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    Russia: a groundbreaking power shift

    Peter Koenig | Updated at 12:00am on January 17, 2020

    IN GROUNDBREAKING news president Putin announced on January 15, in his annual address to the nation, major changes in his government. First, he announced that prime minister Dmitry Medvedev...

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    Banning books

    Zahid Hussain | Updated at 12:00am on January 17, 2020

    BANNING and burning books is a manifestation of a culture that is afraid to face the truth. It is ignorance of the book’s message or the fear of the latter that is often the reason for someone trying to ban a book. We have...

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    Israel’s ‘firing zones’ in West Bank

    Ramzy Baroud | Updated at 12:00am on January 17, 2020

    A SEEMINGLY ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called ‘firing zones’ in the West Bank...

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    France at a crossroads

    Richard Greeman | Updated at 12:00am on January 17, 2020

    THE nationwide general strike in France, now entering its record seventh week, seems to be approaching its crisis point. Despite savage police repression, about a million people are in the streets protesting president...

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    A plea to cover up momentous governance failure

    | Updated at 12:00am on January 16, 2020

    THE number of rape is reported to have doubled in a year, with 1,370 incidents having been reported in 2019, as Bangladesh Mahila Parishad said early January, compared with 697 incidents having been...

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    Financial mismanagement in plain sight of PDB

    | Updated at 12:00am on January 16, 2020

    STATE-OWNED power distribution companies have not been able to build reputation of being consumer-friendly. There have been allegations of arbitrary power price increase. There have also been allegations of corruption against...

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    Sparkling people, a spiritless opposition

    | Updated at 10:08pm on January 15, 2020

    THE long wall along the Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi is plastered with posters affirming Hindu-Muslim unity, portraits of Bhagat Singh and Bhim Rao Ambedkar and — no surprises here — charcoal scrawls against...

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    Call for ban on human gene editing

    F William Engdahl | Updated at 12:00am on January 16, 2020

    JAPAN has banned gene-edited human embryos and international scientists are increasing the call to ban the highly uncertain and risky practice of gene-editing of human DNA. The growing opposition comes as...

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