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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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UNHRC agrees to postpone release of report of war crimes committed during civil war by six months: United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Februarys 16 agreed to postpone the release of report of war crimes committed during civil war by six months. The report was scheduled to present the investigative report on the investigation mandated by the UNHRC at its 28th session in Geneva on March 25. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein recommended delaying publication of the report from March until the council's 30th session in September as Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera during his visit to Washington on February 11 had sought a delay in releasing the report of the investigation by several months until the Government had time to establish a mechanism to deal with the issue. Colombo Page, February 17, 2015.

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Breaking ISIS Web

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“The ISIS has demonstrated its capacity to efficiently use cyberspace for a variety of purposes, including radicalisation. In addition to its own cadres, a large number of sympathisers continue to proliferate on the Web.”

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza *

Mehdi Masroor Biswas’ was indeed a curious case. For several months, the 24-year-old engineer was working as a manufacturing executive with a multinational firm in Bengaluru.

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A Legally-Binding Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

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By Ray Acheson

Five years after the adoption of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) Action Plan in 2010, compliance with commitments related to nuclear disarmament lags far behind those related to non-proliferation or the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

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Growing Support For Moving Away From Nuclear Weapons

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By Jamshed Baruah

Ahead of the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) scheduled for April 27 to May 22, 2015 in New York, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) has expressed a clear vision for the future of nuclear disarmament.

The 33-member CELAC formally endorsed at its third annual summit in San José on January 28-29 the ‘Austrian Pledge’ delivered at the close of the Third International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (HINW) last December in Vienna.

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UN to Teach ‘Respect for All’ to Fighting Discrimination

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By A.D. McKenzie

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love” goes a syrupy Burt Bacharach-penned song from 1965. But love is difficult, if not impossible, to teach, so education experts have come up with another solution: teaching respect for all.

“And by all, we mean all,” says Christophe Cornu, senior project officer in the Section of Health and Global Citizenship Education at UNESCO, the United Nations agency responsible for science, culture and education.

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Europe Under Merkel’s (Informal) Leadership

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By Emma Bonino

When I am asked whether Europe is still a relevant “protagonist” in the modern world, I always answer that there is no doubt about it. For a long time now, the continent has been shaken by financial crises, internal security strategy crises – including wars – and instability within its borders, which definitely make it a protagonist in world affairs. 

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Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal

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By George Friedman
Founder and Chairman Stratfor

In recent weeks, we have been focusing on Greece, Germany, Ukraine and Russia. All are still burning issues. But in every case, readers have called my attention to what they see as an underlying and even defining dimension of all these issues — if not right now, then soon. That dimension is declining population and the impact it will have on all of these countries. The argument was made that declining populations will generate crises in these and other countries, undermining their economies and national power. Sometimes we need to pause and move away from immediate crises to broader issues. Let me start with some thoughts from my book The Next 100 Years.

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A Debilitating Dollar Stateside?

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By Peter G. Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

In our slow-growth world, one economy stands out from the rest. US growth has been nothing if not spectacular for the last year-and-a-half, notwithstanding weather and public-sector mishaps. But post-crisis reticence has left a lingering fear that it won’t – or can’t – last. It seems we are still at the mercy of the monthly data, or worse, nervously scanning daily developments. Among them is the latest cause for concern: the appreciation of the greenback. Is this the big wrecking-ball that will take out the only home-grown good-news story the economic world can print?

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A Look Back at the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing

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By Scott Stewart *

On the morning of Feb. 26, 1993, a massive truck bomb ripped a hole almost 30 meters (100 feet) across the B-2 level of the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center's North Tower. The blast wave was so powerful that it penetrated five stories of the reinforced concrete building. In addition to causing structural damage, the explosion destroyed or heavily damaged hundreds of vehicles in the garage. That such a powerful explosion killed only six people is nothing short of a miracle, for the attackers had a goal much more grandiose.

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