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Isis is not far from China

December 29, 2014

Shen Yang, China One hundred fifteen terrorist cells have been eliminated in the past 7 months in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region this year. It has already been confirmed that Xinjiang’s riots are related with some international terrorist organizations. Meanwhile, On July 4th, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released a video claiming that the group plans to expand its holy war into Xinjiang. With the uproar from Xinjiang riots, the situation has become unquestionably more complicated due to the involvement of international terrorist organizations. Even with the ISIS threat close at hand, China has taken a wait-and–see approach. China’s government must do something about the presence of ISIS not only for national security reasons but also for purposes of humanitarian aid, since there is a desire for peace, security and happiness. It’s not just about race, color and creed. Many Xinjiang independence extremists are urging the creation of an independent state...

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AGAINST TORTURE

December 29, 2014

London, United Kingdom America’s spies made the mistake of hacking into the computers of the Senate committee charged with the spies’ oversight. Points, then, against the Central Intelligence Agency in its long fight to keep its illegal activities secret. This month the US finally and officially admitted torture: the government confessed that the military had tortured many of its prisoners in many of its prisons.  Before reading the recent, part-redacted Senate CIA Torture Report, Dick Cheney described it as ‘full of crap’ – but, for the moment, that’s a minority view. It’s now widely accepted that there were torturers; and that a number of lawyers were mistakenly prepared to affirm the legality of what might have been done on what the Vice President described as ‘the dark side’ of the state. That dark side was more extensive than we knew. At least fifty-four countries signed up to the programme,...

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The obese wake-up call and what it should mean for the UK

December 29, 2014

London, United Kingdom The Court of Justice for the European Union has spoken: obesity can be considered a disability, which means that those who meet the standard will receive legal protections at work. The case arose from the experiences of a Danish childminder, Karsten Kaltoft, who was fired after working for his municipality for 15 years. The employer said there were fewer children needing care; Kaltoft said he was selected for dismissal because he was overweight. The European Court was asked to decide whether EU law prohibits discrimination on grounds of obesity. In its ruling on Thursday, the CJEU held that obesity was not a “protected characteristic”, like race, age or sex, where the law already provides robust safeguards against discrimination in employment. But once obesity reaches the point that it impedes a normal life, it becomes a disability ─ which does merit legal protection. Employers then must make...

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Can Money Buy Saadiyat (Happiness)?

December 24, 2014

Berkeley, California Soft Power is defined as the ability to attract and co-opt rather than coerce, use force or give money as a means of persuasion. This is currently the foremost means of expanding a nation’s influence without the rest of the world knowing what is taking place. This practice occurs every time a nation decides to give aid to another country or create extravagant infrastructure or anything that may be appealing to other nations without force. It is the antithesis of imperialism as a means of gaining power and is the only way to gain influence in a non-controversial manner in this day and age, especially for small nations with a surplus of money. This paper will focus on soft power practices that arise out of the Persian Gulf particularly as it pertains to the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Since the first oil was discovered in the Persian...

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India: Victims of Violence Deserve Truth and Closure: Time for a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission

December 24, 2014

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA A QUESTION MARK? What happened to you? What you had gone through Is not part of any religion’s criteria, But sure can be part of barbarism. That’s why your body was raped; When I saw nail marks on your face, Barbaric stamp on your chest, A sharp needle pierced my veins, My heart filled with tumultuous pangs, I started to suffocate From the terror in your eyes. It appears that Your only brother was burnt alive And your father’s greying beard and hair was dishonored In the Chandani Chowk Delhi; Your mother’s heart stopped beating. Perhaps that time the humanity was under curfew And all religions went into hiding into their respective homes, Scared of barbarism, I heard that the city is always mute, But this time The city wailed And cried its heart out But was helpless; In your own home You’re becoming homeless,...

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