Syrian Kurds: A short political history (1918-2019)

By Hemn Saydi The Kurds had their own de facto autonomy for four centuries within the Ottoman Empire. They also maintained their self-government system for a while after the First World War. The Treaty of Sevres between the Allies and representatives of the Ottoman Sultans in 1920 promised the creation of a sovereign Kurdish state […]

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Digital and Traditional Pedagogy in Education

By Prof. Dr. Charles C. Villanueva and Nelson Udaundo In the past couple of decades, the leaps and bounds in digital media technology has radically changed the means of distribution of information and entertainment. There has been and still is a continuing exodus of printed information, books, news, the visual arts and entertainment into the […]

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Native-language classes connect multicultural students to their heritage

Seoul Whenever she visits her hometown of Ulaanbaatar on the vast Mongolian steppe, Seoul-resident Jadambaa Nasanjargal makes a point of returning with children’s books written in her native language. At home, she reads the traditional folktales to her daughter, translating into Korean as necessary, to introduce her 7-year-old to the language and culture of her […]

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Students’ Solidarity March: You know not the power hidden in youthful hearts

By Sadam Sagar The ‘Students’ Solidarity March’ organized across the Pakistan by various organizations for the restoration of student unions, acquisition of rights and against the failed policies of government and the outdated system testified the unity among the youths and also proved true the saying of 19th century Italian politician and journalist Mazzini that […]

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Forced Conversions & Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan

(File Photo) By Reuben Ackerman It has been estimated that 1000 women and girls from religious minorities are abducted, forcibly converted and then married off to their abductors every year (ref The Aurat Foundation and the Movement for Solidarity and Peace (MSP)). Former vice-chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Amarnath Motual, notes that […]

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Without Gender Equality, There Is No Climate Justice

By Andrew Urevig That’s the major takeaway from a new policy briefing published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the South African Institute of International Affairs. The report examines why gender equality is necessary for efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change in Africa, and how governments and other stakeholders can integrate […]

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If NATO strikes Kaliningrad, Russia will seize Baltic in 48 hours

Russia will not wait for the United States to launch an attack on the Kaliningrad enclave. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have preventive measures not to let this happen, military expert Mikhail Alexandrov believes. By Dmitry Sudakov US Air Force Operations Commander in Europe, General Jeffrey Harrigian, said that […]

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Asia’s Twin Curse: Dams and Droughts

By BRAHMA CHELLANEY NEW DELHI River systems help sustain lives and livelihoods. But, thanks to excessive damming and drastic overuse of their water resources, some rivers are drying up before reaching the sea. Nowhere is this truer than Asia. Building large dams has increasingly run into grassroots opposition in established democracies but has gained momentum […]

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