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The message of Hyrbyair Marri, leader of the Free Balochistan Movement, was read by his representative in the British Parliament on 23 February 2017. His message addressed regional concerns, geopolitics, national question of Balochistan, Pakistani terrorism, Iranian terrorism and Chinese role in Balochistan.Free Balochistan Movement is a political movement against the colonisation of Balochistan by Pakistan and Iran.
Over the past two decades, China's economy has largely relied on the key competitive advantage of coal. Coal is abundant within the Chinese national borders, mining and refining processes do not require advanced technologies (high tech) and it has been for a long period less costly than oil and natural gas, the energy resources fuelling most of the modern industrial economies. Today, however, at the beginning of a massive socio-economic transition in China, a country aiming to escape the middle income trap, the Chinese coal paradigm is starting to show signs of weakness.
The modern concept of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was developed by economist Simon Kuznets in 1934. Since then, and especially after the Bretton Woods Accords, GDP has been the accepted standard for measuring and managing the size of an economy. It is based simple accounting and can be calculated using output, expenditure, or income figures. Therefore, it provides governments with an efficient tool to pull the main levers of the economy, but also a measure of success that, because of its widespread use, allows governments to benchmark policies as well.
"Right now, Rex, who, as you know, he’s in Mexico -- I said, that’s going to be a tough trip, because we have to be treated fairly by Mexico. That’s going to be a tough trip. But he’s over there with General Kelly, who’s been unbelievable at the border."
When Margaret Chan’s tenure as Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) draws to a close in June, she will be remembered as a likeable technocrat but one whose shortcomings have done serious institutional damage. After ten years of internal divisions and mishandled crises, her successor will need strong leadership skills but also to be political savvy with the ability to orchestrate rapid responses. The three candidates to replace her as Director-General will face the competing challenges of filling budget shortfalls, solving internal disputes, and responding to crises as quickly as possible. All are current and former health ministers or academic experts in public health; in May, each of them will give a presentation to the assembled WHO member states, who will then vote for their preferred successor.
More than 15 years since the start of the international intervention in Afghanistan, the time has come to make a few remarks about the main mistakes made during these years as well as the expectations for the future.
Tunisia investigates the crimes of dictatorship. Developments of Transitional Justice, six years after the Revolution which thrilled the Mediterranean
On the anniversary of Ben Ali’s fall, Tunisia once again stops to listen to the testimonies of State’s victims. The fifth public hearing session of the Transitional Justice Commission was broadcasted live on prime-time television the 14th of January on different national and private channels.
The idea is as simple as it is controversial: an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI), enough money to cover a person’s basic needs, would be paid out each month by the State regardless of whether or not a citizen engages in wage labour. Various conceptions and models have been more or less widely circulated and discussed since the 1960s. But wherever large-scale implementation has been proposed, UBI has always been dismissed as a starry-eyed social utopia.
Fatima comes from Aleppo.Her profile picture shows her wearing an hijab. Her husband is dead and now she ’s looking for a new one, no matter the country or the part of the world he comes from. He must be “good in Islam” and act as “an Imam, to guide her”.
Trump’s victory was a real shock, not only for decision-makers in every single capital on this planet, but also for experts and observers who saw nothing but a landslide victory for the Democrats and Hilary Clinton. Shortly after his victory, statements splashed media and political corridors, and Donald Trump himself announced his readiness to meet with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu. Many Israeli officials didn’t shy out from saying that the Trump era will be the golden age for the Israeli- American relations and the probability of establishing a Palestinian state became nil.
A few days after the Líder Máximo's passing, a film, Santa y Andrés, best symbolizes the dilemmas that are troubling the children and, in particular, the grandchildren of the barbudos, who brought forth the events in 1959. In a small village, the government instructs a peasant woman faithful to the Revolution to watch a dissident homosexual writer. A particular and deep relationship grows between the two. The questions the film suggests are: Can one hate a stranger just because he/she thinks differently? Are we defined by ideology? Is it really necessary to take sides?
"The US voted for a xenophobe and a liar", "The US voted for the wall and for Donald Trump's lies" read Mexican headlines the morning after Mexico's worse scenario materialized. And these were not the front pages of some leftist-socialist newspapers, but those of the main mainstream business dailies.
Venezuelans Took to the Streets for a Lawful Recall Referendum, but Maduro Intends to Resist to 2018... and Beyond
Despite Army checkpoints on roads and highways and the many metro stations closed off in Caracas, tens of thousands took to the streets throughout Venezuela to protest the decision of the executive branch to arbitrarily stop the collection of signatures for a referendum granted by the Constitution. The referendum could overthrow Nicolas Maduro's government.
Many people in Saudi Arabia must think that the war in Yemen is going very well. Those relying on state-controlled media messages must be proud of their wise rulers, making such an effort with humanitarian assistance to their Yemeni brothers. Of course they are also a little bit afraid. It has been made clear to them that the real danger comes not from anybody in Yemen itself, but from the evil Iranians, who are once again taking advantage of a local conflict to threaten the safety of the Kingdom.
WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN IRAN - Zeinab Sekaanvand was 17 when her husband died. Iranian police arrested her for his murder. Now she is 22 and she faces execution by hanging after undergoing a trial that many international organizations consider unfair. The punishment was suspended because Zeinab got pregnant in prison. However, due to a miscarriage she lost the baby this year and the sentence can now be carried out.
Entire villages and neighborhoods were swept away in the southern fork of Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. The death toll rose to over 1000, but the severity of the disaster has not yet been fully assessed, because sections of the southwestern part of Haiti are completely cut off. In some places almost 100% of the infrastructure is down, as drone images provided by AFP Newslook showed.
In the Sunday referendum on the peace accord hammered out between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia the No camp won with 50.2%. The stunning result called into question what was supposed to become the D-Day of disarmament and demobilization of the guerrillas who have fought the longest war in the Western hemisphere.