starts with infrastructure”

Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river could fuel more conflicts in the country

Dam projects on the Irrawady in Myanmar could not only devastate livelihoods but add more conflicts to an already sensitive region. Saw John Bright, Author providedMyanmar makes many headlines these days. While most of the focus has been on the Rohingya issue, the country is also heading towards an important economic and livelihood crisis. Myanmar … Continue reading “Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river could fuel more conflicts in the country”

Refugees in India have to fend for themselves – we’ve been talking to them about how they manage

Attempts by the Indian government to deport tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees have thrust the country’s laws into the spotlight. Lawyers representing the Rohingyas have reiterated the constitutional right (of citizens and non-citizens alike) to equality, life and personal liberty in India. Meanwhile, the government has claimed such refugees may pose a security threat … Continue reading “Refugees in India have to fend for themselves – we’ve been talking to them about how they manage”

Turkey, the Rohingya crisis and Erdoğan’s ambitions to be a global Muslim leader

The emerging humanitarian crisis that has been rocking Myanmar – where an estimated 370,000 Rohingya have been forced out of the country – has prompted broad international condemnation. But so far it has translated into little concrete action. United Nations (UN) human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein has called the Rohingya’s plight a “textbook … Continue reading “Turkey, the Rohingya crisis and Erdoğan’s ambitions to be a global Muslim leader”

Rohingya genocide: the world can’t help until Myanmar changes its ways

After two weeks of extreme violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where at least 400 people have been killed and 270,000 Rohingyas have fled their homes, the country’s de facto leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, finally spoke up to acknowledge the crisis. But to the disappointment of several international human rights agencies, she didn’t … Continue reading “Rohingya genocide: the world can’t help until Myanmar changes its ways”

India’s ‘instant divorce’ ban: the end result or the first step in reforming Islamic law?

“Un-Islamic, arbitrary, unconstitutional.” That was the judgement of the Indian Supreme Court as it announced a ban on the contentious practice of instant “triple-talaq”. Triple-talaq is a form of Islamic divorce which allows a husband to dissolve his marriage instantly and unilaterally, simply through pronouncing “talaq” (divorce) three times to his wife. While it has … Continue reading “India’s ‘instant divorce’ ban: the end result or the first step in reforming Islamic law?”

China’s ‘sponge cities’ aim to re-use 70% of rainwater – here’s how

Asian cities are struggling to accommodate rapid urban migration, and development is encroaching on flood-prone areas. Recent flooding in Mumbai was blamed in part on unregulated developmentof wetlands, while hastily built urban areas are being affected by flooding across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. This is not a trend only in developing countries; floods in Houston, … Continue reading “China’s ‘sponge cities’ aim to re-use 70% of rainwater – here’s how”

As Rohingyas flee Myanmar, India needs to drop religious criteria in its refugee law

More than 90,000 Rohingyas, victims of a new surge of violence in Myanmar, are fleeing the country and pouring into Bangladesh, while 30,000 people are still trapped near the border. At the same time, the government of the prime minister of India – who is due to visit Myanmar this week – has announced that … Continue reading “As Rohingyas flee Myanmar, India needs to drop religious criteria in its refugee law”

Mumbai floods: what happens when cities sacrifice ecology for development

As the storm that was hurricane Harvey deluged the areas around Houston, Texas, large parts of northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh also experienced heavy rains. And the city of Mumbai was hit by another major flooding espisode. Several people have died in the city, many in the collapse of a four-storey building that is believed … Continue reading “Mumbai floods: what happens when cities sacrifice ecology for development”

Manifestations au Bangladesh après le décès d’une victime de harcèlement sexuel brûlée vive

Les manifestations se sont poursuivies ce 19 avril à Dacca, au Bangladesh, après le décès d’une jeune fille de 19 ans brûlée vive sur ordre du directeur de son école, qu’elle avait accusé de harcèlement sexuel.  La mort de Nusrat Jahan Rafi, qui remonte à la semaine dernière, a suscité une importante vague d’émotion et … Continue reading “Manifestations au Bangladesh après le décès d’une victime de harcèlement sexuel brûlée vive”

Zero Fucks Given. Sanctioned North Korea Makes Due by Cyber-Robbing World Banks

The Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea’s equivalent to the CIA, has trained up the world’s greatest bank-robbing crews. In just the past few years, RGB hackers have struck more than 100 banks and cryptocurrency exchanges around the world, pilfering more than $650 million. That we know of. It was among the greatest heists against a United … Continue reading “Zero Fucks Given. Sanctioned North Korea Makes Due by Cyber-Robbing World Banks”

To Ola Bini, a Political Prisoner Caught Up in the Assange Debacle

Photograph Source Christopher Michel from San Francisco – CC BY 2.0 Dear Ola, The last time we had a long conversation, it was about the night. We were at a hotel in South America, where the ambient noise near your room was fairly loud. By ambient noise, I mean music. There was a band playing, … Continue reading “To Ola Bini, a Political Prisoner Caught Up in the Assange Debacle”

Taipei works with TAH to boost number of Muslim-friendly hospitals

Taipei is working with Taiwan Adventist Hospital to increase the number of Muslim-friendly medical centers in the metropolis as part of its efforts to provide a welcoming environment for Muslim residents and visitors, according to the city government April 15.   Last November, Taipei-based TAH became the first hospital in Taiwan to receive Muslim-friendly certification … Continue reading “Taipei works with TAH to boost number of Muslim-friendly hospitals”

Dans le business de l’humanitaire : doit-on tirer profit des réfugiés ?

Le minstre français pour le développement et la francophonie André Vallini en 2016, visite le salon annuel de l’aide humanitaire et internationale de Dubai. MAE/France DiplomatieDepuis la crise économique de 2008 et la multiplication des conflits dans le monde, l’insuffisance des fonds alloués au secteur humanitaire n’a jamais été aussi importante. En effet seulement 59 % … Continue reading “Dans le business de l’humanitaire : doit-on tirer profit des réfugiés ?”

La leçon néo-zélandaise

Le terroriste de Christchurch en Nouvelle Zélande, le suprémaciste blanc Brenton Tarrant qui avait assassiné de sang-froid 50 fidèles dans deux mosquées voulait chasser les musulmans de Nouvelle-Zélande. Mais c’est le contraire qui est en train de se produire. Ce pays du Pacifique sud, que cette tragédie a uni dans l’amour et la compassion au … Continue reading “La leçon néo-zélandaise”