Police, protests, and the pandemic converge in India, Africa, China and elsewhere

June 3, 2020

The killing of George Floyd has sparked angry protests and violent repression not just in the United States, but around the world, where pandemic lockdowns have also mixed with authoritarian abuses. • Related: “A deadly convergence of racism, brutality and disease across America — and the world” India: Brutality day by day India, a multiparty […]

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India has an ambitious new plan to protect hundreds of bird species

February 26, 2020

India’s government has released a draft of an ambitious, 10-year plan to protect hundreds of threatened and endangered bird species.   The draft is comprehensive, and includes recovery plans for endangered species, as well as a “landscape approach” that can protect birds in cities, and conserve critical habitat including wetlands and coastal regions.  Subcontinent of birds […]

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Pakistan opens a pathway to peace, for Sikhs

December 17, 2019

Here’s a bit of good news about one of the world’s toughest neighborhoods. Indian Sikhs will now be allowed quick and easy visa-free visits to Gurdwara Darbar Sahid, the second-most sacred shrine in their religion. The shrine is located at Kartarpur inside Pakistan, within sight of the Indian border. Twenty-two million Sikhs live in India, and another 5 million live abroad. Sikhs […]

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Poverty makes plastic pollution worse

November 8, 2019

Guatemala City, the impoverished Central American metropolis, has almost no system for managing solid waste. As a result, huge surges of plastic trash wash down the Motagua river to choke the massive Mesoamerican Reef and many Caribbean beaches. Plague of plastic Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans; 90 percent […]

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China and India jockey for their African positions

November 30, 2018

In recent years, the Western Indian Ocean region of Africa, which includes Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives, has seen increased Indian and Chinese economic and military competition. With its geographic proximity, and historical and cultural ties, India has long had dominance in the region, but it is slowly losing out to China. While these island nations […]

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