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There is No Real Democracy in South Asia: Lateef Joher.

Date: 15 Aug 2019Author: Admin0“There is no real democracy in South Asia” Said Lateef Joher a Baloch human Right Activist in Toronto, Canada during in a conversation Democracy News Live’s Editor in Chief Rohit Gandhi.They discussed an array of issues surrounding the relationship between Balochistan and Pakistan and also the state of democracy in the South Asian subcontinent. Rohit Gandhi was in conversation with Balochi human rights activist, Lateef Johar in Toronto, Canada.They discussed an array of issues surrounding the relationship between Balochistan and Pakistan and also the state of democracy in the South Asian subcontinent.Rohit Gandhi: We are here in Toronto today talking to Lateef Johar. He is a Baloch freedom and human rights activist. He has been fighting against the Pakistani government for the rights of the Baloch. This is happening in the light of India abolishing Article 370 and a lot of people have been talking about how India may have overstepped its boundary constit…

BRI set to spearhead Asian century through integration, connectivity: former Malaysian minister

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-15 20:44:48|

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The realization of an Asian century will be made possible through the physical, digital and people-to-people connectivity provided by the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a former Malaysian minister told a conference here on Thursday.Delivering the theme address at the New Inclusive Asia Dialogue, former Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamed said the BRI is key to integrating Asia, a key element to ensuring a stable and sustainable future of the continent."The center of gravity in global geopolitics and geo-economics is increasingly moving back to the East, away from the West. And as this rebalancing unfolds, many are calling the 21st century the Asian Century," he said."Asia remains a continent with socio-economic and cultural divides. To overcome these divisions, and to advance an inclusive Asia, it is important to promote integration in Asia, across al…

China’s Belt and Road Is Getting a Reboot. Here’s Why

Bloomberg NewsA pedestrian passes a construction site in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg
By many accounts, China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been a monumental success: Since 2013 more than 130 countries have signed deals or expressed interest in projects geared to spurring trade along routes reminiscent of the ancient Silk Road. The World Bank estimates some $575 billion worth of railways, roads, ports and other projects have been or are in the process of being built. But President Xi Jinping’s signature effort has also come in for criticism including charges that China is exploiting poor countries -- luring them into debt traps -- for its own political and even military gain. The mixed reviews abroad and worries at home about the cost have led China into something of a rethink as it tries to increase transparency, improve project quality and bring in deep-pocketed partners who can share the risk.1. Where are the problems?At least seven countries have ru…

Activist appeals to global community, UN to support Baloch freedom struggle

Quadri reasoned that Pakistan is a landlocked country and the majority of ports belong to Baloch people and Sindhis
Source: ANI | Updated: Aug 15, 2019, 08:25 PM ISTNaela Quadri, the President of the World Baloch Women's ForumNaela Quadri, the President of the World Baloch Women's Forum, has urged the United Nations and the International community to support the Baloch people in their struggle for independence from Pakistan."Today we appeal to the international community, the United Nation and all the people who believe in peace and humanity to stand up and join hands with Baloch people," Quadri said in a video released on Pakistan's Independence day on Wednesday.Quadri further condemned Pakistan for attempting to secure its foothold at the Gwadar port by carrying out construction projects in collaboration with China under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)."We tell you the state of Pakistan that with your new rule of Federal Port Authorities. You ca…

‘Jai Hind… help free Balochistan from Pakistan’: Baloch activists to India on Independence Day

“I wish a very happy Independence Day to all my Indian brothers and sisters. We appeal to India to raise Balochistan officially in all forms, including the United Nations,” an activist said.Updated: Aug 15, 2019 16:51 ISTBy Asian News International, Asian News InternationalIrrespective of being a province within the territory of Pakistan, people of Balochistan on Thursday expressed their solidarity with Indians on the occasion of the country’s 73rd Independence Day and said they need India’s support to free their land from the domination of Pakistan and its military establishment.“I want to wish my Indian brothers and sisters a very happy Independence Day. The success they have made in the last 70 years makes Indians proud. Today, Indians are proud all around the world. We Balochs are thankful for their solidarity and help. We want them to raise their voice for a free Balochistan. We need their support. Thank you and Jai Hind,” said Baloch activist, Atta Baloch.Balochistan, the most v…

CHINA: Party seeks to improve political education

TRIVIUM CHINAOn Wednesday, the general offices of the Central Committee and State Council jointly released new guidelines to improve the teaching of political theory and ideology.Some context: All Chinese students must take classes in political theory and ideology from elementary school.More context: In our experience, most students hate these courses, and tend to view them as a chore to be endured.Xi Jinping wants to change that. He has been actively seeking to increase and improve political education since 2016.For Xi, this is a matter of fundamental importance, as reflected in the new guidelines (Gov.cn):“Education is of fundamental importance for the country, and fundamental importance for the Party.”To that end, the new guidelines will:Improve political theory teaching materialsEnsure an adequate number of staff to teach political theory at universitiesMake sure that teachers of political theory are trained and competentGet smart: The education system is a powerful tool for shapi…