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Violence compels returning Afghan refugees to escape again: NRC

The Guardian reported that, according to a study commissioned by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 72% of those who went back to Afghanistan after having escaped there and lived as refugees have been displaced at least two times. More than one million people have been newly displaced from Afghanistan because of…

Conflict worsening hunger across the world

The Guardian reported that this week, food agencies cautioned at the United Nations Security Council that the number of people in conflict zones that are dealing with hunger is increasing, with eight nations afflicted with food insecurity that is at a crisis or emergency level. According to report by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food…

Paying the Price A Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

Exactly seventy years ago on 30 January 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. On his death, in an impromptu and highly emotional radio address to the nation, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India said, “the light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere.” Nehru went on to add, The…

Guatemala takes steps to combat child sexual abuse

The Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that, according to legislators and activists, a new national DNA database and sex offender registry should raise convictions of child sexual abuse in Guatemala. According to the country’s human rights ombudsman, ten cases of child sexual abuse are reported daily in Guatemala, and that perpetrators are frequently family members or friends. The…

Holocaust survivors call on Netanyahu not to expel African migrants in Israel

Holocaust survivors in Israel have called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to force out 38,000 African migrants, AFP reported. “We, who know precisely what it’s like to be refugees… cannot comprehend how a Jewish government can expel refugees and asylum seekers to a journey of suffering, torment and death,” 36 survivors wrote in a…

Greenpeace: 550 million in India living in hazardous pollutant levels

According to a new Greenpeace India report, around 550 million people live in areas where annual PM10 levels exceeded national standards in 2016. PM10 is particulate matter with a diameter of ten microns or under, The Hindu reported. The report analysed air quality in 280 cities, and found that the majority of people living there–550…

Who killed Gandhi? Remembering Bapu and his cold blooded murder

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, fondly called ‘Bapu’ and ‘Mahatma’, and regarded as Father of the Nation, was shot dead by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948. Here is a reminder of the dark forces behind Gandhi’s cold blooded murder and why their ideological allies need to be stopped.  

A Proud Rainbow Parent at the Pride An exclusive blog by special invitation

At 3.30 pm on Saturday 3rd February, when Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride Parade begins from August Kranti Maidan, I will be a part of it. As a mother of a lesbian daughter, I will walk in support of my child, and also for all the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans-gender, Queer, Inter-sex) persons in our…

My Sister, My Soulmate A poem by Kavita Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh fearlessly spoke truth to power. She stood up against injustice and discrimination. She strived for communal harmony until her dying breath. On the occasion of Gauri Lankesh’s birth anniversary, we are publishing a heartbreakingly beautiful tribute by her sister Kavita.   She raved, she ranted, Many times she burst out…. Uppercaste this… Brahmincal…

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