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Why India Looks The Other Way On Myanmar

While the West moves to re-isolate Myanmar after a short period of re-engagement, neighbouring India is taking a more realpolitik approach to reports of massive rights abuses by the nation’s security forces. Indeed, India is doing its utmost to improve relations while the United States and European Union impose new sanctions aimed specifically at Myanmar’s military, including top soldiers involved in the abuses.

Read Here – Asia Times

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The Boom And Bust Of The CIA’s Secret Torture Sites

In spring 2003 an unnamed official at CIA headquarters in Langley sat down to compose a memo. It was 18 months after George W Bush had declared war on terror. “We cannot have enough blacksite hosts,” the official wrote. The reference was to one of the most closely guarded secrets of that war – the countries that had agreed to host the CIA’s covert prison sites.

Read Here – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Two Leaders, Worlds Apart

When Chinese President Xi Jinping’s handlers arranged his flight from Seattle to Washington on Thursday, they made sure he would land after Pope Francis had left. Xi didn’t want to be overshadowed by the rock-star pope. As it turned out, the Chinese leader was unable to avoid the pope’s shadow. The elaborate reception ceremonies for Xi on the White House lawn were eclipsed on TV by the pope’s address to the United Nations.

Read Here – Philly.com

 

Sri Lanka At The UN Human Rights Council: Let The Debate Begin – Again

A long-awaited report by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has been delivered to the Sri Lankan government. The report, a result of a U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution passed on Sri Lanka in March 2014, deals largely with abuses by government forces and the separatist Tamil Tigers that occurred during the end of the country’s civil war. The report will be made public imminently.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Kerry In Sri Lanka: Promises Closer U.S. Ties

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry championed the new Sri Lankan government’s push for democratic reform and promised closer ties with the strategically located Indian Ocean nation.

Read Here – The Guardian

Sri Lanka Elections Coming Soon

Sri Lanka’s new leader plans to dissolve the country’s Parliament in May, setting the island nation on course for general elections in late June or early July — around the same time that he plans to announce details of a probe into allegations of human rights abuses during Sri Lanka’s long civil war, he told TIME in a rare interview.

India’s Mr M Is And The U.S. Problem

A series of elections in India last week has exposed a major diplomatic problem for the U.S. State Department: The man expected to lead the world’s largest democracy in 2014 is not legally allowed to enter the United States.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

It Gets Tough For People Smugglers

People smugglers find business tougher as the Australian government’s crackdown begins to have an impact.

Read Here – The Diplomat

China’s Hungry For The Nobel

China rolls out a national talent programme, which observers says is aimed at capturing a Nobel Prize

Read Here – China Daily

Bringing Down The Walls

Most concrete walls in Sri Lanka have been demolished in the past four years since the ethnic war ended, but the emotional barricades remain as the country battles its bloody past and tries to make peace with itself. It’s easier said than done.

Read Here – ThisDayAndThat

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