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Devastating Earthquake Predicted In Himalayas

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By Zafar Iqbal *

A devastating earthquake has been expected in Himalayan region stretching from Indian Administrated Kashmir to Northern Pakistani areas, a latest scientific research has revealed.

“The projected strike length of the fault would be 120 km which consists of 80 km strike length of the mapped fault and 40 k length from the implied portion,” forecasts Dr. A. A. Shah research fellow at the Earth Observatory Sciences (EOS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Book Review: Winning the War But Not the Peace

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By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *

The 30-year-old ethnic conflict in the Sri Lankan state, an essentially Sinhalese majoritarian preserve, and the uncompromising and relentlessly violent Tamil leadership claiming a separate state, Tamil Eelam, on behalf of the Tamil minority of north and east Sri Lanka, culminated with a comprehensive military defeat of the Tamil Tigers at the hands of the Sri Lankan military and paramilitary forces.

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Remembering Satyajit Ray’s Hirok Rajar Deshe

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By Subhankar Banerjee *

On Edward Snowden, Resistance And Inverted Totalitarianism

 “[H]istory has come to a stage when the moral man, the complete man, is more and more giving way, almost without knowing it, to make room for the…commercial man, the man of limited purpose. This process, aided by wonderful progress in science, is assuming gigantic proportion and power, causing the upset of man's moral balance, obscuring his human side under the shadow of soul-less organization.”  —Rabindranath Tagore, 1917

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Global Climate Change Fears Are Genuine

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By Stephen Leahy*

Around the world scientists are not sleeping well. They toss and turn knowing humanity is destroying the Earth’s ability to support mankind. The science is crystal clear and all of us 'ought to be shaking in our boots', Achim Steiner, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme told me last year.

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Down With TAPS: For A Tobacco Free World

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By Shobha Shukla*

This year marks the 24th consecutive World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) in which the international community joins hands to bring attention to the tobacco industry’s underhanded tactics to thwart public health policy. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship with the view to curb tobacco industry’s aggressive tactics of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) to hook millions of new customers to this deadly product every year.

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Another Run At Ending Global Hunger

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By Ernest Corea*

Yet another high-level panel has designed yet another “roadmap” to universal prosperity and a hunger-free world – by 2030. A new set of goals is likely to replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Once again, the goalposts of development are being moved instead of the goals being met,” says a jaded observer of international affairs.

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The European Dream Fading Away

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By Roberto Savio*

The European Union has asked its citizens to brace for further economic misery. In a report on European economic prospects released on May 3, the European Commission said that further deterioration is expected to last at least until 2015. But, as every such report says, things will then get better!

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EU Spares Trillions Hidden in Tax Havens

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By R. Nstranis

'There is no alternative but to cut public spending and development aid' has become a much repeated mantra for governments in the rich countries. But investigations reveal that there is a huge lot of hidden 'private' money that could put an end to extreme global poverty.

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NSA Whistleblower Exposes US “Architecture Of Oppression”

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By Thomas Gaist *  

Former CIA employee Edward Joseph Snowden announced on June 9 that he is the source of recent leaks to the Guardian and Washington Post exposing systematic police-state surveillance conducted under the Obama administration by the National Security Agency.

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Turf Wars Making Farce of US Intelligence

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By Jen Alic of Oilprice.com*

The US intelligence community is in a state of disarray – most recently illustrated by the Boston Marathon Bombings – and the idea of a more structured cooperation with Russian intelligence as a direct result of this incident is a paper tiger.

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