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Does AUKUS Imply Start Of A New ‘Cold War’? UK PM’s Old Rival Corbyn Not A Fan
China, Human Rights

Does AUKUS Imply Start Of A New ‘Cold War’? UK PM’s Old Rival Corbyn Not A Fan

At the outset of the collective, AUKUS i.e Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America association, that was announced on September 15, Jeremy Corbyn, a Member of UK Parliament from Islington constituency indicated the trilateral defence association as 'AUKUS cold war'. Corbyn, the leader of Opposition in the PM Boris Johnson government from 2015-2020, asserted that AUKUS would not bring 'peace, justice and human rights to the world'. While three leading countries vouch that the alliance has been formulated with a vision of a safer and more secure Indo-Pacific, critics do not view strengthening of arms and military as a step toward peace-keeping approach. They fear militarisation of the 'Cold War' era. Starting a new cold war will not bring peace, justice and human rights to the ...
Can Social Media Bring Justice for Women in Pakistan?
China, Human Rights

Can Social Media Bring Justice for Women in Pakistan?

Meanwhile, Jaffer and his family are already facing a trial by social media, and online activists have made clear that an unfair legal outcome will not be tolerated. Mukadam’s killing has stirred a massive response among Pakistan’s civil society that could have ripple effects for women’s rights. In 2018, the #MeToo movement catalyzed some change in Pakistan, but defamation lawsuits against victims have stalled its progress. Mukadam’s case has galvanized a similar feminist movement, with a broader call for social justice. This month, Mukadam’s case was transferred to a special court for a speedy trial. New evidence against Jaffer and his family is surfacing nearly every day, including a police report underscoring that his parents were aware of the killing. Some of Mukadam’s friends organiz...
Press Freedom Groups Appeal China Government To Release Journalist Zhang Zhan
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Press Freedom Groups Appeal China Government To Release Journalist Zhang Zhan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), on Saturday, wrote a letter to the Chinese government stressing the deteriorating health condition of Chinese journalist and former lawyer Zhang Zhan. The scribe federation addressed the letter to the Communist government after several media reports claimed that the health condition of Zhang Zhan was continuously deteriorating as she was on a hunger strike to protest the arbitrary charges against her. In the letter, IFJ urged the Chinese government to release the journalist and former lawyer immediately. It is worth mentioning that Zhang Zhan had covered the COVID-19 outbreak from Wuhan in February 2020 and exposed the methods employed by the Chinese authorities to contain the spread of the deadly virus. Subsequently, Zhan was arrested in...
Emmys 2021: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Sets New Record For Most Losses In A Single Year
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Emmys 2021: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Sets New Record For Most Losses In A Single Year

The star studded night of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles witnessed a number of Hollywood actors and filmmakers coming together to appreciate some of the best movies, shows and performances of the year. Ahead of the award ceremony, shows such The Crown, The Mandalorian and The Handmaid’s Tale showed great potential to bag some of the biggest awards they grabbed the highest number of nods for the year. In a massive development, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale set a record at the award ceremony but it is not for what was anticipated by the fans. The Handmaid’s Tale broke a record at Emmys 2021 The Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale was nominated in 21 categories for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards including the biggest awards of the ceremony like Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series...
China and Pakistan See Eye to Eye on the Taliban—Almost
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China and Pakistan See Eye to Eye on the Taliban—Almost

A friendly China-Afghanistan relationship will also have significant implications for India’s economic and security interests in Central Asia. In this region, China already dominates economically and is gradually replacing Russia—a long-standing Indian partner—militarily there as well. Around 2016, Beijing unofficially established a base in Tajikistan, a neighbor of Afghanistan that has been a key security partner for India. China’s presence in Tajikistan is designed to conduct its version of counterterrorism activities, i.e., preventing ethnic Uyghurs organized in the East Turkistan Islamic Movement from destabilizing China’s Xinjiang region from across the border. In addition, through the multilateral Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), co-led by China and Russia, Beijing has increa...
China Channelises Ideologies To Defame Democracy, Promote Authoritarian Governance: Report
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China Channelises Ideologies To Defame Democracy, Promote Authoritarian Governance: Report

China channelises ideologies to defame democracy and promote an authoritarian governance model across the globe by portraying its economic growth, Foreign Policy reported. According to the media report, China has been popularising its political system worldwide and calling it a “contribution to mankind”. It has been showing its economic growth as a success of its political system and portraying that democracy cannot lead to prosperity. Back in 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed that Beijing’s political model is a “new option for other countries and nations who want to speed up their development while preserving their independence”. According to the report, several global leaders find China’s model an easy way to economic success that too without being answerable to the publi...
China and the United States Could Sabotage EU Emission Efforts Again
China, Environment, Politics

China and the United States Could Sabotage EU Emission Efforts Again

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has made clear that reducing greenhouse gas emissions faster represents an unavoidable priority. The commission has said its flagship project, the European Green Deal, aims to reconcile the economy with the planet, so Europe’s “ man on the moon ” moment paves the way for European global leadership on green matters. However, despite a high level of domestic undertaking, the ambition and success of European green policies increasingly depend on other countries’ commitments to reduce carbon emissions. If Brussels aspires to be a catalyst for international action, diffusing its policies to third countries, it needs to convince others to follow its lead toward a more sustainable future. One big way to do that is the Carbon Border Adjustment Me...
UN Chief Antonio Guterres On 20 Yrs Of 9/11 Attacks: ‘We Stand In Solidarity With Victims’
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UN Chief Antonio Guterres On 20 Yrs Of 9/11 Attacks: ‘We Stand In Solidarity With Victims’

On September 11, 2001, exactly 20 years ago, America witnessed one of the most heinous events carried by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda. Nearly 3000 people lost their lives and countless were injured at New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. The 9/11 attacks is considered one of the darkest events in American history that transformed the United States forever. Today on September 11, 2021, after 20 years, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement recalling the most heinous event that took place in America. The UN chief issued an official statement that read, "Today we mark a sombre day, seared in the minds of millions of people around the world. A day when nearly 3,000 lives from over 90 countries were taken by terrorists in c...
Hong Kong’s First ‘patriots Only’ Election Begins; Witnesses Absence Of Pro-democrats
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Hong Kong’s First ‘patriots Only’ Election Begins; Witnesses Absence Of Pro-democrats

A little less than 5000 Chinese loyal voters began polling to choose members for the Legislative Council for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The voters from a spectrum of professions went to polls on Sunday under heavy police presence. According to AP, they cast their votes to choose candidates for 364 seats from a pool of 412. Following the revamped system after the Chinese overtake, Hong Kong polls for choosing a committee that will, in turn, choose lawmakers took surprising turns. While most of the pro-Beijing candidates went uncontested, several seats were held by people based on their titles, the Associated Press reported. "Today's Election Committee elections are very meaningful as it is the first election held after we have improved electoral system to ensure that only pat...
How Filibusters Moved from Piracy to Congress
China, Politics

How Filibusters Moved from Piracy to Congress

The two meanings of “filibuster”—legislative and expeditionary—may seem coincidental. Conceptually, they are deeply linked. Both are coercive strategies employed by weak groups that can nevertheless cause outsized harms. Both undermine democracy and protect injustice—and were deeply linked to racism. And both have a legacy that includes not only the damage they have directly caused but the paths they foreclosed. Discussions of the filibuster occasionally mention in passing that the word has another meaning. Historian Robert May noted earlier this year in the Hill that the word is derived from the Dutch vrijbuiter, which translates directly to “freebooter” and more loosely to “pirate.” And indeed, in the 1800s, the word “filibuster” became attached to illegal, pirate-like expeditions by Am...