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Egypt: Developments In Continuing Revolution, Not A Coup

CAIRO (IDN) – Egypt is once more doing things its own unique way. After millions of people went into the streets and in 18 days that shook the world succeeded in toppling the regime of Hosny Mubarak after 30 years of rule, they came back again in their millions into the streets and squares of Egypt and toppled Mohamed Morsi […]

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Buggery Law: Government Will Bow

THE Portia Simpson Miller administration will put the proposed repeal of the Buggery Act to a conscience vote, under pressure from the international gay community and pro-gay foreign governments. This was the prediction of new president of the umbrella Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) Rev Everald Galbraith in his first major interview since accepting the mantle of JCC head. Read […]

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Gays Wept As Police Move In

Members of the gay community were in a dilemma after a large contingent of police swooped down on the upscale Millsborough, Barbican area of St. Andrew and surrounded an abandoned house in which a group of men had been living for over a year. Before the men could make their escape, they were herded out into the yard by policemen […]

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Cosmetic Surgery – A Booming Business In South Korea

“Image is nothing Thirst is everything Obey your thirst” The foregoing slogan may certainly work for Sprite, a brand of the manufacturer Coca-Cola. However, for South Koreans especially those in the entertainment business, image is everything and to say otherwise would be considered anathema. Today, in South Korea men and women compete for going under the knife. The growth of plastic […]

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India-China Boundary Talks Ease Tension

NEW DELHI (IDN) – The 16th round of talks between the Special Representatives (SRs) of India and China on the boundary issue, which was held in Beijing on June 28 and 29, was not just another round of jaw-jaw towards resolving the border dispute. The meeting had acquired greater significance because it is the first after the April 15 incursion by Chinese […]

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US Global War on Terrorism Not a Forever War

OXFORD (IDN | Yale Global) – From both the left and the right, three common misperceptions have emerged about US foreign policy: First, that the Global War on Terror has become a perpetual state of affairs; second, that no strategy is available to end this conflict in the near future; and third, that “the Obama approach to that conflict is just […]

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Trips Hang Over LDC Like A 
Sword Of Damocles

BERLIN (IDN) – A modern-day Damocles’ sword is hanging over 49 of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable courtiers spanning across Asia-Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Unless the U.S. and the 27-nation European Union change their minds, the least developed countries (LDCs) will be forced to abide by the Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) – much to […]

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‘Let Mandela Go’

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa prayed for Nelson Mandela yesterday as the revered peace icon faced a third night in hospital, with calls for the family and the nation to “let him go”. Government officials had given no update on Mandela’s health since announcing that the 94-year-old was admitted early Saturday and was in a “serious but stable” condition with a lung […]

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Jamaica To Hold Commission Of Enquiry Into Tivoli Gardens Deaths

The Jamaican cabinet has decided in favor of holding a Commission of Enquiry into the May 2010 security forces’ incursion into the political enclave of Tivoli Gardens, which resulted in at least 77 deaths. The decision followed the May 1 tabling in the House of Representatives of an interim report into the event by the public defender, Earl Witter, in […]