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Pakistan's Ahmadis Faced with Death or Exile

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON, Oct 20 (IPS) - Two years ago, gunmen shot dead Farooq Kahloun's newly married son Saad Farooq, 26, in an attack that severely injured Kahloun, his younger son Ummad, and Saad's father-in-law, Choudhry Nusrat.

OPINION: Iraq’s Minorities Battling for Survival

Saturday, October 18, 2014

LONDON, Oct 18 (IPS) - Through all of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's campaigns of ‘Arabization', they survived. The diverse Iraqi communities inhabiting the Nineveh plains – Yezidis, Turkmen, Assyrians and Shabak, as well as Kurds – held on to their unique identities and most of their historic lands.

OPINION: The Survivors

Friday, October 17, 2014

VIENNA, Oct 17 (IPS) - Oct. 18 is the EU's Anti-Trafficking Day, as well as the United Kingdom's Anti-Slavery Day. These events offer a good opportunity to talk about human trafficking within Europe's borders, but we should not forget that there are victims and survivors all over the world.

Cash-Strapped Human Rights Office at Breaking Point, Says New Chief

Thursday, October 16, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (IPS) - After six weeks in office, the new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein of Jordan launched a blistering attack on member states for insufficient funding, thereby forcing operations in his office to the breaking point "in a world that seems to be lurching from crisis to ever-more dangerous crisis."

OPINION: The U.S. and a Crumbling Levant

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (IPS) - As the international media is mesmerised by the Islamic State's advance on Kobani or ‘Ayn al-Arab on the Syrian-Turkish border, Arab states and the United States would need to look beyond Kobani's fate and the Islamic State's territorial successes and defeats.

Can China Pacify Its Restive Minorities Peacefully?

Monday, October 13, 2014

HONG KONG, Oct 13 (IPS) - The Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti was recently sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of separatism.

In Pakistan’s Tribal Areas, a Nobel Prize Is a ‘Ray of Hope’

Sunday, October 12, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 12 (IPS) - For girls living in northern Pakistan's sprawling tribal regions, the struggle for education began long before that fateful day when members of the Taliban shot a 15-year-old schoolgirl in the head, and will undoubtedly continue for many years to come.

Displacement Spells Danger for Pregnant Women in Pakistan

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 08 (IPS) - Imagine traveling for almost an entire day in the blistering sun, carrying all your possessions with you. Imagine fleeing in the middle of the night as airstrikes reduce your village to rubble. Imagine arriving in a makeshift refugee camp where there is no running water, no bathrooms and hardly any food. Now imagine making that journey as a pregnant woman.

Floods Wash Away India’s MDG Progress

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

MORIGAON, India, Oct 07 (IPS) - The northeastern Indian state of Assam is no stranger to devastating floods. Located just south of the eastern Himalayas, the lush, 30,000-square-km region comprises the Brahmaputra and Barak river valleys, and is accustomed to annual bouts of rain that swell the mighty rivers and spill over into villages and towns, inundating agricultural lands and washing homes, possessions and livestock away.

U.S. Anti-ISIL Strategy Drawing Growing Scepticism

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 07 (IPS) - Hopes that the strategy announced by President Barack Obama a month ago against the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) might yield a relatively quick victory have disappeared amidst growing fears that the U.S.-led air campaign has at most only slowed the radical group's advance.

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